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Expert in Corrosion of Metals and Aging of Nonmetals

Expert ID: 725949 California, USA

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Working in major corporations, the Expert has over thirty years experience in research and engineering relative to the corrosion of bare and coated metals, and the deterioration of nonmetallics. He has developed alloys and engineered designs to prevent the corrosion and deterioration of structures and machinery in atmospheric and marine environments. The Expert has conducted many failure analyses of metallic and nonmetallic materials. He has provided expert consultation in lawsuits, and has prepared written reports of his expert opinion, has been deposed, and has testified in court. He is a skilled technical writer and is very capable the art of presenting explanations of complex phenomena to laymen.

For the State of Hawaii the Expert carried out failure analysis on a heavily corroded steel structure. He prepared an extensive expert opinion document, participated in an ADH, was deposed, and testified in trial.For the National Forest Service he carried out an investigation of the cause of heavy corrosion on a forest logging road bridge, and presented a written report.For a California grape grower the Expert carried out a failure analysis of fractured steel grape stakes. He prepared a report giving his expert opinion, and was deposed. The case was settled before trial.For the American Iron and Steel Institute the Expert investigated the cause of excessive corrosion of a series of highway bridges.For the Rhode Island DOT the Expert investigated the suitability of various bridge sites for bare weathering steel construction and presented a written report.

Expert may consult nationally and internationally, and is also local to the following cities: San Jose, California - San Francisco, California - Oakland, California - Stockton, California - Fremont, California - Modesto, California - Salinas, California - Hayward, California - Sunnyvale, California - Concord, California

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Year Degree Subject Institution
Year: 1961 Degree: PhD Subject: Chemistry Institution: Carnegie Mellon University
Year: 1957 Degree: BS Subject: Chemical Engineering Institution: Pennsylvania State University
Year: 1992 Degree: no degree, passed MA qualifying exam Subject: Philosophy Institution: San Jose State University

Work History

Years Employer Title Department Responsibilities
Years: 2001 to 2008 Employer: Northrop Grumman Corporation Title: Consultant Department: Engineering Responsibilities: The Expert carried out testing, analysis, writing, and customer presentations of literature and testing studies of metallic and nonmetallic materials. The goal of the studies was to extend the life of a complex marine missile launching system and this goal was achieved. The Expert's technical writing skills were key to the successful outcome of the project. The corrosion of painted steel and the deterioration of adhesives and elastomers was a special concern in this project.
Years: 1983 to 2001 Employer: Westinghouse Corporation/Northrop Grumman Corporation Title: Consulting Engineer Department: Engineering Responsibilities: The Expert served as technical leader of a group of materials engineers supporting the design and construction of defense hardware. At the working level he provided materials selection guidance for many engineering design projects, carried out failure analysis of metallic and nonmetallic materials in service, and through testing determined the aging behavior of adhesives, elastomers, and propellants.
Years: 1967 to 1982 Employer: U.S. Steel Research Title: Research Engineer Department: Corrosion Responsibilities: The Expert carried out research, testing, and failure analysis to develop new steel alloys and coated steels with enhanced corrosion resistance. The products he developed were licensed internationally by U.S. Steel.

Government Experience

Years Agency Role Description
Years: 2005 to Present Agency: Federal Highway Administration Role: Consultant Description: He drafted guidelines for the use of steel in highway bridges.
Years: 1993 to Present Agency: Transportation Research Board Role: Consultant Description: He contributed reports on the atmospheric corrosion of bridge steels.

International Experience

Years Country / Region Summary
Years: 1973 to 1978 Country / Region: Venezuela Summary: On two occasions the Expert provided guidance on the loading of a reactive iron product into a ship's hold in Venezuela, and on board the ship monitored the safety of the ship's hold during transport to the US.
Years: 1982 to 1987 Country / Region: South Africa Summary: The Expert presented a series of papers on steel corrosion to an international conference of steel marketing executives. He also provided consulting on a bridge corrosion problem.
Years: 1971 to 1982 Country / Region: Seven countries Summary: The Expert designed a testing protocol used in a long-term atmospheric corrosion test of steel alloys in seven countries. He met with researchers from each countries, prepared the steel panels for exposure, determined the results, and reported the findings periodically at international conferences.

Career Accomplishments

Associations / Societies
American Chemical Society NACE International
Publications and Patents Summary
He has 20 papers and publications in corrosion.

Additional Experience

Expert Witness Experience
The Expert presented reports of his expert opinion, was deposed, and testified in a number of law suits in state courts.
Marketing Experience
The Expert is a member of the Corrosion Advisory Group of the American Iron and Steel Institute. This group advises the domestic steel industry on the performance of steels and the need for new alloys, and works with the Federal Highway Administration to support the utilization of steel in highway bridges.
Other Relevant Experience
The Expert is an excellent technical writer and is skilled in explaining complex phenomena to laymen. He is an accomplished photographer and has obtained groundbreaking microphotographs of corrosion product morphology.

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