Professional Engineer Fire Safety Failure Analysis Expert Witness

Provides Opinion & Testimony In:

Professional Engineer, Fire, Safety, Water Moisture Mold Causation, Failure Mode, Engineering, Environmental Impact, Civil Engineering, Patent infringementCivil Engineering, Structural Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Geotechnical Engineering, Industrial Engineering, Systems Engineering, Material Sciences, Construction Practices, Workplace Safety, Fire Science, Catastrophic Event Support, Fire Cause & Origin, Water Intrusion Wind & Storm Damages, Structural Impact Damages, Ground & Foundation Settlement Damages, Product Failure, Product Defects, Mechanical Systems Failure, Patent & Design Infringements, Personal Injury, Equipment Safe Guarding, FDA Food & Drug Administration local, state federal regulatory agency coordination code regulation compliance, Commercial Residential Investigations Design Errors, Product Defects Improper Construction, Food, Beverage, Material Handling Equipment Failures, Robotic System Failures

PROFESSIONAL SUMMARY

Licensed Professional Engineer with over twenty-five years of domestic and international experience in civil, mechanical, industrial and systems engineering. Nationally Certified in Fire and Explosions Investigations, having lead joint investigations of cause and origin determinations in various states. Holds a Masters of Science in Engineering degree focused in mechanical and industrial engineering, with a minor in Business Administration. Undergraduate education was in civil engineering, with a focus on structural and geotechnical engineering. Professional experience has included mechanical, electrical, structural, geotechnical, fire science, material sciences, quality analysis/control and process/production optimization related design and operational issues. Has extensive experience with FDA and local, state and federal regulatory agency coordination and code regulation compliance. Frequently called on to analyze production, process and system failures and resolutions involving food, beverage, and material handling equipment, commercial/residential investigations and civil/structural/construction engineering projects. Project engineering and management of various “Greenfield” Plants, processing lines/systems and expansion projects throughout North America and Europe. International management of technical, operational and business resources.

SPECIAL QUALIFICATIONS

Multi-state licensed Professional Engineer, with over 25 years of experience.
Graduate and undergraduate engineering degrees focused on Civil, Mechanical, Industrial and Systems Engineering, Mathematics and Business.
International systems and equipment commissioning and failure analysis/troubleshooting.
Commercial and Production Equipment development, design and prototyping.
Construction, Foundations and Structural designs and analysis.
Water/Moisture Intrusion & Mold Causations.
Fire Cause & Origin determination.
Electrical and Systems Controls development, design and troubleshooting.
Product and materials defect analysis.
Patent infringement technical evaluations for both US and International Patents.
Failure Mode Engineering Analysis (FMEA).
Advance Computer Analysis, Design and 3-D Modeling.
Finite-Element-Modeling of design performance and failure analysis.
Project Management of “Greenfield” projects and equipment/process/production development.
Establishment, implementation and maintaining of various quality and analysis programs, including Statistical Process Control, ISO 9000, Six Sigma and 5S.
FDA and Federal Government regulatory compliance/standards.
Environmental Impact Plans and governmental approvals.

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE

Present:
FORENSIC ENGINEERING
Clayton, North Carolina President/Senior Principal Engineer

Owner and President of company. Serves as the firm’s senior principal engineer. Provides technical analysis, fire cause and origin determination, product defect analysis, evaluation of design suitability and failure determination of structures, machine operations and engineered systems. Also, investigation of system failures, determination of restorations of commercial and residential systems/facilities.

2007 – 2010 FORENSIC ANALYSIS & ENGINEERING CORPORATION
Raleigh, North Carolina
VP of Engineering & Technology

Principal in charge of company’s (FAEC) engineering operations, including the Company’s multiple branch locations for providing professional engineering services, client contract fulfillments, and daily technical activities. Served as the firm’s senior principal technology engineer in the performance of forensic engineering investigations and causation determinations.

2006 – 2007 TURKINGTON APV USA
Goldsboro, North Carolina VP of Engineering

Senior Engineer in charge of the company’s engineering and technical activities. This included design and development of market leading baking systems and equipment, including safety and fire alarming/controlling systems. Conducted Failure Mode Engineering Analysis (FMEA) on projects and equipment developments. Traveled domestically and internationally extensively while being responsible for start-up and commissioning of all production equipment within the plant.

