Robert N. Anderson, PhD, PE, PI Expert Witness
Curriculum Vitae

Contact Information

  • Company: RNA Consulting, Inc.
  • Phone: (650) 949-1092
  • Fax: (650) 949-5641
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Specialties & Experience

General Specialties: Metallurgy and Failure Analysis

Specialty Focus: Metallurgy, Materials, Failure Analysis, Engineering, Sciences, Accident Analysis, Thermodynamics, Corrosion, Design Failures, Asbestos, Industrial, Welds, Medical Device Failures, Electrical Fire Source, Firearms, Ballistics, Metals, Composites, Polymers, Wood, Ceramics, Building Materials, Pipes.

Education: PhD-Applied Earth Sciences-Metallurgy, Stanford University; MS - Chemical Engineering, University of California Berkeley; BS - Chemical Engineering, University of California Berkeley; BS - Chemistry, University of San Francisco

Years in Practice: 35

Number of Times Deposed/Testified in Last 4 Yrs: 40


Additional Information

Dr. Anderson is president of RNA Consulting, Inc., a forensic engineering consulting corporation that specializes in materials and metallurgical engineering and sciences. Dr. Anderson is a testifying expert in materials and metallurgical engineering, with 35+ years of experience serving courts in the U.S. and Canada. His specialties include failure analysis, corrosion, thermodynamics, engineering design failure, electrical fires, ballistics, and accident analysis. His expertise is the analysis of the behavior of materials, such as metals, plastics, glass, wood, and ceramics, in their related environments. Case areas include: • Failure of materials - metals, wood, glass, ceramic, rubber, composites, plastics. • Systems and product design failure analysis, and reliability evaluation. • Investigations involving paint, adhesives, chemicals, and asbestos. • Failures due to construction accidents or building materials failures including system design, materials selection, manufacture, and/or maintenance. • Accident analysis involving materials and metallurgical failures, including industrial, vehicular accidents, aircraft, recreational and sports equipment. • Fire cause determination involving materials and high temperature analysis. • Corrosion, including metals interface or piping, materials analysis. • Materials failures of medical devices and implants. • Materials and metallurgical expert in firearms, ballistics, and explosions. He has published in the areas of thermodynamics, surface chemistry, fire analysis, and understandings of archeological materials. Dr. Anderson is: • Past member of the Board of the American Academy of Forensic Sciences (AAFS). • An elected fellow /past president of the National Academy of Forensic Engineers (NAFE). • A founding member/past president of the Society of Forensic Engineers and Scientists (SFES). • Emeritus Professor, Dept. of Materials Engineering, San Jose State University, San Jose, CA.