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Mechanical Energy Engineer Expert Witness

Provides Opinion & Testimony In:

Mechanical Engineering, Structural Systems, Equipment Failures, Design, Maintenance, Control, Machinery, Boilers, Furnaces, Fuels Systems, Radiant Heating Systems, Chillers, Refrigerants, Heat Pumps, Geothermal Systems, HVAC, Forced Air Systems, Ductwork, Zoning, Indoor Air Quality, Plumbing, Water Well, Supply, Waste, Venting, Storm Water Systems, Marine Power Systems, Generating, Propulsion,MOSHA, OSHA, Compliance,Failures, Water Intrustion,

Expert Witness No. 191

Maryland

CONSULTANT
2008 – present

Consulting engineering services in mechanical engineering, specializing in energy and related systems. Forensic analysis of mechanical and structural system and equipment failures; design, maintenance and control of machinery; boilers, furnaces and related fuel systems; radiant heating systems; chillers and related refrigerants; heat pumps and geothermal systems; HVAC – forced air systems; ductwork and zoning; indoor air quality (IAQ); plumbing and related water well, supply, waste, venting and storm water systems; marine power systems including generating and propulsion; and review of regulatory requirements (Maryland Occupational Health and Safety Administration (MOSHA, OSHA) and compliance.

CONSULTANT
2001 – 2008

Consulting engineering services in mechanical engineering, specializing in energy, HVAC, machinery, and related systems. Consulting engineering services in structural engineering particularly with failures and water intrusion.

ASSISTANT PROFESSOR IN MECHANICAL ENGINEERING
1998 – present
United States Naval Academy

Course Director for Naval Engineering – Propulsion and Auxiliary Systems. This course is taught to approximately 650 students per year and covers the engines used in naval applications: diesel, gas turbine, conventional and nuclear steam; combustion of fuels; auxiliary systems such as HVAC, psychrometrics, refrigerants, vapor compression chillers; lube oil; and, desalination. Teach various thermodynamics, fluid mechanics, energy conversion and design engineering courses to undergraduate students.

SENIOR DESIGN ENGINEER
1991 – 1998
Baltimore Gas and Electric Company

Technical evaluation of existing plant facilities; design of modifications to repair and upgrade a twin reactor nuclear power plant; and, ensured compliance with codes, standards, and licensing documents in an exacting regulatory environment. Design engineer in a project matrix organization for various HVAC-related projects; various cranes and other load handling systems; environmental projects; and, structural restoration projects. Significant forensic experience with various root cause analysis techniques involving materiel and human factors failures and near- misses.

COUNTY ENGINEER
1989 – 1991
Charles City County, VA

Design and construction administration of all County government facilities and capital improvements projects; design oversight and environmental permitting for the first water treatment facility in Virginia to use reverse osmosis technology; management of water and sewer utility systems; and contract administration for and monitoring of design, construction, and operation of a state-of-the-art, regional sanitary landfill and its associated leachate and gas management systems. County’s engineering representative for school construction projects including design of three schools utilizing water-air heat pump HVAC technology integrated with cooling towers and boilers, and remote energy management systems.

NUCLEAR SUBMARINE OFFICER
1981 – 1989
United States Navy

Engineering officer on two nuclear submarines. Assignments included Main Propulsion Assistant, Damage Control Assistant, Chemistry & Radiological Controls Assistant, and, Quality Assurance Officer. Responsibilities included supervision of the operation and maintenance of a nuclear-powered submarine including its propulsion, auxiliary, and HVAC & environmental control
equipment both during normal operations and during a nuclear reactor refueling overhaul valued in excess of $160 million; and, management and training of up to 44 technicians.
Implemented performance based safety requirements which complemented OSHA.

EDUCATION

  • Ph.D., Mechanical Engineering, The Catholic University of America, Washington, DC
  • M.S.E., The Catholic University of America, Washington, DC M.E.A., The George Washington University, Washington, DC B.S.O.E., United States Naval Academy, Annapolis, MD
  • P.E., Registered Professional Engineer, State of Maryland and Commonwealth of Virginia

FIELDS OF SPECIALTY

  • Engineering Design, Forensic Analysis, Project Management, and Operations & Maintenance of Facilities and related Energy Systems. Areas of expertise include machinery, HVAC, propulsion, power plants and nuclear power systems.

PROFESSIONAL MEMBERSHIPS

  • American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME)
  • American Society of Engineering Education (ASEE)
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