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Expertise Description

My career as a Senior Forensic Mechanical Engineer and Fire and Explosion Investigator has spanned over 30 years, specializing in forensic analysis involving HVAC and plumbing systems, including installation errors, manufacturing defects, and construction defects. I have additional expertise in failure analysis for refrigeration systems, machinery and conveyors, maritime property damage and injury incidents, fuel and gas piping, plumbing and fire sprinkler systems, hydraulic systems, and vehicle components, related to property damage, personal injury, and fatality events. I have prior experience as a Fire and Explosion Expert Witness in Washington and have provided clients with consultations and deposition.

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Expert Witness

My expert witness experience includes providing litigation support and expert testimony to law firms, insurance companies and industry.


Relevant Experiences

I have experience providing investigation and expert testimony on a number of cases involving HVAC systems which control temperature and humidity, and their performance/compliance with respect to specifications, contracts, drawings, codes, and industry standards. I have designed, installed, and serviced HVAC and refrigeration systems. I also have experience with temperature and humidity measuring instruments, and have used them extensively in investigations to determine actual operating conditions and performance.


Education

Degree Subject Institution
B.S. Mechanical Engineering University of Washington Seattle WA
A.S. Engineering Gray's Harbor College Aberdeen WA

Licenses Certifications

Registered Professional Engineer, Oregon
Registered Professional Engineer, Washington
Certified Fire and Explosion Investigator, NAFI
Fire Sprinkler Certificate of Competency, Level 3, Washington
Certified Commercial Energy Plans Examiner, ICBO
Certified Commercial Energy Inspector, ICBO, WABO
Certified Residential and Light Commercial Air Balancing Technician, National Balancing Institute
Universal Refrigeration Certification

Awards & Affiliation

American Society of HeatingRefrigeration and Air Conditioning Engineers, Puget Sound Chapter (ASHRAE)
National Association of Fire Investigators (NAFI)
International Code Council (ICC)

Primary Affiliation

National Association of Fire Investigators (NAFI)