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Metallurgy Engineer Product Evaluation Expert Witness

Provides Opinion & Testimony In:

Metallurgy Engineer, Engineer, Metallurgical, Failure Analysis, Materials Characterization, Product Evaluation, Research Development, Engineering Evaluation, Failures Of Metallic Materials, Failures Of Nonmetallic Materials, Deformation, Fracture, Corrosion Wear, Product Liability


Metallurgy engineer with over 25 years of experience in failure analysis, materials characterization, product evaluation, and research and development.  Expert in engineering evaluation of failures in metallic and nonmetallic materials by deformation, fracture, corrosion, and wear.  Skilled with a wide variety of materials evaluation laboratory methods and instruments.  Experienced as an expert witness for product-liability litigation.

Education and Professional Certifications

1978, Bachelor of Science, Metallurgical Engineering, university in Iowa

Registered Professional Metallurgical Engineer (Licensed in Minnesota and California)


12/94-Present, materials evaluation and engineering firm in Minnesota, Principal Engineer

Perform product failure analyses for a diverse industrial clientele and to support insurance investigations and product-liability litigation.  Areas of expertise include fracture, deformation, wear, corrosion, and environmental degradation in metals and polymers.

Perform materials engineering evaluations and materials characterization for new product development and product improvement projects for high-technology industrial clients.

Design and perform specialized testing to evaluate product performance and simulate failure mechanisms.

Provide expert witness testimony in the areas of materials science and failure analysis

6/91-12/94, Engel Metallurgical, Minnesota, Metallurgical Engineer

Performed failure analysis for a wide variety of industrial and private clientele, including support for product-liability litigation.

Consulted with industrial clients on materials selection and applications.

Provided technical services to industry to solve materials-related manufacturing problems.

Performed and directed materials evaluation testing, including microstructure evaluations, fractographic examinations, and physical and mechanical properties testing.

5/86-5/91, Anamet Laboratories, Inc. California, Senior Metallurgist

Performed failure analyses for a wide range of engineering systems and consumer products, encompassing structural, corrosion, and tribological failures.

Served as an expert witness in metallurgy and failure analysis for product-liability litigation.

Principal investigator for a research project to design a new, computerized system for quantitative evaluation of surface defects in rolling-element bearings.

Assisted in research projects investigating the use of fractals to predict soil properties and evaluating fracture propagation in engineered structural polymers.

Developed equipment and techniques for specialized mechanical and corrosion testing for material and product evaluations.

Directed and performed routine material tests based on ASTM, ASME, Federal, Military, and other industry standards and specifications.

8/78-5/86, Anamet Laboratories, Inc., California, Metallurgist

Conducted failure analyses for industrial clients and to support product-liability litigation.

Performed routine materials testing, materials characterization analyses, and specialized product evaluations.

Provided metallurgical consulting on materials and process selections for a wide variety of industrial clients.

Participated in research projects related to the development of new, improved tool steel alloys.

8/92-5/93, St. Cloud State University, Minnesota, Adjunct Professor

Taught introductory materials engineering course to undergraduate students in Manufacturing Engineering. Materials covered included: metals, polymers, and ceramics.

Developed and taught laboratory course accompanying undergraduate materials engineering course.

Professional Affiliations

National Society of Professional Engineers Member
TMS Professional Engineering Registration Committee Member
ASM International Member
Golden Gate Chapter Chairman 1991-91
Minnesota ASM Chapter Chairman 2000-01
ASM International Handbook Committee Member
Vice Chairman 2004 – 2006
ASM International Failure Analysis Committee Member
National Association of Corrosion Engineers Member
Society of Plastics Engineers Member
Minnesota Microscopy Society Member
Iowa State University Materials Engineering Industrial Advisory Committee Member


Available upon request