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Mechanical & Forensic Engineer; Pressure Vessels Explosives Blasts Expert Witness

Provides Opinion & Testimony In:

Mechanical design, Machine design, Structural design, Vessel and Piping Design & Analysis, Marine Engineering, Failure Analysis, Blast Modeling, Security Engineering, Product, Finite Element Analysis, Solid Modeling, Kinematic Modeling, Hydraulics, Computational Fluid Dynamics modeling, Reliability, FMEA and Fit For Service studies, Design of Experiment, Accident Reconstruction, Project Management, Petrochemical, Heavy Industry, Fabrication, Manufacturing, Pressure Vessels, Tanks, and Heat Exchangers (ASME, PVHO, API, TEMA), Subsea and Diving, Marine, Tunneling, Civil Engineering and Construction, Equipment and Product Design, Medical Devices, Defense and Security, Forensic Engineering, Root Cause Analysis, Fitness for Service, Product Design, Industrial Design, Patent Development,

Types of Expert Witness Cases

Type Party Issue
Civil Plaintiff Marine, gas pipeline, explosion, gas release, equipment failure, corrosion, topsides blast, computer simulation (finite element analysis)
Civil Plaintiff Car/Truck vehicle accident reconstruction, fleet management, GPS, photogrammetry, perception/reaction
Civil Defendant Marine equipment, product design, ergonomics, propulsion,  computer simulation (computational fluid dynamics), pump, commercial diving
Civil Defendant Slip near shower, friction evaluation, code compliance
Civil Plaintiff Contractor due diligence, Engineer due diligence regarding well design and construction
Civil Plaintiff Vehicle Accident Reconstruction, perception reaction, vehicle dynamics
Civil Defendant Hazard assessment (pyrotechnics, ballistics, blast modeling, explosives, fire, safety)
Civil Plaintiff Vehicle accident reconstruction, ergonomics, photogrammetry
Civil Plaintiff Safety Assessment (Slip and fall)
Civil Defendant Product liability, industrial reconstruction,  failure analysis, safety assessment (Pressure vessel,  fire, explosion, fatality) computer simulation (computational fluid dynamics, finite element analysis), hyperbaric chamber
Civil Defendant Vehicle Accident Reconstruction, vehicle crush, kinetic energy
Civil Plaintiff Industrial reconstruction, product design, code compliance (moving walk way)
Civil hearing Plaintiff Civil Service (engineering ethics, licensure)
Civil Plaintiff Industrial reconstruction, ergonomics (elevator), computer simulation (kinematic modeling)
Criminal Defendant Vehicle Accident Reconstruction, vehicle crush, kinetic energy, photogrammetry
Criminal Defendant Reliability and hazard assessment (petrochemical equipment, fatality), computer simulation (Finite Element Analysis)
Criminal District Attny Vehicle accident reconstruction, photogrammetry, perception/ reaction
Civil hearing Defendant Hazard assessment, product liability (ballistics, explosives, gas, safety), blast modeling
Civil Defendant Industrial reconstruction (wind moving rail cars), computer simulation (computational fluid dynamics)
Civil Plaintiff Industrial reconstruction (machinery, safety)
Civil Defendant Structural analysis, failure analysis, product liability, computer simulation (finite element analysis)
Civil Plaintiff Vehicle accident reconstruction, photogrammetry

Education:

High School, 1983, Xaverian, Brooklyn, NY
BSME, May 1992, Louisiana State Univ., Baton Rouge, LA
Commissioned Army Reserves, Corps of Engineers (Distinguished Military Graduate)
US Army Corps of Engineers officer training through Command & General Staff College

