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Analysis Of Ski Accident Dynamics Expert Witness

Expert Witness No.2222




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, participation in more than 250 cases over the past 20 years.


Ski accident investigation, analysis and reconstruction.  Evaluation of ski equipment for failure mode, overloads and stress.  Analysis of ski accident dynamics; ski stability and control.  Binding testing and evaluation.  Boot examination.  Skiing reconstruction of accident runs, jumps and faulty equipment.

Skiing Experience:         Exceeding 60 years
Instruction:            Received private and group
Resident Skier:        Aspen, Colorado 1969-1970
Resident Skier:        Part time, Park City, Utah 1974-76
Resident Skier:        Jackson Hole, Wyoming 1976-1980
Professional Member:     International Society for Skiing Safety
Member:             Committee on Skiing Standards
Member:             Freestyle Terrain Jump Feature Task Group

Skiing:        Double Diamond (expert level)            
        Deep powder
        Tree Skiing
        Ski Mountaineering
        Hard pack
        Cross Country

Private Ski guide/Instructor:    Jackson Hole, Wyoming

Private Cross country ski guide: Yellowstone, Wyoming

Racing Experience:    
        Jackson Hole, Wyoming: Amateur racing 1977-78-79
        Park City, Utah:  Amateur racing 1977-78-79
Jumping Experience:
        Cornice jumps with drops to 20 feet
        Ramp to ramp jumps

Ski binding installer and ski tuning technician:  Post Ski & Sports Shop, Valley Stream, New York

Skiing Experience by state:  California (Northern & Southern), Nevada, Idaho, Utah, Wyoming, Colorado, Michigan, New York, Vermont & New Hampshire


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

Master of Architecture University of California, Berkeley 1973-1976

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

Federal Aviation Administration, Airline Transport Pilot, licensure, 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

Federal Aviation Administration, Airframe and Powerplant Mechanic, licensure, 2012


Member, American Institute of Architects (AIA)
Member, American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME)
Member, ASTM International (ASTM)
Member, International Society of Air Safety Investigators (ISASI)
Member, International Society for Skiing Safety (ISSS)
Member, Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA)
Member, Warbird Operators of America, Association
Former Member, NASA Astronaut Candidate Pool


Registered Professional Architect
Federal Aviation Administration, Airline Transport Pilot
Federal Aviation Administration, Airframe and Powerplant Mechanic


The American Institute of Architects
    Waid Scholarship, 1974    
The American Institute of Architects,
    Institute Scholar, 1975
Experimental Aircraft Association    
    T-18 Award, 1985


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


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 -

Vice 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   
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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