Product Mechanical Engineer Expert 43088 CA(S)


Expertise Description

I have over 30 years experience as a Mechanical Engineer with strong design, program management, business development and manufacturing background. My Extensive experience in the management of new product development includes oversight of intellectual property, formation of multi-disciplinary teams, concurrent engineering and state-of-the-art techniques for quickly getting products to market. Specializing in Fasteners, Latching Mechanisms, Aircraft and other Vehicle Structures, Structural Analysis, Kinematic Analysis, Air Infiltration, Numerical and Nonlinear Finite Element Modeling, Metals Behavior, Products Liability and Personal Injury. I have more than 20 years expert witness experience with consultations, deposition, and courtroom testimony.

Areas of Expertise


Expert Witness

My expert witness experience includes: Negligence: heavy armoire fall over, bus accident with fatalities; Products liability: articulated ladder defects, switchblade knife locking element; Breach of contract: fastener conformance to specifications, bottle-filling equipment; Contract fraud: inaccurate projected costs on firm fix-price contract; Patent payment conflict: pressure responsive electrical switches; Patent infringement: bulk scrap metal loading mechanism for shipping containers; Anti-trust: acquisition of a blind fastening technology company by a conglomerate.


Consulting Experience

My consulting services include: Solar power plant engineering; Fastener design and development; Mechanical engineering design; Patent infringement – infringement and validity analysis.


Professional Experiences

My professional experience includes: Owner of an engineering consulting firm that provides litigation consulting to attorneys; Decades of engineering experience.


Relevant Experiences

I have served as an expert on over 20 cases, some of which involved cooking and kitchen equipment such as BBQ ovens and pressure cookers (stovetop and electric). I have also served as an expert on a trade dress (trademark) case.

I have served as an expert on several consumer products cases including defective countertop ovens, both stovetop and electric pressure cookers, knives and other products. I would like to know the nature of the defect–sharp edges, electrical shock, etc–because if the defect is electrical in nature it might be outside my area.

I have experience with wheelchair failures, casement window failure, window covering patent infringement, exploding pressure cookers, hook and loop ("Velcro") patent infringement and many other patent infringement cases.


Education

DegreeSubjectInstitution
PhDCivil Engineering – Structural MechanicsUniversity of California Irvine
MSMEMechanical EngineeringCalifornia State University Fullerton
BSMEMechanical EngineeringCalifornia State University Fullerton

Licenses Certifications

California Professional Engineer

Awards & Affiliation

Owner of 32 U.S. patents with 10 pending before the Patent and Trademark Office.

Primary Affiliation

National Society of Professional Engineers


Partial List of Consulting Expert Witness Cases



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