2004 -2006 AIDCO INTERNATIONAL
Adrian, Michigan
VP of Engineering & Technology

Engineer in charge of the company’s engineering and technical activities. This included design and development of fully automated and robotic material handling systems. Development of state-of-the-art end of arm tooling. Performed and directed mechanical system failure analysis. Conducted Six Sigma and 5S analysis relating to improvements for internal and external operational processes and to minimize manufactured product reject percentages.

1999 – 2004 ELOPAK, INC.
New Hudson, Michigan
Executive Director of Research & Engineering

Managed all of the company’s engineering and technical activities. This included design and development of industry leading filling and packaging systems. Analysis and resolution of previously sold and installed systems, both domestic and international. Responsible for establishing, implementing and maintaining of ISO 9000 engineering and design practices. Also, responsible for all FDA and regulatory compliances.

1993 – 1999 SIG-COMBIBLOC, INC.
Columbus, Ohio
Director of Operations & Engineering

Managed all of the company’s domestic operations and engineering activities. This included design and development of industry leading aseptic filling and packaging systems. Analysis and advancement of high speed production lines. Quality and materials analysis of packaging products. Served as company’s representative for the National Food Processors Association (NFPA), including chairperson the New Technology and Packaging committees.

1988 – 1993 FMC CORPORATION
Chicago, Illinois
Director of Engineering & Business Development/Technical Manager

Managed all of the food processing equipment division’s engineering and technical activities. This included design and development of industry leading food equipment and systems, ranging from harvesters through various food and beverage processing lines and systems. Advance computer modeling of equipment and product performance/interface. Also, managed domestic and international business group.

1982 – 1988 Ball Corporation
Muncie, Indiana
Manager Corporate Engineering Design & Staff/Project Engineer

Managed the corporate analysis, design and development activities. Also, responsible for the technical computer systems utilized throughout the company. Project managed “Greenfield” projects in various states, including plastic packaging and product plants, aerospace expansions and R&D facility. Developing and prototyping of proprietary equipment and systems.

1979 – 1981 A-TECH Corporation
Indianapolis, Indiana
Branch Manager & Senior Technician

Manage the company’s Freeport, Texas branch. Established, implemented and maintained quality control programs for construction of new power plants in Garden City, Kansas and Muscatine, Iowa. Performed lab and field testing and analysis of materials in support of various civil and geotechnical projects.

EDUCATION

MS in Engineering, Interdisciplinary Engineering, with Business Minor,
Purdue University, 1989
BSCE, with Honors, Tri-State University, 1982

LICENSE & CERTIFICATIONS

Registered Professional Engineer, Alabama, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Indiana, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Mississippi, New Hampshire, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee, and Virginia
Certified Fire and Explosion Inspector
Certified Equipment Design, American Institute of Baking (AIB) International

