Failure Analysis Expert Witnesses

The SEAK Expert Witness Directory contains a comprehensive list of failure analysis expert witnesses who testify, consult and provide litigation support on failure analysis and related issues. Failure analysis expert witnesses and consultants on this page may form expert opinions, draft expert witness reports, and provide expert witness testimony at deposition and trial. The issues and subjects these failure analysis expert witnesses testify regarding may include: Failure Analysis, Construction Defects, Products Liability, Manufacturing, Plumbing, Slip Trip & Fall, Construction, Forensic Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Accident Reconstruction, Human Factors, Premises Liability, Fire, Laboratories & Testing, and Automotive.

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Robert A Durham, PhD, PE THEWAY Labs

Failure Analysis, Engineering - Fire, Engineering Mechanical, Engineering Electrical, Building Inspection, Construction, Electricity, Electronics, Laboratories & Testing, Investigation, Products Liability, Plumbing, Forensic Science
Dr. Durham has been providing forensic and failure analysis services to clients for over 20 years. He has testified as an expert witness in multiple states, in federal jurisdictions, before FERC and state utility commissions. He is a certified fire and explosion investigator. He has been involved in over 2,500 failure analysis projects including: power systems, lightning, electrocutions, oil & gas, tank batteries, industrial, commercial, residential, lighting appliances, utility systems, utility regulation, fire, equipment damage, switchgear, construction equipment, electronics, overhead lines, underground lines and fire protection equipment. Licensed PE in 11 States; BS EE, ME, PhD

Brett Pond, PhD, PE, CWI Pond Industries LLC

Failure Analysis, Metallurgy - Derailment Investigation, Certified Welding Inspector (CWI), Professional Engineer (PE), Forensic Metallurgy, Expert Witness, Railroad, AREMA Rail Testing, Mechanical Testing, Metallurgical Testing, Mechanical Engineering, Corrosion, API Fitness for Service (FFS) Evaluation
Brett has over 13 years of experience as a mechanical engineering and metallurgical consultant specializing in forensic metallurgy (failure analysis). He has a strong background in the rail industry, having participated in hundreds of derailment investigations and rail related failure analyses. Brett has earned international recognition for his failure analysis capabilities and has a wide range of experience, including: API Fitness for Service (FFS) Evaluations, field testing, mechanical/metallurgical laboratory management, legal expert witness services, and failure analysis for Rail, Food, Manufacturing, Oil and Gas, Medical, and Transportation industries. Brett obtained his Doctor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering from Washington University in St. Louis, has obtained Professional Engineering (PE) licensure in 48 states, and is an AWS Certified Welding Inspector (CWI). He is an active member of ASM International, American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME), Natio...

Daniel T Gottuk, PhD Jensen Hughes

Alabama
Fire, Engineering - Fire Protection Engineering, Arson, Smoke Detection, Fire Alarm, Fire detection, Smoke and CO alarms, Forensic engineering, Fire spread analysis, Fire recreation, Origin and cause investigation, Consumer products, Failure Analysis
Dan Gottuk is the VP of Research, Development, Testing & Evaluation and works with a team of over 100 experts providing expert witness and failure analysis services for a range of specialties associated with fires and explosions, mechanical, electrical, construction, codes and standards, materials, chemical, metallurgical, process safety and concrete. Other specific service areas include: Arson Investigation, Origin & Cause Investigations; Fire Spread Analysis; Fire Modeling; Fire Testing; Sprinkler Systems; Inadvertent Discharge; Corrosion; Fire Alarm Systems; Smoke Alarms; Carbon Monoxide; Kitchen Hood Suppression; Battery Fires (including Lithium and Lithium Ion); Building Insulation Fires; Spray-Applied Fire-Resistive Materials (SFRM); Structural Fire Protection; Combustible Dust Hazards; Dust Explosions; Laboratory & Evidence Examination. Jensen Hughes professional staff includes fire protection, mechanical, electrical, environmental, systems, metallurgical, architects and ch...

Timothy C Behrens, PE, DFE, CFI, CFEI, CVFI Charles Taylor Engineering Technical Services

Phoenix, Arizona
Mechanical Engineering, Failure Analysis - Accident Reconstruction, Failure Analysis, Fire, Explosions, Plumbing, Premises Liability, Slip-Trip & Fall, Bicycle, Motorcycle, Products Liability, Transportation, Recreational Vehicles, Heavy Equipment, Industrial Equipment & Machinery
Mr. Behrens has 40 years of experience in mechanical engineering, with the last 36 years primarily devoted to failure analysis and forensic engineering. His forensic engineering practice is diverse and has included conducting over a thousand engineering investigations involving a wide range of fires, explosions, accidents, and product failures. Mr. Behrens has conducted hundreds of full-scale vehicle crash, fire and component-level tests, which has provided a practical basis for his extensive knowledge and expertise in the analysis of automotive fires, failures and accidents. Mr. Behrens also has expertise in fire and failure analysis involving appliances, plumbing systems, fire sprinkler systems, HVAC, and commercial/industrial equipment. In addition, Mr. Behrens provides engineering expert evaluations for slip/trip & fall accidents and premises liability issues. He also has some experience in the investigation of water intrusion, foundation and roof damage on commercial an...

Al Rose, P.E. Arizona Forensic Engineering Investigations, PLC

Tucson, Arizona
Plumbing, Failure Analysis - Chemical Pipe Expert, Petroleum Pipe Expert, Pipe Failure Expert, Pipe Expert, Piping Expert, Pipeline Failure, Pipe Failure Analysis, Pipe Failures, Pipeline Failures, Industrial Pipe Expert, Industrial Piping, Oil Piping, Natural Gas Piping, Petroleum Piping, B31.3 Chemical Plant Piping, Oil & Gas
*500+ forensic engineering cases, $500 Million+ in cases involving nearly every kind of pipe and tubing found in residential, commercial, and industrial applications *Designed piping in every state in the U.S for large chemical, petroleum, and wastewater plants *33+ years experience in design and failure analysis of pipes * Customers include Dupont Chemical, Dow Chemical, 3M, BASF, Chevron, Exxon, Shell, Texaco, Amoco, Suncor Oil Sands and Central Arizona Project *Member, ASTM committees on standards development for Stainless and Alloy Tubular Products, Copper and Copper Alloys Pipe and Tube, and Plastic Piping Systems *Lectured at universities and provided continuing education, possessing the ability to explain complex matters in simple terms to students, juries and arbitrators *ASME Certified provider of continuing education in Material Science *Performed thousands of computer simulations and stress analyses including wind and seismic analysis of pipelines *Led dozens of successfu...

MARTIN M BALABAN, PhD, PE AR TECH

Encino, California
Accident Reconstruction, Premises Liability - Biomechanics, Building Codes, Construction & Industrial Accidents, Failure Analysis, Human Factors, Mechanical Engineering, OSHA, Products Liability, Safety, Slip Trip & Fall, Vehicle collisions
Vehicular:
 all vehicle types, multi-vehicle, bicycles, pedestrians, skidmark analysis. damage-matching, occupant biomechanics. visibility & line-of-sight analysis, traffic signal phasing, vehicular component defects, seatbelts. Premises Liability: Code Compliance, Slip, trip, floor friction testing, stairway & ramp accidents, glass injuries, guardrails; illumination issues; manual & electronic gates, door closing mechanisms, falling objects, structural failures. Occupancies include single- and multi-family residences, retail stores, office buildings, garages, sidewalks, parks and other public access. Industrial & Construction accidents: Walking-working surfaces including ramps, hoisting & conveying, powered lifts, work platforms, forklifts, construction vehicles, materials handling & storage, machine guarding, ladders, scaffolding, trenching & shoring, Cal-OSHA compliance, lockout/tagout, IIPP analysis, human factors & ergonomics issues. Products Liability: Liability regard...

Jose J. Granda, PhD, PE Cadsim Engineering

Sacramento, California
Accident Reconstruction, Engineering - Mechanical Engineering, Auto Accidents, Accident Biomechanics, EDR download, analysis, including TESLA, Work Place Accidents, Heavy Vehicles, Motorcycles, Pedestrians, Bicycles, Failure Analysis, Computer Models, Simulations, Finite Element Modeling (FEA), Human Factors, Vehicle Dynamics and Design.
QUALIFICATIONS; Professor of Mechanical Engineering at the California State University in Sacramento, CA with 39+ yrs. experience. Professional Registered Mechanical Engineer (PE License, CA). An expert in accident reconstruction using computer simulations of accidents involving vehicles, trucks, heavy vehicles, motorcycles, biomechanics, pedestrians, bicycles, occupational, workplace, failure analysis impact forces, industrial accidents. EDR (Event Data Recorder) analysis including TESLA vehicles, patents. EXPERT WITNESS EXPERIENCE: Written reports, depositions & trial experience. SPECIALIZED TRAINING; Vehicle Dynamics and Design, Vehicle Safety & Crash Reconstruction, Accident Biomechanics, Finite Element Modeling in Computer Aided Design, Advanced Mechanical Design and Failure Analysis (CSUS); Motorcycle Accident reconstruction, (Northwestern University); EDR Certification, Tech 1, Tech II, EDR Analysis Certification (Collision Safety Institute); Applying Automotive EDR Da...

Justin Jaussi, MS, PE Jaussi Aviation Consulting

San Diego, California
Aviation & Aerospace, Engineering - Aircraft accident investigation, pilot procedures and regulations, human factors, failure analysis, aviation research
Mr. Jaussi has a unique combination of expertise as an aircraft accident investigator, an engineer, and a pilot. He has more than 20 years of experience in aviation and has participated in more than 100 aircraft accident investigations, including manned and remotely piloted aircraft. He is currently an engineering director at an aerospace manufacturer, overseeing the investigation of aircraft accidents, urgent field anomalies, field bulletins, and failure trending. He previously was a pilot specialist and aircraft accident investigator for AvSafe, LLC, and the Aviation Safety Program Manager for the flight training department at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University's Prescott campus. He also served as the Aviation Safety Officer in two U.S. Navy flight squadrons. Mr. Jaussi is a former U.S. Navy pilot and instructor pilot, flew for a major airline, and is a current general aviation pilot. Additional qualifications: Licensed Professional Engineer (P.E.), Mechanical Engineeri...

Nikhil K Kar, Ph.D., P.E. Kars' Advanced Materials, Inc.

Anaheim, California
Metallurgy, Mechanical Engineering - Materials Science, Composite Materials, Fractography, Fractures, Weld Failures, Failure Analysis, Product, machinery, and equipment failures
Nikhil’s expertise is in fields of mechanical engineering, materials science, metallurgy, failure analysis, mechanical/materials behavior, laboratory testing, contamination analysis and equipment function to determine cause(s) of failure. He is involved in various consulting projects including implant failures, product failures, automotive component failures and patent infringement matters. When time permits, he teaches undergraduate and graduate courses for the Viterbi School of Engineering at the University of Southern California as an adjunct assistant professor of engineering practice. He has qualified as an expert witness in both State and Federal Court.

