011249

Expertise: 
Failure Engineer...Materials Failure Analyst...Mechanical Engineer...Vehicle Accident...
Discipline: 
Utilities . . .

Summary

This expert is a Licensed Professional Engineer and United States Patent Agent. His work is performed in support of accident reconstruction, litigation, intellectual property disputes, product recalls, insurance investigations, and industrial problem solving. He has investigated, analyzed and reconstructed accidents involving vehicles, machines, mechanical systems and industrial equipment. He has also critiqued product infringements within the scope of patent protection. He has provided expert testimony in numerous legal jurisdictions. He is a member of several professional organizations including the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME), Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE), American Society for Testing Materials (ASTM), National Association of Professional Accident Reconstruction Specialists (NAPARS), and American Society of Heating, Refrigerating, and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE). He earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering from Lehigh University. He has worked on projects in North America, South America, Europe and Asia. He is a Senior Mechanical Engineer who specializes in vehicle accident reconstruction, mechanical systems analysis, plumbing systems and heating ventilation air-conditioning (HVAC) systems failure analysis and intellectual property.

 

Trucking and Vehicle Accident Reconstruction

Accident reconstruction experience includes analysis of accident causation, avoidance opportunity, visibility, conspicuity, heavy truck ECM and “black box” electronic data retrieval and interpretation, vehicle dynamics, speed-time-distance analysis, occupant kinematics, light bulb filament analysis, photogrammetry, vehicle inspections, heavy vehicle brake inspections, cargo securement and low speed impact analysis.  Casework has involved automobiles, tractor trailers, trucks, buses, armored vehicles, emergency response vehicles, forklift trucks, trains, motorcycles, bicycles, construction equipment, farm equipment and pedestrians. 

 

Mechanical Systems Analysis

Mechanical systems experience includes completing analysis on the design, installation, maintenance and failure of systems in multiple application areas including transportation, heavy industry, food industry, exercise equipment, medical equipment, agricultural equipment, home appliances and office equipment. The analysis is performed with the aid of product research, standards research, product testing and computational modeling. Examples of transportation includes heavy and light vehicles, car haulers, motorcycles, motorized carts, steering systems, brake systems, fifth-wheels, axles, drivelines, suspensions, restraint systems, lift gates, combustion motors, superchargers and turbochargers. Examples of heavy industry includes forklift trucks, street sweepers, electric and combustion motors, generators, compressors, industrial pumps, industrial fans, conveyors, crushers, shaker screens, spindles, grinders, industrial peelers, chippers, gearboxes, hydraulic systems, dust collectors, ladders, automated doors and gates, heavy gears, roller bearings, slewing rings, seals, machine guarding, mechanical and powered tools, machining centers, industrial racks, industrial chains, roustabouts, man lifts, elevators, cold forming equipment, forging equipment, safety devices and safety clothing. Examples of the food industry include can seamers, industrial water purifiers, mixers and processing equipment. Examples of exercise equipment include stability balls and weight lifting equipment.

 

HVAC and Plumbing Systems Failure Analysis

Heating Ventilation and Air Conditioning (HVAC) and plumbing systems experience includes failure analysis of commercial and residential climate control systems, boilers, chillers, humidifiers, commercial cooling towers, radiators, underground piping, frozen pipes, valves, meters and sprinklers.

 

Intellectual Property

Intellectual property experience includes reviewing patents and subject products, analyzing the design or performance of the product within the scope of its associated claims, and creating visual aids to demonstrate the conclusions. Experience also includes patent drafting and prior art searches. Specific product examples include home goods, agricultural equipment, industrial equipment and toys.

 

Three-Dimensional Data Capture and Modeling

Three-dimensional data capture experience includes scanning accident scenes and reproducing them as three-dimensional computer models. His expertise in Three-Dimensional Data Capture and Modeling includes casework for buildings, roadways, vehicles, boats, machinery and other structures.  His work has been done all around the globe.

 

He is a passport holder for the United States and the Republic of Ireland; he is able to work in the United States and European Union Countries without a visa.  Languages include basic German and Spanish.

 

Academic Background

  • Lehigh University, Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, 1997-2001
  • Bachelor of Science, Mechanical Engineering

 

Professional Experience

RTI Group, LLC, Stevensville, MD.  Consulting Senior Mechanical Engineer;  2015 – present.

  • Specializes in vehicle accident reconstruction, mechanical systems analysis, plumbing systems and heating ventilation air-conditioning (HVAC) systems failure analysis and intellectual property.

 

Private Company -  Principal Engineer ;  2014 – present.

