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General Specialties: Automotive and Electricity

Specialty Focus: Wiring, EDS, fire, design, defect, FMEA, software, battery, module, display, distraction, stall

Education: BSEE (ME minor), Massachusetts Institute of Technology; MS Product Development , UD Mercy (MIT curriculum); Engineering Doctorate (ABD), University of Detroit Mercy

Years in Practice: 42

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40 years at Ford Motor conceiving and implementing several industry 1st / high tech electronic features (i.e. Lamp Outage, Electronic Fuel Injection Module, and Touch Screen display). Education includes MIT electrical and mechanical engineering (BSEE), Master’s degree in Product Development (Systems Engineering/MBA) from University of Detroit-Mercy, as well as completing Doctoral curriculum in Engineering (ABD) from UDM. Past 17 years were spent teaching and coaching engineers in the proper engineering process disciplines and pointing out failure mechanisms in time to avoid them. One example was the attempt to release the Heated Windshield Washer module that was already in production at General Motors (GM). I saw the design was weak and would likely cause a fire and forced the supplier to re-design it. By the time Ford was ready to put it into production, GM announced a recall for the module catching on fire! Taught classes on Industry Standard Failure Mode Avoidance. Internally audited and continued to prepare Ford’s Electrical Team to achieve and maintain ISO compliance. Expertise in areas of complex automotive electronics and wiring (Electrical Distribution System). These have historically has been the cause of many recalls due to short circuits or inadequately protected modules. This is usually caused by the routing variability of the flexible wiring, the over-dependency of the engineers to rely on installers to follow specified routing sequences and pick the correct attachment locations, or unanticipated environmental stresses (contaminants, vibrations, thermal cycling). All of the litigation cases I had been involved with while working at Ford were successfully resolved before trial, due to my experience, knowledge, input, and direction to the Ford attorneys. I worked on several Ford internal wiring related issues identified before and after vehicle sales, and coached the teams to develop robust designs and prevent recurrence design rules.