Anthony G Micale, Aerospace Engineer, BSME, MBA Micale Partners

Solvang, California
Aviation & Aerospace, Automotive - Aerospace Engineer, Aircraft Engineer, Failure Investigation, Failure Analysis, Aircraft Safety Risk Assessment, Flight controls systems design, Human Factors, Hazardous Operations, DOD Secret Top Secret eligible, Space Vehicle Design, Fact Finding Event Reconstruction, Throttle Control, ABS
Anthony Micale brings over 32 years of aerospace and automotive engineering experience, including rigorous failure analysis. He is part of the Micale Partners expert witness team. He is currently employed at a Federally Funded Research and Development Corporation where he contributes to US space flight mission assurance. He has specialized in aerospace design and operation of flight and space vehicles with an emphasis on flight safety and mission assurance. Anthony is a past technical leader of an aircraft accident and incident investigation board comprised of engineers, pilots and legal counsel for a major commercial aircraft manufacturer. In this role he has studied, understood, created reports and defined design changes to resolve aircraft safety issues. Over his career he has conducted numerous analyses for root cause to determine failures attributed to design flaws, human error, human workload, improper manufacturing and inadequate maintenance. He has designed aircraft sys...

T. Kim Parnell, PhD, PE Parnell Engineering & Consulting (PEC)

Sunnyvale, California
Medical Devices, Intellectual Property - 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
T. Kim Parnell, PhD, PE is Principal & Founder of Parnell Engineering & Consulting (PEC). 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 F...

Joseph Quinn, M.S., P.E. Materials FACT

Los Angeles, California
Failure Analysis, Metallurgy - Automobile, Aviation & Aerospace, Motorcycle,Appliance, Engineering, Construction, Construction Defects, Corrosion, Maritime, Equipment & Machinery, Mining, Bicycles, Transportation, Medical Devices, Manufacturing, Plumbing, Products Liability, Fire, Electricity, Pipe, HVAC, CPVC, Oil & Gas, Welding
Joseph Quinn, MS, PE, is a Forensic Metallurgy and Metallurgical Engineering consultant. He is a Licensed Professional Engineer in Metallurgical Engineering and is registered in 7 states (CA, PA, UT, NV, AZ, CO, WA). He has provided over 1,000 Failure Analysis investigations on metallic and non-metallic (glass, plastic, rubber, and composite) materials or products. Mr. Quinn provides metallurgical and materials consultation, expert witness testimony, and forensic failure analysis for civil litigation with retentions by defendants and plaintiffs. He has received awards in the International Metallographic Contest and has conducted several presentations on metallurgical engineering and failure analysis subjects at universities, ASM meetings, and industry events. He is President of the National Society of Professional Engineers in California (NSPE-CA) and is active in several technical societies. He has taught metallurgical engineering course topics in Principals and Applications of ...

John J Rohosky, AIA

San Francisco, California
Architecture, Construction - Failure Analysis, Slip, Trip & Fall, Accident Reconstruction, Building Codes, ADA, Construction Defects, Water Intrusion, Cost to Repair, Standard of Care (architects, contractors), Construction Administration, Remedial Construction Documents, Life Safety Issues
Construction litigation consulting; court appearance, testimony and detailed site investigations, remedial cost estimates, detailed reports, deposition and declarations (MSJ), construction scenario reconstruction, damage assessment due to fire, flood, wind or earthquake, visual presentation, models and videos. Construction documents and contract administration services for any remedial work upon request.

Al Rose, P.E. Arizona Forensic Engineering Investigations, PLC

California
Plumbing, Failure Analysis - Chemical Pipe Expert, Petroleum Pipe Expert, Pipe Failure Expert, Pipe Expert, Piping Expert, Pipeline Failure, Pipe Failure Analysis, Pipe Failures, Pipeline Failures, Industrial Pipe Expert, Industrial Piping, Oil Piping, Natural Gas Piping, Petroleum Piping, B31.3 Chemical Plant Piping, Oil & Gas
*500+ forensic engineering cases, $500 Million+ in cases involving nearly every kind of pipe and tubing found in residential, commercial, and industrial applications *Designed piping in every state in the U.S for large chemical, petroleum, and wastewater plants *33+ years experience in design and failure analysis of pipes * Customers include Dupont Chemical, Dow Chemical, 3M, BASF, Chevron, Exxon, Shell, Texaco, Amoco, Suncor Oil Sands and Central Arizona Project *Member, ASTM committees on standards development for Stainless and Alloy Tubular Products, Copper and Copper Alloys Pipe and Tube, and Plastic Piping Systems *Lectured at universities and provided continuing education, possessing the ability to explain complex matters in simple terms to students, juries and arbitrators *ASME Certified provider of continuing education in Material Science *Performed thousands of computer simulations and stress analyses including wind and seismic analysis of pipelines *Led dozens of successfu...

Felix Touza, P.E., C.P.D. Ivey Engineering, Inc.

San Diego, California
Engineering, Plumbing - HVAC, heating, ventilation, air conditioning, plumbing, piping, fire sprinkler, construction defects, claims, injury, mechanical, design, energy management, design errors, failure analysis
Ivey Engineering, Inc. (IEI) is an HVAC, plumbing, process piping, fire sprinkler and energy management consulting firm. The firm performs design work, forensic analysis, expert witness consulting, product liability, and construction claims consulting. The staff is comprised of professional engineers, former construction executives and service and repair professionals. We are licensed engineers and licensed contractors. We know what it takes to design, bid and construct projects.

Carmen G. Vertullo AIM Testing Laboratory

El Cajon, California
Failure Analysis, Manufacturing - Fastener Expert, Fastener Failure Investigation, Hydrogen Embrittlement Risk Management, Fastener Coatings and Plating, Structural Bolting Fastener Quality Assurance, Fastener Inspection and Testing, Screw Threads, ASTM ISO ASME and SAE Fastener Standards, Fastener Technical Training Programs
Over 30 years of experience in testing, usage, specification, design, manufacturing, sales, purchasing, marketing, development, engineering, application, problem solving and training involving threaded fasteners. Have worked on dozens of fastener failure investigations and fastener application problems for fastener users, suppliers and manufacturers. 10 years experience as a manager in the fastener distribution business. Developed and presented over one hundred of fastener training sessions in person and via webinar. Fastener Applications - Expert in the use, design, modeling, drafting, documentation, failure modes, quality assurance and manufacturing of threaded fasteners and fastener related components, to include, materials, chemistry, thread selection, head and drive selection, heat treatment, plating, coating, corrosion, dissimilar metals, hydrogen embrittlement detection and prevention, torque-tension relationships, physical testing, certification and dimensional inspection....

Mingxi Zheng, MS, PE BEAR INC.

San Francisco, California
Products Liability, Mechanical Engineering - Accident Reconstruction, Failure Analysis, FMEA, Material Characterization and Testing, Material Properties, Metallurgy, Manufacturing, Aviation & Aerospace, 3D printing, Automotive, Slip Trip & Fall, Warnings & Labels, Oil and Gas, Product Development, Laboratories & Testing
Mingxi is a Licensed Professional Mechanical Engineer in the state of California with expertise in materials development and mechanical engineering across a broad range of industries. With a specialty in metallurgy, fracture mechanics and failure analysis, she has experience in materials testing and process development in the aerospace and manufacturing industries, Prior to joining Berkeley Engineering And Research, Inc., she held engineering roles at SpaceX, Virgin Orbit, and other early-stage startups, where she worked on integrating Mil, ASTM, ISO, and NASA specifications into the product development process during transitions from R&D to production. In addition to knowledge of traditional materials and processing methods, she has developed characterization methods for additive manufacturing of metallic and polymeric materials. Her skills take a big picture approach, centering on the intersection of materials science and mechanical design, among other fields. Projects have inclu...

Frederick C Anderson, PE Advantec Engineering LLC

Avon, Connecticut
Failure Analysis, Products Liability - Metallurgy, Materials Science, Forensic Engineering, Corrosion, Fatigue, Fracture, Pipe/Tube/PEX/CPVC, Valve, Bolt, Coupling, Boiler, Power Plant, Quality, Weld, Aerial Lift, Hoist, Wire Rope, Fire Protection, Plumbing, Construction Defects
Mr. Anderson is the founder of Advantec Engineering LLC and provides expert consultation, laboratory testing and analysis, and litigation support regarding materials failure analysis, forensic engineering investigations, corrosion, and structural analysis. He has more than forty years of professional engineering experience. Mr. Anderson has provided engineering support and/or testimony for cases involving product liability, industrial accidents and equipment failures, commercial and residential accidents and equipment failures, bridge structures, and aircraft, marine, and vehicle accidents. He has also provided expert testimony and/or litigation support in cases involving flow accelerated corrosion, stress corrosion, corrosion fatigue, pitting, weld defects, and fitness for service of large industrial components, commercial products, and consumer products. Mr. Anderson is especially skillful at translating highly complex and technical information into something understandable by ...

Kristopher J. Seluga, M.S., PE Technology Associates, LLC

Stratford, Connecticut
Accident Reconstruction, Products Liability - Mechanical Engineering, Biomechanics, Automotive, Construction, Engineering, Failure Analysis, Forensic Science, Human Factors, Motorcycle, Premises Liability, Safety, Slip Trip & Fall
Our staff of experienced engineers are ready to apply established scientific and engineering knowledge and techniques to your case. Our staff has published hundreds of papers, served on national ANSI standards committees and assisted over 2,600 attorneys and insurance agents settle or try their cases. Because the laws of physics and principles of engineering are universal, we are able to investigate and opine on a wide range of topics including motor vehicle crashes, heavy machinery, consumer products, construction sites, falls and biomechanical analyses. In each case, we assist our clients by determining, in as much detail as possible, how and why an accident occurred and communicating those finding in a clear and concise manner.

Brian K Bramel, SE, PE, Ph.D. Bramel Engineering

District Of Columbia
Structural Engineering, Construction Defects - Construction, construction site safety, concrete, open web joist, light gage steel, underpinning, mechanical engineering, product defects, failure analysis, finite elements, design build
Dr. Bramel has over 30 years of broad Engineering experience in all aspects of the construction process: from design through construction and service. Dr. Bramel has effectively served as an Expert Witness and a litigation advisor on hundreds of cases in the past 10 years. He has advised in Construction Defect, Building and Material Failures, Product Liability, Personal Injury, Construction Work Site Injuries, Multi-Employer Worksite Matters, as well as building code compliance and insurance claims throughout the mid-Atlantic region. His expertise in Civil, Mechanical, and Structural Engineering allows a broad perspective of potential matters beyond the traditional Engineering solutions. Dr. Bramel is a practicing Licensed Professional Engineer in Virginia, Maryland, West Virginia, Pennsylvania, Ohio, New York, and Delaware, a practicing Licensed Structural Engineer in Washington, D.C., and a Model PE NCEES record holder. He is a current member of the New York City Building Code R...

