Jeffrey Gladstone, PhD, PE Expert Witness
Curriculum Vitae

Contact Information

  • Company: Gladstone Engineering, Inc.
  • Phone: 916-770-0311
  • Cell: 916-770-0311
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Specialties & Experience

General Specialties: Failure Analysis and Engineering

Specialty Focus: Finite element analysis (FEA), materials, failed hardware, metals, composites, rubber, elastomers, adhesives, marine, sporting goods, industrial products, defense, rockets, aerospace, spacecraft, mechanical structures, pressure vessels, joints, vibration, stress, metal fatigue, collapse, metallurgy

Education: PhD, Engineering/Structural Mechanics, University of California, Davis, 1995; MS, Engineering/Structural Mechanics, University of California, Davis, 1989; BS, Aeronautical Engineering, Cal Poly State University, San Luis Obispo, 1985

Years in Practice: 30+

Additional Information

Award winning specialist in structural design development and failure analysis using finite element analysis (FEA). FEA is a computer-aided engineering tool which provides a powerful means to determine why a component or piece of hardware bent, broke, collapsed or otherwise failed. FEA also allows one to virtually stress test a component of a design without need of a physical prototype. 30 years of hands-on experience as a rocket scientist working with NASA on deep space probes, on Virgin Galactic’s SpaceShipTwo and on the Atlas V Solid Rocket Booster. Inventor of patented rocket component. Experience working with structures made from metals and non-metallics including composites, elastomers, and adhesives. Projects have involved aerospace hardware as well as the development of industrial, marine, electronics, and sporting goods products. Experienced public speaker.