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Mechanical and materials engineer specializes in the analysis of failures of objects made of metal, plastics, ceramics, wood and composite materials, as well as failures of welds and fasteners. He utilizes his knowledge and experience as Professor – Mechanical Engineering Department, United States Naval Academy, to analyze the failures of components such as gears, wire rope, and pistons in aircraft, automobiles, cranes, and other mechanical equipment.  This expert combines training and experience in both materials science and mechanical engineering to analyze failures caused by modes such as fatigue, corrosion, stress corrosion cracking, hydrogen embrittlement, brittle fracture, ductile overload, manufacturing and design deficiencies.  He has testified in court several times in cases involving failures of plumbing fittings, fixtures and piping. He is also experienced in the analysis of failures of medical devices including catheters, arthroscopic scissors, stents, and needles, as well as orthopedic implants.

This expert has provided expert testimony, both nationally and internationally, regarding product failures and intellectual property matters.


Academic Background

  • Brown University, Doctor of Philosophy, Solid Mechanics and Materials, Providence, Rhode Island, 1969
  • George Washington University, Master of Science in Engineering, Applied Science, Washington, DC, 1965
  • Johns Hopkins University, Bachelor of Engineering Science, Engineering Mechanics, Baltimore, Maryland, 1961


Professional Experience

RTI Group, LLC, Annapolis, MD, Director – Mechanical/Materials Engineering Department, January 2011 to present.


United States Naval Academy, Professor Emeritus, May 2003 to present.


SEA, Ltd., Senior Project Engineer, Mechanical/Materials, Millersville, MD, December 2001 to December 2009.


FTI Corporation, Consultant, Annapolis, MD, June 1973 to December 2001.

  • Mechanical/Materials Engineer specializing in the analysis of failures of objects made of metal, plastics, ceramics, wood and composite materials, as well as failures of welds and fasteners and the determination of their causes.

United States Naval Academy, Professor – Mechanical Engineering Department, Annapolis, MD, August 1968 to January 2002.

  • Taught and developed courses in Materials Science, Engineering Mechanics (Statics and Dynamics), Strength of Materials, and Engineering Design. Conducted research on aircraft carrier catapult design, aircraft noise suppression, and Marine Corps lightweight structural armor. Served on academic and research committees, and was Mechanical Engineering Department Chairman.

National Institute of Standards & Technology (Formerly National Bureau of Standards), Mechanical Engineer, Gaithersburg, MD, June 1961 to August 1965.

  • Responsible for the testing and design of force and strain measuring transducers. Built an innovative 10,000 lb. capacity high loading rate testing machine to evaluate load cells for static test firing of solid propellant rockets.

Additional Academic Activities

  • Johns Hopkins University, Whiting School of Engineering, Fellow-by-Courtesy. Served on advisory committees in the Whiting School of Engineering. Collaborated on research projects with faculty members – 1972 to 1980.
  • George Washington University. Taught graduate courses: Composite Materials, Introduction to the Theories of Inelastic Media, Advanced Materials Science. Served as thesis advisor for Master’s Degree candidates – 1970 to 1975.
  • Johns Hopkins University, Whiting School of Engineering. Taught graduate and undergraduate courses: Composite Materials, Advanced Materials Science, Engineering Failure Analysis. Participated in the development of part-time engineering programs – 1969 to 1975.
  • Brown University, Teaching Assistant – 1966 to 1968.



  • Pi Tau Sigma – International Mechanical Engineering Honor Society
  • Sigma Xi – Scientific Research Society
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