Nick M Bradford, PhD PE SE SI TSG Engineering, Inc.

Tampa, Florida
Structural Engineering, Construction Engineering - Structural Failure / Collapse, Structural design, Structural Analysis, Structural Inspections, Building Code Analysis, Construction Defects, Forensic Engineering, Hurricane Engineering, Failure Analysis, Wind Engineering, Flood Engineering
Dr. Bradford has been a practicing structural engineer for the past 27 years. Dr. Bradford is the president and founder of TSG Engineering, located in Tampa, Florida. TSG Engineering provides structural engineering for new construction projects as well as forensic investigations. Since our inception as The Structures Group, Inc. in 1999, we have worked on over 9,000 projects. In the area of new construction, we provide structural engineering for projects in the areas of custom residential, production builder residential, multi-family residential, retail/commercial construction, churches, industrial facilities and warehouses. We provide specialty structural engineering services such as controlled demolition and accessory structures (stairs, handrails, light poles). Our engineering projects include coastal construction projects involving high wind loading, wave loading, flooding, and scour analysis. In the area of forensic engineering, we provide structural engineering failure ...

Gregory J Cahanin, CP Cahanin Fire & Code Consulting

St. Petersburg, Florida
Fire, Failure Analysis - Kitchen Fire Suppression Systems, Fire Sprinkler System Failure, CPVC sprinkler pipe failure, Fire Walls, Life Safety Egress, Fire Codes, Fire Hazard Analysis, Explosion Analysis and Cause, Fire Alarms, Walking Surface Slip Trip & Fall, Fire Origin and Cause Investigation, Fire Construction Defects
Fire expert witness performing origin and cause investigations nationally. Gregory J. Cahanin meets the professional qualifications of NFPA 1033, Standard for Professional Qualifications for Fire Investigator as documented in a Florida declaratory statement held by no other fire expert in the state. Investigations include the Station Nightclub Fire in 2003 with 100 fatalities. In Wyatt v. Security Alarms Co., Inc. key testimony on the failure of a Viking automatic fire sprinkler established a product liability that resulted in a $1.4M dollar jury award for Wyatt in Oklahoma. Specialty areas of forensic expertise include kitchen fire suppression systems, fire sprinklers, and fire alarm failures. Fire and Building Code construction defect findings are supported by 40 years of working with national codes and standards. Gregory Cahanin also performs code compliance and development for property owners and manufacturers. At the National Fire Protection Association, Quincy, MA, Mr. Caha...

Edward S. George E & S Consulting, Inc.

Saint Augustine, Florida
Engineering, Failure Analysis - Metallurgy, Products Liability

Daniel T Gottuk, PhD Jensen Hughes

Florida
Fire, Engineering - Fire Protection Engineering, Arson, Smoke Detection, Fire Alarm, Fire detection, Smoke and CO alarms, Forensic engineering, Fire spread analysis, Fire recreation, Origin and cause investigation, Consumer products, Failure Analysis
Dan Gottuk is the VP of Research, Development, Testing & Evaluation and works with a team of over 100 experts providing expert witness and failure analysis services for a range of specialties associated with fires and explosions, mechanical, electrical, construction, codes and standards, materials, chemical, metallurgical, process safety and concrete. Other specific service areas include: Arson Investigation, Origin & Cause Investigations; Fire Spread Analysis; Fire Modeling; Fire Testing; Sprinkler Systems; Inadvertent Discharge; Corrosion; Fire Alarm Systems; Smoke Alarms; Carbon Monoxide; Kitchen Hood Suppression; Battery Fires (including Lithium and Lithium Ion); Building Insulation Fires; Spray-Applied Fire-Resistive Materials (SFRM); Structural Fire Protection; Combustible Dust Hazards; Dust Explosions; Laboratory & Evidence Examination. Jensen Hughes professional staff includes fire protection, mechanical, electrical, environmental, systems, metallurgical, architects and ch...

William Henry, PhD RGA Design Forensics LLC

Tampa, Florida
Premises Liability, Disaster Recovery - Accident scene investigation, Building codes, ADA, Accessibility, Slip and fall, Trip and fall, Architecture, Construction, Mold, Cruise ship, Maintenance, Assisted Living, Building Inspection, Restoration, Insurance Claims, Construction Defects, Disaster Recovery, Failure Analysis, Property Damage
RGA Design Forensics: Providing customized expert witness solutions through experience and cutting edge technology. At RGA Design Forensics we strive to provide our clients with superior expert witness services by combining the latest in technological advances with the knowledge and expertise of our staff gained through decades of training and experience. ​ Our three main areas of expertise are premises liability, construction litigation, and ADA compliance. We provide tailored and customized expert witness solutions to meet the needs of our client's particular situation. ​ We aim to deliver this expert advice in a timely and efficient manner, handling each matter with a high level of accountability and responsiveness. Dr. Henry, our lead expert, typically utilizes three analytical components in his case development: a detailed timeline, an analysis of the applicable codes, and the application of the facts to the law. His reports and testimony are presented in a simple, clear ...

Jason Keen Keen Construction and Inspections Inc.

Tampa , Florida
Construction, Building Inspection - General Contractor, commercial and residential shell contracting, Concrete, Product defect, Construction management, Contracts, Quality control, Insurance inspections, Failure analysis, Permit research, Unpermitted construction activity, Water intrusion, Construction Defects
State licensed general contractor CBC-1254501 State licensed building inspector HI-9654 Construction company owner since 1997 Commercial resteraunt construction. Municipal Bridge repair. Municipal fire station construction. Residential new construction. Commercial and residential property inspections. Construction consultant.

Gary E Kilpatrick, PE, DFE The Kilpatrick Group, PA

Florida
Mechanical Engineering, OSHA - Crash Reconstruction, ATV, ROV, UTV, Automotive, Motorcycle, School Bus, Tractor Trailers, Industrial Process Equipment, Product Defect, Failure Analysis, Forklift, Crane, Mobile Elevating Work Platform, Aeral Lift, Personel Lift, Amusement Park Rides, OSHA, Industrial Accidents
Gary E. Kilpatrick, PE, DFE at The Kilpatrick Group is a board certified Forensic Engineer through the National Academy of Forensic Engineers (NAFE) and is a Diplomat Forensics Engineer (DFE). Gary provides forensic engineering services to law firms and insurance companies in the following areas: Product Defect and Failure Analyses. OSHA 29CFR 1910, 1926 and 1928 regulations. Forklift Accidents. Crane Accidents. Industrial Process Equipment Accidents. Amusement Park Ride Accidenst. Motor Vehicle Crash Reconstruction. School Bus Safety and Crash Reconstruction. Tractor Trailer Crash Reconstruction. Motorcycle Accident Crash Reconstruction. ATV/ROV/UTV Crash Reconstruction. Mobile Elevating Work Platform Accident Investigations. I Earned a BS Degree in Mechanical Design Engineering from North Carolina State University with an emphasis in Machine Design Engineering and Automotive Design Engineering. I have over 20 years of industrial work experience five years of which I spent ...

Andres Navarro, P.E., DFE, ACTAR, CXLT Kimley-Horn

Plantation, Florida
Accident Reconstruction, Premises Liability - Automobile Accidents, EDR Data (Black Box) Download, Commercial Vehicle (Truck) Accidents, Motorcycle Accidents, Construction Accidents, Maintenance of Traffic (M.O.T.), Premises Liability, Slip Resistance Testing (Slip and Fall), Product Defect, Forklift Accidents, Failure Analysis, OSHA Regulation
Mr. Navarro is a licensed Professional Engineer and Board-Certified Forensic Engineer who practices in the field of Accident Reconstruction. He has nearly a decade of experience of investigating and reconstructing various accidents and incidents, including automobile accidents, construction accidents, slip/trip and fall incidents, product defects, workplace accidents, and a variety of premises liability incidents. Mr. Navarro is a Fully Accredited Traffic Accident Reconstructionist and has reconstructed hundreds of motor vehicle accidents involving passenger vehicles, commercial vehicles, buses, recreational vehicles, motorcycles, industrial vehicles, forklifts, bicyclists, and pedestrians. He has advanced training in human factors related to vehicle drivers, work zone traffic control, imaging “black box” data from vehicle Event Data Recorders, and collection/preservation of evidence and holds a motorcycle endorsement and forklift operator certification. He has previous experience...

BEHZAD KASRAIE, PhD,PE EEC

Duluth, Georgia
Mechanical Engineering, Failure Analysis - Forensic Investigations, Consumer Product Liability, Personal Injury, ASME Code Compliance, Equipment & Machinery, API-579 Fitness for Service, Fifth Wheel Failure, Vibrations, Fatigue, Fracture Mechanics, Dynamic Analysis, Stress Analysis, Finite Element Analysis & Simulation, Slip Trip & Fall.
FORENSIC EXPERIENCE Dr. Kasraie has more than thirty-five years of experience in providing expert testimony to support complex legal cases in federal, state, and international courts. When necessary, he has the knowledge and the experience of utilizing the latest technology in simulation, modeling, testing, and engineering analyses to evaluate and determine the root cause of failures. In many complex cases, he has used finite element technology (no issues with the Daubert Challenge in the U.S. courts) to show the failure mechanism. He is well experienced in providing forensic support related to consumer safety product issues. He has successfully testified in international arbitration in the NYC American Arbitration Association (regarding the destruction of the priceless 15th Century Nude Adam statue in the NYC Metropolitan Museum of Arts), London, and Singapore. INDUSTRIAL EXPERIENCE He has many years of professional experience in mechanical design, analysis, troubleshooting, failu...

