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Mechanical Engineer Accident Investigation Expert Witness

Keywords

Mechanical Engineer Accident Investigation, Accident Investigation Reconstruction, Aircraft Accident Investigation Reconstruction, General Aviation, Experimental Aircraft, Construction Defects, Slip Falls, Americans with Disabilities Act, Snow Skiing, Ski Equipment Failures, Mechanical Engineer with Metallurgy, Architect Airline Transport Pilot, Aviation, Aviation Accidents Investigations, Aviation Accident Reconstruction, Piloting, Pilot Responsibilities, Flight Path Reconstruction, FAA, NTSB, Acrobatics, Landing Accident, Propeller, Engine Analysis, Winter Sports, Skiing, Snowboarding, Boarding, Ski Lift, Ski Run, Ski Trail, Ski Accident Investigation, Ski Accident Reconstruction, Architecture, Forensic Architecture, Americans with Disabilities Act, ADA, AIA, NCARB, Failure, Leak, Structure, Stairs, Exits, Codes, Doors, snow tubing, snow tubes,

California

Expert Witness No.1806



PROFESSIONAL SPECIALIZATION

     Accident investigation, reconstruction and failure analysis.  All forms of mechanical equipment and vehicle inspection including failure analysis.  Design defect analysis, structural analysis and reconstruction.  Analysis of controls, redundant systems, placement, use, design and warnings.  Metallurgical analysis, fatigue failure, stress corrosion cracking and stress analysis.  Architectural and construction consulting including failure analysis and design reviews.  Winter sports equipment failure analysis.  Ski technique and skier responsibility evaluation.
     Court qualified in State and Federal courts, accident investigation, reconstruction, design, failure mode; aircraft, mechanical equipment, winter sports, construction defects, slip-trip and fall, vehicle braking systems, seat belts and others.  Consultation, analysis and as needed, courtroom testimony in more than 250 cases over the past 18 years.

EDUCATION

Bachelor of Science, Mechanical Engineering with Metallurgy,
    Indiana Institute of Technology, 1963-1968

Master of Architecture   
    University of California, Berkeley 1973-1976

Diplomate, National Counsel of Architectural Registration Boards (NCARB), 1991   

Federal Aviation Administration, Airline Transport Pilot, 1995

Certificate, Aircraft Accident Investigation
    School of Engineering, University of Southern California, 1997

Federal Aviation Administration, Aviation Safety Counselor training, 2001
 
National Transportation Safety Board, First Responder training and certification, 2005

European Society of Air Safety Investigators course:  Air Accident Investigation in the European Environment,  Cranfield University, Bedfordshire, England  2008

Former Member, NASA Astronaut Candidate Pool

PROFESSIONAL ORGANIZATION MEMBERSHIPS

Member, American Institute of Architects (AIA)
Member, American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME)
Member, ASTM International (ASTM)
Member, Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE)
Member, International Society of Air Safety Investigators (ISASI)
Member, International Society for Skiing Safety (ISSS)
Member, American College of Forensic Examiners
Member, International Council of Building Officials (ICBO)
Member, International Code Council, L.A. Basin Chapter
Member, Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA)
Member, Warbird Operators of America, Association

LICENSES

Registered Professional Architect
Federal Aviation Administration, Airline Transport Pilot
Federal Aviation Administration, Repairman Certificate, Experimental Aircraft

SCHOLARSHIPS AND AWARDS

The American Institute of Architects
    Waid Scholarship
The American Institute of Architects,
    Institute Scholar
Experimental Aircraft Association   
    T-18 Award

TEACHING

Indiana Institute of Technology
    Teaching Assistant in Metallurgy
University of California at Berkeley
    Teaching Fellowship in Structural Engineering
 
University of California at Berkeley
    Teaching Assistant in Environmental Design
Chief instructor and check pilot, Airpower Aviation Resources
    Siai Marchetti Aircraft Distributor, USA
United States Navy Test Pilot School, Qualitative Evaluation Program
    Safety/Instructor Pilot
National Test Pilot School
    Safety/Instruction Pilot

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE

Associate Engineer/Scientist, McDonnell Douglas Aircraft Corp., Long Beach, CA
Design engineering services group involved in design of wing structural components DC 10 and assigned to the Acoustic Research Group involved in the noise reduction program and testing of porous media.   1968 -

Research Associate in Environmental Design, The Farallones Institute, Berkeley, CA
Responsible for the design of geodesic and inflatable structures under a grant from the Ford Foundation and the Rosenberg Foundation.   1970 -

Product and Architectural Design, Berkeley, CA
    Responsible for Architectural products and small Architecture projects.   1973 -

Architectural Intern and Engineer, The Architectural Group, Jackson, Wyoming
Responsible for Architectural design of residential and commercial projects.  Provided engineering on projects and structural engineering consultation.   1976 -

Vise President, Pacific Western Psychiatric Medical Group.
Group Architect, responsible for architectural renovation of 18 hospital units in the Southern California area, the management of physician employees, manager of intellectual property and litigation matters.  1981 -

Consulting Professional Architect and Engineer, Wyoming and California
    General practice of Architecture 1989-present

Consulting Architect
    Consultation for litigation   1994-present

Consulting Mechanical Engineer and Metallurgist
    Consultation for litigation   1994-present

Consulting Airline Transport Pilot,
    Consultation for litigation   1994-present

Professional Pilot   
    Advanced aircraft instruction   1995-present
    Aircraft ferry services  
    Safety pilot services

Chief Aviation Safety Counselor, Federal Aviation Administration   1999-2006
    General Aviation Operations
    Los Angeles International Airport
   
Federal Aviation Administration, FAAST Aviation Safety Team 
    All airports, Southern California Region   2007-present

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