CONTINUING EDUCATION

Residential Guide to Earthquake Design and Construction – 2019
Engineering Pavements Foundations and GEO Synthetics – 2019
Bearing Capacity of Soils – 2019
Refrigeration Design – 2019
Indoor Air Quality & Pollution – 2019
Intro to Central Heating Plant Planning – 2019
Electric ARC Flash Insight – 2019
Contractor Safety – 2019
National Fire, Arson and Explosion Investigation Training Program – 2018, 2013 & 2008
Hydrologic Impact – 2018
Site Safety Intervention -2018
Soil Mechanics II – 2018
Floodplain Engineering – 2018
Stored Energy – Battery Technology – 2018
Soil Stabilization Construction – 2017
Ethic Issues in Forensic Engineering – 2017
Dewatering and Groundwater Control Systems – 2017
Fire Protection Engineering – 2017
Payment Design in Seasonal Frost Conditions – 2017
Forensic Engineering – 2016
Ethics NSPE – 2016
Inspection of Boilers and Unfired Pressure Vessels – 2016
Flexible Pavement Design – 2016
Drainage Pipe Strength, Cover and Bedding – 2016
Soil Grouting – 2016
Helical Anchors/Piles – 2016
High Rise Design -2015
Geo Sinkholes – 2015
Intro to Boiler Control Systems – 2015
Foundations – 2015
Introto Preparation of Foundations for Structures-2015
Ethical Concerns in Engineering Practice – 2015
Implementing Workplace Safety Culture – 2015
Composite Engineered Materials – 2015
Mechanical Energy Storage – 2015
Fire Safety: Fire Prevention and Managing Emergency Situations in the Workplace –2015
Structural Metal Magic – 2015
Forensic Structural Inspections –2013
Corrosion Control and Tactics – 2014
Forensic Engineering – 2014
Ethics Issues in Forensic Engineering – 2014
Intro Building Design Specs & Tools – 2014
Intellectual Property & Patent – 2014
Structural Forensic Engineering – 2014
Hurricane Design: Preparation And Awareness – 2013
Forensic Engineering Science – 2013
Geo-system Mass Movement – 2013
Mechanical Science – 2013
Volatile Chemical Compounds (VOC’s) –2013
Mold Infiltration – 2013
Sinkhole Damages to Buildings – 2012
Tornado Risk and Hazards in Southeastern USA – 2012
Settlement Analysis – 2012
Safeguarding Equipment: Protecting Workers from Amputations – 2012
Asphalt Single Roofing for High Wind Regions – 2012
Coastal Building Successes and Failures – 2012
Repair of Rigid Pavements Using Epoxy Resin Grouts, Mortars and Concretes – 2011
Evaluation and Repair of Concrete Structures – 2011
Inspection, Evaluation and Repair of Hydraulic Steel Structures – 2011
Maintenance and Repair of Roofs – 2011
Engineering Ethics I & II – 2010
Excavations – 2009
Guide to Thermal Stress & Brittle Fractures – 2009
Soil Stabilization for Pavements – 2009
Guide to Lead Exposure in the Construction Industry – 2009
Excavations – 2009
Explosions Safety Standards – 2009
Combustion Dust in Industry – 2009
Computer Fire Modeling – 2008
The Inside Story: “A Guide to Indoor Air Quality” – 2008
Slip and Fall Course – 2008
OSHA – Stairways and Ladders – 2008
Ice Forces on Structures – 2008
Causes of Distress and Deterioration of Concrete– 2008
Guidelines for the Evaluation and Repair of Residential Foundations – 2008
Mechanical Properties of Wood– 2008
Physical Properties and Moisture Relations of Wood – 2008
Test Instruments & Measuring Devices – 2008

COURSES INSTRUCTED/GUEST LECTURER

Forensic Engineering for North Carolina State University, 2009 to Present

Examining the Role of Forensic Engineering for HalfMoon Education, Inc. – 2014

COURT QUALIFICATONS/DEPOSITIONS

Overhead Chain Hoist Failure, United States District Court – Middle District of Georgia, Case No. 3:15-CV-108-CDL, October 18th, 2016

Fire origin and cause – Lightning protection installation, State of Virginia in the Circuit Court of the City of Richmond, Law No. CL12-2492, July 16th, 2014

Industrial Air Supply System Failure, State of Georgia in County of Richmond, Case No. : 2012-RCSC-1302, September 27th, 2013

Residential Building Damages – Structural Defects and Water Intrusion, Superior Court Division – State of North Carolina in County of Edgecombe, Case No. : 09-
CVS-96, April 20th, 2011

Fire origin and cause – United State District Court for the Northern District of Alabama, Case No. : 5:09-cv-02775-MBS, March 15th, 2010

Commercial Building Damages – Structural collapse, United States District Court – Eastern District of North Carolina, Case No. : 5:09-cv-02775-MBS, March 15th, 2010

Residential Building Damages – Structural Defects and Water Intrusion, Superior Court Division – State of North Carolina in County of Carteret, Case No. : 08-CVS- 627, February 17th, 2010

Commercial Building Damages – Structural Defects and Water Intrusion, Superior Court Division – State of North Carolina in County of Brunswick, Case No. : 08 CVS 2874, October 22nd, 2009

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