Gary E Kilpatrick, PE, DFE The Kilpatrick Group, PA

Georgia
Mechanical Engineering, OSHA - Crash Reconstruction, ATV, ROV, UTV, Automotive, Motorcycle, School Bus, Tractor Trailers, Industrial Process Equipment, Product Defect, Failure Analysis, Forklift, Crane, Mobile Elevating Work Platform, Aeral Lift, Personel Lift, Amusement Park Rides, OSHA, Industrial Accidents
Gary E. Kilpatrick, PE, DFE at The Kilpatrick Group is a board certified Forensic Engineer through the National Academy of Forensic Engineers (NAFE) and is a Diplomat Forensics Engineer (DFE). Gary provides forensic engineering services to law firms and insurance companies in the following areas: Product Defect and Failure Analyses. OSHA 29CFR 1910, 1926 and 1928 regulations. Forklift Accidents. Crane Accidents. Industrial Process Equipment Accidents. Amusement Park Ride Accidenst. Motor Vehicle Crash Reconstruction. School Bus Safety and Crash Reconstruction. Tractor Trailer Crash Reconstruction. Motorcycle Accident Crash Reconstruction. ATV/ROV/UTV Crash Reconstruction. Mobile Elevating Work Platform Accident Investigations. I Earned a BS Degree in Mechanical Design Engineering from North Carolina State University with an emphasis in Machine Design Engineering and Automotive Design Engineering. I have over 20 years of industrial work experience five years of which I spent ...

Adam K Aleksander, PhD, PE, CSP Aleksander & Associates P.A.

Boise, Idaho
Human Factors, Products Liability - Warnings, Labels, Reconstruction, Visibility, Failure Analysis, Forensic Engineering, Defects, Photogrammetry, Metallurgy, Human Factors, Ergonomics, Construction, OSHA, Safety Engineering, Product Liability, Equipment Failures, Industrial Accidents, Power Utility Accidents, Insurance Claims
Specific Cases: Go cart nip point fatality, washing machine amputation, amputations in punch presses, hydro-pneumatic tank explosion, agricultural truck amputation, airport conveyors, biscuit cutter, amusement rides, water-jet fatality, slips & trips, lead rope snap, exercise machine failures and injuries, document burn injuries, folding chair collapse, concrete anchor system, nail gun injury, prosthesis bolt failure, steam iron electrocution, pool light burn, design of warnings and instructions, ATV rollover, automotive failures and crash related phenomena, measurement of ECDs (TASER®) Farm equipment, failed engines, mining conveyors, power plant systems, belt conveyors, potato processing system, sewer line, tire shredder processing analysis, failed brake die, failed conveyor bearing, RV axle repair failure, trailer suspension system failure, trailer separation, dump truck telescoping cylinder failure, brake system, headlight filament analysis, service station gasoline tank leak, b...

Kenneth H Brown, PhD KHB CONSULTING SERVICES

Evanston, Illinois
Chemistry & Chemicals, Warnings & Labels - Paint & Coatings, Premises Liability, Household Chemical Products, Hazardous Materials, Labels & Warnings, Aerosols & Spray Products, Laboratory Testing & Analysis, Accident Reconstruction, Failure Analysis, Patent Infringement, Chemical Exposure, Chemical Fires & Explosions, Chemical Accidents
Dr. Brown is an experienced expert witness who provides file review, research, site visits, evidence gathering, failure analysis, laboratory testing & analysis, verbal reports, written reports of opinion, testifying at deposition, and testifying at trial. We act as your translator of technical jargon into easy-to-understand language for attorney and juries. Dr. Brown has published in the fields of organic chemistry, polymers, resins, paint & coatings and ultraviolet light curing of coatings; he also has several patents in these fields. Dr. Brown is a former Assistant Professor, Instructor and Adjunct Faculty Member at Loyola University, Roosevelt University and Elmhurst College.

Andrae L. Holliday, MSCE,MBA,DTh Solution Engineering Group

Montgomery, Illinois
Civil Engineering, Failure Analysis - Construction Design Failures, Drainage, Earthmoving/Mining/Paving Equipment, Parking Lot Design and Maintenance, Excavation and Embankment, Bridge Design, Retaining Walls, Construction Management Issues, Highway and Roadway Design, Lighting, Signage, Traffic Control, Bituminous and Concrete Pavement
Andrae Holliday is a Civil Engineer Expert for Solution Engineering Group. He consults on all aspects of construction management and design; highway rehabilitation and construction; highway/roadway design; earthmoving/mining/paving equipment use and dealer training; and conducts expert inspections for roadway, parking lot, and construction matters. Some practice areas include excavation and embankment, bituminous and concrete pavement, retainage walls, drainage, building construction, bridge substructure and superstructure, intersection design and construction, lighting, signing, surveillance, traffic control, and landscaping. He has over twenty-five years of experience with construction management, field inspections, commercial planning, and engineering design. Leveraging that decades-long background, he is especially skilled at running an investigation that encompasses complex technical issues with the goal of determining why an event happened the way it did. Dr. Holliday is pas...

Roger R. Machut, P.E., LEED AP Solution Engineering Group

Montgomery, Illinois
Civil Engineering, Failure Analysis - Site and Land Development, Project Management, Utility Design, Surface and Groundwater Flooding, Roadway Design, Bituminous and Concrete Pavement Design, Stormwater Management, Runway Pavement Design, Slip and Fall Injuries, Root Cause Construction Failures, Lead, Asbestos, Mold, Radon
Roger Machut is a Senior Civil Engineering Expert for Solution Engineering Group. He consults on all aspects of roadway design, bituminous and concrete paving design, runway pavement design, stormwater management, utility design, site development, and surface and groundwater flooding. Mr. Machut has over 30 years of practical professional experience in civil engineering, in both design and construction applications. Combined with decades of holding positions of leadership in various organizations, Mr. Machut has developed a unique ability to express the complex in ways understandable to individual audiences, allow each group to take action or make a decision. As a solution creator, he equally identifies root causes of failures, inefficient methodologies, and unsustainable construction. Adding to his total professional credentials is the Mr. Machut’s 33 years of service in the United States Marine Corps, from which he retired as a Brigadier General. In addition to his extensi...

Keith B. O'Higgins, P.E., CFC, LEED AP Solution Engineering Group

Montgomery, Illinois
Mechanical Engineering, Failure Analysis - Heating & Cooling Systems Investigation, Piping Investigation, Mechanical code/ standards analysis, Construction Contract Administration, Analyze Under Performing Systems, Energy Use Modeling, Water Piping Incidents, Building Control Systems, Healthcare, Educational and Government Buildings
Keith O’Higgins is a Senior Mechanical, Electrical and Plumbing (MEP) Consultant for Solution Engineering Group. Mr. O’Higgins brings 40 plus years of experience to both design of new MEP projects and the investigation, testing, evaluation and design of repairs for non-performing MEP systems for all building types including, but not limited to, healthcare, educational, commercial, institutional, governmental, recreational and residential buildings. Mr. O’Higgins has expertise in heating systems, cooling systems, building energy use modeling, water piping incidents, building control systems, HVAC systems, hot water heater issues, sanitary piping, mechanical codes and standards and construction contract administration. Mr. O’Higgins is licensed as a Professional Engineer in Illinois, Indiana, Minnesota, Ohio, Texas, and Wisconsin. He is LEED certified by the US Green Building Council (USGBC) and is a Certified Forensic Consultant (CFC) by the American College of Forensic Examiners....

Timothy J Dickson, PE, SE Dickson-Schaefer, Ltd.

Indianapolis, Indiana
Engineering, Failure Analysis - Structural Engineering, Construction defects, water infiltration, storm damage, fire damage, explosion damage, structural collapse, failure of temporary shoring, construction site accidents, roofing failure, windows, handrail failures, masonry, concrete, steel, failure analysis, façade failure
I strive to perform impartial forensic investigations in an efficient manner to help my Clients assess their issue. I prepare concise written reports that provide a solid understanding of the technical aspects of the issue so my Client can make informed decisions. My expert witness experience includes cases dealing with issues such as defective construction, water infiltration, storm/fire/explosion damage assessment, structural collapse, failure of temporary shoring, construction site accidents, roofing failure, improper design and manfacture of windows and handrail failures.

Mari S Truman, MS, PE OrthoBioMech LLC

Warsaw, Indiana
Biomechanics, Medical Devices - Occupant Motion, Injury Biomechanics, Orthopedics, Medical Product Liability, Duties of Manufacturer, Design, Testing, Manufacturing, Warnings, Instructions for Use, Injury Event Reconstruction, Failure Analysis, Injury Pattern, Soft Tissue Injury, Low Speed Collisions, Falls, Impacts, Sports
Licensed Professional Engineer Medical Device Design & Development  38+ years orthopaedic device development  12 patents Testified in State and Federal Courts , Injury Biomechanics and Medical Device Litigation  20+ trials  100+ depositions 38 years of experience in the biomechanics and orthopedics fields, 16 years forensic case analyses. I routinely deal with forces that are applied to the human body during many activities, including impact and injury scenarios. To assure the safety and efficacy of new medical devices, we define clinically relevant performance requirements for their installation and use, and then test to define the product specific performance characteristics. The physical principles and methods used in orthopedic biomechanics are the same as those used to reconstruct injury events. I am familiar with forces and loads applied to the hips, knees, wrist, shoulder, head, neck, lower back and skeleton in many typical activities, including sitting, walking, jumpin...

Dan C. Weekes, AIA, BECxP The Veridus Group

Indianapolis, Indiana
Architecture, Engineering - Construction Defects, Building Enclosure Failure, Investigation, Water Infiltration, Roof Failure, Window Failure, Microbial Growth/Mold, Failure Analysis, Slip, Trip & Fall, Moisture/ Condensation Issues, Flood Damage, Building Inspection

Brian K Bramel, SE, PE, Ph.D. Bramel Engineering

Tracys Landing, Maryland
Structural Engineering, Construction Defects - Construction, construction site safety, concrete, open web joist, light gage steel, underpinning, mechanical engineering, product defects, failure analysis, finite elements, design build
Dr. Bramel has over 30 years of broad Engineering experience in all aspects of the construction process: from design through construction and service. Dr. Bramel has effectively served as an Expert Witness and a litigation advisor on hundreds of cases in the past 10 years. He has advised in Construction Defect, Building and Material Failures, Product Liability, Personal Injury, Construction Work Site Injuries, Multi-Employer Worksite Matters, as well as building code compliance and insurance claims throughout the mid-Atlantic region. His expertise in Civil, Mechanical, and Structural Engineering allows a broad perspective of potential matters beyond the traditional Engineering solutions. Dr. Bramel is a practicing Licensed Professional Engineer in Virginia, Maryland, West Virginia, Pennsylvania, Ohio, New York, and Delaware, a practicing Licensed Structural Engineer in Washington, D.C., and a Model PE NCEES record holder. He is a current member of the New York City Building Code R...

