Automotive, Marine and Medical Device Expert Witness

Provides Opinion & Testimony In:

Automotive, Truck, Marine, industrial,Engine, Forensic,Failure Analysis, Mechanical Engineering, Medical Device, Surgical Device,Ship Systems, Marina, Shipyard, Products Liability, Accident, FDA, Laparoscopic

Expert has over 30 years of cross-functional experience in:

Gas turbines:
Aircraft propulsion systems/aircraft (jet) engines
Marine/ship and transportation turbine systems
Power generation/land-based turbine systems
Automotive engineering
Forensic engineering including:
Component failure and forensic analysis
Fatigue and fracture mechanics
Failure investigations
Mechanical engineering/machine design:
Medical device design including ultrasonics
Manufacturing processes
Composite materials
FAA certification and FDA 510(k) approval


BSME (University of Florida) cum laude
Pi Tau Sigma, Mechanical Engineering Honor Society
Tau Beta Pi, Engineering Honor Society
MSME (University of Cincinnati)
Certified Six Sigma Greenbelt graduate
TOPS8D root cause investigation trained

PATENTS: Available on full CV


Licensed professional engineer in OH, IN, KY & FL
Holder of NCEES Record with Model Law Engineer designation
NCEES International Registry member
US Naval Engineering Duty Officer qualified
Prior holder of three (3) DoD security clearances


National Society of Professional Engineers (NSPE)
American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME)
American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) – Senior member
American Society for Metals (ASM)
Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE)
International Association of Marine Investigators (IAMI)
ASTM International
National Association of Subrogation Professionals (NASP)
National Academy of Forensic Engineers (NAFE) — affiliate


Available on full CV


Available on full CV

SEAK course, “How to be an Effective Expert Witness,” 2017. CAREER HISTORY – FORENSIC ENGINEERING & CONSULTING (forensic engineering), Cincinnati, OH
President and principal investigator in mechanical engineering forensic consultation with practice areas served including automotive, marine, industrial and medical devices. Wide experience encompassing over 30 years including significant intellectual property experience. Licensed professional engineer in 4 states, former USN officer and prior holder of several government clearances. Has led multiple complex field failure investigations to successful resolution.



General Electric Aviation (Aircraft Engines), Cincinnati, OH (17 years)
Over 19 years total at GE as technical leader and manager for the following GE commercial, industrial, marine and military gas turbine/jet engine product lines: GE90, HF120, CF6, LM1600, LM6000, LM2500, F101, F110, F118, F136
As formally-recognized senior technical leader, performed and lead teams in:
Component mechanical design
Systems engineering
Failure analysis/forensic engineering
Root cause assessment
Product quality
Product qualification/certification
Field investigations
Manufacturing support and repair
Reports to USG and certifying authorities e.g. FAA
Compliance to USG and industry/regulator (FAA) specifications e.g. CFR FAR
Product qualification to USAF
Presentation before senior USAF, GE and customer representatives
Twice recognized as “Senior” engineer (SME) in two disciplines and graduate of GE Advanced Course in Engineering
Significant mechanical design and analysis experience with CAD/FEM tools
USG clearance granted
Allison Advanced Development Company (Rolls-Royce), Indianapolis, IN (1.5 years)
Lead Engineer, Advanced Mechanical Design
Lead engineer for all cold section static hardware for advanced compressor
Executed from conceptual design to issued drawings in 1 year
Performed trade studies and mechanical analysis for design optimization using CAD/FEM
Presentation before senior USAF and company representatives
Compliance to USG specifications
USG security clearance

Pratt and Whitney (Aircraft Engines), West Palm Beach, FL (6 years)
Senior Design Engineer, Government Engine Business
Design lead for compressor vanes, seals and shrouds
Supported Initial Flight Release for the F119/F-22 weapon system
Introduced several redesigns for cost and durability
One of a small team to develop a hollow, composite fan blade design
Performed stress/modal analysis of isotropic and composite structures using CAD/FEM
Presentation before senior USAF and company representatives
Compliance to industry and government specifications
USG security clearance

Ethicon Endo-Surgery Inc., Blue Ash, OH (Johnson & Johnson) (4 years)
Senior Design Engineer, Harmonic Franchise

As Lead design engineer for 45cm length laparoscopic ultrasonic surgical instrument (ACE45E), led team to FDA 510(k) approval of longer device for use in bariatric markets (gastric bypass and laparoscopic cholecystectomy)
Field surgical observation of ACE45E in patient use and gathered on-site surgeon feedback
On-site test support at CSA labs, Toronto, ON as part of FDA compliance testing
In-vivo animate testing of the device to demonstrate FDA compliance for cut and coagulation performance
Human factors assessments
Component lab testing for wear, heat generation, vibration and failure/forensic analysis using state-of-the-art techniques e.g. IR camera and laser vibrometry
Significant mechanical analysis using CAD and FEM
Compliance to FDA regulations

Lieutenant, US Navy (Reserve) (8 years)
Qualified as Engineering Duty Officer, 1445
Completed two (2) shipyard tours at NNSY and PHNSY
Completed Engineering Orientation course, Kings Point MMA, Kings Point, NY
Completed at-sea tour aboard USS DONALD COOK (DDG 75)
Completed EDO School, Port Hueneme, CA
Completed “NAVSEA Basic Paint Inspectors Course,” Norfolk NSY, MARMC
Presentation before senior US Navy officers
Awards: Navy Achievement Medal, National Defense Service Medal, and Global War on Terrorism Service Medal

Staff Engineer, GE Marine and Industrial Systems Engineering (2 years)
Lead $7M fuel efficiency improvement program for US Navy LM2500
Model engineer for LM1600 industrial engine
Systems leader for LM6000PF+ industrial low pressure turbine
Lead field investigation at customer power generation installation
Lead field investigations with 2 foreign navies, root cause analysis, failure/forensic analysis, on-site engine teardown with customer witness
Reports to US Navy and product customers
Presentation before senior foreign navy leadership, GE, and other external customers




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