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Electric Engineer and Electronic Forensic Investigator Expert Witness

Keywords

Engineer, Electrical Engineer, Electrical Engineering, Forensic Investigative Electrical Engineering, Patent Infringement Analysis, Patent Claim mapping, Patent Claim Analysis, Patent Claim Mapping, Intellectual Property, Product Teardowns, Reverse Engineering, Failure Analysis, Fire Cause, Fire Origin, Electronic Electrical Hardware Design, Telecommunication Networks, Data Networks, EMC Design, EMC Test, ESD Electrostatic Discharge, FMEA Failure Mode Effect Analysis, Lightning Protection, Surge Protection, Surge Analysis, Thermal Analysis Evaluation, Thermal Analysis Testing, Electronic Design, Accidents, Cost Reduction Analysis, Defective Products, Design Engineering Hardware Software, Design Reviews, Dispute Resolution, Electrical Electronic Systems Products, Fire Cause Origin, Grounding, Lightning Damage Assessment, Nondestructive Testing, Personal Injury, Product Compliance Safety, Product Liability, Property Claim Services, Safety Codes Compliance, Environmental Testing, HALT Testing

North Carolina
 Expert Witness No. 2369

Credentials

Professional Engineer
North Carolina License
Active US Security Clearance
   
Education

Master of Science in Electrical and Computer Engineering
North Carolina State University, 1993

Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering
Pennsylvania State University, 1980
   
Expertise and Services
  
Forensic & Investigative Electrical Electronic Engineering
Patent Infringement Analysis
Reverse Engineering
Electronic/Electrical Hardware Design Engineering
Fire Cause and Origin
Telecommunication and Data Network Engineering

Principal Industries Served    

Electrical/Electronics, Computer, Industrial Automation & Controls, Medical, Telecom, Data Communications, Legal & Insurance Industries

Areas of concentration
  • Agency standards - UL, CE, CSA, FCC & IEC.
  • Computer engineering & applications
  • Electrical  & electronic engineering
  • Electrical devices/equipment
  • Electrical safety
  • Electrical systems
  • Electronic design and failure analysis
  • Electronic manufacturing
  • Grounding
  • High-speed data networks   
  • Industrial automation & controls
  • National Electrical Code
  • Product liability
  • Product testing and safety evaluation
  • Quality and Reliability
  • Residential Wiring
  • Semiconductors   
  • Telecommunications                                          
Specific Experience and Interest
  • Analog and digital design
  • ATM
  • Electromagnetic compliance testing
  • EMF & EMI shielding
  • ESD - Electrostatic Discharge
  • Ethernet
  • European CE Certification
  • Failure Analysis
  • Fiber optics
  • Fire cause & origin
  • FMEA - Failure Mode & Effect Analysis
  • FPGA design
  • Grounding
  • HALT/HASS Testing
  • HDLC Protocol
  • High-speed data and telecom networks
  • ISO 9000   
  • Lightning/surge protection and analysis
  • Microprocessor design & applications
  • Photoelectric sensors       
  • Printed circuit board design and analysis       
  • Programmable logic controllers   
  • RS232 Protocol
  • Signal integrity and high speed design
  • Telecom and data communication   
  • Thermal analysis, evaluation & testing
Investigative & Industry Engineering Experience

Consulting and forensic engineering services for attorneys and insurance companies regarding electrical/electronic investigations. Issues addressed include all aspects of the design, fabrication, production and operation, patent infringement analysis, reverse engineering, product teardowns and failure analysis of electrical and electronic devices and products as well as computer systems, hardware and software.  

Intellectual Property and Patent Infringement Analysis

A Company & Associates, Raleigh NC - Investigative Engineer

-Currently investigating patent infringement issues regarding mobile communication devices.      2010 - Present

Responsibilities include product teardowns, documentation research, product testing, claim
chart generation, final report and presentation to the client.

