Naval Architech Expert 34378 MD

Expertise Description

I have over 25 years experience as a Naval Architect and Marine Engineer. My expertise includes: small crafts, fishing vessels, recreational boats, yachts, ferries, shipyard productivity and claims, and offshore oil exploration. My additional areas of expertise include: slip and falls on ships, oil barges, worn non skid, commercial fishing boats, recreational boat accidents including outboard motor steering failures, PWC accidents, outboard motor support failures, off-throttle steering, boat collisions and allisions, falls aboard and overboard, high speed craft, primary and secondary structural failures, propellers, stability standards, and federal and industry boating safety standards compliance. I have prior expert witness experience.

Areas of Expertise

Expert Witness

My expert witness experience includes: Watercraft fatality and injury; Report on requirements for strong point; Hazard analyses standards; Human factors relating to accident; Feasibility of alternative steering/braking means; Off-throttle loss of steering; Structural defects of crane installations; Root cause of defects for yacht gel coat; History of water jet propelled craft; Report on accident path reconstruction; Report on means existed prior to accident to prevent loss of steering; Patent infringement of high-speed craft hull design; Feasibility and practicality for technical solutions to low emissions ferry.

Consulting Experience

My consulting services include: Assistance in development of wave energy devices; Advice in development of coastwise (Jones Act) shipping line; Assistance in development of proposal for federal government engineering support service contract; Advice in restoration of historic ships; Due diligence review of Canadian small passenger vehicle design; Review of structure of marine shielding device; Assistance in stability review of specialized barge transport; Advice on small craft production process improvements; Technical advice on marine/shipping oriented investments; Authority to inspect ships and class the corrosion condition in accordance with specific standards.

Relevant Experiences

I have significant expertise in mooring motions and loads on barges in waves, both anchored and put up on a quay. I have done plenty of studies of both anchored and docked ships.


BSMechanical Engineering/Naval ArchitectureUniversity of California Berkeley

Licenses Certifications

California Professional Mechanical Engineer
Washington Professional Engineer
Naval Architecture/Marine Engineering
Mechanical Engineering
Marine Standards Technician
American Boat and Yacht Club
Ship Corrosion Assessment Technician
National Association of Corrosion Engineers

Awards & Affiliation

Hann Award
Society of Naval Architects and Marine Engineers
Holder of 2 U.S. patents in high speed craft design.

Primary Affiliation

Society of Naval Architects and Marine Engineers

Partial List of Consulting Expert Witness Cases