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Expertise Description

As a fire and explosions expert for over 30 years, I have experience working with gas, liquid and dust fire and explosion litigation, incident investigation, consulting, hazard and risk assessment, training, research and fire/explosion testing. I have built up extensive expertise on electrostatic and other ignition sources through numerous incident investigations and laboratory studies. I have provided expert witness and litigation consulting services in legal cases for more than 15 years involving multiple fatalities, injuries and extensive property damages, which include those high-profile cases that drew attentions of the Congress, OSHA and general public, and played instrumental roles in these litigation cases. I am offering my services as a fire protection expert witness.

Areas of Expertise


Expert Witness

My expert witness experience includes: an incident investigation in a sugar dust explosion case; a fatal injury litigation case as a result of a combustible metal flash fire in a waste treatment site; two burn injury cases that relate to construction propane heaters; a OSHA combustible dust citation about a dust fire/deflagration in dairy product manufacturing pant.


Consulting Experience

My consulting experience includes: Litigation consulting and incident investigation of a dust explosion in a rubber product manufacturing plant; Litigation consulting and incident investigation of a natural gas explosion of a gas-fired power plant; Litigation consulting service in a fiber/dust explosion case; Litigation consulting service in a case of dust explosion in powder coating operation; Litigation consulting services in a litigation case about a smoldering fire in a food product fluid bed granulator; Litigation consulting services in a litigation case about a dust explosion in a powder handling plant; Litigation consulting services in a case of vapor cloud explosion in a paper mill; Litigation consulting case of a wood dust explosion case.


Professional Experiences

My professional experience includes: developed and presented safety training courses on gas explosion, dust explosions, electrostatic ignition hazards, electrical (hazardous) area classification and chemical/thermal reaction hazards. These courses were presented to numerous participants, including safety/loss control professionals and engineers from various industries, officials from OSHA and officers of the US Bureau of Tobacco, Alcohol and Firearms (ATF).


Education

Degree Subject Institution
Ph.D. in Applied Physics/Process Safety Engineering University of Bergen Norway
M.S. in Process Safety Engineering Northeastern University of Technology China
B.S. in Metallurgical Engineering Northeastern University of Technology China

Licenses Certifications

Professional Fire Protection Engineer (PE)
Certified Safety Professional (CSP)

Awards & Affiliation

Society of Fire Protection Engineers (SFPE)
National Fire Protection Association (NFPA)
American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE)
NFPA Technical Committee on Combustible Metals and Metal Dusts
NFPA Technical Committee on Aerosol Products

Primary Affiliation

Society of Fire Protection Engineers (SFPE)



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