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Expertise Description

I have been working for over 40 years as a Forensic Fire/Explosion Investigator with an expertise in carbon monoxide incident investigation, fire origin and cause analysis, fire protection engineering, fire suppression systems, building code analysis, fire modeling, fire dynamics, gas industry engineering, experimental fire/explosion research, industrial/process hazard assessment, and engineering analysis. I have been regularly involved in origin/cause fire/explosion investigations, fire reconstructions, smoke detector failure investigations, sprinkler system failures, restaurant suppression system failures, building code issues, etc. As a gas engineer, together with my fire forensic experience, I have been regularly involved in the analysis of gas fires and explosions. I have also worked for more than 25 years as a fire investigation expert witness in Illinois and have provided numerous clients with consultations, deposition, and courtroom testimony.

Areas of Expertise


Expert Witness

My expert witness experience includes a variety of fire/explosion cases involving, fire origin/cause, fire reconstruction, explosions of all types, sprinkler system failures, water supply hydraulics, restaurant suppression system failures, smoke alarms, fire alarm systems, other fire equipment problems, fuel gas regulator failures, gas leakage, and gas industry technology.


Consulting Experience

My consulting experience includes sprinkler system design, water supply hydraulics, fire alarm system design, explosion prevention/mitigation, building code analysis, hazards analysis of products and processes, fire prevention, as well as a number of fire/explosion research projects.


Professional Experiences

As owner and principal engineer of a forensic engineering company, I am responsible for all forensic engineering projects conducted.


Relevant Experiences

I am a fire protection engineer and gas engineer, and I am well aware of the requirements for both the kitchen suppression system and the gas system. I am currently working on about four cases where the kitchen fire suppression system is at issue. I am also working on several gas explosion cases at this time.


Education

Degree Subject Institution
M.Sc. Gas Technology Engineering Illinois Institute of Technology
B.S. Fire Protection and Safety Engineering Illinois Institute of Technology

Licenses Certifications

Illinois Professional Engineering
Michigan Professional Engineering
Certified Fire & Explosion Investigator
Registered Gas Distribution Professional

Awards & Affiliation

Society of Fire Protection Engineers
National Fire Protection Association
International Association of Arson Investigators
National Association of Fire Investigators
Society of Fire Protection Engineers, Chicago Chapter Freeman Award

Primary Affiliation

Society of Fire Protection Engineers



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