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Electrical Fire Accident Product Failures Expert Witness

Provides Opinion & Testimony In:

Electrical Fire Accident Investigation, Fire Investigation, Fire Forensics, Electrical Forensics Engineering, E O Insurance, Fire Causes, Product Failures, Electrical Equipment Damages, Electrical Equipment Losses, Personal Injury Electrical Issues

 

EDUCATION

  • Syracuse University – Bachelor of Sciences. – Television & Radio Major – 1974
  • Trained, Tested & Acquired: FCC Broadcast Electrical Engineering License
  • Factory Electronic Engineering and Technical Service Training for:
    • Sony, Pioneer, Panasonic, Advent, Denon, Yamaha, Harmon Kardon, Onkyo, Kenwood, Magnavox, Phillips, Bang & Olufson, Luxman, Koss, Uniden, General Instruments, Luxor, JVC, RCA, NEC, McIntosh, General Electric, Quasar, Marantz, Sansui, others.
  • New York State Academy of Fire Science:
    • Fire Cause & Origin Determination
      Fire Behavior & Arson Awareness
      Electrical Fire Cause & Origin Determination
      Investigative Photography
      (See continuing education below)

RELATED PROFESSIONAL CERTIFICATIONS & EXPERIENCE

  • Electrical & Electronics Forensics Expert in Fire Sciences:
    • Certified New York State Fire Investigator: Level I
    • Certified New York State Fire Investigator: Level II
    • Licensed Private Investigator NY State (GEI Professional Investigations)
    • Independent Electrical & Electronics Consultant in the Areas of Fire, Accident & Product Failure Analysis for Insurance Companies, Private Attorneys, District Attorneys, Law Enforcement, Private & Municipal Fire Investigators.
    • Acquired FCC Broadcast Electrical Engineering License
  • Qualified as Electrical & Electronics Forensics Expert in State and Federal Courts
  • Performed Repairs, Monetary Estimates, Fraud Determination & Failure Analysis on Fire and Smoke Damaged Electronic Equipment for Insurance Companies

RELATED PROFESSIONAL ORGANIZATIONS (PRESENT & PAST)

  • International Association of Fire Investigators
  • New York State Association of Fire Investigators
  • Syracuse Insurance Claims Association
  • Onondaga County Fire Investigator Apprentice Program
  • New York State Fire Academy FacultyStudent Association
  • National Association of Fire Investigators

RELATED TEACHING EXPERIENCE

  • New York State Fire Academy: Instructor For:
    • Investigating Electrical Fires, Cause & Origin.
    • Fire/Arson Investigation Principles for the Insurance Industry. Electrical Fire Causes, Product Subrogation & Liability.
  • Municipal Instruction of Electrical Fire Investigations:
    • New York City Fire Marshall’s Investigative Unit World Trade Center
    • City of Syracuse Fire Department
    • Onondaga County Fire Investigation Team
    • Oswego County Fire Investigation Team
  • Speaker/Instructor at New York State Fire Investigator’s Annual Conventions.
  • Conducted Electrical Workshops/Instruction: NY State Fire Investigator’s Conventions.
  • Featured Speaker at Syracuse Insurance Claims Association Seminars.
  • Featured Speaker at Binghamton Insurance Claims Association Seminar.
  • Featured Speaker at Utica Insurance Claims Association Seminar.
  • Featured Speaker at College of Environmental Sciences Retired Faculty Meeting.
  • Trainer for InHouse Insurance Company Training Sessions.
  • Featured Guest on WCNYTV Program Regarding Electrical Fire Hazards to Public.

CONTINUING EDUCATION

  • Courses and Seminars Attended Related to Fire Investigation:
    • Gas & Electric Appliance Fires
    • Investigating Electrical Appliance Related Fires (Appliance Mfrs. Assoc)
    • Interviewing Techniques
    • Investigation of Explosive Devices
    • Investigation of Car Fires
    • Information Gathering Techniques
    • Interfacing with the Internet
    • Identification of Arcing, Melting & Alloying of Electrical Conductors
    • Case Preparation & Courtroom Testimony
    • Electrical Safety
    • Halogen Lamp Fires
    • Insurance Fraud
    • Electrical Service Theft
    • Spoliation & Daubert Legal Challenges for Experts
    • Using the Internet as a Fire Investigative Tool
    • Principles of Kinesic Interview and Interrogation
    • Digital Camera Technologies for Fire Investigation
    • Electric Behavior and its Role in Fire Cause & Origin
    • Computer Voice Stress Analyzer/Detection of Deception
    • Evidence Collection, Preservation & Analysis
    • Residential Clothes Dryer Fires
    • Dynamics of Building Collapse
    • Automobile Fires
    • Fluorescent Fixture Fundamentals for the Fire Investigator
    • Developing Fire Scene Trace Evidence
    • You’ve Investigated the Fire, Now What?
    • The Juvenile Fire Setter Program
    • Scene Preservation & the Role of the Private Fire Investigator
    • Use of the Forensics Engineer
    • Explosives: Hazards & Theories in Arson Investigations
    • Neon Lighting Fires
    • Fires in the Electrical Branch Circuits
    • Power Distribution Systems in New York State (Ni Mo)
    • 921 Debates & Updates (recurring agenda)

