Expert in Dust, Liquid and Gas Fire and Explosion Hazards; Process Safety; Electrostatic Hazards
Expert Witness and Litigation Support Consulting
Expert has provided professional, impartial advises and expert opinions to law firms, insurance companies and manufacturing businesses in litigation cases related to fires and explosions of dusts, liquids, and gases, and process safety, including:
Served as expert witness/consulting expert in litigation cases that involved multiple fatalities, injuries, and money amounts up to hundreds of millions of dollars.
Helped attorneys to navigate through the often-complex mechanisms of the cause, origin, ignition, propagation of fires and explosions and to solve difficult and intriguing issues related to the consequence (injuries and property damages) of fire and explosion incidents.
Played pivotal roles by providing scientific and technical supports for winning/settling litigation cases.
The major cases include:
• Imperial Sugar
• Kleen Energy Natural Gas Explosion, Middletown, CT (2010)
• West Pharmaceutical Services Dust Explosion
• Jahn Foundry Explosion, Springfield, Massachusetts;
• Malden Mills Fire/Explosion, Massachusetts; and
OSHA Citation and Compliance Review
Retained as expert witness/litigation support consultant in OSHA citation / litigation cases related to combustible dusts, flammable liquids, and flammable gases, and provided pivotal supports in these cases in winning/settling the cases.
Provided consulting services to fortune 100 companies and others in diversified industries, as well as governmental and government contractors (DOD and DOE), including:
- Dust Hazard Analysis (DHA);
- Process Hazard Analysis (PHA) (HAZOP and WHAT-IF);
- PSM Audit;
- Electrostatic Hazard Analysis;
- Electrical Area Classification;
- Fire Hazard and Risk Analysis; and
- Self-heating and Spontaneous Combustion.
Provided effective and practical safe solutions for controlling dust, liquid and gas fire and explosion hazards.
Investigated numerous fire and explosion incidents that occurred in various industrial and business facilities and private properties.
Pinpointed the fuels and ignition sources that caused the incidents.
Proved or negated hypotheses of the causes and origins through laboratory testing and full-scale reconstruction / simulation testing.
Developed and presented the following process safety training courses to numerous EHS professionals and engineers, and loss prevention professionals:
- Electrostatic hazards, assessment, prevention and protection;
- Electrical area classification in areas associated with powder/dust and flammable/combustible liquids are handling operations;
- Gas/liquid vapor fire and explosion hazards, assessment, prevention and protection;
- Dust fire and explosion hazards, assessment, prevention and protection; and
- Chemical/thermal reaction hazards, assessment, prevention and mitigation.
Provided training courses on dust, liquid and gas fire and explosions, electrostatic, electrical and spontaneous combustion hazards to the US Bureau of Tobacco, Alcohol and Firearms (ATF).
Testing and Research
Acquired extensive experiences in laboratory and full-scale testing and research on dust, liquid and gas fire and explosions, electrostatic hazards, spontaneous combustion / self-heating and mechanical sparks.
Designed, supervised and performed both standard and specially designed tests to determine the actual fire and explosion hazards under specific conditions.
The successful works on fire and explosion safety are attributed to the strong background in fires and explosions - Ph.D. on gas explosions under the supervision of Prof. Rolf K. Eckhoff, the author of the book “Dust Explosions in the process Industries”, Professional Engineer (PE) on fire protection and Certified Safety Professional (CSP) certification. Moreover, active participation in NFPA standard-making as a Principal Member of the NFPA Technical Committee on Combustible Metals and Metal Dusts (NFPA 484) and the NFPA Technical Committee on Aerosol Products (NFPA 30B) offers deep insights about the development of fire and explosion prevention and protection technologies and methodologies. Through the unique combination of expertise and experience and with understandings of the complexities and the challenges of process safety in various industries, I help clients to achieve fire and explosion safety in effective and practical ways.