Daniel T Gottuk, PhD Jensen Hughes

Baltimore, Maryland
Fire, Engineering - Fire Protection Engineering, Arson, Smoke Detection, Fire Alarm, Fire detection, Smoke and CO alarms, Forensic engineering, Fire spread analysis, Fire recreation, Origin and cause investigation, Consumer products, Failure Analysis
Dan Gottuk is the VP of Research, Development, Testing & Evaluation and works with a team of over 100 experts providing expert witness and failure analysis services for a range of specialties associated with fires and explosions, mechanical, electrical, construction, codes and standards, materials, chemical, metallurgical, process safety and concrete. Other specific service areas include: Arson Investigation, Origin & Cause Investigations; Fire Spread Analysis; Fire Modeling; Fire Testing; Sprinkler Systems; Inadvertent Discharge; Corrosion; Fire Alarm Systems; Smoke Alarms; Carbon Monoxide; Kitchen Hood Suppression; Battery Fires (including Lithium and Lithium Ion); Building Insulation Fires; Spray-Applied Fire-Resistive Materials (SFRM); Structural Fire Protection; Combustible Dust Hazards; Dust Explosions; Laboratory & Evidence Examination. Jensen Hughes professional staff includes fire protection, mechanical, electrical, environmental, systems, metallurgical, architects and ch...

Steven W Opolski, MS Atlantic Engineering, Inc.

Ipswich, Massachusetts
Medical Devices, Engineering - Stent, Septal Occluder, Medical Devices, Vena Cava, Filter, heart, brain,colon, valve, mitral, aortic, finite element, FEA, AAA, disposables, nitinol, expert, percutaneous, inventor, failure analysis, surgical instrument, clip, aneurysm clip, stroke, ASTM, cable, strain relief, balloon, wire, EVAR

R Craig Williams, PE, BSME, MSAE, PhD(abd), CFEI, CFII Canney Brook Forensic Engineers

Boston , Massachusetts
Mechanical Engineering, Fire - Origin and Cause, Legal, Failure Analysis, Electrical Engineering, Equipment and Machinery, Forensic Science, HVAC, Construction Defects, Construction, Forest, Slip, Trip, and Fall, Products Liability, Premises Liability, Laboratories & Testing, Plumbing, Manufacturing, Investigation, OSHA, IBC
R. Craig Williams, PE BSME MSAE PHD(abd) CFEI CFII Principal Professional Engineer Serving All New England, New York, New Jersey, and Midwest Certified Fire & Explosion Investigator Mechanical, Electrical, Materials, HVAC, Fires, Explosions, Injuries & Death Licensure in: MA, CT, RI, ME, NH, VT, NY, NJ, FL, MI, OH, MO Mr. Williams is a mechanical, electrical, materials engineer with 38 years’ of practice in consulting, research, manufacturing, operations, product design, business development, failure analysis and forensic engineering. Over his many years of licensed experience, he designed, specified, maintained, operated, and evaluated mechanical, electrical, HVAC, and mobile equipment. He is an outstanding forensic investigative expert. His extensive heat transfer. fluid dynamics, fire dynamics, and materials science background allows superior failure, incident, fire, and explosion analysis. Experience in professional engineering consulting, engineering research , construct...

Stephen A. Batzer, PhD, PE Batzer Engineering

Fife Lake, Michigan
Intellectual Property, Failure Analysis - Intellectual property, patent infringement, forensic engineering, material failure analysis, crossbows, firearms, manufacturing, product liability, expert witness standard of care.
Retired Lieutenant Colonel, US Army, Ordnance Corps. 70+ Peer reviewed publications. Two patents. Reading/writing German fluency. Dr. Batzer has given short courses and invited lectures at universities, private companies and internationally.

Robert C Hoffman Jr, PE, CFEI Creative Product Solutions, LLC

Coloma, Michigan
Engineering, Safety - fire, shock, burns, fire investigation, appliances, design, testing, codes, safety, failure analysis, product liability, warnings & labels,
Specialize in design for safety, force failure testing, and product litigation support for the consumer goods industry. Knowledge source in the US on appliance fires, with specific detailed knowledge on dryer fires and their causes. Qualifications: Registered professional engineer in the state of Michigan Certified fire and explosion investigator (CFEI) Master certified in design for safety Master certified in force failure testing Certified statistical blackbelt Member of the UL Standards Technical Panel for appliance codes related to clothes washers and dryers I worked in the consumer goods industry in appliances for over 28 years, which gave me the opportunity to serve on the dryer safety committee for the American Home Appliance Manufacturers (AHAM), as well as work extensively with Underwriters Laboratory ( UL) and CSA. Recognized as a significant knowledge source in the US on dryer fires and their causes, I was instrumental in the development of the clothes dryer drum con...

Gary Gustafson G-Force Consulting Inc

Clear Lake, Minnesota
Motorcycle, Failure Analysis - Accident Reconstruction, All Terrain Vehicle, UTV, Side by Side, Electrical Engineer, Market Expert, Snowmobile, Power Steering, Industry Consultant, Electronics, Accessory, Polaris, Speed Sensor, Root Cause Analysis, Trade Practices, Trademarks, Patents.
29 years with an exceptionally broad and deep range of experience including: analyzing the powersports market, off-road vehicle product failure and root cause analysis, designing new products, competitive analysis, intellectual property development, OEM and aftermarket business development. 11 years of employment at Polaris working on the Ranger UTV and Sportsman ATV platforms. One of the original inventors of the Ride Command and Active Descent Control systems as well as making contributions to electronics at Yamaha, BRP and Arctic Cat. Consulting and Expert Witness clients have included Mahindra, Robert Bosch Corp, Textron, Arctic Cat, General Dynamics, Johnson Controls and Yamaha. Experience in primary market research, product planning, product development and sales both into the dealer channel and B2B. 6 United States patents primarily relating to various electronic systems on ATVs, UTVs and Snowmobiles. Expert at root cause analysis of product failures. Expert in trade pract...

Chris K. Haas, PhD Indigo Sciences, LLC

Saint Paul, Minnesota
Chemical Engineering, Intellectual Property - polymers, plastics, patent infringement, adhesives and films, security documents, micro-optics, film extrusion, injection molding, product development, failure analysis, laminates, polymer coatings
Dr. Haas is an expert in plastics, films, labels, and adhesives with a special focus in security documents such as passports, identity cards, currency, and labels. He is an Engineering Fellow at the University of St. Thomas School of Engineering where he has taught since 2009, including courses on materials engineering, polymers in design, senior design, fluid mechanics laboratory, and thin films. More than 20 years of industry experience at 3M and Gemalto/Thames during which he generated, supported, and defended numerous patent filings and developed products that have achieved over $250MM in sales. A member of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE), the Northwestern University Chemical and Biological Engineering Advisory Board, and the Document Security Alliance. Dr. Haas has 18 patents. Focus areas include: - New product and technology development - R&D strategy - Polymer extrusion and coating - Polymer and adhesives systems and properties - Security document feat...

David M Hallman, MS, PE Hallman Engineering LLC

Maple Grove, Minnesota
Mechanical Engineering, Accident Reconstruction - Automotive, Vehicle Fires, Crash Data, Failure Analysis, Origin and Cause, Vehicle Mechanical, Farm Equipment, Expert Witness, CDR, EDR, Heavy Truck Data, Motorcycle Crash, Infotainment
I am a Licensed Professional Engineer in ten states with over twenty-nine years combined experience in materials research, mechanical engineering and design, crash testing research and crash investigation and reconstruction, vehicle fire research and investigation, automotive mechanics and forensic mechanical and materials investigation. I hold degrees in mechanical engineering (BS) and materials science and engineering (MS). I work on a wide variety of forensic mechanical and forensic metallurgical investigations. These investigations have included but are not limited to an elevator failure involving materials and design issues, a personal injury involving a paper shredder, multiple cases involving farm equipment and personal injuries, machine guarding cases, chair collapse cases, bolted joint failures, patient lifter failures, vehicle hand control issues, and tipped telehandler and boom crane cases. My automotive background coupled with my two degrees, extensive testing and rese...

Christopher E. Janson, MS, CSP, CHMM Haines, Janson & Associates LLC

St. Louis, Missouri
Safety, Premises Liability - Engineering, Products Liability, Slip, Trip & Fall, Retail Safety, Equipment & Machinery, Human Factors, Slip Resistance, Accident Investigation/Reconstruction, OSHA, Guarding, Failure Analysis, Construction, Industrial & Premises Accidents
Haines, Janson & Associates provides safety and risk management consulting services. Christopher E. Janson, Board Certified Safety Professional (CSP); Certified Hazardous Materials Manager (CHMM); Certified User of the English XL slip resistance measuring device (CXLT). Mr. Janson has held safety management positions with several Fortune 500 companies. He has also worked with a variety of firms as a consultant for the insurance industry. Mr. Janson is a professional member of the American Society of Safety Engineers.

Brett Pond, PhD, PE, CWI Pond Industries LLC

Omaha, Nebraska
Failure Analysis, Metallurgy - Derailment Investigation, Certified Welding Inspector (CWI), Professional Engineer (PE), Forensic Metallurgy, Expert Witness, Railroad, AREMA Rail Testing, Mechanical Testing, Metallurgical Testing, Mechanical Engineering, Corrosion, API Fitness for Service (FFS) Evaluation
Brett has over 13 years of experience as a mechanical engineering and metallurgical consultant specializing in forensic metallurgy (failure analysis). He has a strong background in the rail industry, having participated in hundreds of derailment investigations and rail related failure analyses. Brett has earned international recognition for his failure analysis capabilities and has a wide range of experience, including: API Fitness for Service (FFS) Evaluations, field testing, mechanical/metallurgical laboratory management, legal expert witness services, and failure analysis for Rail, Food, Manufacturing, Oil and Gas, Medical, and Transportation industries. Brett obtained his Doctor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering from Washington University in St. Louis, has obtained Professional Engineering (PE) licensure in 48 states, and is an AWS Certified Welding Inspector (CWI). He is an active member of ASM International, American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME), Natio...

Emil J Geiger, PhD, PE Geiger Engineering

Reno, Nevada
Mechanical Engineering, Technology - Product Defects, Microtechnology, Sensors, Microfluidics, MEMS, Product Design, Gas Sensors, Industrial Accidents, Failure Analysis, Laboratory Accidents, Injection Molding, Fluid Dynamics
With over 15 years of mechanical engineering experience, Emil has a broad range of skills that bridge many settings and applications. He draws from his broad background ranging from academic laboratories to technology startups to solve problems efficiently and effectively. As a former professor, he is a persuasive communicator and is able to explain difficult concepts crisply and accurately both orally and in text. His primary expertise is in microtechnology and has over a dozen published articles in this area. His research has been supported by National Science Foundation and NASA. He has extensively lectured on the mechanical design process and is able to provide objective analysis in the area of product design and product defects.

