Expert 8803 - CA(S)


Expertise Description

I have over 35 years experience in metallurgical and materials engineering. I have experience offering in-house analytical services related to characterization of advanced metallic, nonmetallic, ceramic, and composite materials, including metals, rubber, fiberglass, ceramics, and plastics. My areas of expertise include: product liability, personal injury, and patent infringement cases, as well as, failure analysis involving: general corrosion, wear, and mechanical issues; surface characteristics; product development and design; automotive failures (axles, springs, tires, engine components), welds, plumbing / piping, medical devices, chairs / furniture, industrial hardware and machines, construction defects, bicycle accidents, paint analysis, gas and propane explosions and fires, and food contamination issues. I have 35 years expert witness experience with consultations, deposition, and courtroom testimony.

Areas of Expertise


Expert Witness

My expert witness experience includes: Failure Analysis, Product failures, Product liability, Product Development, Patent Infringement testing, Automotive component failures, Tire failures, Bicycle accidents, Paint analysis, and Food contamination.


Consulting Experience

My consulting services include: Research and testing lab with state of the art scanning electron microscopes; X-Ray analysis; Metallography, materials forensic analysis; Ultrasonic testing; laser welding, laser heat treat processes into manufacturing; Development of newer wear resistant rubber materials and composite bonded rubber / metal laminates for major rubber research group; Metallurgical / mechanical engineering / corrosion, failure analysis investigations on aerospace, automotive, oil-field materials related to product liability, and manufacturing; Taught educational courses on failure analysis for ASM International to automotive an aerospace engineers and scientists.


Professional Experiences




Relevant Experiences

I have done a number of fire sprinkler cases including depositions on sprinkler failures.

I have experience determining what the staining of the wood is, whether it’s dirt/coffee bean residue/shipping oil/grease or mold.

I have worked on concrete related slip and fall cases. I am able to characterize the concrete.

I have an in-house lab where corrosion analysis of species affecting pipes can be conducted.

I have conducted paint analysis in–house involving paint transfer and road-rage. I have also testified in arbitrations/depositions on paint layers involved in slip and fall claims. I have all the tools to run the analysis.


Education

DegreeSubjectInstitution
Ph.D.Materials Science & EngineeringUniversity of California Berkeley
M.S.Materials Science and EngineeringUniversity of California Berkeley
B.S.Metallurgical EngineeringIndian Institute of Technology

Licenses Certifications

Registered Professional Engineer (P.E.)
Metallurgical Engineering
State of California

Awards & Affiliation

Primary Affiliation

American Society for Metals (ASM International)


Partial List of Consulting Expert Witness Cases



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