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Expert in Corrosion Analysis & Control and Related Metallurgical Failure Analyses

Expert ID: 731872 Virginia, USA

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Expert has both graduate education and 30 years of diverse experience in aqueous corrosion in its several forms. This has included analysis of corrosion problems, recommending corrosion-resistant metallic alloys or other forms of corrosion control, completing root-cause metallurgical failure analyses, providing expert witness testimony in this area and providing oral presentations and written training materials on corrosion and failure analyses. Prior to his work in corrosion, he worked for 13 years in traditional mechanical engineering areas. He has completed engineering work for the U.S. Air Force, a turbomachinery manufacturer, a chemical processing plant, in a graduate school laboratory, in a world-known contract engineering research organization, in a small materials engineering company, in an engineering construction company and operated his own small consulting business.

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See his diverse mechanical and materials engineering experience of over 40 plus years in USAF, Ingersoll-Rand, Honeywell, University of Delaware, Battelle Laboratories, CC Technologies, Henkels & McCoy and Expert Materials & Mechanical Engineering, Inc.for details. His CV also provides additional information.

Expert may consult nationally and internationally, and is also local to the following cities: Virginia Beach, Virginia - Norfolk, Virginia - Chesapeake, Virginia - Richmond, Virginia - Newport News, Virginia - Hampton, Virginia - Alexandria, Virginia - Portsmouth, Virginia - Lynchburg, Virginia - Suffolk, Virginia

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Education

Year Degree Subject Institution
Year: 1986 Degree: MS Subject: Applied Materials (experimental thesis on crevice corrosion of stainless alloys) Institution: University of Delaware
Year: 1972 Degree: MBA Subject: Business Administration Institution: Golden Gate University
Year: 1968 Degree: BS Subject: Mechanical Engineering Institution: Virginia Polytechnic Institute & State University

Work History

Years Employer Title Department Responsibilities
Years: 2004 to Present Employer: Undisclosed Title: President Department: Responsibilities: He provides engineering expert witness services to attorneys and consulting engineering services to industrial and insurance clients in his areas of expertise.
Years: 1995 to 2004 Employer: Henkels & McCoy, Inc. Title: Program Manager Department: Engineering/Richmond Office Responsibilities: He supervised the work of four corrosion control technicians and personally completed root-cause failure analyses in his areas of expertise.
Years: 1992 to 1995 Employer: DNV GL (formerly Cortest Corrosion Technology,Inc.) Dublin, OH Title: Senior Engineer Department: Responsibilities: For most of the period he provided corrosion engineering services as part of a team employed in Alaska to develop an analytical model to predict likely locations of corrosion on buried portions of the Trans Alaskan Pipeline. He later completed root-cause failure analyses involving corrosion and metallurgical questions in the Ohio office.
Years: 1985 to 1992 Employer: Battelle Memorial Institute, Columbus, OH Title: Research Scientist Department: Corrosion Section Responsibilities: He specified and completed laboratory corrosion and metallurgical tests, made recommendations for selecting corrosion resistant alloys, completed root-cause failure analyses, developed and presented a training course on corrosion for government personnel and edited a newsletter on various engineering material topics for DOD personnel.
Years: 1981 to 1985 Employer: University of Delaware, Newark, DE Title: Graduate student Department: Materials Science and Engineering Responsibilities: He completed course work plus a thesis for a MS degree in applied materials. His experimental thesis was on crevice corrosion of stainless steel alloys. He also completed a summer internship with Haynes, Inc. in Indiana during the period.
Years: 1974 to 1981 Employer: Honeywell, Inc. (formerly Allied Chemical, Corp.), Hopewell, VA Title: Reliability Engineer Department: Project and Reliability Engineering Dept. Responsibilities: He provided mechanical engineering services to assure the operational reliability of stationary equipment, e.g.,steam boilers, pressure vessels, heat exchangers, piping and valves, in a typical 24/7 functioning chemical manufacturing plant.
Years: 1972 to 1974 Employer: Ingersoll-Rand Company, Phillipsburg, NJ Title: Mechanical Project Engineer Department: Turbo Compressor Dept. Responsibilities: He provided mechanical engineering services as part of a team to design, manufacture and shop test large horsepower centrifugal compressors.
Years: 1968 to 1972 Employer: U.S. Air Force, Edwards AFB, CA Title: Project/Test Engineer Department: Liquid Rocket Division Responsibilities: He developed and supervised completion of test programs to evaluate the performance of very small thrust, liquid fuel rockets to be used for attitude control on space satellites.

Government Experience

Years Agency Role Description
Years: 1968 to 1972 Agency: U.S. Air Force Role: Project/Test Engineer Description: See his experience record at Edwards Air Force Base while on active duty.

Career Accomplishments

Associations / Societies
NACE International

NSPE

ASM International
Licenses / Certifications
P.E. in Virginia and Delaware


Certified Materials Selection and Design Specialist (through NACE International)
Publications and Patents Summary
He has 7 publications on corrosion topics besides his MS thesis on crevice corrosion.

Additional Experience

Expert Witness Experience
He has served as an engineering expert witness in several legal cases in his areas of expertise. See the attached list of testimony provided and attorneys assisted when testimony was not required. Approximately 40% 0f the cases have been with plaintiffs' lawyers and the remainder with defense lawyers.
Training / Seminars
He has presented live short courses (multiple times) for continuing education of professional engineers (P.E.'s) on corrosion control tactics and on completing root-cause metallurgical failure analyses. He has also developed and written, on-line courses in these areas ( see the courses at www.suncam.com) for the same purpose.
Vendor Selection
While at Honeywell, he specified and sought and reviewed competitive bids from vendors to supply various chemical manufacturing equipment including pumps, heat exchangers, pressure vessels, automatic control valves and various types of piping.
Marketing Experience
He understands the economic importance and difficulties faced by owners of continuously operating plants, e.g. chemical processing, electric power generation and petrochemical processing, and the several engineering tasks needed to keep the associated equipment in such facilities fully reliable.
Other Relevant Experience
He has completed several discounted, life-cycle cost analyses to evaluate the long-term costs of alternative purchase or design decisions. He has taught this methodology to engineers preparing to take the final examination for their professional engineer license.

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