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Chemical Engineer Origin Cause Fires Explosions Expert Witness




Expert Witness No. 114


FACFE:Fellow: American College of Forensic Examiners
CChem, FRSC Chartered Chemist and Fellow: Royal Society of Chemistry (London)
FAIC    Fellow: American Institute of Chemists
CPC, CChE Certified Professional Chemist, 
Certified Professional Chemical Engineer- h
National Certification Commission in Chemistry
and Chemical Engineering

CFEI:Certified Fire & Explosion Investigator 
(Advanced Training), National Certification Board, 
National Association of Fire Investigators
DABFE:Diplomate: American Board of Forensic Examiners
DABFET:    Diplomate: American Board of Forensic Engineering and Technology
Editor-In-Chief: Harry’s Cosmeticology, 9th Ed., Chemical Publishing Company (2015)
Editor-in-Chief: North and Latin America- EuroCosmetics Magazine (Germany)
Center for Dermal Research at Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey

Professional Summary
Expert has over 30 years of industrial and academic of experience in the field of chemistry and chemical engineering.  He has consulted with hundreds of corporations involved in the development, optimization, technical marketing and quality control of new and existing consumer, household, medical and industrial products.  Expert is experienced in products liability, personal injury, criminal and intellectual property cases.  These include, but are not limited to: consumer and household products as well as industrial products and processes. He has worked with numerous law firms and insurance companies in both plaintiff and defense cases as a consulting and testifying expert in both state and Federal courts. 
Expert’s background includes: fires, explosions, accident reconstruction, hazardous chemicals, toxic exposures, chemical exposures, chemical burns, uncovering safer alternatives and training in courtroom procedures.  He also has advanced training as a nationally certified fire and explosion investigator and is skilled at determining the origin and cause of fires, explosions and arson relating to flammable liquids, gases & solids as well as aerosol fires.  Expert is also experienced in products liability issues and complex litigation relative to safety in design, formulation, packaging and handling, warnings and instructions and labels. 
As an Adjunct Professor of Chemistry for 15 years, Expert trained the senior firefighters of New York City and surrounding cities in a course he designed on Fire Chemistry, Hazardous Chemicals and Fire Extinguishing Methods.
Expert is a former member of the Fire Science & Technology Educators Section of the National Fire Protection Association and a Senior Member of the National Fire Protection Association He has taken training at the National Fire, Arson and Explosion Investigation Training Program and the National Seminar on Fire Analysis Litigation.   His experience and training includes NFPA 921, the peer reviewed, accepted scientific standard of the fire protection industry.  Expert has also taken several programs in Advanced Training in the Fire, Arson and Explosion Investigation Science & Technology Program co-sponsored by the National Fire Protection Association and the National Association of Fire Investigators (2005, 2011). 
His Professional Certifications include being a nationally certified Professional Chemist and Professional Chemical Engineer.  He is also a Fellow of the American College of Forensic Examiners, a Board Certified Forensic Examiner, a Diplomate of the American Board of Forensic Engineering and Technology and a Nationally certified fire and explosion investigator.  He is a past Executive Advisor to the American Board of Forensic Engineering and Technology.  Meyer is a past member of the Executive Advisory Board of the Knovel Corporation, where he was responsible for guiding selection of science and engineering book content for hundreds of corporations, the U.S. patent office and the Royal Society of Chemistry (London).  Expert was selected as a Vaaler Awards judge for 2003 by Chemical Processing Magazine.  The awards competition honors products that improved operations or lowered costs for the chemical processing industry.
Expert serves as Editor-in-Chief for North and Latin America for EuroCosmetics Magazine (Germany) and is Editor-in-Chief of the 2,600 page book on the cosmetic industry, Harry’s Cosmeticology, 9th Edition  Meyer served for six years as Chief Scientific Advisor & Director of Technical Programming for United Business Media’s HBA Global Technical Conference and Expo, the largest health and beauty conference & expo in the United States.  He has been the Chairman and Organizer of the Annual HBA Global Expo Safety, Regulatory and Certification Summit since 2006- a series of major international technical conferences covering the impact of global Regulations on the personal care and cosmetic industry. Expert also serves as Book Series Editor for Elsevier Publishing’s Personal Care and Cosmetic Technology Series.  Meyer is a member of the Center for Dermal Research at Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey.
Expert is a past Vice President of the Association of Consulting Chemists and Chemical Engineers and on its Executive Board of Directors.  He is a voting member of several Standards-Making Committees of the American Society of Testing Materials (ASTM). These committees include: halogenated organic solvents, fire- extinguishing agents, fire standards, industrial chemicals, and hazard potential of chemicals.  He also serves on several other ASTM committees including: forensic sciences, occupational health and safety, consumer products, hazardous substances, and industrial chemicals.  Expert has extensive experience in the preparation and analysis of Material Safety Data Sheets, as well as the filing of Regulatory Applications for the Environmental Protection Agency.

