011171 Senior Engineer – Complex Failures/Fires/Explosions

Senior Engineer – Complex Failures/Fires/Explosions

Summary

He is a practicing Professional Engineer, LEED Accredited Professional, Certified Fire and Explosion Investigator, and consultant, with 35 years of experience in the responsible charge of planning, designing and constructing facilities for manufacturing, commercial, chemical and heavy industrial use. His experience as a design principal and project executive includes project development, facility siting and design, building/process design and construction, code compliance, high pressure piping and vessels, energy and utility systems, ventilation, air pollution control, HVAC, structural engineering, and bulk material handling. These activities have involved all phases of conceptual planning, design engineering and procurement, construction and erection, safety and OSHA compliance.

In addition to his direct engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) background, he also maintains expertise in complex systems and equipment failure analysis, accident reconstruction, process hazard and risk assessment, thermal and stress analysis, fire and explosion investigation and construction claims consulting. His investigations include boiler, piping and pressure vessel failures and explosions, structural failures and collapses, and equipment fires and explosions.

011249 Consulting Senior Mechanical Engineer

This expert is a Licensed Professional Engineer and United States Patent Agent. His work is performed in support of accident reconstruction, litigation, intellectual property disputes, product recalls, insurance investigations, and industrial problem solving. He has investigated, analyzed and reconstructed accidents involving vehicles, machines, mechanical systems and industrial equipment. He has also critiqued product infringements within the scope of patent protection. He has provided expert testimony in numerous legal jurisdictions. He is a member of several professional organizations including the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME), Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE), American Society for Testing Materials (ASTM), National Association of Professional Accident Reconstruction Specialists (NAPARS), and American Society of Heating, Refrigerating, and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE). He earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering from Lehigh University. He has worked on projects in North America, South America, Europe and Asia. He is a Senior Mechanical Engineer who specializes in vehicle accident reconstruction, mechanical systems analysis, plumbing systems and heating ventilation air-conditioning (HVAC) systems failure analysis and intellectual property.

011163 Aerospace, Biotechnology and Fluid Mechanics Consultant

A professor of Fluid Mechanics and a  distinguished Aerospace/Biotechnology/Fluid Mechanics Consultant with more than twenty-five years experience.  Knowledgeable in the areas of aerospace engineering, biotechnology, fluid mechanics, ballistics astronautics, computational physics, numerical science, biomechanical engineering, hydrodynamics, and numerous other sciences and technologies.

 

Has provided expert testimony as to his findings in courts of law.

011162 Fire Reconstruction and Simulation Consultant

Fire Reconstruction and Simulation Consultant with more than twenty four years of teaching, research and administrative experience in academic, government and industry with diverse experience in combustion, fire safety, aviation safety, and security and transportation safety.  His professional experience includes working at government laboratories (NIST, NRL), consulting, and academia. 

He achieved tenure and the rank of Associate Professor in the Mechanical Engineering Department at Worcester Polytechnic Institute in 1994.  Led the development of the Ph.D. program at WPI in Fire Protection Engineering and developed the Fire Science Laboratory into a dynamic research laboratory.  His research and teaching expertise focused on different aspects of fire safety and more recently aviation and transportation safety.  His recent research has included Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) simulations and Finite Element Modeling (FEM), aircraft cabin safety, aircraft FEM, aviation safety oversight standards, and hybrid-electric vehicle research with emphasis on safety of fuel cell, fuel reformers, alternative fuel use and evaluation of airbag models.

011138 Senior Analytical Polymer Chemistry Consultant

An analytical chemist with extensive experience in chemical spectroscopy and analysis, including emission, infrared, ultraviolet-visible, x-ray, mass; thermal analysis including DSC, TGA, TMA, dilute solution and melt viscosity of polymers, moisture and volatiles determinations. Molecular weights by GPC (size exclusion chromatography) and through correlation of viscosities. Gas chromatographic seperations of selected substances. GC-FTIR separations, identifications and quantifications of components of mixtures. Microscopy including photomicrography, particle size and shape. Polymer engineering in extrusion processes (melt, solution). Flammability and physical testing of parts, fibers, and fabrics. Correlation of data to solve industrial/manufacturing problems, upgrade processes, develop new products/processes. Colorant chemistry and analysis including both dyes and pigments (organic and inorganic). Polymer stabilization correlations and analyses in relation to product lifetime, failures, and special properties. Method development, standard operating procedures and report generation for above activities.

