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Expert No. 3183
    
                                                                                                                                                                        
Education:   

Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering, University of Nebraska at Lincoln, 1975

Bachelor of Science in Mathematics, Kearney State College, Nebraska, 1975

Professional Engineering Certificates:

Mechanical Engineering, Iowa

Mechanical Engineering, Texas

Mechanical Engineering, Alabama

Mechanical Engineering, Arkansas

Affiliations:   

§ American Society of Mechanical Engineers

§ National Society of Professional Engineers

§ Texas Society of Professional Engineers

§ International Association of Arson Investigators

§ National Academy of Forensic Engineers    

§ National Fire Protection Association

§ NFPA Technical Committee for the Installation of Carbon Monoxide (CO) Detection and Warning Equipment (NFPA 720)

§ ASTM Committee F17 on Plastic Piping Systems

§ ASTM Committee E30 on Forensic Sciences

§ ASTM Committee E58 on Forensic Engineering
                Membership Secretary
                Sub Chairman E58.02 Product Defect Incidents

§ UL Committee STP 125
UL 125, Standard for Valves for Anhydrous Ammonia and LP-Gas (Other Than Safety Relief)
UL 132, Standard for Safety Relief Valves for Anhydrous Ammonia and LP-Gas

§ UL Committee STP 144
UL 144, LP-Gas Regulators

§ UL Committee STP 252
UL 252, Standard for Compressed Gas Regulators
UL 252A, Standard for Compressed Gas Regulator Accessories
UL 407, Standard for Manifolds for Compressed Gases

§ UL Committee STP 21
UL 21, LP-Gas Hose
UL 569, Pigtails and Flexible Hose Connectors for LP-Gas

§ UL Committee STP 147
UL 123, Oxy-Fuel Gas Torches
UL 147, Hand-Held Torches for Fuel Gases
UL 147A, Nonrefillable (Disposable) Type Fuel Gas Cylinder Assemblies
UL 147B, Nonrefillable (Disposable) Type Metal Container Assemblies for Butane
 

Experience:   

A PRIVATE ENGINEERING COMPANY
1995 to Present
§ A business of forensic engineering ; consulting, accident investigation and expert witness work in matters involving fuel gases such as propane and natural gas
§ Member on ASTM, UL & NFPA committees, to write standards.

SMITH-BLAIR, INC.
1994-1995 –  Engineering Manager
§ Managed Product Engineering, Manufacturing Engineering and Quality Assurance.
§ Engineering department activities included development and maintenance of clamp & coupling products for water works applications as well as large water meters.
§ Quality Assurance group serviced manufacturing facility utilizing welding, fabrication, machining, assembly and testing.
    
SHERWOOD, DIVISION OF HARSCO CORPORATION
1992- 1994  –  Manager, Technical Services
§ Liaison to counsel in products liability litigation
§ Managed Technical Services Group, providing assistance to Engineering, Marketing and production.
§ Served on NPGA T&S and Safety Committees to write standards and bulletins.

ENGINEERED CONTROLS INT’L., INC.
1989 – 1992  –  Engineering Manager    
§ Department Activities included development and maintenance of valve and regulator product lines for LP-Gas, ammonia and other compressed gases.
§ Served on national committees (CGA, ANSI and NPGA) to review industry standards.
§ Awarded patent 5,215,117 for double check filler valve for European market.
§ Taught session on LP-Gas regulators for Railroad Commission of Texas LP-Gas Division.

REGO COMPANY
1987- 1989  – Engineering Manager
§ Department Activities included development and maintenance of valve and regulator product lines for LP-Gas, ammonia and other compressed gases.
§ Served on national committees (CGA, ANSI and NPGA) to review industry standards.
§ Awarded patent 4,860,784 for sealing mechanism for non-rising stem valves.

CRANE COMPANY (Valve Division)
1985 to 1987  –  Project Manager, Special Projects            
§ Set up small operation to modify company products to customer applications.
§ Closed manufacturing operation – moved inventory and equipment to new location.

1984-1985   –  Manager, Quality Control                
§ A manufacturing facility for casting and machining gray and ductile iron valves.
§ Worked to get foundry qualified to Ford’s Q-1 program.

1982-1984  –  Chief Engineer, Iron & Steel Valves
§ Managed a group of six engineering personnel in the development of industrial valves – gate, globe and check.
§ Product development encompassed interpreting specifications to development, release to manufacture and modification to manufacturing processes.

(Crane Company, Cont’d)
1982  –  Senior Engineer, Iron & Steel Valves    (Crane Co)    
§ Maintaining product lines, reviewing product change requests for design suitability and editing and maintaining Flow of Fluids, TP-410, (an industry standard of fluid calculations).
§ Other responsibilities included application engineering support to sales and preparation of design analysis for customer review regarding suitability of values in seismic applications.

FISHER CONTROLS COMPANY
1977-1982  –  Project Engineer, Design            
§ Lead engineer on product development projects for control valves and actuators manufactured to ANSI B16.34 and ASME B&PV Code – Sections III and VIII.
§ Work included specification review, time estimates, scheduling, formulation of basic designs, finished design review, verification and coordinating development with Manufacturing Engineering.
§ Other responsibilities included teaching at customer schools, on-campus interviewing of engineering candidates and on-going product updates.

1975- 1977  –  Project Engineer, Manufacturing Engineering
§ Responsible for the specification and installation of machine tools for in-house use.
§ Maintenance of procedures and controls for manufacturing processes.
§ Design and engineering of a six axis, numerically controlled drill.

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