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Expert in Electrical engineering; electric machines, electromagnetism, mechatronics, electromechanical; controls; sensors; automotive and transportation; expert witness

Expert ID: 734015 Wisconsin, USA

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Expert has over 35 years of experience in the design of advanced electrical machines, linear actuators, and sensors. This includes design of permanent magnet and induction motors, solenoids, linear actuators and linear machines, as well as sensors for position, force, pressure. His experience is based on solid electromagnetic performance understanding and analysis. A majority of the work was done for automotive applications, and includes motors for electric and hybrid-electric vehicles, as well as accessory motors such as for valvetrains, electric brake, or electric power steering. His most recent work has focus on renewable energy (small hydro), aerospace, and general industrial applications.

Expert's career of over 35 years has been primarily dedicated to transportation electrification, primarily automotive (also off road, commercial vehicles, and aerospace). He has worked on many elements of the vehicle, from powertrain (for electric and hybrid-electric motors) to valvetrains, electric brakes and steering, fuel pumps, and sensors. In so doing, he acquired a unique and broad view of automotive electrification, including but not limited to hybrid and electric vehicles.

Expert, an engineer with background at General Motors, Delphi, and Eaton, all in the design and application of electromagnetic and electro-mechanical systems, particularly for transportation, is offering his vast expertise to facilitate the advancement of electrical technology. His focus is both on technology development and patent services.

His business venture offers consulting services based on 30 years of experience in magnetics, electric machine design, linear actuators and automotive electrification. It can provide your company with analysis, design and prototyping of electromagnetic systems, electric machines and drives. A particular strength of this consulting business is new technology development, assessment, and investigation, as well as intellectual property preparation and defense. It can team with you for technology road-mapping and strategizing in the application of electric energy conversion, particularly in the transportation field, and the integration of electric and mechanical systems.
• Magnetic analysis.
• Design of electric machines and linear actuators.
• Development of new concepts and products.
• Technology roadmapping and strategizing, discerning new trends.
• Expert witness work and patent development.
• Intellectual property assessment and strategizing.
• Teaching and mentoring in these fields.



Expert witness work (with deposition and court experience).
Magnetic analysis: Analysis of the impact of magnetic hysteresis in the performance of fuel injectors.
Design of electric machines, linear actuators, and sensors: Work performed in particular for a Tier 1 automotive supplier for electric and hybrid vehicle drive motors, also for an aerospace application.
Project management for a micro-hydro research project (with a couple of grants from the Department of Energy).

Expert may consult nationally and internationally, and is also local to the following cities: Chicago, Illinois - Rockford, Illinois - Aurora, Illinois - Naperville, Illinois - Elgin, Illinois - Waukegan, Illinois - Milwaukee, Wisconsin - Madison, Wisconsin - Green Bay, Wisconsin - Kenosha, Wisconsin

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Education

Year Degree Subject Institution
Year: 1984 Degree: PhD Subject: Electrical Engineering Institution: Missouri University of Science and Technology
Year: 1978 Degree: Master (equivalent) Subject: Electrical Engineering Institution: CentralSupelec (France)