Expert may consult nationally and internationally, and is also local to the following cities: Baltimore, Maryland - Frederick, Maryland - Gaithersburg, Maryland - Bowie, Maryland - Reading, Pennsylvania - Lancaster, Pennsylvania - Wilmington, Delaware - Alexandria, Virginia
|Year: 1996||Degree: Ph.D.||Subject: Gas Explosion and Dust Explosion||Institution: University of Bergen, Department of Physics, Norway|
|Year: 1985||Degree: MS||Subject: Physical Chemistry and Dust Explosion||Institution: Department of Metallurgical Engineering, Northeastern University, China|
|Year: 1983||Degree: BS||Subject: Metallurgical Engineering||Institution: Department of Metallurgical Engineering, Northeastern University, China|
|Years: 2008 to Present||Employer: Undisclosed||Title: President||Department:||Responsibilities: Oversee all business activities including consulting, expert witness / litigation support consulting, incident investigations and gas, liquid, laboratory testing and onsite testing, and dust fire and explosion safety trainings.|
|Years: 1996 to 2008||Employer: Chilworth Technology, Inc.||Title: Manager on Flammability, Sr. Process Safety Consulting Engineer||Department:||Responsibilities: Assessed fire and explosion hazards in various industrial facilities and investigated many fire and explosion incidents. Provided expert witness in litigation cases. Managed evaluations of dust, liquid and gas fire and explosion hazard properties of materials used/handled in various industrial/commercial facilities. Supervised laboratory tests/experiments of fire and explosion researches and tests.|
|Years: 1989 to 1996||Employer: Christian Michelsen Institute||Title: Researcher||Department: Christian Michelsen Research (now GexCon)||Responsibilities: Gas and dust explosion research.|
|Years: 1986 to 1989||Employer: Northeastern University, China||Title: Lecturer||Department: Department of Metallurgical Engineering||Responsibilities: Teaching chemical process engineering and research on dust explosions.|
|Years||Country / Region||Summary|
|Years: 1989 to 1996||Country / Region: Norway||Summary: He worked as a scientist in Christian Michelsen Institute, a renowned research institute in Norway. He participated in a number large gas and dust explosion research programs which were sponsored by European governments and major international oil and gas companies, including HSE (Health & Safety Executive) U.K., Norwegian Petroleum Directorate, BMFT (Bundesministerium fur Forschung und Technologie), BP Norway Ltd. U.A., Conoco Norway Inc., Elf Petroleum Norge A/S, Esso Norge A/S, Gaz de France, Mobil Exploration Norway Inc., Norsk Hydro, Norwegian Petroleum Directorate, N.V. Nederlandse Gasunie, Phillips Petroleum Company Norway, and Statoil (Norway).|
|Years: 1986 to 1986||Country / Region: China||Summary: He worked as an assistant and a lecturer in Northeastern University, Shenyang, China. He was teaching Chemical Engineering and working on dust explosion research projects, which were sponsored by the Chinese government and various industries. He also participated in several dust and gas/vapor explosion incident investigations including the flax dust explosion in Harbin Linen Textile Factory, Harbin, China in 1987. The linen (flax) dust explosion claimed 58 lives and injured 177 workers, among 327 people working in the plant at that time.|
|Associations / Societies|
|Member of the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA),
Member of the Society of Fire Protection Engineers (SFPE),
Member of the American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE).
|Licenses / Certifications|
|Professional Engineer (PE) - Fire Protection,
Certified Safety Professional (CSP).
|Reviewer of "International Journal of Energetic Materials and Chemical Propulsion", Begell House.
Reviewer of "Process Safety Progress".
|Publications and Patents Summary|
|In addition to his 27 publications, he prepared numerous confidential technical reports on fire and explsion research, testing, hazard assessment, incident investigations and presentations.|
|Expert Witness Experience|
|Litigation consulting to legal counsels of corporations. Depositions. Incident investigations. Expert opinions on cause and origin through investigations and analyses.
Hazard assessment of industrial facilities. Safety audits.
|Training / Seminars|
|He has delivered training seminars to numerous engineers, safety professionals, Federal Agents (OSHA and ATF): Dust fire/explosion hazards and control; Gas fire/explosion hazards and control; Liquid fire/explosion hazards and control; electrostatic ignition hazards and control; electrical area classifications.|
|Other Relevant Experience|
|Speaks in both local language and safety/technical language, he has provided fire and explosion safety training seminars to Chinese audiences. This has been proven to be very effective for corporations that have operations in China.|
|Norwegian||Lived in Norway for 8 years.|
|Japanese||Japanese was his first foreign language.|
|English||He is fluent in English.|