Thomas W. Caldwell, PE Summit Associates of Bedford, LLC

Bedford, New Hampshire
Metallurgy, Failure Analysis - Design Defects, Material Selection, Engineering, Manufacturing Defects, Manufacturing, Quality Control, Mechanical Failure, Corrosion, Fitness for Use, Equipment Operation, Equipment Maintenance, Trade Secrets
Testifying and consulting expert for both plaintiff and defense counsel. Cases have involved hand tools, recreational and exercise equipment, fire fighting apparatus, rotating machinery, construction hardware, fasteners, joints, piping, tubing, lighting fixtures. 40+ yrs designing, manufacturing and quality assurance of components for consumer & industrial products including safety and performance-critical applications for aircraft, automotive safety systems, medical products, construction machinery, defense arms and munitions. Mr. Caldwell has testified in patent infringement and trade secret misappropriation cases. He has lectured in the USA, Europe and India on manufacturing premium quality metal products. He has published in the areas of batteries, materials selection and materials processing. Licensed Professional Engineer, Ohio. US Patent holder.

D.R. Foster, PhD, PE Expert Welding Engineering and Inspection

Swedesboro, New Jersey
Failure Analysis, Metallurgy - Welding Engineering, Weld Failures, Welding Design, Engineering Education, 3D Printing of Metals, Welding, Welding Safety, Inspection, Welding Metallurgy, Welding Defects, Torch cutting, Forensics, Codes Compliance, Non-Destructive Testing, Manufacturing, Marine, Navy, Aerospace, Military, ASME, AWS
Dr. D.R. Foster is the Principal Engineer at Expert Welding Engineering and Inspection, where he focuses on welding engineering consulting, inspection, and the training of engineers and technicians. Dr. Foster is an expert in regard to the design, manufacture, testing, and safety associated with welded structures. In addition to Dr. Foster’s significant experience in the field of welding engineering in both academia and industry, Dr. Foster possesses a BS, MS, and PhD in Welding Engineering. Strongly dedicated to his craft, Dr. Foster has earned multiple certifications related to fields of welding engineering and inspection. These certifications include Certified Welder (CW), Certified Welding Inspector (CWI), Certified Welding Supervisor (CWS), Certified NDT Level III Inspector (NDT III) and Licensed Professional Engineer (PE), all of which have prepared Dr. Foster exceptionally well to properly analyze failures and other welding problems that are the subject of litigation. Dr. F...

Brian K Bramel, SE, PE, Ph.D. Bramel Engineering

New York
Structural Engineering, Construction Defects - Construction, construction site safety, concrete, open web joist, light gage steel, underpinning, mechanical engineering, product defects, failure analysis, finite elements, design build
Dr. Bramel has over 30 years of broad Engineering experience in all aspects of the construction process: from design through construction and service. Dr. Bramel has effectively served as an Expert Witness and a litigation advisor on hundreds of cases in the past 10 years. He has advised in Construction Defect, Building and Material Failures, Product Liability, Personal Injury, Construction Work Site Injuries, Multi-Employer Worksite Matters, as well as building code compliance and insurance claims throughout the mid-Atlantic region. His expertise in Civil, Mechanical, and Structural Engineering allows a broad perspective of potential matters beyond the traditional Engineering solutions. Dr. Bramel is a practicing Licensed Professional Engineer in Virginia, Maryland, West Virginia, Pennsylvania, Ohio, New York, and Delaware, a practicing Licensed Structural Engineer in Washington, D.C., and a Model PE NCEES record holder. He is a current member of the New York City Building Code R...

Barry Formisano Formisano & Associates, Inc.

Gardiner, New York
Failure Analysis, Metallurgy - Weld Failures, Welding Safety, Welding Processes, Weld Inspection and testing, Weld Engineering, Weld Metallurgy, Brazing and soldering, Manufacturing Weld Defects, Weld Structural Fabrication, Pipeline Weld Failures, Welding Codes Compliance, Construction Weld Failures, Welding Consulting
I have been an independent welding consultant since 1992, with 30+ years experience in the welding industry involving research and development and industrial applications of welding procedure qualifications of record, welding procedure specifications, welding fabrication, welder performance qualifications, nondestructive and destructive inspection and testing of welds, and weld failure analysis. As a consulting and testifying expert witness I have been qualified by Courts in several states; and have been retained by both plaintiffs and defendants for lawsuits involving product liability, manufacturing defects, personal injury and code compliance. I hold degrees in Welding Technology, Mathematics and Science; in addition to college level teaching credentials in the field of welding. Previous employment includes positions with the United States Department of Energy (DOE) and the Naval Nuclear Propulsion Laboratory; these positions required a high level security "Q" clearance. I ha...

Gary E Kilpatrick, PE, DFE The Kilpatrick Group, PA

New York
Mechanical Engineering, OSHA - Crash Reconstruction, ATV, ROV, UTV, Automotive, Motorcycle, School Bus, Tractor Trailers, Industrial Process Equipment, Product Defect, Failure Analysis, Forklift, Crane, Mobile Elevating Work Platform, Aeral Lift, Personel Lift, Amusement Park Rides, OSHA, Industrial Accidents
Gary E. Kilpatrick, PE, DFE at The Kilpatrick Group is a board certified Forensic Engineer through the National Academy of Forensic Engineers (NAFE) and is a Diplomat Forensics Engineer (DFE). Gary provides forensic engineering services to law firms and insurance companies in the following areas: Product Defect and Failure Analyses. OSHA 29CFR 1910, 1926 and 1928 regulations. Forklift Accidents. Crane Accidents. Industrial Process Equipment Accidents. Amusement Park Ride Accidenst. Motor Vehicle Crash Reconstruction. School Bus Safety and Crash Reconstruction. Tractor Trailer Crash Reconstruction. Motorcycle Accident Crash Reconstruction. ATV/ROV/UTV Crash Reconstruction. Mobile Elevating Work Platform Accident Investigations. I Earned a BS Degree in Mechanical Design Engineering from North Carolina State University with an emphasis in Machine Design Engineering and Automotive Design Engineering. I have over 20 years of industrial work experience five years of which I spent ...

Steven Pietropaolo, MS, P.E., CFEI LGI Forensic Engineering, PC

North White Plains, New York
Engineering, Forensic Science - Forensic Engineering, Explosions, Electrical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Product Liability, Fires, Fire Protection, Appliances, Construction, Building Defects, Failure Analysis, Laboratories & Testing, Building Defects, Plumbing
Steven Pietropaolo has a Bachelor Degree of Engineering in Electrical Engineering and a Master of Science Degree in Mechanical Engineering from Manhattan College. Mr. Pietropaolo is a Licensed Professional Engineer (P.E.) in the State of New York, amongst many others. He is a Certified Fire and Explosion Investigator, a Certified Fire Investigator Instructor, a Certified Forensic Consultant and Certified Forensic Professional Engineer. He is a Fellow of the American College of Forensic Examiners Institute. He is Board Certified in Forensic Engineering by the National Academy of Forensic Engineers. He has 30+ years of hands on engineering experience including electrical, mechanical, materials, safety, human factors, fire protection, and construction. He has knowledge of codes and standards used in construction and industry including building codes and safety codes. He is an expert in investigating and opining on New York State Labor Law cases (§200, §240(1) and §241(6)) involving ...

Kristopher J. Seluga, M.S., PE Technology Associates, LLC

New York
Accident Reconstruction, Products Liability - Mechanical Engineering, Biomechanics, Automotive, Construction, Engineering, Failure Analysis, Forensic Science, Human Factors, Motorcycle, Premises Liability, Safety, Slip Trip & Fall
Our staff of experienced engineers are ready to apply established scientific and engineering knowledge and techniques to your case. Our staff has published hundreds of papers, served on national ANSI standards committees and assisted over 2,600 attorneys and insurance agents settle or try their cases. Because the laws of physics and principles of engineering are universal, we are able to investigate and opine on a wide range of topics including motor vehicle crashes, heavy machinery, consumer products, construction sites, falls and biomechanical analyses. In each case, we assist our clients by determining, in as much detail as possible, how and why an accident occurred and communicating those finding in a clear and concise manner.

R Craig Williams, PE, BSME, MSAE, PhD(abd), CFEI, CFII Canney Brook Forensic Engineers

New York
Mechanical Engineering, Fire - Origin and Cause, Legal, Failure Analysis, Electrical Engineering, Equipment and Machinery, Forensic Science, HVAC, Construction Defects, Construction, Forest, Slip, Trip, and Fall, Products Liability, Premises Liability, Laboratories & Testing, Plumbing, Manufacturing, Investigation, OSHA, IBC
R. Craig Williams, PE BSME MSAE PHD(abd) CFEI CFII Principal Professional Engineer Serving All New England, New York, New Jersey, and Midwest Certified Fire & Explosion Investigator Mechanical, Electrical, Materials, HVAC, Fires, Explosions, Injuries & Death Licensure in: MA, CT, RI, ME, NH, VT, NY, NJ, FL, MI, OH, MO Mr. Williams is a mechanical, electrical, materials engineer with 38 years’ of practice in consulting, research, manufacturing, operations, product design, business development, failure analysis and forensic engineering. Over his many years of licensed experience, he designed, specified, maintained, operated, and evaluated mechanical, electrical, HVAC, and mobile equipment. He is an outstanding forensic investigative expert. His extensive heat transfer. fluid dynamics, fire dynamics, and materials science background allows superior failure, incident, fire, and explosion analysis. Experience in professional engineering consulting, engineering research , construct...

Gary E Kilpatrick, PE, DFE The Kilpatrick Group, PA

Jamestown, North Carolina
Mechanical Engineering, OSHA - Crash Reconstruction, ATV, ROV, UTV, Automotive, Motorcycle, School Bus, Tractor Trailers, Industrial Process Equipment, Product Defect, Failure Analysis, Forklift, Crane, Mobile Elevating Work Platform, Aeral Lift, Personel Lift, Amusement Park Rides, OSHA, Industrial Accidents
Gary E. Kilpatrick, PE, DFE at The Kilpatrick Group is a board certified Forensic Engineer through the National Academy of Forensic Engineers (NAFE) and is a Diplomat Forensics Engineer (DFE). Gary provides forensic engineering services to law firms and insurance companies in the following areas: Product Defect and Failure Analyses. OSHA 29CFR 1910, 1926 and 1928 regulations. Forklift Accidents. Crane Accidents. Industrial Process Equipment Accidents. Amusement Park Ride Accidenst. Motor Vehicle Crash Reconstruction. School Bus Safety and Crash Reconstruction. Tractor Trailer Crash Reconstruction. Motorcycle Accident Crash Reconstruction. ATV/ROV/UTV Crash Reconstruction. Mobile Elevating Work Platform Accident Investigations. I Earned a BS Degree in Mechanical Design Engineering from North Carolina State University with an emphasis in Machine Design Engineering and Automotive Design Engineering. I have over 20 years of industrial work experience five years of which I spent ...