Technical

  • Finite Element Analysis, ANSYS OEM Course, Houston, TX. 1995
  • Accident Reconstruction, SAE Professional Educ. Center, Detroit, MI 1999
  • Contractor Quality Assurance (US Army Corps of Engineers) Vicksburg, MS 2004
  • IED Awareness (US Explosive Hazards Center) Ft. Leonard Wood, MO 2005
  • Physical Security: Adv. Applications and Tech. (ASIS) Baltimore, MD 2005
  • Base Camp Master Planning (US Army Corps of Engineers) Camp Shelby, MS 2005
  • Combat Life Saver (US Army) Camp Shelby, MS 2005 and Ft. McCoy, 2013
  • Security Engineering & Blast Modeling (Protective Design Center, USACE) Baghdad, Iraq 2006
  • Anti-Terrorism Officer, Level 2 (US Central Command) Iraq 2006; Level 3 (NORTHCOM) 2015
  • Underwater Intervention, Marine Technical Society, New Orleans, LA 2012-13, 2016-20
  • International Dynamics of Terrorism (INTAC), US Army Corps of Engineers, 2013
  • USACE Area Office University/Project Management, USACE, Winchester VA, 2013
  • 7th World Congress of Biomechanics, Boston, MA 2014
  • Winter Conference, National Academy of Forensic Engineers (NAFE), 2017-2020
  • “Train-the-Trainer” Kirk’s Fire Investigation, NAFE 2018 Winter Conference, Phoenix AZ 2018
  • Counter-Explosive Hazards Planner’s Course (US Counter Explosive Hazards Center), FT Wood MO 2018
  • Attack Site Forensic Investigation Course (National Ground Intelligence Center), FT Polk, LA 2019
  • Blaster’s Course and Annual Conference on Explosives and Blasting Technique (ISEE) 2019
  • Advanced Surface and Subsurface Drilling Blasting (Mo. Univ. of Science & Technology) 2019

Professional:

Registered Professional Engineer NCEES Registry
Board Certified Forensic Engineer (NAFE Diplomate)Clearance DoD SECRET
Member, National Society of Professional Engineers (NSPE)
2018-present NSPE Emerging Technologies Task Force
National Board Member as Vice President (previously, Director)
Vice-Chair, Technical Review; Member of Ethics Committee; Assistant Editor, Journal of NAFE
Member, American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME)
Member of the Pressure Vessel for Human Occupancy (PVHO) Codes and Standards (C&S) Committee
Chair: Viewports Vice Chair: General Requirements Subcommittee
Subcommittees: Submersibles, Diving Systems, Design & Piping, Viewports, General Requirements, Post Construction (PVHO2); Medical Systems
Working Group: “Deign by Analysis” for Windows, Tunneling PVHOs
Charter member of Risk Assessment and Mitigation of Critical Asset Protection (RAMCAP) C&S
Charter member of Mobile Unmanned Systems (MUS) Codes & Standards
Active in the Safety Engineering & Risk Assessment Division (SERAD)
Member, Louisiana Engineering Society (LES) (State chapter of the NSPE)
President, Baton Rouge Area Section (2001-2002), plus other Section and State offices
Member: Army Engineer Association (Life Member), International Society of Explosives Engineers (ISEE); Society of American Military Engineers (SAME); Society of Naval Architects and Marine Engineers (SNAME); Marine Technology Society (MTS); American Society of Industrial Security (ASIS), The International Association for the Engineering Modelling, Analysis and Simulation (NAFEMS), American Society of Testing and Materials (ASTM), National Association of Fire Investigators (NAFI), Int’l Assoc. of Fire Investigators (IAFI)

Professional Work History:

2006-current Engineering Services, LLC. Baton Rouge, La.
Position: VP of Engineering, Principal Engineer
Principal Responsibilities: Lead engineer, responsible for all work by staff and contract employees.
Principal Technical Areas: Mechanical design, Machine design, Structural design, Vessel and Piping Design & Analysis, Marine Engineering, Failure Analysis, Blast Modeling, Security Engineering, Product, Finite Element Analysis, Solid Modeling, Kinematic Modeling, Hydraulics, Computational Fluid Dynamics modeling, Reliability, FMEA and Fit For Service studies, Design of Experiment, Accident Reconstruction, Project Management

