William N Rowley, PhD, PE Expert Witness
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  • Company: Rowley and Reynolds Forensic Engineering, Inc.
  • Phone: 310-377-6724
  • Cell: 310-780-8914
  • Fax: 310-377-8890
  • Website: www.rowleyreynolds.com
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Specialties & Experience of this Expert Witness

General Specialties:

Aquatics Safety and Construction

Specialty Focus:

Drowning, Swimming Accidents, Diving Accidents, Pool Filter/Heater Explosions, Suction Entrapment, Aquatic Accident Reconstruction, Swimming Pools, Spas/Jacuzzis, Swimming Pool Design/Construction, Swimming Pool Operation/Maintenance, Swimming Pool Equipment, Swimming Pool Related Patents


Bachelor of Eng, Degree in Mechanical Eng., University of Southern CA, Los Angeles; Master of Science Degree in Mechanical Eng., University of Southern CA, LA; PhD in Engineering, Kensington University, Glendale, CA

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Additional Information

Dr. Rowley is a multiple-board-certified forensic engineer with over 45 years’ experience in the design, construction, and operation of swimming pools (and wading pools, spas, waterslides, etc). As Rowley International, he designed or renovated over 700 commercial aquatic facilities and waterparks worldwide, including the 1984 Olympics swimming pools at the University of Southern California, the White House pool, the Basic Underwater Demolition/SEAL Training Tank for the US Navy, the pools for the Hyatt Regency Maui Resort and Spa at Kaanapali Beach, and renovating the 1932 Olympics swimming pools and Hearst Castle’s outdoor Neptune Pool. Dr. Rowley is a registered professional engineer in 29 states and provides expert witness services in all 50 states, including Alaska and Hawaii. He has also been retained in US territories, Canada, Mexico, and Colombia. He works with both plaintiff and defense. He has been retained in over 1,000 aquatic-related cases, has been deposed more than 300 times, and testified in trial more than 80 times in State and Federal courts. Previously, he served for 10 years as the Director of Engineering for the largest manufacturer of residential and commercial swimming pool equipment in the world at that time, through which he obtained extensive experience in the design, manufacture, and operation of pool equipment. He has served on numerous aquatic industry boards, investigated approximately four thousand aquatic accidents for the CPSC/NSPI’s National Swimming Pool Safety Committee, and has assisted with drafting state and federal legislation for pool safety. Dr. Rowley pioneered suction entrapment testing and has tested and written extensively on suction entrapment. In 1985, the NSF awarded Dr. Rowley the Spes Hominum (For The Good Of Mankind) Award for his research and work on water filtration. Dr. Rowley is a retired Major General of the United States Air Force and a Life Fellow in the American Society of Mechanical Engineers.