Industrial Crane s Expert 506679 AL

Expertise Description

I have over 10 years of experience in industrial controls. I was founder and CTO of a company providing advanced motion control for industrial cranes and robotic material handling systems. In this capacity I architected technologies now well-known for enhancing crane-ease-of-use and safety. These have been adopted by Caterpillar, Cummins, Johnson Controls, GM, Hyundai, Toyota, Ford, Kia, Alcoa, Novelis and other first-tier manufacturers. I have extensive experience in motion control, dynamics, vibration, PLCs, system design, machine vision, and photogrammetry. I am an active lecturer on various mechanical and controls engineering topics including The Design Process, Advanced Motion Control, Mechatronics, and Engineering Intellectual Property. I have presented invited talks at premiere institutions including the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Georgia Institute of Technology, Kumoh National University of Technology, the Korea Atomic Energy Research Institute, Hyung Hee University, and others. I have published numerous refereed journal and conference articles pertaining to industrial motion control and human factors in crane control, and hold one patent related to crane control. A second application has been submitted. I am engaged in directing research efforts investigating crane control, motion planning, crane safety systems, and collision avoidance. I have also worked as an industrial crane controls expert witness in Georgia.

Areas of Expertise

Expert Witness

My expert witness experience includes work related to industrial crane accidents, and crane-related intellectual property. My work has included generating expert reports, analyzing crane software to assess operating limits, reviewing depositions, reviewing maintenance records and incident reports, consulting on crane maintenance best practices, analyzing crane accident pictures and videos, and generating designs of safety warning systems.

Consulting Experience

My consulting experience includes work related to crane control, the design process, and intellectual property. Representative projects include: deploying crane manipulations systems that integrate state-of-the-art motion control, machine vision, range sensing, oscillation suppression, and positioning capabilities, investigating failure modes of standing fork trucks, and investigating potential patent violations.

Professional Experiences

My professional experience includes serving as CTO for a crane control and robotics company which I founded. The company was later acquired by large robotics manufacturer. In this capacity in developed safety and productivity systems for industrial cranes which have been deployed extensively in the automotive, primary metal, and heavy equipment industries. I also developed state-of-the art robotic motion control software to increase throughput and simplify commissioning and start-up of material handling robots. Prior to this, I provided engineering services for nuclear waste remediation at the Hanford Site in WA. I am also a lecturer at the a university. I lecture on engineering topics including The Design Process, Advanced Motion Control, Mechatronics, and Engineering Intellectual Property.


Degree Subject Institution
P.H.D. Mechanical Engineering Georgia Institute of Technology
M.S. Mechanical Engineering Georgia Institute of Technology
B.S. Mechanical Engineering Walla Walla University

Awards & Affiliation

ARCS Foundation Scholar
 USAA National Collegiate Engineering Award
 NSF Student & Teacher Enhancement Partnership Fellow
 IFAC Best Application Paper
 AIST Certificate of Recognition for Contributions in Increasing Safety, Productivity, and Operability of Cranes