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Expert in Expert in Airworthiness, SHM-HUMS, Structural Analysis/Testing, Metals/Composites, IVHM, Aircraft Health Monitoring, Advanced Analytics, and Big Data

Expert ID: 727460 Canada

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Expert has over 30 years' experience in solving aerospace engineering design, analysis and test problems for both metal and composite structures. Expert possesses considerable experience in Aircraft Structural Health Management and Health Monitoring and has authored internationally recognized papers on this topic.

Expert also possesses a strong business, technical management and presentation background and is often used in a trouble-shooting role to isolate and resolve engineering, aging aircraft, aircraft certification, computer-related and manufacturing problems. Expert has considerable technical project management experience at both the national and international level having managed international projects related to composite structures and aircraft battle damage repair for the Canadian Forces, the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) and the United States Navy (USN). He is comfortable making presentations to either technical/operational personnel or senior management personnel and has presented numerous papers on a variety of engineering topics at international conferences as well as chaired many technical sessions. In recent years Expert has also been involved in preparing and making presentations to nationally elected government representatives in both Canada and the United States.

Expert has worked in both the structural analysis and test environments in Industry and Government. He has been responsible for the definition, program management, implementation and/or technical management of R&D programs since 1980 and over the past four to five years has been involved with structural health and certification issues related to special mission and aging aircraft systems for aircraft operating in the aerial firefighting, geophysical survey and other low-level roles. Other projects he has undertaken encompass Aircraft Accident Investigation, Structural Health Monitoring Programs, metal and composite structural analysis using both finite element and closed form solutions, and fatigue and fracture mechanics analysis. Expert has strong computer skills in technical, office and project management software and has gained considerable experience with implementing and managing scientific and technical programs over the Internet, particularly where large quantities of data are involved.

Expert possesses strong knowledge in the suite of issues related to the processing of Big, Small, and Wise operational aircraft data pertaining to tangible operational, maintenance and life-cycle management.


Year Degree Subject Institution
Year: 1978 Degree: B.Sc Honours Subject: Aeronautical Engineering Institution: University of Hertfordshire, England (Formerly the Hatfield Polytechnic)

Work History

Years Employer Title Department Responsibilities
Years: 2009 to Present Employer: Undisclosed Title: President and SHM/HUMS specialist Department: Responsibilities: Expert is responsible for definition and solution formulation of complex technical problems as well as the identification of experts to address them. This work involves the development of an integrated systems approach and, when required, the establishment and remote management and coordination of multi-disciplinary teams using on- and off-shore resources alike.
Years: 2005 to Present Employer: Undisclosed Title: Senior Technical Aerospace Specialist Department: Responsibilities: Expert was tasked with Project Management and the execution of Aviation Testing, Safety and Monitoring programs for the United States Coast Guard and for the NASA Aircraft Aging and Durability Program.
Years: 1992 to Present Employer: Undisclosed Title: President/CEO Department: Responsibilities: Expert was responsible for Contract Negotiations and Technical Project Management of contracts for clients such as Canadian Air Force, Transport Canada/FAA, United States Navy, Royal Australian Air Force, Sandia National Laboratories and a number of Aircraft Operators and ExpertO Organizations.
Years: 1990 to 1992 Employer: S&S Software Title: Manager Department: Aerospace Division Responsibilities: Expert was responsible for starting up and managing all technical projects, primarily in support of Canadian Forces aircraft structures-related issues.
Years: 1984 to 1990 Employer: National Research Council of Canada Title: Research Officer Department: Structures and Materials Laboratory, Institute for Aerospace Research Responsibilities: Expert was responsible for Aircraft Structural Health Monitoring Programs that were actively monitoring a number of Canadian Forces Fleets and Special Mission Aircraft, such as Fire bombers. During this time, Expert developed a suite of composite structural analysis software in FORTRAN. He also participated in analyzing data from the full-scale and component level testing of metal and composite structures.
Years: 1981 to 1984 Employer: Bombardier Aerospace (Formerly Canadair) Title: Stress Engineer Department: Composite and Military Support Divisions Responsibilities: Expert undertook the analysis of composite structural components using FEM (NASTRAN) and closed-form solutions which were programmed in FORTRAN. Expert also conducted the analysis of military aircraft structures using fatigue and damage tolerance principles. During this time, he was responsible for developing and analyzing data from a program for the composite patching of metal aircraft structures.
Years: 1979 to 1981 Employer: Rollys-Royce Aero Engines, Derby England Title: Stress Engineer Department: Stress Department Responsibilities: Expert undertook the analysis of Metallic and Composite Engine Nacelle Structure using closed-form and other techniques. Expert conducted Research and Development into applications of composites to Aircraft Engine Nacelle Structure. He also developed Composite Structure Analysis Software, as well as analyzed data from Blade-off certification tests.
Years: 1978 to 1979 Employer: Marshall Aerospace, Cambridge, England Title: Stress Engineer Department: Design/Stress Responsibilities: In this role, Expert conducted closed-form stress analysis of aircraft and missile structures.
Years: 2016 to 2017 Employer: Tech Mahindra Title: SME / Technical Oversight Department: Aircraft Health Monitoring Responsibilities: Expert assisted with Use Case Development and associated Data Acquisition Structure for development of an AHM system for a North American OEM.

Government Experience

Years Agency Role Description
Years: 2002 to 2005 Agency: FAA Role: Contractor Description: Various projects related to Aerial Firebombing
Years: 2005 to 2006 Agency: USCG Role: Contractor Description: Various projects related to the monitoring and testing of fixed and rotary wing aircraft
Years: 2007 to 2008 Agency: NASA Role: Contractor Description: Assisted with the Program Management Aspects of the Aging Aircraft and Durability Project
Years: 1998 to 2000 Agency: Transport Canada/FAA Role: Contractor Description: Program Manager for the development of an analysis tool related to the in-flight break-up of aircraft structures

Career Accomplishments

Associations / Societies
Expert is an Associate Fellow of Canadian Aeronautics and Space Institute (CASI). From time to time, he also provides support to Universities with respect to the submission of funding proposals for research grants and related efforts.
Professional Appointments
Former, Chair, Structures and Materials Section, Canadian Aeronautics and Space Institute

Publications and Patents Summary
Expert has over 50 publications in his field.

Additional Experience

Expert Witness Experience
Expert has provided technical expertise and litigation support to a number of Aerial Firefighting Operators in presentation to legislative representatives in U.S. Congress/Senate, including the preparation of documents explaining technical issues.
Training / Seminars
Expert has provided multiple on-site and remote seminars/webinars on issues related to Aircraft Health Monitoring, including the design and implementation of such programs and the analysis of the resulting data to obtain tangible operational ND maintenance ROI.
Vendor Selection
Expert has been responsible for defining specifications and assisting with the selection of suppliers for Aircraft Data Acquisition Systems for Structural and System Health Monitoring and Management.
Marketing Experience
Expert has presented papers on trends and pitfalls in Aircraft Structural Health Monitoring. His work has been used by multiple organizations as technical SME/ Expert in support of marketing presentations. Expert has also been responsible for defining and negotiating and/or responding to contracts for both government and private industry.
Other Relevant Experience
Expert possesses experience in the on-site and remote (offshore) oversight of development teams working on the development of Aircraft Health Monitoring Systems and associated pro-active and predictive analytics. He also possesses International Program Management experience for the Canadian Forces, USN and RAAF in the area of Composite Structural Repair. Expert possesses National Program Management Experience for the Canadian Forces in the area of Aircraft Battle Damage Repair. Expert has been frequently used for Technical Troubleshooting and Independent Validation and Verification of Technical Programs related to aircraft structures.

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