Contact Information

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

General Specialties: Engineering and Products Liability

Specialty Focus: Failure Analysis, Automotive Design Analysis, Hazard Communication, OSHA Compliance/Industry Standards, Warning Labels, Machine Guarding, Safety of Robotic Installations, Stamping Presses, Injection Molding Presses, Backhoes and Loaders, Industrial Accidents, Industrial and Appliance Fluid Leaks

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

Years in Practice: 30+

Number of Times Deposed/Testified in Last 4 Yrs: 6

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. Product Design senior engineer for design and test of automotive body, electrical, and mechanical components and complete vehicles. In-plant quality manager, Senior Manufacturing Engineer and in-plant Senior Engineer of Manufacturing Process Analysis, including metal stamping presses, assembly processing and robotic welding equipment, injection molding presses. Member, National Society of Professional Engineers, Michigan Society of Professional Engineers, and 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, products 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, thorough preparation for deposition and trial. History of outstanding client outcomes for forensic analyses of car and truck accidents, industrial accidents, industrial pumps, valves, lifts, backhoe accidents, overhead crane accidents, consumer product failures, door and window accident causation, 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, served for 15 years on President’s Advisory Board of Schoolcraft College Manufacturing Representative.