  • Principal Engineer specializing in vehicle accident reconstruction, mechanical systems analysis, intellectual property, plumbing systems and heating ventilation air-conditioning (HVAC) systems failure analysis. Various casework includes automobiles, tractor-trailers, trucks, buses, armored vehicles, emergency response vehicles, forklift trucks, trains, motorcycles, bicycles, construction equipment, farm equipment and pedestrians. Examples of transportation including analysis of heavy and light vehicles, car haulers, motorcycles, motorized carts, steering systems, brake systems, fifth-wheels, axles, drivelines, suspensions, restraint systems, lift gates, combustion motors, superchargers and turbochargers. Examples of heavy industry includes forklift trucks, street sweepers, electric and combustion motors, generators, compressors, industrial pumps, industrial fans, conveyors, crushers, shaker screens, spindles, grinders, industrial peelers, chippers, gearboxes, hydraulic systems, dust collectors, ladders, automated doors and gates, heavy gears, roller bearings, slewing rings, seals, machine guarding, mechanical and powered tools, machining centers, industrial racks, industrial chains, roustabouts, man lifts, elevators, cold forming equipment, forging equipment, safety devices and safety clothing. Examples within the food industry include can seamers, industrial water purifiers, mixers and processing equipment. Examples of exercise equipment include stability balls and weight lifting equipment.

 

S-E-A, LTD, Elk Grove Village, IL.  Senior Project Engineer;  2007 – 2014

  • Responsibilities included intellectual property, vehicle accident reconstruction, mechanical systems failure analysis, plumbing systems and heating ventilation air-conditioning (HVAC) systems failure analysis.

 

SKF USA, Naperville, IL.  Applications Engineer & Lubrication Systems Specialist.  2006 – 2007

  • Worked out of a field office supporting key industrial customers with bearing recommendations, seal selection, failure analysis, maintenance, new product development, technical training, and International Standards Organization (ISO) documentation. Specific applications included forklift trucks, motorcycles, mobile forestry equipment (forwarders, harvesters), and agricultural equipment. Supported all SKF Off-Highway customers by designing lubrication systems for industrial applications, including construction (wheel loaders), mining, material moving, and forestry applications. Trained SKF engineers on the correct method of designing automatic lubrication systems.

 

SKF Germany (Willy Vogel) Berlin, Germany.  Lubrications Systems Application Engineer,  2005.

  • Worked as an engineer and technical liaison between Willy Vogel AG and SKF USA.  Responsibilities included acquiring product knowledge of lubrications systems and designing custom solutions for global customers. Specific duties included designing single-line, progressive, and air-oil systems for automotive machining centers, forging equipment, and mobile machinery. Supported other lubrication engineers on the design of dual line, restrictor, and oil mist systems. Inspected failed products and developed corrective actions to prevent future failures. Created a new low-cost automatic oil lubrication system for industrial fans by working with clients’ needs in the USA and a development team in Germany.

 

SKF USA Kulpsville, PA.  Applications Engineer,  2001 – 2004

  • Worked as an applications engineer at customer locations, assisting them on roller bearing selection, installation, maintenance, and failure analysis. Customers included original equipment manufacturers in the southwest (California, Colorado, Arizona, New Mexico, Nevada, Utah) manufacturing industrial products, including superchargers, fans, wind turbines, off-shore petroleum equipment (pumps, draw works), mining equipment (traction motors, crushers, shaker screens), robotics, medical equipment, industrial food processing equipment (cookers, peelers), grinders, gearboxes, and industrial water purifiers.

 

Professional Registration

  • Registered Patent Agent, U.S. Patent and Trademark Office 
  • State of Florida
  • State of Illinois
  • State of Indiana
  • State of Iowa
  • State of Michigan
  • State of Minnesota
  • State of Nebraska
  • State of New Mexico
  • Commonwealth of Pennsylvania
  • State of Wisconsin
  • State of New York
  • Commonwealth of Virginia
  • State of Maryland
  • State of North Carolina
  • Washington, D.C.

 

Certifications

  • Certified Instructor (Powered Industrial Trucks), in accordance with 29 CFR 1910.178
  • OSHA, Scott Lift Truck Corporation, August 2012, Elk Grove Village, IL
  • Certificate of Completion, OSHA 40-Hour Health and Safety training course in Hazardous
  • Waste Operations, Occupational Training and Supply, Inc., February 2011, Willowbrook, IL

 

Professional Affiliations

  • American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME)
  • Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE)
  • ASM International
  • American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM), Committee Member of F34
  • American National Standards Institute (ANSI)
  • National Association of Professional Accident Reconstruction Specialists (NAPARS)
  • American Society of Heating, Refrigerating, and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE)
  • National Fire Protection Association (NFPA)
  • Illinois Society of Professional Engineers, Licensed Member (ISPE)
  • National Society of Professional Engineers, Licensed Member (NSPE)
     
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