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Engineer Materials Science Failure Analysis Expert Witness

Provides Opinion & Testimony In:

Manufacturing Engineer, Metallurgical Engineering, Metallurgy, Materials Science, Metallurgy Corrosion Failures, galvanic corrosion, electronic devices, Plastic, Glass Failures, Packaging, Levers, Rotating parts, Wheels, Welds, Gears, Ladders, Straps, Cables, Brackets, Bolts, Cutting Blades, Patents, Failure Analysis, Factory Safety, Personal Injury, machine guards, manufacturing safety, Glass Failure Analysis, Glass Fracture, Glass Failures, Bottle Failure, Metal Failures, Ceramic Failures, Grinding Wheel Failures, Intellectual Property, Patent Disputes, Product Liability, Product Quality, Manufacturing Disagreements, Intellectual Property, Failed Equipment, Contract Disputes, Evaluation of Manufacturing, Reverse Engineering, Manufacturing Techniques, Factory Safety, Construction Safety, Construction Defects, Window Defects, Fenestration, Flooring, Wood Failures, Trade Secrets, Diamond, Diamonds, Diamond Tools, Glass Finishing, Glass Manufacturing, Cleaning, Process Controls, Microbiologically Influenced Corrosion MIC, heating pad, Cell Phone SmartPhone iPhone Android iPad Tablet Glass

Expert Witness No.768

Academic Degrees

Stanford University, Ph.D. Materials Science and Engineering, 1972
Stanford University, MS Materials Science, 1969
University of Pennsylvania, BS Metallurgical Engineering, 1965
Diploma, Tercer Curso Panamericano de Metalurgia Nuclear, Buenos Aires, Argentina, 1968

Professional License

Registered Professional Engineer, State of California

Summary of Expertise

Manufacturing engineer with over 25 years of experience as a consultant to attorneys in equipment safety, equipment design, equipment operation, equipment maintenance, patents, accident reconstruction, products liability, intellectual property, factory safety and other litigation. This includes numerous depositions and court appearances.

30 years of manufacturing experience in processing, machine safety, machine design, quality control, electronics and materials engineering.Knowledge of the patent process and holder of manufacturing patents.

30 years of process manufacturing experience in machining, electronics and materials engineering.

Safety: User safety.  Includes fundamental and working knowledge of control systems and knowledge of equipment and manufacturing safety.

Design Experience: Knowledgeable in all aspects of equipment design and manufacture.

Experienced in statistical process control and statistical design of experiments (DOE).

Engineering management

Interface with customers

Process control

Failure analysis (device, glass, metal and ceramics)

Device reliability and reliability statistics

Process development and process introduction

Thin film optics and thin film coating processes

Statistical design of experiments and statistical process control

Physical and mechanical metallurgy

Professional Experience

1975 – present, Engineering Consultant in private practice with attorneys and insurance adjusters.  Litigation-related practice includes plaintiff and defense clients in approximately equal numbers.  Included are numerous depositions and trial appearances.

1993 – 2001, Chief Metallurgist, KMT Inc., California, Manager of a development group focused on key new products, Developed cleaning processes for computer memory disks, Organized worldwide failure analysis for company, Participant in company’s effort to diversify into the area of fiber optics.

1988 – 1993, Senior Thin Film Project Engineer, Deposition Sciences Inc., California.  Developed unique methods of uniformly coating curved surfaces with hard materials from oxides, and nitrides.  Developed patented DC reactive sputtering techniques for depositing optical quality oxides, and multi-layer optical films on oxide substrates.  Optical Thin Film Design:  Photo-pattering of Thin Film Circuits and Optical IR Filters

1984 – 1988, Thin Film Circuit Engineer and Reliability Engineer, MTI, California. Responsible for group developing thin film circuit manufacturing processes including Reactive sputtering, reactive ion etching, photo processing, and wafer dicing.  Concurrently responsible for group performing high reliability testing and failure analysis of GaAs, FET’S, and IC’s.  Purchased a CPA 9900 and developed a production reactive sputtering process for Coating Ta2N/TiW/Au onto A1203 substrates.  Developed unique techniques for producing conductive via thin film circuits.  Project Manager for high reliability projects; coordinated all high reliability projects at MTI; this included interfacing with the customers.

1975 – 1984, Project Engineer and Project Manager, Hewlett Packard Co., California.  Hands-on manager of a Research and Development group that designed and developed hybrid packaging for microwave circuits.  Designed RF connectors for microwave communication applications.  Acted as a consultant to several Hewlett-Packard divisions aiding in the solutions of problems related to materials, machining, device failure, and bonding and assembly.  Developed a close die molding process for forming super plastic zinc.  Coordinated several company wide workshops related to metal working and hybrid Assembly processing.  This included plastic packaging.

1974 – 1975, Senior Project Engineer, OptiCalifornial Coating Laboratories Inc., California.  Responsible for yield improvement on a process for the manufacture of striped Diachroic filters.  Successfully raised the yields from 2 per cent to 70 per cent.  Included grinding and polishing of the glass faceplates.  Represented OCLI to their customers to solve various metal corrosion problems with single crystal Si solar cells.  Corporate materials scientist responsible for failure analysis and surface analysis.

1972 – 1974, Senior Process Engineer, Corning Glass Works, New York. Included glass finishing process development and glass failure analysis.  Senior Research and Development engineer involved with the development of glass.  Finishing processes and the design of the related production equipment.  Involved with sheet glass quality evaluation and glass failure analysis.

1969 – 1972, Engineering Consultant, Failure Analysis Association, California.  Aided engineers with failure analysis of materials.  Aided engineers with failure analysis of materials such as metals, fabrics, plastics, and ceramics.

Accident Reconstruction

User safety, Product Liability and equipment design (Includes device safety, factory safety and machine guards)

Failure Analysis (Includes both materials and design)

Glass Damage & Failures: Jars, Bottles (Wine and Champagne), Windows, Windshields, Dishes, Cook Wear etc.

Manufacturing Defects:  Any manufactured Item.

Metallurgical Failures:  Bolts, Welds, Pipes, Gears, Ladders, Straps, Cables Brackets, Cutting Blades etc.

Ceramic Failures:  Fired ceramics, Grinding Wheels, Cutoff Blades and Structural Ceramics.

Corrosion Failures:  Galvanic, General; this includes electronic devices.

Polymer (Plastic) Failures (Includes Composite Materials): Chairs, Packaging, Bungie Cords, Levers, Wheels, etc.

Wood Failures: Chairs, Ladders, Stairs, Window Leaks etc (Includes deterioration from rot).
Manufacturing Expertise: Includes Patents, Tooling, Processing, Product Design, Factory Safety (Machine Guards), Quality Control, Quality Verification, Reverse Engineering and Factory Procedures

Additional Skills

Fluent in written and spoken Spanish


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