T.Kim Parnell, PhD, PE Expert Witness
Curriculum Vitae

Contact this Expert Witness

  • Company: Parnell Expert Consulting
  • Phone: 408 203 9443
  • Cell: 408 203 9443
  • Website: parnell-eng.com

Specialties & Experience of this Expert Witness

General Specialties:

Medical Devices and Intellectual Property

Keywords/Search Terms:

Mechanical Engineering, Forensic, Medical Device, Nitinol, Biomedical, Patent,IP, Consumer Products, Failure Analysis,Fracture,Fatigue, Truck Rollover, Crashworthiness, Finite Element, FEA, Reliability, Cell Phone,IVC, Composite Material,Piping,Equipment,Machinery,Food Processing,Personal Injury


PhD, Mechanical Engineering, Stanford University; MSME, Mechanical Engineering, Stanford University; BES, Engineering Science & Mechanics, Georgia Institute of Technology

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Additional Information

T.Kim Parnell, PhD, PE is President of Parnell Expert Consulting. Dr. Parnell holds PhD and MSME degrees in Mechanical Engineering from Stanford University, a BES from Georgia Tech, and is a registered Professional Mechanical Engineer (PE) in the State of California. He is an ASME Fellow, an IEEE Senior Member, and a Member of ASM and SAE. Dr.Parnell is Past-Chair of the IEEE Santa Clara Valley Section (IEEE-SCV) (over 13,000 members) and Past-Chair/Board Member of the IEEE Consultants' Network of Silicon Valley (IEEE-CNSV). Dr.Parnell is an experienced Expert Witness, has provided testimony in both trial and deposition, and has authored numerous expert reports, ITC and IPR declarations. He has worked extensively as an expert in medical devices, patents, product failure, product liability, and personal injury. Dr.Parnell has been retained in medical device litigation cases that are in the news.  Products include stent, stent-grafts, AAA devices, IVC Filters (Inferior Vena Cava Filters), balloons, guide wires, feeding tubes, intubation devices, Intragastric Abdominal Balloon Weight Loss Systems, Back Pain Reduction Systems, Spinal Surgical Devices, Orthotic Devices, and other implantable or external devices. He has performed design analysis, failure analysis, reliability, and patent investigations. Dr.Parnell brings both breadth and depth of experience to clients. He has over 44 years of professional consulting experience, has taught both graduate and undergraduate University classes (Visiting Professor at Stanford University & Adjunct Professor at Santa Clara University), and has worked in industry. His industrial positions include sectors such as vehicle (truck & auto), manufacturing, software, hardware, medical devices, consumer products, and telecommunications equipment. He collaborates with Universities on advanced research projects for structural damping devices using shape memory alloys (Nitinol) for use in buildings to protect against seismic damage. Dr.Parnell has extensive experience in areas including patents, medical devices, Nitinol shape memory alloy materials, mechanical failure of products or equipment, finite element analysis (FEA) for design and failure analysis, and material failure by fracture or fatigue. Dr.Parnell frequently works with early-stage companies as both a technical consultant and a business advisor in sectors including medical devices, reliability, and failure analysis.