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Expert in Commercial and Consumer Appliances, Combustion, Heat Transfer, Mechanical Engineering, Food Service

Expert ID: 731705 Massachusetts, USA

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Expert has been actively engaged in mechanical engineering since 1974. His experience enables him to step into a temporary leadership role with clients when the incumbent leaves the position suddenly and the client organization wants to search for and thoroughly review candidates for the position. Most of his experience is associated with thermal sciences and the application of these technologies to commercial appliances for food service, residential appliances or HVAC equipment. Because of the length and breadth of his experience, he has been asked to serve as an expert witness in patent infringement and personal injury cases.

Expert has supported various clients in the foodservice equipment industry serving as stand-in engineering vice president during a period when the incumbent was discharged. This enabled the client to spend more time recruiting a permanent replacement. He has leveraged his Six Sigma black belt to assist numerous clients streamline their manufacturing process or product design. Lower cost and higher reliability resulted from the projects.A major fast-food chain stopped purchasing equipment from one of his clients due to reliability problems. Expert led the internal engineering group in a broad-brush redesign of the equipment that included design and manufacturing process review and improvement. After nine months, the product was accepted by the customer and production was restarted.A manufacturer of commercial appliances was experiencing nearly 100% failure rate of their equipment in the field. This poor quality finally moved the customer to suspend purchasing the equipment and the manufacturing plant was reduced to two days of production per week. Leading the internal engineering team, he found root cause of all production and design issues finally getting the product back into full-time production.

Expert may consult nationally and internationally, and is also local to the following cities: Boston, Massachusetts - Worcester, Massachusetts - Springfield, Massachusetts - Lowell, Massachusetts - Cambridge, Massachusetts - Brockton, Massachusetts - New Bedford, Massachusetts - Hartford, Connecticut - Manchester, New Hampshire - Providence, Rhode Island

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Year Degree Subject Institution
Year: 1974 Degree: MSME Subject: Mechanical Engineering Institution: West Virginia University
Year: 1973 Degree: BSME Subject: Mechanical Engineering Institution: West Virginia University

Work History

Years Employer Title Department Responsibilities
Years: 2006 to Present Employer: Undisclosed Title: President Department: Responsibilities: He formed this engineering firm to provide engineering and consulting services to the foodservice industry and its first-tier supply chain. He also works with consumer goods manufacturers and industrial companies seeking product development or manufacturing assistance. He has a network of professional service suppliers that participate in consulting engagements when their specific technical expertise is required.
Project work is focused on product development, warranty reduction, root cause analysis, value engineering and manufacturing improvement. He provides expert witness services and also acts as interim Engineering Vice President or Director when the incumbent departs suddenly and until a suitable replacement can be found. He is trained as a Lean Six Sigma Black Belt through MoreSteam University (affiliated with The Ohio State University).
Years: 2005 to 2006 Employer: Boston Engineering Corporation Title: Business Development Manager Department: Responsibilities: He was responsible for managing the foodservice business at Boston Engineering, interfacing with clients, developing new business in foodservice, energy, alternative power and other areas. While there, he led the development of a smart appliance platform for a major fast food chain that was based on LonWorks communication technology. This approach was subsequently endorsed by the chain as their standard networking protocol.
Years: 2000 to 2005 Employer: Advanced Mechanical Technology, Inc. Title: Business Development and Project Manager Department: Responsibilities: He was responsible for developing new business for the engineering group and for leading engineering efforts in commercial foodservice, HVAC and alternate energy. Key project areas included design of a family of heating boilers, development of a combined heat and power system for residences, and various automated cooking systems for restaurants.
Years: 1998 to 2000 Employer: Energy International, Inc. Title: Vice President and General Manager Department: Cleveland Division Responsibilities: He was responsible for the profit and loss (P&L) of the Cleveland Division of Energy International. In this role, he developed new business for the company, hired and trained staff, managed complex product development and manufacturing improvement programs, and managed the day-to-day operations of the company. Key projects included development of a test methodology for flammable vapor prevention in water heaters, high-efficiency heating equipment, commercial cooking appliances and energy systems.
Years: 1990 to 1998 Employer: Arthur D. Little, Inc. Title: Senior Consultant Department: Technology and Product Development Responsibilities: At ADL, he developed business then managed the resulting projects in commercial foodservice, natural gas technologies, appliances and HVAC equipment.
Years: 1988 to 1990 Employer: Premark International Food Equipment Group Title: Director of Engineering Department: Food Equipment Group Responsibilities: He managed a diverse group of engineers at four different locations in the country. His group was responsible for engineering design of new foodservice equipment and maintaining existing products.
Years: 1974 to 1988 Employer: Battelle Memorial Institute Title: Associate Section Manager Department: Energy and Thermal Technology Responsibilities: He was section manager of the appliance and combustion technology group. In this capacity, he was responsible for developing business in foodservice equipment, appliances, HVAC and other combustion applications.

Government Experience

Years Agency Role Description
Years: 2011 to Present Agency: US Army Role: Technical Expert Description: Design analysis of jet-fueled appliances for the battlefield. Provided heat transfer and combustion expertise along with computational fluid dynamics support.

Career Accomplishments

Associations / Societies
American Society of Quality (ASQ)
Licenses / Certifications
PE license in Massachusetts
Publications and Patents Summary
Named inventor on 13 patents and author of over 15 technical papers.

Fields of Expertise

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