Tara Parhizkar Expert Witness
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Specialties & Experience of this Expert Witness

General Specialties:

Failure Analysis and Energy

Keywords/Search Terms:

Power Grid, Energy Infrastructures, Marine Industry, Accident Investigation, Power Tools, Patent Litigation, Construction Safety, Utilities, Oil & Gas, Wildfire, Public Safety, Root Cause Analysis, Failure, Accident, Energy, Climate Change, Renewable Energy, Disaster, Catastrophic Injury, Safety.


Ph.D. , Energy Systems Engineering; M.S., Energy Systems Engineering; B.S., Mechnical Engineering

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Additional Information

Dr. Parhizkar is a distinguished expert witness renowned for her profound expertise in root cause analysis and quantitative risk assessment of complex systems. With over 16 years of professional experience, Dr. Parhizkar has emerged as a leading authority in the fields of safety assessments, fault tree analysis, failure mode and effect analysis, and common cause failure assessment. Her career trajectory reflects a profound commitment to unraveling the complexities of various industries, including energy, transportation, and environmental safety, through meticulous research and innovative methodologies. With a wealth of experience and a meticulous approach, she has established herself as a go-to expert witness in litigation and consulting contexts necessitating profound expertise in accident reconstruction, root cause assessment, and patent litigation analysis. Dr. Parhizkar's renown extends beyond these domains, encompassing mechanical and environmental engineering, as well as specialized knowledge in critical energy infrastructures, including power grids. Her expertise extends to critical infrastructure accidents such as wildfire, where she applies her knowledge to perform root cause analysis and develop strategies to estimate the cause(s) and impact of wildfires/failures on energy infrastructure and surrounding communities. Her reputation for excellence, coupled with her unyielding integrity, renders her a highly esteemed and trustworthy professional in her field. She possesses a distinguished record including the publication of a book and multiple book chapters, as well as authorship of over 30 peer-reviewed journal publications. Furthermore, her contributions extend to active participation in numerous conferences, where she has served in roles such as presenter, conference organizer, and committee member. Positions: 2023 – Present Senior Advisor, Power Utility, Southern California Edison, Los Angeles 2022 – Present Assistant Research Scientist, University of California, Los Angeles 2022 – 2023 Adjunct Professor, Coconino Community College, Arizona 2021 – 2022 Adjunct Professor, Moorpark College, California 2020 – Present Lecturer, University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) 2020 – 2022 Assistant Project Scientist, University of California, Los Angeles 2018 – 2020 Postdoctoral Fellow, Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Trondheim, Norway 2017 – 2018 Senior Research Scientist, Sharif Energy Research Institute, Tehran, Iran 2017 – 2018 Assistant Professor, AmirKabir University of Technology-Tehran Polytechnic, Tehran, Iran PROFESSIONAL MEMBERSHIPS § Professional Risk Managers’ International Association § Word Academy of Science, Engineering and Technology (WASET) § Member of American Energy Society § Fellow Member of Sharif Energy Research Institute (SERI) § Society for Risk Analysis (SRA) § Member of Association of Energy Engineering (AEE) § Member of World Society of Sustainable Energy Technologies § Member of American Energy Society § Women of Renewable Industries and Sustainable Energy (WRISE) § Member of US Green Building Council, Los Angeles Chapter § Women in Energy & Environmental Leadership (CWEEL) CERTIFIED TRAININGS § Commercial Liability Insurance for the Energy Industry, California, USA, 2022. § Best Practices for Building a New Data Center, Schneider Electric, Energy University, Germany, 2015.