Otto Technologies, Raleigh NC - Investigative Engineer

-Patent infringement and review regarding multiple cases involving distributed computing systems for mobile devices. Responsibilities included prior art investigation, final report and presentation to the client. 2010    

Forensic Analysis Corporation,
Raleigh NC - Investigative Engineer

-Patent infringement and review regarding an electronic pest and rodent pest control repeller. Responsibilities included claim review, prior art investigation, final report and presentation to the client. 2009

Forensic Investigations

A Company & Associates, Raleigh NC - Investigative Engineer           

-Currently investigating a suspected Laptop Computer overheating incident which resulted in severe burns to the client. 2010 - Present

-Investigated a fire cause and origin case involving a convenience store. 2010  

-Investigation of electronic failures and a fire in an electrical power conditioning device that   resided in a medical facility. Responsibilities included electronic equipment failure analysis, evidence review and final report and presentation to the client. 2008

Forensic Analysis Corporation, Raleigh NC - Investigative Engineer   

-Investigated suspected electronic failures on a Motorcycle accident case. 2008-2010

-Investigated a residential fire incident ad suspected damage to high end video and audiohome theater electronics.  Responsibilities included fire investigation, research, and evidence review. 2009

-Expert witness in a case regarding a malfunctioning medical implantable device. 2009

-Responsibilities included investigation, research and evidence review.

-Investigation of suspected electronic failures in a residential HVAC system. 2008

-Expert witness in lemon law motor vehicle case. Responsibilities included investigation, research, evidence review and deposition. 2008

-Investigated a heavy equipment excavator fire. Responsibilities included fire investigation, research, and evidence review. 2007

-Investigated a Power Utility Surge event involving a multi-million dollar residential       structure. Responsibilities included electronic equipment failure analysis, Insurance fraudinvestigation. Responsibilities included evidence review and final report preparation/presentation to the client. 2005-2006   

-Investigated and provided Lightning/Surge Analysis for multiple clients. Responsibilities included electronic equipment failure analysis, Insurance fraud investigation and final report to the client. 2002-2005

A Company - Investigative Engineer   

-Investigation of suspected electronic failures in a Microwave fire. Fire cause and origin case. 2010

-Investigation of suspected electronic failures in a residential HVAC system. Fire cause and origin case. 2010

-Expert witness regarding failure analysis in laundry appliance electronics. 2007

-Electrical Engineering consultant regarding failure analysis of video electronics. 2007

Marshall Miller Associates,
Raleigh NC - Investigative Engineer

-Co-investigator on a cause and origin investigation involving a Veterinary CBC machine. 2010                                                          
-Co-investigator on a cause and origin investigation involving an apartment fire.        Responsibilities included evidence review and final report presentation to the client. 2005

Conducted a fire cause and origin investigation involving a television set. Responsibilities   included evidence review, electronic failure analysis, TV and electrical appliance fire research and final report preparation/presentation to the client. 2003  

A Company - Investigative Engineer   

-Conducted an investigation of suspected electronic failures in a emergency backup electrical power system. Working as an expert witness in the legal case with respect to the electrical/electronic hardware design and failure analysis. 2008-2010

Consolidated Consultants, Chula Vista, CA - Investigative Engineer               

-Investigation of a Power Utility Surge event involving a residential structure and suspect electrical and electronic failures. 2008       

Institute for Products, Engineering & Construction, Scottsdale AZ. - Investigative Engineer

-Investigation of suspected electronic failures in a mobile phone 2008

-Investigation of suspected electronic failures in a laptop computer 2008

-Expert witness involving a laptop computer fire. Responsibilities included fire investigation     research and evidence review. 2007

-Expert witness involving computer software/systems, financial records and            information. 2004-2005

-Electrical Engineering consultant for an electronic design dispute between a major        
appliance manufacturer and a sub-contract manufacturer. Responsibilities included
evidence review, product design research, and final report preparation/presentation
to the client.                                                     2005

-Conducted a cause and origin investigation of a cook top fire involving a solid surface    
range appliance. Responsibilities included evidence review, electronic failure analysis, electrical appliance fire research and final report preparation/presentation to the client.             2005

National Forensic Consultants, Norristown PA - Investigative Engineer

-Investigated and provided Lightning and Surge Analysis for multiple clients.            
Responsibilities included evidence review, electronic equipment failure analysis and
final report preparation/presentation to the clients. 2004-2006

-Electrical Engineering consultant for a fire cause and origin investigation involving       
residential wiring. Responsibilities included evidence review and final report
preparation/presentation to the client. 2006

-Electrical Engineering consultant for a fire cause and origin investigation involving       
a cash register. Responsibilities included evidence review and research. 2006

-Electrical Engineering consultant for a fire cause and origin investigation involving a       
large manufacturing facility. Responsibilities included evidence review and research. 2006

-Expert witness in a legal case involving a defective electrical home appliance. 2004
Responsibilities included investigation, evidence review, electronic failure analysis,
destructive testing and final report preparation/presentation to the client.

