Walter K. Rothfuss, PE Expert Witness

Contact Information

  • Additional States: California and Pennsylvania
  • Company: Rothfuss Engineering Co.
  • Phone: (410) 880-0127
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Specialties & Experience

General Specialties: Engineering and Fire

Specialty Focus: Fire protection engineering, mechanical engineering, safety engineering, electrical engineering, natural gas and electric utility transmission and distribution, marine incidents, marine fire protection, accident investigations, human factors and ergonomics, fire and explosion investigations, OSHA.

Education: BS, University of Maryland

Years in Practice: 51

Number of Times Deposed/Testified in Last 4 Yrs: 16

Additional Information

Member of ASME, NFPA, SFPE, ABYC, ASM International, NAFI, ASSE, IEEE, HFES, ICC International Code Council, AGA, ACEC, NSPE. Have served on NFPA committees and am a member of the NFPA Health Care Section and the NFPA Industrial Engineering Section. Certified Fire and Explosion Investigator and Certified Fire Investigation Instructor. Have testified in Federal, State and Local courts in Pennsylvania, Maryland, Florida, Tennessee, DC, Illinois, New Jersey, New York, Connecticut, Delaware and Virginia, and given deposition testimony in those states plus Massachusetts, Nevada, Wisconsin, New Mexico, West Virginia, New Hampshire, Mississippi and Missouri. Have consulted nationally and internationally in employee death cases, including for a steel plant client in SLovakia. Formerly employed by Utica Mutual Insurance Co. after graduation from the Unviersity of Maryland in 1967, then ten years with the federal government. Went into private practice in 1978 and formed Rothfuss Engineering Co. Received multiple awards and letters of commendation during my eight years with the US Navy from various naval activities and the British Royal Navy, and from the US Veterans Administration for my work the last two years of federal service that were spent with the VA, first as a District Safety and Fire Protection Engineer for the Capitol district that included six VA hospitals, office buildings, warehouses and other VA facilities; and secondly as the Manager of Fire Protection for the entire VA hospital system, 176 hospitals.