1992-Current US Army Reserves (Corps of Engineers Officer)
Current Position: Engineer staff officer, Deployable Command Post, 412 Theater Eng. Command, Vicksburg, MS
Current Rank: Lieutenant Colonel
Past assignments:
Commander, 475th Engineer Detachment (Explosive Hazards Coordination Cell), Vicksburg MS
Battalion Commander, 2-411th Log. Spt. Bn., 181st Infantry Brigade (1st Army Div West) Ft. McCoy, WI
Officer In Charge for USACE Resident Office, Gardez AFG. Responsible for construction in 5 provinces, $350M.
Team Chief for the US SOUTHCOM response team for the USACE Contingency Response Unit
Observer/Controller-Trainer, then O/C-T Team Chief. 1st Group, 1st Brigade, 75th Div., Houston TX
Plans Officer, 420th Engineer Brigade, Bryan Texas
Lead Engineer (FCCME), Det. 8, 412th Engineer Command supporting 130th Engineer Brigade, Balad, Iraq
Mechanical Eng. (FCCME) Det. 1, 412th Engineer Command supporting SETAF, US Army Europe
Mechanical Eng. (FCCME), 412th Engineer Command, Vicksburg, MS. AOR: Republic of Korea
Company Commander, A/489th Engineer Battalion (Corps)(Mech), Hot Springs, Ark;
Acting Commander, XO, Platoon Leader, 285th Engineer Company (Combat Spt. Equipment) Baton Rouge, La

1997-2005 Kemper Imageering, Inc. Baton Rouge, La.
Position: Vice President and Principal Engineer
Principal Responsibilities: Lead engineer, responsible for all work by staff and contract employees.
Principal Technical Areas: Mechanical design, Machine design, Structural design, Vessel and Piping Design & Analysis (API and ASME), Failure Analysis, Explosive Blast Modeling and Analysis, Product design and development, Finite Element Analysis, Solid Modeling, Kinematic Modeling, Hydraulics, Computational Fluid Dynamics modeling, Reliability, FMEA and Fit For Service studies, Accident Reconstruction, Project Management
Also a paid consultant for CDI Engineering, Baton Rouge, La 2000-2003.

1992-1997 KnightHawk Engineering, Inc., Baton Rouge, LA
Position: Mechanical Engineer (EIT), later Marketing Director
Principal Technical Areas: Pipe Stress, Piping & Vessel Design and Modifications (ASME & API), Hydraulics, Finite Element Analysis, Structural Design and Analysis, Machine Design, Kinematics, Field Work, Project Mgt..
Other Responsibilities: Technical Editing, Marketing, Presentations, Photography.
1990-1992 Self-Employed/College Student, Baton Rouge, LA
Freelance photographer for Baton Rouge Morning Advocate and State Times, Associated Press, various magazines. Freelance writer and graphic designer.
Self-financed 100% of tuition, books, fees, plus most living expenses. Sr. Cadet, USAR.

1988-1990 U.S. Army, Fort Bragg, NC
82nd Airborne Division Public Affairs Office. Assistant NCO in charge, Darkroom Supervisor, Primary Trainer for new personnel. Co-ordinated and executed print and video coverage. Performed photogrammetry analysis for intelligence section. Participated in training as a “player” in urban warfare, combined arms operations, live fire exercises, airborne operations, and air assault operations as well as amphibious operations with the US Marine Corps. Worked with other units, to include 24th Inf. Div., 10th Mtn. Div, Special Forces, and PsyOps.
The Paraglide. (Post newspaper, circ. 25,000.) Staff writer and photographer, Features Editor, Darkroom Supervisor. Part of XVIII Airborne Corps staff.