Technical Assistance Bureau, Inc, St Louis, MO - Investigative Engineer

-Electrical Engineering consultant for a fire cause and origin investigation involving       
a floor model water cooler. Responsibilities included evidence review and final report preparation/presentation to the client. 2006

Moore Forensic Engineering, Apex, NC - Investigative Engineer

-Electrical Engineering consultant for a fire cause and origin investigation involving       
a rear projection TV. Responsibilities included evidence review and final
report preparation/presentation to the client                                2006
 
Forensic Fire Consultants, Raleigh NC - Investigative Engineer                           

-Electrical Engineering consultant for a fire cause and origin investigation involving a       
manufactured home. Responsibilities included evidence review and final report
preparation/presentation to the client. 2005

-Conducted two fire cause and origin investigations involving television sets.            
Responsibilities included evidence review, electronic failure analysis, TV and
electrical appliance fire research and final report preparation/presentation to the client. 2004
 
Kevin Kennedy & Associates INC, Indianapolis IN - Investigative Engineer  
       
-Conducted a fire cause and origin investigation involving emergency backup electrical    
power equipment. Worked as an expert witness in the legal case with respect to the
electrical/electronic hardware design and failure analysis. 2003-2004

Kemper Auto & Home, Charlotte NC - Investigative Engineer                   

-Conducted a power surge investigation on an industrial electrical generator.           
Responsibilities included evidence review, electronic failure analysis, and final
report preparation/presentation to the client. 2004

Industry Experience

A Networks Company, Morrisville, NC - Senior Design Engineer                               
2008-Present
Design Engineer for next generation Gigabit Ethernet and OC3/DS3 data aggregation products.
Responsibilities include high-speed signal integrity analysis, Hardware Design, JTAG test generation and implementation, PCB debug, PCB test procedures and environmental testing. Corelis JTAG software tools were used in projects. Project manager for UL and NEBS compliance and worst case environmental testing on all new and existing products. Also responsible for EMC/EMI/RFI design reviews, safety standards, compliance and testing on all new and existing products.

Software Design Comapny Inc., Cary, NC - COO and Co-Founder                            
2006-Present
Chief Operating Officer and Co-Founder of the company. Instrumental in providing strategic management,marketing efforts and financial backing to create, maintain and grow the company.  The company's premium Practice Management and EMR software, Liquid Vision, is designed for speed and easy accessibility to allow optometry practices to increase productivity and decrease costs.

Safenet Inc, Morrisville, NC - Senior Design Engineer                                  
2005-2008
Design Engineer for data encryption hardware projects for Safenet's next generation OC192
SONET and 1 Gigabit Ethernet Encryption product. Responsibilities included high speed signal integrity analysis, Hardware Design, JTAG test generation and implementation, PCB debug, PCB test procedures and environmental testing. JTAG Technology JTAG software tools were used in projects. Note: Additional information describing the job responsibilities is classified.

CipherOptics, Raleigh, NC - Senior Design Engineer                                      
2002-2005
Project/Design Engineer for a Gigabit Ethernet data encryption hardware project for CipherOptics next generation
Internet security product offering.  Responsibilities include hardware design/debug, printed circuit board design, and product verification. Cadence Concept 15.2 CAD was used for design. Additional responsibilities included JTAG test development and generation of manufacturing test sets using Corelis JTAG software tools.
Note: Additional information describing the job responsibilities is classified.

Inovia Telecom, Centennial Campus, Raleigh, NC - Principal Engineer               
1998-2002
Designed and implemented universal high speed Gigabit ATM switch fabrics for Inovia's DSLAM product line.  Responsibilities included hardware design/debug, printed circuit board design, and product verification.  Also
responsible for IEC 61000-4 EMC/EMI/RFI standards, compliance and testing. Responsible for product support for manufacturing and field service operations.  Provided failure and reliability analysis for product failures in the field.