ELECTRONICS & ELECTRICAL TECHNICAL EXPERIENCE

Head Service Technician for Benchmark Media Systems, Syracuse, NY 2006-2009

  • Engineering department: built and tested prototype equipment
  • Repaired and tested production equipment
  • Serviced customer equipment
  • Assisted in design of equipment

Vice President of DOWN TO EARTH ELECTRONICS, INC. Syracuse, NY. 1984-1990

  • Performed and Directed Technical Repair Services to the Following Types of Equipment:
    • Business Telephone Systems
    • Battery Backup Systems
    • Business Music & Paging Systems
    • Medical Signaling Systems
    • Commercial & Residential Satellite Systems
    • Fax & Copy Machines
    • Commercial & Consumer Video Equipment
    • Automotive Sound & Security
    • Commercial & Consumer Sound Equipment
    • Electric Appliances
    • Marine Electronics (radio & navigation)
    • Misc. Electronic Equipment
    • Commercial & Residential Security Systems
    • Cellular Telephone
  • Analyzed Smoke and Fire Damaged Electronic Equipment For Insurance Companies for Serviceability, Fraud Detection and Failure Mode.
  • Technical Supervisor for GORDON ELECTRONICS, INC. Syracuse, NY. 1979-1884
    • Repaired All Electronic Equipment. Audio, Video, Customers Units, Store Stock
      Repaired Commercial & Residential Projection Television Equipment
      Designed & Supervised the Installation of Custom Electronics Packages
      Responsible for Customer Satisfaction Regarding All Aspects of Technical Service
      Trained Technical Staff & Sales staff on Technical Topics.
      Maintained Service and Test Equipment

Owner/Partner: THE STEREO REPAIR SHOP, Syracuse, NY. 1975-1979

  • Repaired Two Way Radio Equipment
  • Repaired Stereo, Public Address and Musical Sound Equipment
  • Repaired Large & Small Electric Appliances
  • Repaired Marine Electronics
  • Repaired Amateur Radio Equipment
  • Repaired Television Equipment

Equipment Operations for WCNYTV/FM, Syracuse, NY. 1971-1976

  • Broadcast Engineering and Television Production Departments.
  • Acquired Broadcast Engineering License from Federal Communications Commission
  • Broadcast Engineer, FM Engineering Department
  • Headed 16mm Cinematography Department (Television Division)
  • Television Camera, Lighting & Studio Operations – InHouse & Remote Locations
  • Instrumental in Technical Construction of 16 Track Recording Studio Facility
  • Video & Audio Equipment Maintenance

Performed and Directed Technical Repair Services to the Following Types of Equipment:

Business Telephone Systems
Battery Backup Systems
Business Music & Paging  Systems
Medical Signaling Systems
Commercial & Residential Satellite Systems
Fax & Copy Machines
Commercial & Consumer Video Equipment
Automotive Sound & Security
Commercial & Consumer Sound Equipment
Small Electric Appliances
Marine Electronics (radio & navigation)
Misc. Electronic Equipment
Commercial & Residential Security Systems
Cellular Telephone

Analyzed Smoke and Fire Damaged Electronic Equipment For Insurance Companies for  Serviceability, Fraud Detection and Failure Mode.

Technical Supervisor for GORDON ELECTRONICS, INC. Syracuse, NY.  1979 – 1984

Repaired All Electronic Equipment. Audio, Video, Customers Units, Store Stock
Repaired Commercial & Residential Projection Television Equipment
Designed & Supervised the Installation of Custom Electronics Packages
Responsible for Customer Satisfaction Regarding All Aspects of Technical Service
Trained Technical Staff & Sales Staff on Technical Topics.
Maintained Service and Test Equipment

Owner/Partner: THE STEREO REPAIR SHOP, Syracuse, NY.     1975 – 1979

Repaired Two Way Radio Equipment
Repaired Stereo, Public Address and Musical Sound Equipment
Repaired Large & Small Electric Appliances
Repaired Marine Electronics
Repaired Amateur Radio Equipment
Repaired Television Equipment

Equipment Operations for WCNY-TV/FM, Syracuse, NY.1971 – 1976

TV/FM Broadcast Engineering and Production Departments.
Acquired FCC Broadcast Electrical Engineering License (U.S. Gov’t Issue)
Broadcast Engineer, Television & FM Departments
Headed 16mm Cinematography Department  (Television Division)
Television Camera, Lighting & Studio Operations – In-House & Remote Locations
Instrumental in Technical Construction of 16 Track Recording Studio (FM Dept)
Television & FM Equipment Maintenance


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