1987-1988 Freelance Journalist, Writer, Photographer

1983-1986 College student

Engineering and Technical Experience:

Machine Design and Kinematics
-Design of crane-mounted conveyor for sugarcane baggasse.
-Design or evaluation of crane systems for fabrication yard, tractor crawler cranes, and hydraulic cranes.
-Design of lifting plans including modeling loads on hardware.
-Design of mechanical, mechanical/hydraulic, and mechanical/electrical power transmissions.
-Design of downhole tools.
-Design of injection pump.
-Design of K12-L0 vehicle barrier (impact and blast resistance).
-Design of novel vehicle arresting fence system.
-Design of novel subsurface oil recovery system.
-Redesign of biomedical device for inserting medical objects into a body cavity, leading to award of patents
-Conceptual design of recycling process, leading to an award of a patent.
-Design, evaluation and redesign of arresting cable and supports.
-Design, analysis, and review of tools, products, equipment, and controls for safety, ergonomics, and reliability
-Evaluation and modeling of elevators, walkways, conveyors, and manlifts.
-Evaluation and redesign of engines, pumps, fans, and compressors.
-Evaluation and redesign of process agitators and associated equipment.
-Evaluation, design, and redesign of skid-mounted systems and enclosures for equipment, including for lifts
-Evaluation and redesigns of bearings, linkages and power transmissions.
-Design of consumer products, leading to award of patents
-Equipment shock and impact, blast & ballistics
-Welding, fastener, shaft, cam, and spring design and analysis.

Failure Analysis
-Root cause analysis of a failed telescoping platform support in mineshaft.
-Root cause analysis of thermally-induced localized failure of water jacket on a reactor.
-Root cause analysis of a failed piping and pressure vessels.
-Root cause analysis of cracked tubing in heat exchanger, failed furnace tubing, failed process piping.
-Root cause analysis of failed power transmission (gears, linkages) with subsequent redesign.
-Root cause analysis of critical underperformance of water system
-Root cause analysis of failure of protective structures in blast and fragment loading
-Root cause analysis for failed marine and diving equipment.
-Root cause analysis for failed lifting equipment (booms, pad eyes, hooks, links, slings, wire ropes)
-Root cause analysis of biotech cartridge system used in testing biological samples
-Analysis of failed vehicle arresting system prototype with subsequent redesign.
-Analysis of failed bolting on process equipments mounts and structural supports.
-Analysis of failed welds on structural members subjected to upset loads.
-Analysis of failed welds within equipment and with equipment mounts.
-Root cause analysis of failed structural members.

Safety, Reliability, and Fitness-For-Service
– Failure Modes Effects Analysis for a variety of static and rotating equipment, vehicles/airframes, and systems
-Piping, pressure vessels, and saturation diving systems (API 579/ASME FFS1 and ASME PVHO)
-Evaluation of a new offshore pipeline laying system.
-Evaluate of tunneling equipment, including “dry diving” pressure vessel
-Evaluation of control systems for ergonomics, safety, and functional logic for industrial equipment.
-Lead investigator for safety reviews (through U.S. Army)
-Reliability study for increasing a compressor’s service pressure.
-Evaluation of equipment and walkways for ergonomic factors and compliance with safety standards.
-Evaluation of a several vehicle arresting barriers, to include predicting response and correlating with test data.
-Reliability study of incorrectly-made modifications on API 650 vessel for compliance with API 653 repairs.
-Evaluation of agitators on vessel heads, including non-standard structural supports, composite material heads
-Reliability studies for weapons systems, to include fatigue analysis per HP White Protocols
-Reliability study for a new 55 cubic yard clamshell crane bucket design for 3rd party review.
-Evaluation of supports, clearances, & operation envelopes for equipment lifts, lifting items, and cranes
-Evaluation of static and rotating equipment components, including redesign for safety
-Evaluation of high pressure (10,000 psi) laboratory equipment.
-Evaluation and life prediction of pressure vessels subject to fatigue loads; redesign for enhanced life.
-Evaluation and life prediction of PVHO life support systems, including gas mixes and humidity.
-Evaluation and life predictions for equipment in tunnel-boring machines
-Evaluations of sites for blast, fire, ballistic hazards, and hazardous material release
-Design of Experiment in conjunction with failure analysis/forensics as well as design development
-Site evaluations for safety issues in operations, maintenance, material handling, vehicle operations, and other issues