Litigation Support Experience
Meyer’s technical product litigation experience includes, but is not limited to:
Products Liability, Chemical Technology, Accident Reconstruction, Fires & Explosions, Hazardous Chemicals, Household and Industrial Products, Safety in Design & Formulation, Safer Alternatives & Safety in Packaging and Handling; Chemical Burns & Toxic Exposures; Technical Aspects of Warnings, Instructions and Labels; Personal Care & Cosmetic Products; Hair Relaxers, slips & falls, Chemistry, Chemical Engineering, Physical Chemistry & Material Properties, Product & Process Issues, OSHA Regulations, Codes & Standards, Intellectual Property Management, including patent analysis/infringement as well as trade secret litigation and CJ matters.


M.S.Chemical Engineering: Polytechnic Institute of Brooklyn (1966). Developed color toners for three- dimensional Xerox process under grant from Naval Weapons Test Laboratory.

B.S.Chemical Engineering: Polytechnic Institute of Brooklyn (1964).

John Zink Burner School: burner design, combustion in fired heaters; flare   
design & operation, furnace operation 
National Fire, Arson & Explosion Investigation Training Program
National Seminar on Fire Analysis Litigation
Skin Care Science for the Cosmetic Chemist
Expert Testimony in Litigation, Law Seminars International Training in Courtroom procedures.
National Advanced Fire, Arson and Explosion Investigation Science and Technology Program 
Global Perspectives on Environmental Risk, Allen & Overy LLP, Continuuing Legal Education Program
National Advanced Fire, Arson and Explosion Investigation Training  Program
New York Society of Cosmetic Chemists Rheology Symposium, Liberty Science Center 

Professional Experience
Interactive Consulting, Inc.
East Norwich, N.Y. 11732
Position: President

Expert serves as expert witness for attorneys and insurance companies (both plaintiff & defense) in chemistry and chemical engineering technology and their application to consumer and industrial products relative to product development, safety and intellectual property issues. His expertise incudes, but is not limited to: fires, explosions, hazardous chemicals, chemical burns and toxic exposures.
Expert also consults for the cosmetic, personal care, pharmaceutical and specialty chemical areas.  These include, for example, the application of fundamental polymer and surface chemistry principles to a wide variety of market development & technological issues associated with the Specialty Chemicals & Allied Industries.  He conducts corporate training in mind map technology, runs ideation/brainstorming sessions, does technical marketing, customized technology and market research, technology transfer and professional technical writing/editing.  Expert served as Chief Scientific Advisor and Director of Technical Symposia for United Business Media’s HBA Global Expo, and was responsible for the design and organization of all technical conference programs for six years which included speaker recruitment and assessment, evaluation and editing of technical presentations of approximately 100 speakers each year and management of the technical conference program which drew approximately 1,000 attendees each year. 
Expert has also been the Designer and Organizer of HBA’s Annual International Safety, Regulatory and Certification Summit Conference Programs.  Expert served on the Executive Advisory Board of the Knovel Corporation where he was responsible for providing content guidance for hundreds of corporations, the U.S. Patent Office and the Royal Society of Chemistry (London).  

