Fire Investigation Expert 439791 IL

Expertise Description

I have more than 30 years experience in the field of Engineering Investigations with expertise in electrical engineering and materials engineering. I have experience with origin and cause, and fire investigations for numerous areas including, product failure analysis, antennas and electromagnetics, transformers, switchgear, power distribution, semiconductors and electronic materials. My fire investigations experience includes fires and explosions of chemical facilities, residential-commercial-industrial facilities, passenger vehicles and trucks, heavy equipment, etc. I am trained in arson investigation techniques. I have over 15 years expert witness experience with consultation, deposition, and courtroom testimony.

Areas of Expertise

Consulting Experience

My consulting experience includes examinations in the field designing and constructing tests, performing research, and/or theoretical calculations. 

Professional Experiences

My professional experience includes Professional Engineering Consultant, with prior experience as Chief Technical and Financial Officer, and Research and Development Associate. 

Relevant Experiences

I have long experience working with forensic investigations of semi-trailer trucks, including design, fires, component choices, wiring paths and methods, data retrieval, and several other factors.  I have investigated a large number of fires in various makes and models of trucks ranging from pickups to large mining equipment vehicles, with the majority having been semi-trailer tractors.  I have conducted design analysis of numerous circuits within various trucks, including computer control systems, radio & communication circuits, lighting and relays, batteries and starter, temperature monitoring, power distribution and other aspects of the electrical systems.
I am very familiar with automotive mechanics in addition to the electrical aspects.  I am considered a “gear head” with regard to automotive and vehicular work, having built and worked with race cars.

I am fully capable of performing alternative design analysis on all of the things that I look at for forensic matters.  In the US, it is typical for a forensic expert to not opine on an alternative design as it is viewed frequently as being too involved and losing objectivity in the case.  However, when I have been asked to perform such analysis with regard to non-litigatory matters of consulting and industrial analysis/design, it not uncommon to provide alternative designs.
Having designed product before in other jobs, the process normally includes going through numerous alternative designs and selecting the best combination of design ideas for the final product or device.

I have experience with microwave ovens regarding fires, failures, electrical issues & grounding, use, misuse, leakage, etc. I am an electrical engineer with a concentration in electromagnetics and antennas; I have extensive experience with microwave circuits. I am also a full IAAI-CFI fire investigator as well as a forensic engineer.

I have a background in physics, which includes optics and light, and would be in a good position to opine about reflectivity, lighting and related matters regarding ability to see into the water. Additionally, I have experience with lighting systems associated with swimming pools, pool codes, and other swimming pool issues, designs, construction, etc. I have investigated numerous issues with swimming pools in the past.

I have experience with a number of different battery issues, including Li-ion batteries used in many vape units.  As an electrical engineer, fire investigator, and explosion expert, I have a good background to cover many areas of the event.


M.B.A.Technology ManagementUniversity of Colorado at Boulder
M.S.PhysicsUniversity of Illinois at Chicago
B.S.E.E.Electromagnetics and AntennasUniversity of Illinois at Chicago

Licenses Certifications

Professional Engineer: IL
Private Detective: IL
Amateur Radio Operator
Fire and Explosion Investigator (CFEI-NAFI)
Certified Fire Investigator (IAAI-CFI)

Awards & Affiliation

National Fire Protection Association (NFPA)
National Association of Fire Investigators (NAFI)
Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE)
International Association of Arson Investigators (IAAI)
Institute of Fire Engineers (IFE)

Primary Affiliation

National Fire Protection Association

Partial List of Consulting Expert Witness Cases