Finite Element Analysis (Structural and Thermal)
-2D Structural Modeling (stress, strain, deflection, buckling and frequency)
-2D Thermal Modeling (heat transfer, fluid effects, thermally induced stress)
-3D Modeling for stress and strain, and deflection (linear and nonlinear), including modeling metals, timber, plastics, rubbers, glass, composites, and complex material interactions such as concrete/rebar and steel/rubber/glass.
-3D Modeling for fatigue, buckling, and frequency as well as dynamic and post-dynamic modeling.
-3D Modeling for heat transfer and thermally induced stress (linear and nonlinear)
-3D Modeling for transient loadings, cyclic loading, creep, and crack propagation
-3D Modeling for coupled FEA/CFD heat transfer and thermally induced stress (linear and nonlinear)
-3D Modeling of modeling of assemblies and composite materials.
-3D Modeling of multi-physics problems such as fluid flow (CFD) driven heat transfer and the structural effects (FEA) or the forces developed within a linkage assembly (Kinematics) and resultant stress (FEA).

Pipe Stress and Piping Design, Modification, and Repair
-ASME B31.1, B31.3, BPE; NFPA 20; API5L, FDA 3-A
-Pipe stress analysis and redesign of piping in tank farms and production units.
-Static and dynamic analyses with subsequent redesign of process piping, blowdown lines, and emergency systems
-Design and analysis of life-safety piping, fire fighting supply, and sanitary systems.
-Site investigations for structural and flow issues; On-site and traditional pipe stress analysis.
-Pipe stress models of process furnaces and cracking units. (Borsig, Selas, & Kellogg)

Pressure Vessel & Heat Exchanger Design, Repair, and Modification
-Crude oil storage, Water storage, Chemical storage, Process coils, and Process reactors.
-API 620, 650, 653; ASME Section VIII (Div. 1, 2, 3). ASME PVHO
-Vessel design, optimization, vessel repair (API 653), vessel life expectancy study (API 579/ASME FFS1)
-Pressure vessel fatigue, failure, and reliability evaluations.
-Pressure vessel design for marine topsides design and blast resistance.
-USCG certification for saturation diving equipment (PVHO)
-Life support design for PVHO’s (diving, tunneling, submersibles, hyperbaric medical systems)
-Heat exchanger design; heat exchanger component design. (ASME, TEMA, API 660)
-API Plan 52/53 pot design
-Novel reinforced concrete pressure vessel

Hydraulics, Pumps, Fans, and Fluid Flow (Gas and Liquid)
-Design Audit of hydraulically-operated equipment, including clam shucking plant, vehicle barrier, crane system
-Design Audit of water lines for a nuclear facility, municipal water supply, industrial water supply
-Design Audit of incinerators for air flow, combustion, and feedstock issues, including fans and vane effects
-Design and evaluations of pumps, compressors, agitators, and mixers, to include CFD modeling.
-Design and evaluations of fans, blowers, air handlers, gas nozzles, and gas mixers to include CFD modeling.
-Design audit and redesign of biomedical device for pressurized breathing, including CFD of gas flow and mixing.
-Flow analysis for marine hulls, ROV, and related equipment
-Troubleshooting and redesign of filtration systems, to include modeling porous membranes, filter pads, and screens
-Water flow modeling (CFD) for wet wells, pumps, piping, knock out pots, heat exchangers, and screening systems.
-Aerodynamic analysis of commercial trucking equipment attachment, including CFD modeling.
-Aerodynamic analysis (CFD) for subsonic, transonic, supersonic conditions on lifting bodies, projectiles, airframes
-Power calculations, efficiency calculations, and sizing of pumps, fans, and hydraulic equipment.
-Sized and designed piping systems for industrial and utility applications, including hydraulic loss calculations
-Process analysis for fluid and thermal characteristics, including transient and upset conditions.
-Dynamic analysis of process blowdown system.
-Water flow modeling (CFD) for marine hulls and marine structures.
-Gas flow within equipment enclosures with venting to outside, to include CFD modeling with heat transfer.
-Cooling, heating, and gas mix/humidity modeling for HVAC and PVHO life support and equipment loads, including coupled FEA/CFD modeling.
-Fluid flow for sediment knockout system, to include CFD modeling.
-Study of high pressure air distribution header, including CFD modeling.
-Design review of incineration system, to include CFD of air intake system and combustion area.
-Design of fluid/fluid and gas/fluid heat exchangers, including a one-off diesel-fired system
-Computational Fluid Dynamic modeling liquids and gases for heat transfer, pressure distribution, thermal distribution, velocities, and vorticity. 2-D and 3-D modeling.

