D.R. Foster, PhD, PE Expert Witness
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Specialties & Experience of this Expert Witness

General Specialties:

Failure Analysis and Safety

Keywords/Search Terms:

Welding Engineering, Weld Failures, Welding Design, Industrial Safety, 3D Printing of Metals, Welding, Welding Safety, Inspection, Welding Metallurgy, Welding Defects, Torch cutting, Forensics, Codes Compliance, Non-Destructive Testing, Manufacturing, Marine, Navy, Aerospace, Military, ASME, AWS


PhD Welding Engineering, The Ohio State University; MS Welding Engineering, The Ohio State University; BS Welding Engineering, The Ohio State University

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Dr. D.R. Foster is the Principal Engineer at Expert Welding Engineering and Inspection, where he focuses on welding engineering consulting, inspection, and the training of engineers and technicians. Dr. Foster is an expert in regard to the design, manufacture, testing, and safety associated with welded structures. In addition to Dr. Foster’s significant experience in the field of welding engineering in both academia and industry, Dr. Foster possesses a BS, MS, and PhD in Welding Engineering. Strongly dedicated to his craft, Dr. Foster has earned multiple certifications related to fields of welding engineering and inspection. These certifications include Certified Welder (CW), Certified Welding Inspector (CWI), Certified Welding Supervisor (CWS), Certified NDT Level III Inspector (NDT III) and Licensed Professional Engineer (PE), all of which have prepared Dr. Foster exceptionally well to properly analyze failures and other welding problems that are the subject of litigation. Dr. Foster is a former National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) faculty fellow and former tenure track university professor with extensive experience teaching undergraduate- and graduate-level courses in materials science, welding processes, and the design of welded structures. His research has been published in numerous scientific journals, and Dr. Foster has also been a reviewer for many scientific journal publications. He actively presents at multiple engineering conferences every year and has provided invited talks at large government agencies such as the Air Force Research Lab, NASA, and the Navy's National Shipbuilding Research Program. In addition, Dr. Foster has worked with many government organizations such as the Ohio Aerospace Institute, Virginia Aerospace Institute, US Navy, NASA, US Army Corps of Engineers and the National Science Foundation, while also providing welding engineering solutions for private industry. Please visit the websites below for CV's and more info www.3ephd.com/expert-witness-services www.weldingexpertphd.com