Robert A Durham, PhD, PE THEWAY Labs

Tulsa, Oklahoma
Failure Analysis, Engineering - Fire, Engineering Mechanical, Engineering Electrical, Building Inspection, Construction, Electricity, Electronics, Laboratories & Testing, Investigation, Products Liability, Plumbing, Forensic Science
Dr. Durham has been providing forensic and failure analysis services to clients for over 20 years. He has testified as an expert witness in multiple states, in federal jurisdictions, before FERC and state utility commissions. He is a certified fire and explosion investigator. He has been involved in over 2,500 failure analysis projects including: power systems, lightning, electrocutions, oil & gas, tank batteries, industrial, commercial, residential, lighting appliances, utility systems, utility regulation, fire, equipment damage, switchgear, construction equipment, electronics, overhead lines, underground lines and fire protection equipment. Licensed PE in 11 States; BS EE, ME, PhD

Michael A. Pollock, P.E. Cogent Experts, LLC

Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania
Engineering, Construction - Standard of care, construction defect, construction delay, mechanical engineering, HVAC, Project Management, schedule analysis, manufacturing, product liability, power, refrigeration, fire, explosion, automotive, forensics, failure analysis, accident reconstruction, intellectual property, patent
Education • Drexel University, B.S. Mechanical Engineering, Cum Laude – 1998 • Mechanical Systems, Machinery, Thermodynamics, HVACR. Electives – Psychology • Completed Drexel’s E4 Program, Technology with Practical Applications Registrations • Professional Engineer: PA (PE075410) • American Bar Association (ABA) – Construction Forum • Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Clean Air Act Certification – Universal (includes Chillers, HVAC & Refrigeration) • United States Patent & Trademark Office Registered (USPTO) Professional Affiliations • American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) • American Society of Heating, Refrigeration, Air Conditioning Engineering (ASHRAE) • American Arbitration Association (AAA) • Certified Energy Manager (CEM) • Product Developers and the Manufacturers Association PDMA Forensic Consulting Experience Warehouse Distribution Facility – Maryland - Evaluated a $10M (million) claim relating to purported construction defect claims by the 60...

Martin U Schlegel, Dr. rer.-nat. (Equivalent to PhD) chemneera LLC

Warrendale, Pennsylvania
Chemistry & Chemicals, Failure Analysis - Sports Technology, Sports Surfaces, Synthetic Turf, Artificial Turf, Playgrounds, Running Tracks, Gymnasium Floors, Court Surfaces, Construction Defects, Manufacturing, Recreational Coatings, Surface Coatings, Technical Textiles, Protective & Shock-absorbing Materials, Material Fatigue & Failure.
Martin Schlegel has 25 years of international experience in the sports and recreation industry across novel materials, technology and R&D commercialisation. He is the Principal of chemneera Consulting providing advice and technical expertise to communities, companies and stakeholders in the sport technology, sports infrastructure and sports business industries across Australasia, Europe and the USA. As a Distinguished Member of the Sports Innovation Board of the International Sport Technology Association (ISTA) in Atlanta GA and a Director of the Australian Sports Technologies Network (ASTN), his work focuses on start-up programs, global partnerships with other clusters of innovation and facilitating export growth of sports technology companies. He previously worked on major sports infrastructure projects across Australia, Asia, Europe, and the USA, including sports surfacing projects for the 2008 and 2012 Olympic Games. Throughout his manufacturing career, Martin worked globall...

Mehrooz Zamanzadeh, PhD Matergenics, Inc.

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Failure Analysis, Engineering - Corrosion Engineering, Materials Failures
NACE Certified Corrosion Specialist, Coatings Specialist, Materials Selection and Design Specialist, and Cathodic Protection Specialist

Gary E Kilpatrick, PE, DFE The Kilpatrick Group, PA

South Carolina
Mechanical Engineering, OSHA - Crash Reconstruction, ATV, ROV, UTV, Automotive, Motorcycle, School Bus, Tractor Trailers, Industrial Process Equipment, Product Defect, Failure Analysis, Forklift, Crane, Mobile Elevating Work Platform, Aeral Lift, Personel Lift, Amusement Park Rides, OSHA, Industrial Accidents
Gary E. Kilpatrick, PE, DFE at The Kilpatrick Group is a board certified Forensic Engineer through the National Academy of Forensic Engineers (NAFE) and is a Diplomat Forensics Engineer (DFE). Gary provides forensic engineering services to law firms and insurance companies in the following areas: Product Defect and Failure Analyses. OSHA 29CFR 1910, 1926 and 1928 regulations. Forklift Accidents. Crane Accidents. Industrial Process Equipment Accidents. Amusement Park Ride Accidenst. Motor Vehicle Crash Reconstruction. School Bus Safety and Crash Reconstruction. Tractor Trailer Crash Reconstruction. Motorcycle Accident Crash Reconstruction. ATV/ROV/UTV Crash Reconstruction. Mobile Elevating Work Platform Accident Investigations. I Earned a BS Degree in Mechanical Design Engineering from North Carolina State University with an emphasis in Machine Design Engineering and Automotive Design Engineering. I have over 20 years of industrial work experience five years of which I spent ...

Robert A. Wanat, PhD Innov8chem.com

Hilton Head Island, South Carolina
Chemistry & Chemicals, Intellectual Property - Plastics, Polymers, Adhesives, Aerosols, Materials, Composites, Coatings, Nanotechnology, Optics, Light Management, Patent Infringement, Failure Analysis, Chemistry
Dr. Wanat is a Cornell-educated, award-winning chemistry expert with over 30 years of experience in the chemical industry in plastics, polymers, adhesives, aerosols, materials, composites, coatings, nanotechnology, optics, light management, patent infringement, and failure analysis. He has a broad background in polymers with experience in acrylics, polyesters, polyolefins, polyurethanes, styrenics, and fluoropolymers. He has 11 US patents and oversaw well over 20 additional granted patents. Dr. Wanat led research and development, intellectual property, and litigation initiatives around the world, serving as scientist, global director of research, director of manufacturing, and CTO for multi-billion-dollar chemical companies. Dr. Wanat has served as an expert witness on over 13 intellectual property cases (including patent infringement, inter partes review, and post-grant review) and over 3 product failure/liability cases. He has been deposed over 4 times and has provided expert te...

Roger W. Griffith, P.E. Griffith Engineering & Consulting, Inc.

Jefferson City, Tennessee
Plumbing, HVAC - Plumbing, plumbing systems, plumbing codes, plumbing design, plumbing engineering, piping, hot water systems, scalding, Legionella, fuel gas systems, gas appliances, gas venting, carbon monoxide poisoning, HVAC, HVAC design, fire protection, sprinkler systems, construction defects, failure analysis
Roger W. Griffith, P.E. is a licensed, professional mechanical engineer in 18 states and has over 34 years of experience as a mechanical engineer. . He is the founder and principal of Griffith Engineering & Consulting. His experience includes plumbing, HVAC, and sprinkler system design, forensic analysis, and expert witness consulting. For the past 15 years, Mr. Griffith has provided expert witness services, including deposition and trial testimony. In addition to plumbing, HVAC and sprinkler systems, his areas of specialty include hot water system design, hot water scalding, legionella, and venting of gas appliances as it relates to carbon monoxide poisoning. Mr. Griffith is a Board Certified Diplomate Forensic Engineer (DFE) of the National Academy of Forensic Engineers (NAFE). Prior to founding Griffith Engineering in 1997, Mr. Griffith worked at the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA), an electric utility, as a nuclear piping analyst, valve and heat exchanger specialist, mainten...

Gary E Kilpatrick, PE, DFE The Kilpatrick Group, PA

Tennessee
Mechanical Engineering, OSHA - Crash Reconstruction, ATV, ROV, UTV, Automotive, Motorcycle, School Bus, Tractor Trailers, Industrial Process Equipment, Product Defect, Failure Analysis, Forklift, Crane, Mobile Elevating Work Platform, Aeral Lift, Personel Lift, Amusement Park Rides, OSHA, Industrial Accidents
Gary E. Kilpatrick, PE, DFE at The Kilpatrick Group is a board certified Forensic Engineer through the National Academy of Forensic Engineers (NAFE) and is a Diplomat Forensics Engineer (DFE). Gary provides forensic engineering services to law firms and insurance companies in the following areas: Product Defect and Failure Analyses. OSHA 29CFR 1910, 1926 and 1928 regulations. Forklift Accidents. Crane Accidents. Industrial Process Equipment Accidents. Amusement Park Ride Accidenst. Motor Vehicle Crash Reconstruction. School Bus Safety and Crash Reconstruction. Tractor Trailer Crash Reconstruction. Motorcycle Accident Crash Reconstruction. ATV/ROV/UTV Crash Reconstruction. Mobile Elevating Work Platform Accident Investigations. I Earned a BS Degree in Mechanical Design Engineering from North Carolina State University with an emphasis in Machine Design Engineering and Automotive Design Engineering. I have over 20 years of industrial work experience five years of which I spent ...

Jay H Daily JHD Product Liability Consulting

ROWLETT, Texas
Products Liability, Manufacturing - Testing, Failure Analysis, Ergonomics, Product Design, Manufacturing, Mechanical Engineering, Premises Liability, Structural Engineering, Warnings and Labels, Slip, Trip & Fall, Metallurgy, Machinery/Equipment
I have 34 years of engineering design experience in multiple industries. I have developed designs for aerospace, consumer products, industrial machinery and products for use in retail environments. Strong manufacturing background and familiarity with all types of manufacturing equipment and processes. These include CNC cutting equipment, roll forming, stamping and progressive dies, Mig, Tig, and high frequency welding, robotics and automated manufacturing processes, assembly, finishing and packaging systems. I have the ability and resources to do physical testing of products, materials, including destructive and non-destructive testing. Strong analytical skills to assess product design and performance empirically and theoretically relative to specific industry standards. I am well versed in safety warnings and labels, and the responsibilities these requirements place on manufacturers of products and equipment.

Daniel T Gottuk, PhD Jensen Hughes

Texas
Fire, Engineering - Fire Protection Engineering, Arson, Smoke Detection, Fire Alarm, Fire detection, Smoke and CO alarms, Forensic engineering, Fire spread analysis, Fire recreation, Origin and cause investigation, Consumer products, Failure Analysis
Dan Gottuk is the VP of Research, Development, Testing & Evaluation and works with a team of over 100 experts providing expert witness and failure analysis services for a range of specialties associated with fires and explosions, mechanical, electrical, construction, codes and standards, materials, chemical, metallurgical, process safety and concrete. Other specific service areas include: Arson Investigation, Origin & Cause Investigations; Fire Spread Analysis; Fire Modeling; Fire Testing; Sprinkler Systems; Inadvertent Discharge; Corrosion; Fire Alarm Systems; Smoke Alarms; Carbon Monoxide; Kitchen Hood Suppression; Battery Fires (including Lithium and Lithium Ion); Building Insulation Fires; Spray-Applied Fire-Resistive Materials (SFRM); Structural Fire Protection; Combustible Dust Hazards; Dust Explosions; Laboratory & Evidence Examination. Jensen Hughes professional staff includes fire protection, mechanical, electrical, environmental, systems, metallurgical, architects and ch...