Structural (Mechanical, Marine, and Civil)
-Shell and head calculations for pressure vessels and components. (API, ASME Sect. VIII, Div. 1, 2, 3, PVHO)
-Beam and truss design, analysis, and selection., moment connections for steel structures (AISC ASD, 9th Ed.)
-Reinforced concrete design, Fiber-reinforced concrete design (ACI)
-Novel application of shotcrete for use in pressure vessel.
-Site investigations, fitness for service, corrosion evaluations
-Design of novel marine hull, including hard points for equipment, lift/launch, and/or weapons
-Evaluation of marine hulls (self-propelled lifeboats, submersible hulls & viewports, ROVs) for structural response
-Evaluation of damaged, corroded, and modified structures (buildings, equipment) for remaining life and loading.
-Design and analysis of plate, rod, piping, tube, and sheet metal applications.
-Design and analysis of metal (steel, aluminum, titanium, copper, exotic alloys), timber, plastic, and composite structures ranging from buildings to airframes and marine hulls to equipment housings and mechanical structures.
-Lifting and hoisting equipment (hooks, links, spreader bars, hard points) and lift plan
-Beam and truss calculations and optimization for crane applications. (AISC ASD, 9th ED.)
-Beam and truss calculations and optimization for pressure vessel and vessel bed supports.
-Beam and truss calculations for pipe support flexibility analysis.
-Design for transient conditions such as blast, fire, high winds, seismic, vibration, and snow loads.

Medical Devices, BioTech, and Food Grade design
-Prototype development and analysis, patents, for mechanical system to insert a device into a cavity.
-Prototype development and analysis for a therapeutic breathing system.
-Prototype development and analysis for pressure sore reduction system
-Prototype development and analysis for novel therapeutic pressurized habitat
-Prototype development of wheelchair modifications (vehicle anchor system, therapeutic mechanisms)
-Troubleshooting device for USP 71 sterility test protocols, including using nonlinear FEA and CFD
-Design of specialized equipment used in food processing
-Analysis and redesign of plastic foam food packaging
-Industrial design for food service consumer products
-Ergonomics and human factors, usability studies, safety assessments
-Damage mechanisms to humans and animals such as impact, shock, blast, fire
-Developed in committee codes and standards for hyperbaric medical systems, including submission procedures