Union Carbide Corporation
Boundbrook, N.J.
Position: Development Scientist
Provided  technical support and problem solving for POLYOX Water Soluble Resin: poly (ethylene oxide). 
Developed aqueous lubricant to replace diesel fuel used in manufacture of bricks. Conducted research on water- soluble polymers as lubricants.
Managed a one-year safety program for 60 scientists and engineers.  Trained 24 instructors who ran monthly safety awareness seminars on handling hazardous chemicals and equipment.  Responsible for site laboratory facility safety issues.
Prepared Material Safety Data Sheets and technical literature describing chemical products and hazards.  Set up a computer-generated MSDS for product formulations containing multiple hazardous chemical components.  Consultant on “Rapid Water” fire extinguishing system used by New York City Fire Department.
Responsible for chemical/equipment safety aspects of laboratory facilities including review of Material Safety Data Sheets.
Responsible for safety protection in loud noise, taconite dust environments at temperatures from –30 degrees F.  Set up and supervised thermoplastic polymer processing laboratory and insured safe operation. 
Developed poly (acrylamide) and poly (ethylene oxide) flocculants and coagulants for the separation of suspended particulates in process wastes associated with industrial wastewater treatment. Conducted extensive field and lab trial development programs for coagulants and flocculants in phosphate mining waste reclamation and coal wastes. Developed taconite ore binders for use in iron ore pelletizing processes.

Union Carbide Corporation, Tarrytown, N.Y.
Position: Project Scientist
Conducted research on fuel combustion and developed additives for increasing fuel combustion efficiency. Consulted on effect of silicone surfactants as flame-retardants for polyurethane foam.

Union Carbide Corporation, Tonawanda, N.Y.; Tarrytown, N.Y.
Position: Research Engineer
Developed aqueous film-forming fire-fighting foam widely used by military and civilians for airplane crash fires.  Conducted applied research in silicone surface-active agents.

Academic Experience

Adjunct Professor, Chemistry Dept. Westchester Community College, Valhalla, N.Y.
Designed and taught a Fire Science, Fire Chemistry, Chemical Hazard and Toxicology course.  Instructed senior professional firefighters of New York City and surrounding cities in hazardous chemical technology of flammable, toxic and explosive chemicals. Taught physics and chemistry of modern fire extinguishing methods including: AF-3 aqueous film forming foam, low and high expansion foam; Halon and dry powder agents.


  • Course Director:  Center for Professional Advancement
  • Designed, Organized, Managed and Taught 3-day course 
  • Professional Associations & Achievements
  • American Board of Forensic Engineering & Technology, Executive Advisor
  • American Chemical Society
  • American Institute of Chemical Engineers 
  • American College of Forensic Examiners
  • ACS Division of Colloid and Surface Chemistry
  • American Industrial Hygiene Association / Former Member Noise Committee
  • American Institute of Chemists, (Former Director)
  • American Society of Safety Engineers (Former Member)
  • Assoc. of Consulting Chemists/Chemical Engineers: Executive Director
  • Center for Dermal Research at Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey.
  • National Association of Fire Investigators
  • National Fire Protection Association, Senior Member
  • Member, Fire Science & Technology • Educators Section
  • Former member Fire Fighting Foam Subcommittee (Standards -making body).
  • Société de Chimie Industrielle, American Section (Former Member)
  • Society of Cosmetic Chemists, National
  • New York Society of Cosmetic Chemists
  • Controlled Release Society (Member of Consumer & Diversified Products Committee)

Awards and Acknowledgments

  • Who's Who in The East, 1996-2002.
  • Who's Who in Finance and Industry, 1996.
  • International Who's Who of Professionals, 1996, 1997.
  • Who's Who in Science and Engineering, 1996-2006
  • Who's Who in America, 1996-present.
  • American Institute of Chemists Professional Directory, 1996.
  • Dictionary of International Biography (Cambridge, England, 1998).
  • Honored Member - Strathmore's Who's Who – 1999
  • Outstanding People of the 20th Century, International Biographic Center,   
  • Cambridge, England, 1999.

Peer Reviewer Professional Journals

  • Journal of Chemical Education
  • Journal of Cosmetic Science, Official Journal of the Society of Cosmetic Chemists
  • The Chemist Journal of Testing and Evaluation (American Society of Testing Materials-ASTM)
  • Cosmetics & Toiletries, Journal of Controlled Release Society
  • EuroCosmetics Magazine (Germany)

Expert has been interviewed and quoted in the press by a variety of chemical industry publications

Full publications, literature and patents available once retained


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