This expert has provided expert testimony in a court of law.

011130 Meteorology, Hydrometeorology, and Weather Warnings Consultant

A Meteorology, Hydrometeorology, and Weather Warnings consultant specializing in climate impact and weather technology assessments for industrial and government clients; forensic weather investigations for the legal profession; field measurement program development and implementation; university-level meteorology instruction; and popular weather education presentations.

011128 Registered Architect Consultant, Utilities

A registered Architect licensed to practice Architecture in the District of Columbia, Maryland and Virginia.  Since receiving a Technical Architectural degree in 1981, he has primarily served as a detail oriented, production and construction administration architect, favored by general contractors for his keen understanding of the construction process and the technical aspect of building assembly. This expert’s  thirty-five plus year career and technical background, has lent itself to providing expert testimony in District of Columbia construction practice legal proceeding, lectures on construction document development at Northern Virginia Community College, as well as forensic building investigations.

011166 Senior Metallurgist and Materials Engineer

Senior Metallurgist and Materials Engineer with substantial experience in the materials, metallurgical and mechanical engineering fields. He has worked in research laboratories, including the Ballistics Research Laboratory at Aberdeen Proving Ground. He has taught at the U. S. Naval Academy and continues to teach in university and industrial settings. Has directed and administered nuclear quality assurance programs for the power industry in the areas of NDE, materials engineering, testing analysis, welding engineering, cathodic protection, coatings engineering, and ASME Codes. He has also controlled and administered the materials engineering aspects of commercial dedication of components for safety-related applications, a program for reactor vessel surveillance capsule testing and evaluations, and a corrosion and coatings program. He has created, controlled, and administered welding engineering, materials testing and evaluation, materials procurement and receipt inspection, and nondestructive examination sections of ASME Section I and VIII, S and U stamp boiler and piping programs for fossil power, and created a quality program for gas supply piping. He was trained as a Level III Examiner in Baltimore Gas and Electric Co.’s NDE program and he has been certified in visual, dye penetrant, magnetic particle, eddy current, ultrasonic, and radiographic examination techniques. He has been an AWS Certified Welding Inspector.

This expert served as Principal Metallurgist for Baltimore Gas and Electric Company for thirteen years.  In that capacity, he investigated, reviewed and approved more than 2500 materials, as well as component and system design problems and failure analyses in power plants from fuel handling to fly ash control equipment and materials. Since 1970, he has analyzed many hundreds of materials engineering problems, and component and system failures for industry, government, and the insurance and legal professions as an independent consultant.

He is an expert in the evaluation of casual factors in failures of materials and engineering systems.

 

Has provided expert testimony as to his findings in courts of law.

011121 Metallurgical Engineer

A professional Metallurgical Engineer having extensive experience in failure analysis and problem solving.  His formal education was received at the University of Newcastle upon Tyne, England where he obtained B.Sc. and Ph.D. degrees in Metallurgy.  His doctoral and post-doctoral research interests were in the areas of high temperature gas solid reactions including oxidation and corrosion.  As a result of his research efforts he was awarded the 1978 Galloway Medal by the Institution of Corrosion Science and Technology in England.

This expert’s experience and training in metallurgical and corrosion engineering has been the foundation of his career as a consultant to the legal and industrial communities.  Early in his career he obtained work experience in the steel making and processing industries at various British Steel Corporation facilities in England.  He was Director of Laboratory Operations at Mettek Laboratories in Santa Ana, California, where he supervised laboratory and office staff in all aspects of the failure analysis and research activities of the company.  He is also a former Principal Engineer with General Electric (Nuclear Energy Division), where he was involved in numerous projects concerned with materials in nuclear power plants in the U.S. and with joint technology programs with Japanese and European companies.  In the course of his consulting activities, this expert has been involved in hundreds of investigations involving materials and components in many applications, including aircraft components, automobiles and other vehicles, tools, pipelines and plumbing, medical implants, chairs, industrial plants, and bicycles.

This expert has extensive testimony experience in both depositions and trials.