Force Protection, Explosives, Fire, Ballistics, and Security Engineering
-Carried out own operation planning and intelligence, planned and executed over 200 “outside the wire” missions in Iraq and Afghanistan, to include changing missions to avoid enemy engagements.
-Analyzed potential and actual effects of explosives, munitions, fires, chemicals, and pyrotechnics on industrial infrastructure, civil infrastructure, vehicles, equipment, products and personnel, including use of blast analysis and structural analysis.
-Theater-specific doctrine development for counter explosive hazard operations and planning
-Post-blast analysis of Improvised Explosive Device (IED) and indirect fire attacks.
-Analyzed potential and actual terminal effects of enemy sabotage of critical infrastructure, including blast & fragment analysis, structural analysis, and hazardous material release
– Siting, design, and modification of basecamps, airfields, processing sites, and other fixed or expeditionary facilities to include hazard, construction, vulnerability, environmental, and civil/military impact assessments.
-Analyzed and designed perimeters, gates, and barriers up to and beyond K12 standards, to include lethal and nonlethal effects.
-“Red Cell” planning to war game potential hostile intent and test designs and plans by others, to include estimating potential damage and loss of life in multi-echelon, multi-phase scenarios.
-Analyzed and designed industrial sites, base camps, check points, airfields, and other facilities for vulnerabilities from direct and indirect fire, sabotage, and infiltration, including line of sight analysis, blast analysis, stand off requirements, and terrain analysis with respect to terrain impact on enemy and friendly courses of action.
-Plan, coordinate, and conduct route clearance and route clearance management, to include planning supporting fires, air cover, response teams, and associated requirements at the tactical, operational, and theater levels
-Analyzed vulnerabilities of fuel blivets to sabotage, blast, and combustion, developed revised site design, to include blast analysis from BLEVE, combustion calculations, and heat transfer modeling and calculations.
-Analyzed military and industrial site vulnerabilities to vehicle threat (impact and car bombs) for design of vehicle arresting systems, to include blast modeling and the nonlinear response of structures to vehicle impact and blast.
-Designed industrial and marine equipment to withstand specific blast parameters, including using blast modeling and modeling the nonlinear structural response to blasts.
-Designed shape charges, borehole shots, steel cutting shots, and cratering shots, including initiation sequences.
-Military application of explosives, to include mine warfare planning and supervision, IED awareness, IED defeat, obstacle development/construction/reduction, explosive and mechanical breaching, pyrotechnics, flame effects, boobytraps, and tactical applications. Includes being primary instructor, safety officer, and training planner.

Civil (through U.S. Army Corps of Engineers) (USACE)
-Infrastructure assessment (US, Overseas permissive and non-permissive environments)
-Basecamp design and management, facilities management, security management
-Industrial site assessments
-Facility utilities design and management
-Airfield siting, design, and management, both expeditionary and enduring (fixed and rotorwing)
-Concrete walls, slabs, towers, and foundations.
-Fortifications, trusses, walls, towers, buildings, and other structures. (Steel, concrete, masonry, timber)
-Road and runway design, construction, assessment and repair
-Sewer design, including pump stations, gravity lines, inspection chambers, manhole access, and related structures
-Earthmoving operations; pit operations.
-Drainage, Pipeline, and Water Control Structure studies, design, construction, and repair
-Bridge design, evaluation, construction, and repair
-Water and sewage design, evaluation, construction, and repair
-Flood and hurricane impact on structures and infrastructure as well as recovery plans
-Explosive and non-explosive demolition, explosive charge design
-Protective structure design, ballistic modeling, fire hazard, explosive hazard, and structural evaluation

Forensic
-Technical investigations and research, to include incident site investigations.
-Failure analyses of equipment and equipment components.
-Vehicle kinematics, accident reconstructions and illustrative recreations.
-Industrial reconstructions and illustrative recreations, to include equipment operations, lift procedures, ergonomics
-Hazard analysis (blast, ballistics, heat, dropping/falling, fire, chemical release, machinery, operational procedures)
-Reliability studies and design audits, Product liability review, Ergonomic reviews.
-Mathematical modeling and computer-based simulations/recreations.
-Technical analysis and interpretation of photographs, videos, and animations, including photogrammetry.
-Preparation and production of technical presentations and animations (2-D and 3-D)
-Engineering ethics evaluation
-Independent 3rd party reviews of engineering opinions and methods

