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Expert in Boilers, Piping, Power Plants, ASME Boiler Codes, and Metallurgy

Expert ID: 733974 Connecticut, USA

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As Principal of his own engineering firm, Expert assesses and manages critical power plant components, including boiler tubing, high-energy piping, headers, drums, and pressure vessels. This specialty includes comprehensive assessment program development at the plant or fleet level, as well as unit-specific assessment scope development and prioritization. Expert also executes specific assessment projects therein.

Expert has worked on numerous root cause assessment activities in order to identify and solve complicated component serviceability problems. He also provides litigation and arbitration support to resolve issues related to the construction, design, erection and operation of power plants and boilers.

Expert may consult nationally and internationally, and is also local to the following cities: New York, New York - Yonkers, New York - Bridgeport, Connecticut - New Haven, Connecticut - Hartford, Connecticut - Stamford, Connecticut - Boston, Massachusetts - Worcester, Massachusetts - Springfield, Massachusetts - Providence, Rhode Island

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Education

Year Degree Subject Institution
Year: 2004 Degree: MS Subject: Metallurgy and Materials Design Institution: University of Connecticut, Storrs
Year: 1989 Degree: BS Subject: Mechanical Engineering Institution: University of Lowell

Work History

Years Employer Title Department Responsibilities
Years: 2005 to Present Employer: Undisclosed Title: Principal Department: Responsibilities: Expert assesses and manages critical power plant components, including boiler tubing, high-energy piping, headers, drums, and pressure vessels. This specialty includes comprehensive assessment program development at the plant or fleet level, as well as unit-specific assessment scope development and prioritization.

Expert has worked on numerous root cause assessment activities in order to identify and solve complicated component serviceability problems. He also provides litigation and arbitration support to resolve issues related to the construction, design, erection and operation of power plants and boilers.

Expert has been Principal of this firm from 2012 to present.
Years: 2005 to 2012 Employer: Structural Integrity Associates Inc. Title: Associate Department: Fossil Plant Services Responsibilities: Expert developed risk-based programs for utilities to manage high-energy piping and boiler components. He also lent his expertise to utility clients in assessing and managing critical power plant components, including high-energy piping systems, as well as boiler tubing, headers, and drums. During this time, Expert also conducted research in engineering and metallurgy for new assessment technologies in a variety of applications. He also undertook projects in failure investigation and root cause analysis to help utilities address major problems.
Years: 1994 to 2005 Employer: ALSTOM Power, Inc. Title: Technical Manager Department: Responsibilities: Expert served ALSTOM Power, Inc., as Technical Manager pf the Materials Technology Center from 2003 to 2005. In this capacity, he conducted analyses of utility and industrial boiler components from a metallurgical perspective. These components included headers, boiler tubing, headers, steamline piping and headers. His goal was consistently to determine the cause of failure or the future serviceability of similar components remaining in service.

Prior to this role, Expert was Manager of Condition Assessment Services, wherein he managed the Condition Assessment Services' product line's commercial and technical portions alike.
Years: 1989 to 2004 Employer: Thielsch Engineering, Inc. Title: Project Engineer Department: Responsibilities: Expert conducted field assessments of pressure-containing equipment. This equipment was housed in pulp, utility and paper facilities, as well as petrochemical facilities.

Career Accomplishments

Associations / Societies
Expert has been Chair or Member of eight ASME Boiler and Pressure Vessel Codes committees. He has also been a Member of the ASME NDE Committee and the ASME Post-Construction Codes committee. Additionally, he is a Fellow of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers and is a Member of ASM International.
Licenses / Certifications
Expert is a licensed Professional Engineer in California, Connecticut, Minnesota, Nebraska, Rhode Island, Tennessee and West Virginia.
Professional Appointments
Expert has been Chair (Track, Session or Committee) of four ASME Power Division conferences. He has been Chair of an ASME Pressure Vessel Piping Division workshop. He is the Chair of numerous Codes and Standards development committees for the ASME Boiler and Pressure Vessel Codes including those involving Power Boilers (Section I) and the implementation of risk theory for the construction of boilers, pressure vessels, and transportation tanks.
Awards / Recognition
Named an ASME Fellow in 2017
Publications and Patents Summary
Expert has 20 publications.

Additional Experience

Expert Witness Experience
Expert has provided litigation and arbitration support in 5 cases regarding boiler external piping failure; coal-fueled generating station design, construction, operation and commission; de-superheater tube, piping and pipe cracking; circulating fluidized bed boiler setup; and ASME Boiler and Pressure Vessel Codes applicability.
Training / Seminars
During his time with Structural Integrity Associates, Inc., Expert led workshops, webinars and courses on boiler tubing failures, root cause analysis, boiler tubing lifing, boiler header assessment, and risk-based inspection.

Fields of Expertise

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