Robert E. Burnham, PE Expert Witness

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  • Company: Burnham Engineering Associates, LLC
  • Phone: 248-921-8451
  • Cell: 248-921-8451
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Specialties & Experience of this Expert Witness

General Specialties:

Engineering and Transportation

Keywords/Search Terms:

Failure Analysis, Automotive Design Analysis, Accident Reconstruction, Material Handling, Trailer Loading, Forensic Logistics Analysis, OSHA Compliance/Standards, Warning Labels, Machine Guarding, Stamping Presses, Injection Molding Presses, Backhoes, Loaders, Industrial Accidents, Appliance Leaks.


BSE, University of Michigan; MSE, University of Michigan; Automotive Engineering, Chrysler Institute of Engineering

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Additional Information

Robert Burnham, MSE, PE, has 30+ yrs. experience in engineering analysis supporting more than 200 litigation cases. State Licensed Professional Engineer since 1980. Dale Warnke conducts assessments of supply chain, operations, logistics networks and facilities, safety regulations, forklift accidents, and accident reconstruction. Product Design senior engineer for design and test of automotive body, electrical, and mechanical components. In-plant Quality Manager, Senior Manufacturing Engineer, Senior Engineer of Manufacturing Process Analysis, including metal stamping presses, robotic welding equipment, injection molding presses. Member, National Society of Professional Engineers, Michigan Society of Professional Engineers, and National Academy of Forensic Engineers. 11 patents. 27 years Adjunct Professor in Manufacturing Engineering, Schoolcraft College. Forensic Engineering, investigation of mechanical design defects, product and design failure analysis, patent disputes, product liability, product defects. Vice President of Design and Manufacturing Engineering for 3 major corporations. Analysis of machine guarding provisions, operator safeguarding, OSHA compliance, compliance with industry-standard operator safety provisions, warnings, product testing, History of outstanding client outcomes for forensic analyses of car and truck accidents, industrial accidents, industrial pumps, backhoe accidents, overhead crane accidents, consumer product failures, improper trailer loading, appliance and piping water leaks. Industry consensus standards research. Experienced in State and Federal testimony, Defense and Plaintiff. Thorough preparation, clear communications, strong focus on cost control have resulted in repeated retention by attorneys, insurers, and adjusters. Burnham holds a B.S. in Engineering (cum laude) from University of Michigan, M.S. in Engineering from University of Michigan, 15 years on President’s Advisory Committee, Schoolcraft College.