Expert 344157 - AZ CA(N) CA(S) NM TX

Expertise Description

I have over 25 years experience in Chemical Engineering. My expertise includes chemical reaction and explosion events; chemical plant design, simulation, and economic evaluation; reaction kinetics and catalysis; spontaneous combustion phenomena; activated carbon synthesis; flue gas mercury removal; water / wastewater treatment; chemical separations; heat & mass transfer phenomena; and flash pyrolysis synthesis of metallic nanoparticles. My professional experience includes work in: chemical processing industries, academia, government labs and federal contracts, and private consulting and expert witness service. I have more than 15 years expert witness experience with consultations, deposition, and courtroom testimony.

Areas of Expertise

Expert Witness

My expert witness experience includes: trade secret theft, chemical processing; spontaneous combustion in residential fires; explosion / fire chemical process; chemical plant design / operation; biodiesel and bioethanol manufacture; economic consequences and financial damages; food processing contamination; injection molding machine accident; faulty residential plumbing (metals corrosion and polybutylene cracking).

Consulting Experience

My consulting services include: support of design and commercial installation of electrocoagulation cell; analysis of code written to simulate operation and control of coal stove; advised on development of adhesive foam for applications in trash can cleaning; material and energy balance calculations in support of the design and construction of a mineral processing pilot plant; consulted on self assembly phenomena; transport phenomena calculations in support of the design of radioactive aqueous scrap processing units; designed and performed economic evaluation of a 10^4 mtpy silicon plant; designed, constructed, and operated a photocatalysis reactor to quantify the reaction kinetics of the commercial bulb designed to clean the air; advised on the synthesis of tetraethyl lead and bismuth derivatives; analyzed feasibility of using a non-ideal feedstock to a glass recycling facility; developed heat transfer models of a wall mounted vent kit for boilers and water heaters.

Professional Experiences

My professional experience includes: provided technical expertise to the conceptual design of a commercial activated carbon processing facility based on lignocellulosic raw materials; 3rd party engineering reviews for two RFS2 certifications of waste vegetable oil feedstock biodiesel production facilities; operated solar distillation prototype with spiked feed of organic contaminants; advised on physical processing methods for a homemade cleaning product to eliminate phase separation of the product; provided design expertise for an ultrasonic transesterification reactor system for biodiesel conversion.


Ph.D.Chemical EngineeringUniversity of Oklahoma
B.S.Chemical EngineeringPurdue University
M.S.Accounting (in progress)New Mexico State University

Licenses Certifications

New Mexico Professional Engineer (Chemical)

Awards & Affiliation

National Society of Professional Engineers and American Institute of Chemical Engineers
Prof. Eng. in Higher Education Engineering Education Excellence Award
E-Council Outstanding Engineering Professor Award
AspenTech Educational Innovation Award
Research Grand Prize
American Academy Environmental Engineers

Primary Affiliation

American Institute of Chemical Engineers

Partial List of Consulting Expert Witness Cases