William F. Ikerd, II, PhD, PE, CM-BIM IKERD Consulting, LLC

Dallas, Texas
Construction, Structural Engineering - Building Information Modeling (BIM), Level Of Development (LOD), Structural Engineering, 3D Modeling, Laser Scanning, LiDAR, scan-to-BIM, Metrology, Failure Analysis, Forensic Engineering, Architecture, MEP, mechanical, construction defects, concrete, steel, wood, timber, masonry, civil engineering.
Mr. Will Ikerd, PhD, P.E. (TX) is principal at IKERD, a firm that specializes in consulting for attorneys, owners, general contractors, trade contractors and designers of buildings, civil, infrastructure, mechanical and manufacturing projects. The firm focuses in the areas of engineering, laser scanning, Virtual Design and Construction (VDC) and Building Information Modeling (BIM). Mr. Ikerd is currently on the board of directors of the BIMForum and chairs three of their Taskforces; BIM Execution Plan (BxP), Reality Capture / Laser scanning and Level Of Development (LOD). He graduated with his bachelor’s in civil engineering and masters in structural engineering in 1998 from Washington University in St. Louis with a focus on 3D parametric modeling and is currently a University of Denver PhD candidate in BIM research.

Randall King, PhD, PE King Professional Engineering, Inc.

DALLAS, Texas
Mechanical Engineering, Products Liability - Patent infringement & invalidity, products liability, machinery design, failure analysis, design defects & manufacturing defects, 15 US patents + 6 foreign patents, Oilfield, industrial & agricultural accidents, pumps & compressors, valves & piping, consumer products, mechanical equipment failures
Dr. King is a licensed professional engineer with a Ph.D‭. ‬in mechanical engineering‭: 40+ ‬years experience in mechanical engineering‭, ‬product design‭, research and development of high-pressure oilfield fracturing pumps and automotive components, forensic investigation‭, ‬and litigation support‭. ▪ Testified at 10 trials & 44 depositions ▪ 20 Patent, IPR, & PGR cases – 3 trials & 9 depositions ▪ 21 Patents ▪ Patent infringement & invalidity ▪ Products liability ▪ Design defects & manufacturing defects ▪ Failure analysis ▪ Oilfield, Industrial, Construction, & Agricultural accidents ▪ Pumps, valves, compressors, & piping ▪ Cranes, trucks, lifts ▪ Consumer products Dr. King has served as a forensic engineer for over 15 years, testifying at 10 trials and 44 depositions in state and federal courts for both plaintiff and defense. Dr. King has served on 20 patent cases, providing opinions on invalidity, infringement, IPR’s, PGR's, and claim construction, including li...

Bradley N Plank, PE MME Forensic Consulting, Inc.

Dallas, Texas
Mechanical Engineering, Metallurgy - Product Liability, Failure Analysis, HVAC, Oilfield, Heavy Equipment, Cranes, Cables, Medical Devices, Plastics, Boilers, Water Heaters, Plumbing
Using his combination of mechanical and metallurgical (including plastics) experience and education, Mr. Plank provides forensic and consulting engineering services to attorneys, insurance professionals, and manufacturing companies. A registered engineer in Texas and 23 other states, his experience includes 32 years in manufacturing in the metals processing industries, 29 years performing failure analyses, and 26 years investigating claims. Mr. Plank has testified in a wide variety of matters including personal injury and property damage, in both state and federal court, and his testimony has never been excluded. Assignments have involved mechanical equipment, appliances, oil and gas transmission equipment, plumbing, HVAC, heavy equipment, machine tools, cranes and wire cables, manufacturing processes, and thermal processes, among many others.

Jahan Rasty, PhD, PE, MBA Real-World Forensic Engineering, LLC

Lubbock, Texas
Engineering, Metallurgy - Failure Analysis, Accident Reconstruction, Slip, Trip & Fall, Products Liability, Human Factors, Intellectual Property, Forensic Science, Fire, Equipment & Machinery, Electricity, Biomechanics, Premises Liability
Jahan Rasty, PhD, PE, MBA is a tenured full professor of Mechanical Engineering at Texas Tech University (since 1988) where he also serves as the Director of newly established post-graduate Forensic Engineering Certificate Program, as well as the director of Materials Performance Characterization and Failure Analysis Laboratory. Dr. Rasty is also the founding president of Real-World Forensic Engineering, LLC, which is a boutique-style engineering consulting firm. He is an experienced engineering expert and has successfully testified in more than 250 cases and has conducted over 1,000 engineering investigations in the areas of consumer products and industrial machinery failures involving design, manufacturing and marketing defect issues. Professor Rasty is a licensed professional engineer in the state of Texas, and holds various forensic certifications in the fields of fire and explosion investigation (CFEI, CFII), as well as vehicle Crash Data Retrieval (CDR). He received his BS,...

Johnie P. Spruiell, P.E. Integrity Forensics and Engineering, LLC

Sanger, Texas
Mechanical Engineering, Forensic Science - Electrical Engineering, Energy, Equipment & Machinery, Failure Analysis, Fire, Laboratories & Testing, Oil and Gas, Products Liability, Product, Plumbing, Leak, Warnings & Labels, Guarding, CSST, Gas Explosions, Natural Gas, Propane, LPG, Forensic Engineering, Expert Witness
LICENSURE: -Texas Professional Engineer License #57023 -Colorado Professional Engineer License #24555 -Mississippi Professional Engineer License #17888 -Alabama Professional Engineer License #35693 -North Carolina Professional Engineer License #049314 -South Carolina Professional Engineer License #37169 -Virginia Professional Engineer License #0402061315 -Michigan Professional Engineer License #6201069726 -Minnesota Professional Engineer License #58020 EDUCATION: -BSME, University of Texas at Arlington, 1978 AFFILIATIONS: -MEMBER, American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) -SENIOR MEMBER, National Academy of Forensic Engineers (NAFE) -MEMBER, National Council of Examiners for Engineering and Surveying (NCEES) -MEMBER, National Society of Professional Engineers (NSPE) -MEMBER, Texas Society of Professional Engineers (TSPE) -Pi Tau Sigma -Tau Beta Pi PRIMARY AREAS OF EXPERTISE: -Fire and Explosion Analysis Fuel Gas Fires and Explosions Residential, Commercial, Ind...

Scott W. Beckwith, PhD BTG Composites, Inc.

Taylorsville, Utah
Failure Analysis, Products Liability - Composite Materials, Plastic Materials, Composite Manufacturing, Composites Design & Analysis, Composites Test Methods, Impact Damage, Environmental Effects, Pressure Vessels, Adhesives/Joining Methods, Sports/Recreating Products, Structural Composites, Failure Criteria
Over 45 years technical experience with composites and plastic materials. Numerous technical publications (325+). Recognized international technology expert. Appointed to US Government, industry committees and professional society advisory boards. Experience in over 40 litigation and insurance cases. International Technical Director of SAMPE (Society for Advance of Material & Process Engineering).

Christian W. Knudsen, ScD, PE Knudsen Associates

Alexandria, Virginia
Chemical Engineering, Chemistry & Chemicals - Patent Analysis, Intellectual Property, Research & Development, Laboratories & Testing, Oil & Gas, Petrochemicals, Coal, Synfuels, Specialty and Fine Chemicals, Forensic Science, Failure Analysis, Environmental, Safety, Plastics, Rubber, Toxic Chemicals
53 Years Experience ● MIT Trained ● 8 Patents Broad R&D and corporate experience at Exxon, GE, Halcon SD. Executive service in synfuels development at the U.S. Dept. of Energy. 18 years owning and managing a private R&D chemical laboratory.

Gary E Kilpatrick, PE, DFE The Kilpatrick Group, PA

West Virginia
Mechanical Engineering, OSHA - Crash Reconstruction, ATV, ROV, UTV, Automotive, Motorcycle, School Bus, Tractor Trailers, Industrial Process Equipment, Product Defect, Failure Analysis, Forklift, Crane, Mobile Elevating Work Platform, Aeral Lift, Personel Lift, Amusement Park Rides, OSHA, Industrial Accidents
Gary E. Kilpatrick, PE, DFE at The Kilpatrick Group is a board certified Forensic Engineer through the National Academy of Forensic Engineers (NAFE) and is a Diplomat Forensics Engineer (DFE). Gary provides forensic engineering services to law firms and insurance companies in the following areas: Product Defect and Failure Analyses. OSHA 29CFR 1910, 1926 and 1928 regulations. Forklift Accidents. Crane Accidents. Industrial Process Equipment Accidents. Amusement Park Ride Accidenst. Motor Vehicle Crash Reconstruction. School Bus Safety and Crash Reconstruction. Tractor Trailer Crash Reconstruction. Motorcycle Accident Crash Reconstruction. ATV/ROV/UTV Crash Reconstruction. Mobile Elevating Work Platform Accident Investigations. I Earned a BS Degree in Mechanical Design Engineering from North Carolina State University with an emphasis in Machine Design Engineering and Automotive Design Engineering. I have over 20 years of industrial work experience five years of which I spent ...

Mark R Webster, PE, MSME, MBA Webster Engineering, LLC

Hubertus, Wisconsin
Mechanical Engineering, Equipment & Machinery - Conveyors, Elevators, Material Lifts Industrial Controls, Dynamic Analysis, Animations, Forensic Engineering, Intellectual Property, Freight Lifts, ASME Safety Standards, Failure Analysis, Hydraulics, Manufacturing, Products Liability, Lifting Systems, Material Handling, Machinery, Patents
Licensed Professional Engineer with more than 30 years of experience with conveyors, and a wide range of industrial machinery and control systems. conveyor systems, material handling systems, elevators, material lifts, vertical conveyors, shopping cart conveyors (adjacent to escalators), automated car parking systems, custom engineered machinery and systems. Board Certified Forensic Engineer. Chair of ASME B20.1 Safety Standards for Conveyors and Related Equipment, Member of ASME Board on Safety Codes and Standards, member of the National Academy of Forensic Engineers. Engineering specialties include machine design, dynamic system analysis and animation (multi-body physics, motion analysis), hydraulic lifts and systems, heavy mechanical drives for lifting and other material handling applications, finite element analysis. Very active in ASME safety codes and standards.
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