Metallurgy Materials Science Engineering Expert Witness

Provides Opinion & Testimony In:

Metallurgy, Materials Science, Engineering, Accident, Aircraft, Analytical, Analysis, Arson, Aviation, Automobile, Bicycle, Boat, Bombing, Bullet, Bullet Lead, Civil, Clocks, Wristwatches, Timing Mechanisms, Collapse, Contamination, Corrosion, Court Testimony, Crime Scene, Criminal, Cross Examination, Damage, Data Collection, Data Analysis, Disaster, Engineering, Metallurgical Engineering, Metallurgical, Evidence, Examination, Exhume, Explosion, Fabrication, Failure Analysis, Fire, Food Product Contamination, Forensic, Fracture, Fraud, Headlights, Taillights, Homicide, Identification Marking Restoration, Investigate, Investigation, Investigative, Lampbulbs, Law enforcement, Marine, Maritime, Materials Science, Metal, Metal Failure, Metallurgist, Moot Court, Personal Injury, Product Failure, Product Tampering, Quality Control, Railroad, Sabotage, Serial Number Restoration, Specifications, Tampering, Testimony, Testing, Transcript Review, Transportation Disaster, Welding, Wire Rope, Blast, Mine Disaster, Mining Disaster, Disaster, Tugboat, Tow, Truck, Forensic Evidence, Lab, Weapons, Fire, Explosions, Maritime, Oil Spill

Expert Witness No.1566


Bachelor of Science, Metallurgy, Case Institute of Technology
Master of Arts, Special Studies, George Washington University
Graduate studies, Materials Science & Engineering, University of Virginia

Additional Courses & Symposia

Physical Metallurgy, Ohio State University
Shaping, Forming of Metals, Ohio State University
Engineering Metallurgy, Ohio State University
Principles of Failure Analysis, American Society for Metals (ASM)
Fractography: Practical Applications in Failure Analysis (ASM)
Metallographic Interpretation (ASM)
Energy Dispersive X-ray Fluorescence, Kevex Corporation
Statistics I, Northern Virginia Community College
Statistics II, Northern Virginia Community College
Detection and Recovery of Human Remains, FSRTC
Calculus I (refresher), Northern Virginia Community College
Calculus II (refresher), Northern Virginia Community College
Applied Statistics for Engineers and Physical Scientists, Va. Commonwealth Univ.
Structure and Properties of Materials, University of Virginia
Fastener Characterization by Mechanical & Metallographic Methods
Manufacturing Processes & Materials, University of Virginia
Applied Electrochemistry, University of Virginia

Professional Experience

Battelle Memorial Institute, Research Metallurgist
Chase Brass and Copper Company, Plant Metallurgist
National Aeronautics and Space Administration, Research Metallurgist
Monarch Aluminum Company, Manufacturing/Production Process Control
U.S. Marine Corps, Platoon Commander, Republic of South Vietnam
Federal Bureau of Investigation, Supervisory Special Agent
FBI Laboratory, de facto Chief Forensic Metallurgist
Forensic Engineering International, Principal

Court Appearances and Depositions

Testified as an expert witness in  223 local, state and federal criminal and civil matters, in 44 states (excluding Congressional testimonies and grand juries).


Bronze Star with Combat ’V’, U.S. Marine Corps
2 Crosses of Gallantry, Republic of South Vietnam
20 additional military combat decorations

Numerous letters of commendation, including:

Personal commendation from U. S. Attorney General William French Smith

Three commendations with cash awards, from FBI Director William H. Webster

Two commendations and cash award from FBI Director William S. Sessions

Professional Affiliations

Fellow, American College of Forensic Examiners Institute (ACFEI)
Diplomate, American Board of Forensic Engineering & Technology (ABFET)
Managing Board, Institute for Studies in Science and the Law (ISSL)
Diplomate, American Board of Law Enforcement Experts (ABLEE)
National Association of Corrosion Engineers (NACE)
American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM)
American Society for Metals, International (ASM)
Advisory Board, Forensic Justice Project (FJP)
The Minerals, Metals & Materials Society (TMS)
National Fire Protection Association (NFPA):
NFPA Section Memberships: (1) Fire Science & Technology Educators, (2) Building Fire
Safety Systems, (3) Research, (4) Aviation, (5) Rail Transport Systems, (6) Electrical
International Metallographic Society (IMS)
American Foundry Society (AFS)
1st Marine Division Association

Literary Acknowledgments/References/Media

Available upon Request


Referee for Fire Technology, NFPA
Editorial Advisor, The Forensic Examiner, ACFEI
Requested by UNSCOM to serve as U.N. Weapons Inspector, Iraq (1998)