IBM Corporation, RTP, NC - Staff Engineer                               
1997        
Consulting Engineer for a PCMCIA 25 MBit ATM adapter card.  Responsibilities included hardware design of a XILINX integrated circuit PCMCIA/ISA arbitration controller. Responsible for IEC 61000-4 EMC/EMI/RFI standards, compliance and testing of the adapter card.
  
Connectware AMP Inc., Morrisville, NC - Senior Design/Development Engineer           
1995-1997   
Project/Design Engineer for an ATM-LAN (OC3, Ethernet and Token Ring) Bridge/Router device. Responsibilities included hardware design/debug, PCB design, and product verification.  Responsible for IEC 61000-4 EMC/EMI/RFI standards, compliance and testing.  Responsible for product support for manufacturing and field service operations.  Provided failure and reliability analysis for product failures in the field.

Square D Company, Knightdale, NC - Senior Design/Development Engineer           
1989 - 1995   
Industrial Computer-Programmable Logic Controllers Division,                    
1992 - 1995
Responsible for hardware design of an Intel 80C152 microprocessor based remote Programmable Logic Controller.  Responsibilities included all phases of hardware design, test, and PCB design.  This product received Control Engineering magazine's 1993 Editor's Choice Award for best distributed I/O product. Designed an AC/DC (120 VAC/24V DC) 10 Watt switch mode (Buck converter) power supply. Responsible for IEC 1000-4 EMC/EMI/RFI standards, compliance, and testing on newly developed Industrial Programmable Logic Controller Products. Team member of the Square D EMC/EMI/RFI Standards Committee and the Square D Component/Supplier Qualification Committee.

Photoelectric Sensors Division, 1989 - 1991
Project/Design Engineer for analog/digital ASIC design and implementation for Industrial photoelectric proximity sensors.  Designed and developed three high performance photoelectric Application Specific Integrated Circuits.  Responsibilities included all phases of design, test and final product manufacturing. Team member of the Square D Corporate ASIC Strategic Implementation Group.

Avnet International Corporation, Smithfield, NC - Electronic Design Consultant       
1988-1989
Consulting Engineer for digital system design for commercial satellite television receivers.  Responsibilities included ASIC chip set re-design and verification.

Exide Electronics Corporation, Raleigh, NC - Senior Product/Quality Engineer           
1987-1988   
Provided Product/Quality Engineering for Uninterruptable Power Source Systems (UPS), Emergency Lighting Systems, and Motive Power Battery Charger Products.  Responsibilities included system design modifications,PCB redesign and resolution of field failures and reliability issues.

GE Corporation, Research Triangle Park, NC    - Senior Integrated Circuit Design Engineer   
1980-1986
Team member of the Microprocessor and ASIC Design and Development Group.  Designed various Integrated circuits including an Arithmetic Logic Unit, Dual Port RAM ASIC, Medical Data Processing ASIC and a Control ASIC for a 120 Volt experimental light bulb.  Responsibilities included all phases of Integrated Circuit design and fabrication.  Provided technical support and design assistance for strategic customer accounts (domestic and foreign) and internal tactical application engineers. 

Professional Organizations

IEEE - Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers
NAFI - National Association of Fire Investigators
North Carolina Adjusters Association

Continuing Education

Currently preparing for the NAFI's CFEI (Certified Fire and Explosion Investigator) certification.
NEBS Conference -2010, Verizon and UL  (Compliance for Wireless and Broadband Networks)
ASIC Design (ECE520) - 2008, North Carolina State University   
Fire Detection and Investigation - 2005,  Durham Tech, Course # FIP 128, Durham NC.
Product Liability: Understanding the design Process - 2004, The Warren Group
Residential Home Inspector - April 2004 Wake Tech Community College, NC
National Electrical Code Seminar- October 2002, North Carolina State University
High Speed Networks (ECE570) - 1997, North Carolina State University   
Computer Communications (ECE571) - 1996, North Carolina State University
Electromagnetic Fields and Systems (ECE540 ) - 1995, North Carolina State University
C Programming for Engineers -1994, University of Massachusetts
Electromagnetic Interference and Compliance Seminar - 1993, Interference Control Technology Inc.
Industrial Computers and Programmable Logic Controllers -1993, Square D Company
Quality Engineering Theory, Practices and Principles - 1988, Stat-A-Matrix Institute

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