Fire Expert 55533 CA(N)

Expertise Description

I have over 30 years experience as an Aeronautical / Mechanical Engineer specializing in fire physics, thermodynamics, combustion, and heat / mass transfer. My expertise includes: micro-gravity combustion; micro-combustion power generation; meso- and micro-scale combustion; self-heating, pyrolysis, and self-ignition of combustible materials; liquid fuel pool burning; smoldering and transition to flaming; ignition / fire propagation in solid and liquid fuels; wild-land fire propagation; and wild-land fire spotting through burning particles and embers. I have additional experience in explosions and accidental fires in vehicles, aircraft, commercial fires, wild land fire, residential / commercial buildings, and petro-chemical plants. I have more than 25 years expert witness experience with consultations, deposition, and courtroom testimony.

Areas of Expertise

Expert Witness

My expert witness experience includes: Wildland fire involving power lines; Fire and crash of a general aviation aircraft; Explosion of liquid fuel; Structure fire involving large television; Fire in enamel drying industrial facility; Fire in an industrial oven facility; Industrial Fire involving naphthalene; Electrical heater fire in warehouse; Residential fire originating in kitchen; Automobile/structure fire; Rack storage fire in a paper recycling warehouse; Smoke detector product liability in structure fire; Crash and subsequent fire of a general aviation airplane; Electrical transformer fire; Ignition of spilled solvent by water heater pilot; Residential fire involving ignitions of solvent; Tanker fire; Smolder initiated structure fire in a commercial building; Office building fire involving transformer; Oil well gas ignition and explosion; Propane container gas explosion; Explosion in a rocket propellant plant.

Consulting Experience

My consulting services include: work related to combustion with emphasis on fire development for government, industry, and private sector; development of a generalized pyrolysis model; research concerning smoldering and transition to flaming of foams, composite, and cellulosic materials; experimental studies performed at normal gravity and in reduced gravity; research on the initiation and spread of flames over solid and liquid fuels.


Ph.D.Engineering ScienceUniversity of California San Diego CA
M.S.Engineering ScienceUniversity of California San Diego CA
Dr. Eng.Aeronautical EngineeringPolytechnic University of Madrid Spain
Eng.Aeronautical EngineeringPolytechnic University of Madrid Spain

Licenses Certifications

Awards & Affiliation

Pi Sigma Tau Award for Excellence in Teaching ME/UCB

Primary Affiliation

The Combustion Institute

Partial List of Consulting Expert Witness Cases