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Explosives, Chemical Engineer, Gas Engineering, Energetic Materials Applications, Ignition, Detonation, Detonators, Detonation Physics, Explosive Detonators, Explosive Technology Applications of Explosives, Explosive Hazards, Explosive Devices, Explosive Systems, Hazards Explosives Research Education, Explosives Chemistry Physics, High Power Detonators, Laser Detonation, Firing Systems, Firing Circuits, Advanced Explosives Systems Design, Manufacturing Troubleshooting, Chemical Laboratory Analysis, Test Firing

Expert Witness No.1913

New Mexico


Ph. D., Chemical Engineering; Dissertation in Physics Dept. entitled, Explosive System Design for Magnetic Flux Compression by Implosion

M.S., Gas Engineering, thesis on petrochemical processing

B.S., Chemical Engineering, All at Illinois Institute of Technology, Chicago, IL 60616


Independent consultant for US Government and industry on explosive systems.

2003-Present, Partner with another Professor, Private Hazards and Explosives Consulting Firm, RI
Short courses (8) for Govt. agencies and contractors on energetic materials and applications, Textbook on explosives chemistry and physics in progress

1989-2004, Project leader for advanced development projects on high-power detonators, Los Alamos National Laboratory, Los Alamos, NM
Electrical slapper and laser detonator development, Miniature firing system development for slapper detonator use in electronic safing, arming and firing systems, Microdetonics studies for miniature munition applications, Insensitive explosive formulation studies

Developments of miniature high-voltage firing circuits for military fuzes, a high-power laser-driven detonation system, and the study of microdetonics have enabled new capabilities such as multi-mode and miniature munitions, and lightning-safe detonators.

1986-89, Director of Advanced Technology, Explosives Technology Inc., Fairfield, CA,
Responsible for Advanced explosives system design, manufacturing troubleshooting, chemical laboratory analysis, test firing for product lot acceptance, Expanding tube separation system that successfully released communication satellite payloads in space, without producing any contaminating detonation product debris.

1987- 1997, Computational Mechanics Associates, Baltimore, MD
Team-taught short courses on detonation physics, explosive technology and applications of explosives on 12 occasions

1968-86, Sandia National Laboratories, 1976-86, Supervisor, Detonating Components Group Albuquerque, NM

Modeled slapper detonators and reduced firing energy requirement 25-fold. Responsible as design agency leader for explosive detonators for weapons,
1968-76, Researcher, Explosives and Shock Wave Physics Group
 Extended and applied Gurney model for explosive output in combination with other physics, Gas-gun impact experiments measured shock-wave evolution in shock initiation, of solid explosives for first time in U.S.

1959-68, Research Engineer, Explosives Research Section, IIT Research Institute, Chicago, IL
Led project for undersea detonation of large 10-250-ton explosive charges to produce a seismic disturbance that traveled around the earth. Modeled crushing impact ignition of explosives as a hazard response

Q-cleared, US citizen

Conference Leadership

2002, Cochair, 29th International Pyrotechnics Seminar
2000, Chair, 27th International Pyrotechnics Seminar
1998, Cochair, Eleventh Symposium (Intl.) on Detonation
1993-96, Cochair, three international conferences on Life Cycles of Energetic Materials
March, 1972, Coeditor, Behavior and Utilization of Explosives in Engineering Design, Proc., 12th Annual Symposium of N. M. Section of A.S.M.E., Albuquerque


1993-2004, Awards at Los Alamos National Laboratory for distinguished performance (2), collaboration with industry, and patents (2),

1963-64, National Science Foundation Competitive Engineering Fellowship, Illinois Institute of Technology, Chicago, for Ph. D. study.

1957-60, Institute of Gas Technology Cooperative Work-Study Fellow, Chicago, for M. S. study.

Selected Publications

Available upon request. 

Total of over 50 publications in refereed journals and conference proceedings.