Expertise DescriptionI have over 20 years experience in electrical engineering and scientist specializing in electrical power, lighting, electromagnetic radiation, grounding, electrocution/electrical accidents, electrical fires (including batteries,) lighting/illumination and safety. My expertise as a electrical inspector includes lightning risk assessments, design review of equipment and lightning protection systems, transient protection, grounding system design, electromagnetic safety assessments and electrical safety audits. I have prior expert witness experience with consultations, deposition, and courtroom testimony.
Areas of Expertise
My expert witness experience includes: Product defect causing injury or property damage; Negligent electrical installation causing injury or property damage; Patent claim infringement (electrical devices); Fire causation by defective product or negligent electrical installation; Lightning damage causation from negligent installation; Insufficient illumination contributing to injury; Electromagnetic radiation safety limits due to cellular towers and power lines; Assessment of semiconductor degradation/lifetime reduction through power surges; Assessment of electrical power consumption; Assessment of adequacy repairs to underground communication lines; Personal injury/fatality caused by lightening; Negligent amusement ride design resulting in electrocution.
My consulting services include: Product safety review/safety standards compliance; Grounding and lightning protection designs; Electromagnetic safety limits; Illumination surveys; Power and solar system design (National Electrical Code compliance); Electrical safety program assessment and review; Training in electrical safety, lightning protection and grounding; Commissioning testing for power systems; Surge protection design.
Electrical safety and grounding is my primary competency, in which I’ve been engaged for 23 years. My experience includes work on equipment design teams, development of installation/maintenance instructions and development of grounding methods and techniques, for which I am the inventor for two US Patents. For 16 years, I’ve provided expertise in litigation matters.
I have broad experience (25 years) with a wide variety of networked devices that use a number of communication means to exchange data, as well as intellectual property experience, including infringement evaluation/reverse engineering, claims development and defense.
My experience extends to several cases to assess and measure lighting to determine visibility, acuity, and recognition. It also includes design/assessment work particularly for industrial applications, parking lots/garages and digital billboards. I have not worked on a swimming pool matter but the principles are similar with consideration of reflection and glare from the surface of the water and interaction with the available lighting.
You may refer me in this matter. I’ve worked on energy efficiency improvements in the past, involving electrical services and have experience in design/construction negligence litigation."
I’ve worked as an expert on several illumination/lighting matters involving visual acuity in low ambient light conditions both indoor and outdoor. In fact, I’ve worked a similar matter (for defense) involving the ability to perceive a step in low lighting. My experience in illumination matters includes design assessment, performing measurements, relating the results to scholarly literature involving human perception, comparing results to lighting standards, providing reports, deposition and trial testimony.
Personal injury from electrical devices is one of my primary competencies. I am familiar with device/appliance design, safety standards, as well as workplace safety requirements as embodied by OSHA and other industry standards. In fact, I am a principal member of the committee that writes the NFPA 70E, Electrical Safety in the Workplace, which is considered the best industry practice and recognized by OSHA. I’ve worked with attorneys on many other similar matters. In addition, I’ve had the primary responsibility of verifying the electrical design and procedural safety for military equipment procured by the US Army.
I’ve investigated battery fire and explosions as part of my work for over 20 years and lead a team of engineers (for the past 6 years) with the specific responsibility to investigate battery issues, similar to this one. This experience includes lithium-ion batteries as well as other chemistries and my group has examined e-cigarette batteries. I am familiar with battery defect/quality issues that could cause an explosion/fire event, as well as the electrical and mechanical safeguards for devices to prevent battery explosion/fires and the means to make devices fail-safe in the event of a battery problem.
I’ve worked on personal injury and defect cases involving electric forklifts/pallet jacks and lift trucks with electrical and control issues involving a number of different manufacturers. One of these cases involved similar phenomena where the battery source was related to inadvertent action of the equipment. In addition, I’ve qualified in New York as an electrical engineering expert, including Federal District Court in matters involving electrical machinery and controls.
|BS||Physics||Seton Hall University|
|MS||Electrical Engineering||University of Maryland Baltimore County|
|PhD||Electrical Engineering||New Jersey Institute of Technology|
|Professional Engineer (NJ)|
Awards & Affiliation
|Listed in Who's Who in the World & Who's Who in Engineering as an engineer and inventor|
|United States Army Materiel Command Federal Engineer of the Year|
|United States Army Materiel Command System Safety Engineer of the Year|
Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers
Partial List of Consulting Expert Witness Cases