Available upon request

Noteworthy / Sample Cases

Available Upon Request

Speaking Engagements

ASM, COMS (Central Ohio Metallographic Society), Columbus, OH
Ohio State University
Welding & Testing Technology 8th Annual National Conference (31 professional societies, Knoxville, TN)
ASM, Philadelphia, PA (Liberty Bell Chapter)
MTI (Metal Treating Institute), Secaucus, NJ
ASM, Hartford, CT
ASM, Bethlehem, PA
ASM, New Haven, CT
ASM, Nashua, NH
ASM, York, PA
ASM, Charlotte, NC
ASM, Cincinnati, OH
AWS (American Welding Society), York, PA
University of Pittsburgh
ASNT (American Society for Nondestructive Testing), ASM, Hampton, VA
AWS, ASM, Houston, TX
ASM, Peoria, IL
AWS, Los Angeles, CA
AWS, Baltimore, MD
AWS, Hampton, VA
ASM, Baltimore, MD
ASM, Washington, DC
ASM, Johnson City, TN
ASM, South Bend, IN (Notre Dame Chapter)
AWS, Houston, TX
AIME (American Institute of Mechanical Engineers), AWS, ASM, Beaumont, TX
SCTE (Society of Carbide and Tool Engineers), ASM, Philadelphia, PA
ASM, Portland, OR
ASM, Greensboro, NC
ASQC (American Society for Quality Control), ASM, AIME, Worcester, MA
Metal Treating Institute International Convention, Washington, DC
ASM, Baton Rouge, LA
Florida International Arson Seminar, 46th Annual, Orlando, FL
AWMI (Association of Women in the Metal Industries), Marlboro, MA
AWS, Washington, DC
SAMPE (Society for Advancement of Materials and Processing Engineers), SCTE, ASM, San Diego, CA
Florida International University
ASM, AWS, Miami, FL
MFPG (Mechanical Failures Prevention Group), 45th Session Symposium
AICE (American Institute of Carbide Engineers), ASM, AIME, Kansas City, MO
ASM, Grand Rapids, MI
ASM, Battle Creek, MI
ASM, AWS, ASNT, Rahwah, NJ
ASM, Oak Ridge, TN
ASM, South Bend, IN (Notre Dame Chapter)
Roger Williams College
ASME, ASM, East Providence, RI
ASM, Bethlehem, PA (Lehigh Valley Chapter)
COMS, ASM, ASNT, Ohio State University, Columbus, OH
ASM, AES (American Electroplaters Society), ASQC, Springfield, MA
ASM International, Montreal, Quebec, Canada
TMS (The Metallurgical Society), New Haven, CT
AWS, ASM, Beaumont, TX
AWS, ASM, Houston, TX
AWS, Tampa, FL
Case Alumni Association, Washington, DC
National Thermal Spray Convention (NTSC) ’93, Anaheim, CA
26th Annual IMS Symposium, Charleston, SC
ASM, Dayton, OH
ASM, Central Carolinas Chapter, Raleigh, NC
SWE, ASM, Peoria, IL
AWMI, Cleveland, OH
AFS (American Foundrymen’s Society), ASM, Saginaw, MI
U. S. Attorney’s Office, Dept. of Justice, San Diego, CA
AWS, San Diego, CA
ASM, Milwaukee, WI
AWMI, Baltimore, MD
AWS, Tysons Corner, VA
ASM, Indianapolis & Muncie, IN
National Engineers Week, Akron, OH: AIIA, ASM, ASCE, ASDPE, ASME, ASHE, IEEE, SME, NAWIC, ASQC, ASHRAE, AIChE, ACESS, Univ. of Akron, Kent State Univ.
ASM, MIT Faculty Club, Cambridge, MA
AWMI, Dallas, TX
ASM, Baltimore, MD
University of Virginia (graduate seminar)
AWMI, Minneapolis, MN
AWMI, St. Louis, MO
Oklahoma City University School of Law
Florida Assoc. of Criminal Defense Lawyers (FACDL), Palm Beach, FL
Wisconsin Assoc. of Criminal Defense Lawyers (WACDL), Madison, WI
American University, Washington School of Law, Washington, D.C. (guest lecturer)
CLE: “Life In The Balance” Seminar, NLADA, Memphis, TN
CLE: North Carolina Association of Trial Lawyers (NCATL), Raleigh, NC.
Joint Statistics Meeting (JSM 2004), Toronto, Canada
CLE: NLADA Conference, Washington, DC.
CLE: NACDL Midwinter Meeting & Seminar, New Orleans, LA
CLE: NCATL Conference, Sunset Beach, NC.
CLE: CPD, Copper Mountain, CO
CLE: TCDLA, Dallas, TX
Georgetown University School of Law, Washington, D.C. (guest lecturer)
CLE: DCACDL, Washington, D.C.



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