Project Management
-Planned, managed, executed, and presented engineering projects involving 1-15 technical professionals.
-Planned and managed construction and construction support operations worth over $350M over 5 Afghan provinces
-Planned, managed, and executed construction projects involving 5-60 workers and supervisors split over several work sites, including projects in which the sites were located in different states.
-Planned, managed, and executed equipment manufacturing/fabrication projects involving multiple vendors.
-Developed engineering solutions and assisted in planning commercial diving operations
-Planned, managed, and submitted multi-discipline proposals for federal and international projects, to include multi-million dollar USACE Military Construction projects approved by the US Congress for overseas construction
-Planned and managed multi-tracked technical training programs.
-Planned and coordinated emergency response for contingency operations for the US, South America, Europe, the Korean peninsula, and Vietnam
-Planned and supervised military engineering projects to include: concrete retaining walls; drainage rehabilitation; road construction, road improvements; building rehabilitation; runway construction, runway repair, airfield design, basecamp design and upgrades, bridging; explosive and non-explosive demolitions; combat engineer operations.
-Planned and supervised military training for heavy equipment operator proficiency, time management, project management, weapons qualification, and deployment operations.
-Evaluated infrastructure in North America, South America, Europe, Asia, and the Middle East

Volunteer Work:

2000-2018: Louisiana State University (LSU), College of Engineering, Capstone Design Course:
Member of the Industrial Review Panel, which evaluates college senior projects 1st semester (design) and 2nd semester (tested prototype). This is a multi-discipline course incorporating engineering design, fabrication, testing, marketing, budgeting, and project management.
Provide university-level instruction in: engineering ethics, licensure, use of engineering standards
Provide mentorship to the students throughout the year. Sponsor and coach design teams.

2015-Present: University of Louisiana Lafayette (ULL), College of Engineering guest lecturer

1997-present: ASME and ASME Codes and Standards
2008-present: Pressure Vessels for Human Occupancy (PVHO) Committee and Subcommittees
2019-present Chair,ASME Task Force for “Design By Analysis” for acrylic pressure vessel components
2009-2012: Risk Assessment and Mitigation for Critical Asset Protection (RAMCAP)
2019-present: Mobile Unmanned Systems Codes & Standards
1997-1999 Baton Rouge, La. Section Newsletter editor

2017-present: ASTM Codes and Standards Committees
2017-present: E58 Committee on Forensic Engineering

2017-present: National Academy of Forensic Engineering
2018-present: Board Member (currently Vice President)
2017-Present: Ass’t Editor for NAFE Journal; Ethics committee

2017-present: Marine Technology Society
2015-present: Manned Underwater Vehicles member; Editor for technical collections
2017-present: Reviewer for Marine Technology Society Journal (Peer Reviewed Journal)

2011-2012: Louisiana Professional Engineering and Land Surveying Board (LAPELS)
Development team for the Standards of Practices for Mechanical Engineering.

2018-present: National Society of Professional Engineers (NSPE
2018-current Emerging Technologies Task Force
2019-current Engineering Credentialing Task Force

1992-present: Louisiana Engineering Society (LES), a chapter of the National Society of Professional Engineers
1996-2002 Baton Rouge Chapter: Newsletter/PR; Successive elected offices including Chapter President
1997-1998 State Chairman for Publicity and Media Relations
2017-current: Conference Committee. Assist in organizing and managing several annual conferences
Founding committee member for the Joint Engineering Societies Conferences (JESC), frequent presenter
Participated in MATHCOUNTS, “Engineer in the Classroom” (teaching 7th and 8th graders), and “Talk to a Professional Engineer” events at Louisiana State University and Southern University

Publications and Selected Presentations
Available on ful l CV

Honors and Recognitions:

ASME Certificate of Acclamation for contributions for the Safety Standard PVHO-1: 2016 (October, 2016)
2007 Army Engineer of the Year; Top Ten Federal Engineer of the Year (NSPE’s Federal Engineer of the Year recognition program, presented 22 Feb. 2007 at the National Press Club, Washington DC)
Young Engineer of the Year, Baton Rouge Chapter of the LES, Feb. 2000
Chrome Shaft Award. Presented by the LSU Mechanical Engineering Faculty. May 1992.
Military awards include: Bronze Star (w/Oak Leaf Cluster), Meritorious Service Medal (w/2 Oak Leaf Clusters), Army Commendation Medal (w/Oak Leaf Cluster), Combat Action Badge

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