Expertise DescriptionI have many years experience as a practicing mechanical engineer specializing in intellectual property, personal injury, product liability, and professional malpractice. My expertise includes: agricultural equipment; automated control systems; chain saws; consumer electronics; digital electronics; electrical appliances; electronic games and toys; electrical fires; electric / gasoline engine power tools; electric utility power plants; ergonomics; forensic engineer; forensic engineering; hand tools; heating, ventilating, and air conditioning (H.V.A.C.) systems; industrial electronics; laboratory testing; leaf blowers; manufacturing equipment; manufacturing processes; medical devices; model designs; mowers; process control systems; quality control; railroad memorabilia; railway equipment; railway operations; regulatory compliance; safety interlocks; and water filtration systems. I have more than 10 years expert witness experience with consultations, deposition, and courtroom testimony.
Areas of Expertise
My expert witness experience includes: Intellectual property/patent infringement analysis of mechanical, electronic, and electro-mechanical devices; Intellectual property/trade dress infringement analysis; Product liability/forensic engineering inspection and analysis, product design evaluation, exemplar product testing; Personal injury/forensic engineering inspection and analysis.
My consulting services include: Consumer product design engineering consulting; Industrial product design engineering consulting; System design engineering consulting; Technical training consulting.
My professional experience includes: Technical expert to numerous television programs; Medical device design, testing, and manufacturing; Power tool design and testing; Manufacturing/production line design; Industrial and consumer product development; Utility power plant design, testing, maintenance, and operating; Railroads; Forensic engineering.
I designed FDA Class II and Class III medical devices and was responsible for compliance with FDA regulations. I am also a long time gun owner and I am very familiar with the design and operation of polymer frame semi-auto pistols. I am also an experienced engineering expert witness who has worked on the behalf of both plaintiffs and defendants in dozens of cases, including a patent case involving mechanical attachment devices for military rifles.
Besides being a licensed mechanical engineer, I am a firearms enthusiast. I have experience shooting, field stripping, and cleaning high powered hunting and military rifles. I have served as an engineering expert witness in a patent infringement case involving mounting devices for military rifles. Lastly, I was qualified for the Civilian Marksmanship Program through my local shooting range and my state’s permit to carry training program.
I have experience with piping and valves and I have worked on cases involving them in the past.
I have power tool design experience. I also have many years of experience as an engineering expert witness and forensic engineer.
I have experience designing food processing equipment and consumer products.
I have experience designing and inspecting pressurized equipment in industrial settings. I have testified in cases involving pressure vessel failures. I have also worked on cases involving leaking pressure vessels.
I have engineering experience working with refrigeration systems in a food manufacturing facility and I may be able to help in this case.
|MS (In progess)||Electrical Engineering||Iowa State University|
|BS||Mechanical Engineering||Illinois Institute of Technology|
|Minnesota Professional Engineer|
|Illinois Professional Engineer|
|National Council of Examiners for Engineering and Surveying (NCEES) Certified Model Law Engineer|
Awards & Affiliation
National Society of Professional Engineers
Partial List of Consulting Expert Witness Cases