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Electrical Engineer, Electrical Engineer Forensic Engineering, Fire Protection Engineering, Industrial Electrical Power Systems Design, Protection, Reliability, Protective Relaying, Nuclear Plant Fire Protection, Design Protection Power Generation Distribution, Chief, Control Systems, Fire Protection Engineer Nuclear Generating Stations, Industrial Power Systems Design, Protection, Power Quality, Forensic Engineering Fires Failures Electric Origin,

Expert Witness No.1216


Over 40 years experience, including 19 years at Bechtel Corp., specializing in electrical design and protection for power generation and distribution, including 3 years as Chief Electrical & Control Systems Engineer in Spain. Designated as the responsible Fire Protection Engineer for four domestic nuclear generating stations.
A professional engineer licensed in both electrical and fire protection engineering; an IEEE Fellow and distinguished lecturer emeritus on industrial power systems design, protection, and power quality. Active in forensic engineering in the analysis of fires or failures of electrical origin; has consulted to both plaintiffs and defendants on assignments.


At Bechtel, Expert 1216 developed ground fault protection schemes (480V to 13.8 kV), with staff responsibility for design and protection of power plant distribution equipment and systems, as well as electrical generators which ranged from 4 MW to 1100 MW.. Calculated protective relay settings for major projects, and developed two 64 page Design Guides, "Distribution Systems Protection" and "Overcurrent Protection & Coordination."
Authored and presented many papers (over 30 published) for technical societies, including one paper presented in Spanish at Madrid, Spain. Expert 1216 developed a 32 week training course on power systems and equipment protection, teaching this course for over 10 years at Bechtel to engineering and startup personnel. He also taught at UCLA in a program to retrain aerospace engineers. In 1995, he co-authored a  paper for presentation in Orlando at the IEEE Industry Applications Society Annual Meeting, entitled "Electro-Forensic Engineering-An Emerging Profession"  This paper has since  been printed in the Consulting-Specifying Engineer, the Industry Applications Magazine, IEEE Potentials Magazine, and in the IAEI NEWS of the International Association of Electrical Inspectors. Expert 1216 prepared the article on AC Motor Protection for the Encyclopedia of Electrical and Electronics Engineering.
Within IEEE, Expert 1216 has been active in preparing electrical safety/design standards known as the Color Book Series, and sponsored by the Industrial & Commercial Power Systems Department, such as Std 242- Recommended Practice for Protection & Coordination of Industrial and Commercial Power Systems (Buff Book); Std. 241-Recommended Practice for Electrical Power Systems in Commercial Buildings (Gray Book); Std 399- Recommended Practice for Industrial and Commercial Power Systems Analysis (Brown Book). He authored a chapter in a standard released in 1997, Std1015, Recommended Practice for Applying Low voltage Circuit Breakers used in Industrial and Commercial Power Systems (Blue Book). He contributed to a new IEEE Std 902 Application Guide for Maintenance, Operation, and Safety of Industrial and Commercial Power Systems (Yellow Book).

Began career as a steel mill test engineer; later design engineer for a large consulting firm; then a project engineer for manufacturing alarm systems and custom control boards; operations manager, general manager, and president of proprietary electrical product manufacturer.


BSEE, MSEE– Illinois Institute of Technology

Certificate– University of California, Business Administration

MBA– California State University, Long Beach

Professional Engineering Licensing and Registration  

Registered Professional Engineer, Illinois

Professional Engineer- Electrical, California

Professional Engineer- Electrical, Arizona

Professional Engineer- Electrical, Louisiana

Professional Engineer – Fire Protection, California

Professional Society Activities

Institute of Electrical & Electronics Engineers (IEEE) Fellow 1987, Distinguished Lecturer 1988-92;

Power Systems Protection Committee Chairman 1990-91; Past Chairman- Los Angeles Section (1200 members) and Los Angeles Council (13,000 members)

National Academy of Forensic Engineers, Forensic Consultants Association- Orange County,

Institute for the Advancement of Engineering (IAE) Fellow; Chairman, College of Fellows 1980;

Instrument Society of America , National Fire Protection Association,  Society of Fire Protection Engineers,
National Society of Professional Engineers, International Association of Electrical Inspectors.


IEEE Third Millennium Medal, 2000 For Outstanding Achievements and Contributions

Illinois Coroner’s Blue Ribbon Jury, 1957 (electrocution case)

Beta Gamma Sigma, Honorary Business Administration Society, 1973

Who’s Who in California, 1988, Who’s Who in America 1994, Who’s Who in Science & Engineering 1996, Who’s Who in the World, 14th Edition

IEEE Centennial Medal, 1984, IAE Outstanding Engineer Merit Award, 1986

IEEE Achievement Award for the Industrial & Commercial Power Systems Department, 1993

IEEE Richard Harold Kaufmann Award, 1994 "For the Development and Application of Unique Analytical Techniques to Improve Phase and Ground Fault Protection of Industrial Power Systems"
IEEE 1995 Ralph H. Lee Prize Paper Award for manuscript entitled "Reliability of Utility Supply Configurations for Industrial Power Systems"

IEEE Industry Applications Society 3rd Place Prize Paper Award, 1995 (paper same as R.H. Lee Award)

Power Plant Project Experience

Expert 1216 was involved in the electrical design and/or protection of 14 fossil power plants and 11 nuclear power plants, with related substation experience; responsible fire protection engineer on four nuclear power plants.

Expert Witness Cases

Case #1 – Medium Voltage (4,160 to 24,900 Volts)  Cable failures in a school  manhole  led to two separate electrical fires.  A 2nd case concerned protective device  failures which led to the destruction of a converter station for a transit system.   In a 3rd case,  a mylar balloon  touched overhead  power distribution conductors, causing arcing  and subsequent falling of the bare conductors to ground,  resulting in  human and vehicular damage.  Other cases involve metal-enclosed and metal-clad switchgear incidents of arcing to equipment and  personnel, and shocks from utility pole circuits.

Case #2 – Low Voltage (120 TO 480 Volts) This includes fires generally attributed to electrical origin, such as a residential fire  involving an attic furnace; a fire in a museum elevator, and a fire in a 24 story  building.  Other cases involve near electrocution due to flashover   from "hot" electrical equipment to personnel.

Case #3 – Electric Generator Failures  One case concerned a generator protective relay  which repeatedly tripped off a generator when being paralleled to a utility.  In another case, the generator was destroyed, and it was necessary to determine the cause.

Case #4 – Miscellaneous  Prepared calculations on  electrical failures for cases handled by an associate, generally by determining fault energy, equipment or device ratings, or probable cause. Also metering and arbitration cases


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