Work History

Years Employer Title Department Responsibilities
Years: 2014 to Present Employer: Undisclosed Title: Owner Department: Responsibilities: Self employed consultant
Years: 2010 to 2014 Employer: Eaton Title: Principal Engineer Department: Corporate Research & Technology Responsibilities: In charge of developing innovation programs, particularly for hybrid commercial and off-road vehicles, as well as industrial drives.
Years: 2009 to 2010 Employer: University of Alabama Title: Senior Research Engineer Department: Center for Advanced Vehicle Technologies Responsibilities: In charge of developing a multi-disciplinary research program in the vehicular, transportation, and automotive fields.
Years: 2006 to 2009 Employer: Delphi Powertrain Title: Group Leader Department: Advanced Engineering Responsibilities: In charge of advanced electromechanical technology development for engines, for the fuel injector, valvetrain, and sensors business units of Delphi Powertrain.
Led a group of 4 engineers plus technician. The group developed fuel systems, sensors, and novel electromechanical valvetrain systems (cam phasers and continuously variable).
Years: 1999 to 2006 Employer: Delphi Research Laboratories Title: Senior Staff Research Engineer Department: Delphi Research Laboratories Responsibilities: * Manage, develop and implement a variety of automotive advanced engineering projects, many of which have resulted in patents and award-winning publications and are used in mass-production.
* Responsible for the development, analysis, design and experimental evaluation of new electrical systems and components for automotive applications.
* Key technical areas: Automotive electric systems, electric machines and drives, sensors, system design and control.
* Project examples: Valvetrain systems, electric cam phasers, electromagnetic engine-valve actuation system; Starter-generator and mild hybrid systems; Electric brake and power-steering systems for x by wire; Fault tolerant systems; Fault diagnostics in drives; Force and pressure sensors, angular and linear position sensors.
Years: 1984 to 1999 Employer: General Motors Research and Development Center Title: Senior Research Engineer Department: Electrical Engineering Dept. Responsibilities: * Responsible for the development, analysis, design and experimental evaluation of new electrical systems and components for automotive applications.
* Key technical areas: Automotive electric systems, electric machines and drives, sensors, system design and control.
* Project examples: Valvetrain systems, electric cam phasers, electromagnetic engine-valve actuation system; Starter-generator and mild hybrid systems; Electric brake and power-steering systems for x by wire; Fault tolerant systems; Fault diagnostics in drives; Force and pressure sensors, angular and linear position sensors.

International Experience

Years Country / Region Summary
Years: 1979 to 1981 Country / Region: France Summary: Research Engineer at university CentraleSupelec

Career Accomplishments

Associations / Societies
IEEE
IEEE Transportation Electrification Community
IEEE Industry Applications Society
Society of Automotive Engineers
Professional Appointments
• IEEE Transportation Technologies Award Committee (chair)
• Chair, IEEE Transportation Electrification Community
• IEEE Industry Applications Society (president and board member)
• International Transportation Electrification Conference
• Industry Applications Society Annual Meeting (chair, 2 years)
• Electric Machines Committee of the IEEE Industry Application Society (chair, 2 years)
• Review Committee for IEEE Fellow candidates, IEEE-Industry Application Society
• Paper reviewer, Electric Machines Committee of IEEE-IAS
• Paper reviewer, Industrial Drives Committee of IEEE-IAS
• Member and paper reviewer, IEEE Power Electronics Society
• Paper reviewer, Society of Automotive Engineers
Awards / Recognition
IEEE, SAE and PACE awards:

IEEE Nikola Tesla Award
Fellow, IEEE
IEEE Industry Applications Society, Industrial Power Conversion Systems Department Gerald Kliman Innovator Award
IEEE Industry Applications Society, Second Prize Transactions Paper Award
IEEE Industry Applications Society, Electric Machines Committee, Best Paper Awards: 6 awards
Society of Automotive Engineers:
* SAE Vincent Bendix Automotive Electronics Engineering Award
* SAE Arch T. Colwell Award
* Excellence in Oral Presentation
PACE Award, finalist

Delphi and General Motors Awards:
• Boss Kettering Award, 3 times
• Inducted into the Delphi Hall of Fame
• McCuen Award, 2 times
• Campbell Award
Publications and Patents Summary
PATENTS: 53 granted (latest, Aug. 2018)

JOURNAL ARTICLES:
• Refereed Journals: 24 papers.
• SAE: 6 papers.
• Conference papers (not published in transactions): 7 papers.

Additional Experience

Expert Witness Experience
In January 2016, Expert was retained by the US Patent and Trademarks Office as an expert witness. The plaintiff was appealing the US PTO’s rejection of their patent application, and the case was heard in the United States District Court for the District of Columbia. His involvement included writing an expert report; being deposed (March 2016); writing a supplemental report; and, testifying in court (May 2016). The technology at issue was electric motor controls for machine tools. The plaintiff won the case.

In mid 2016 and again in March 2017, Expert was involved in the preparation for four Inter Partes Reviews before the US PTO Patent Trial and Review Board, writing declarations in support of the patent owner’s preliminary responses. The cases are about glow-plug controls for diesel engines (AM General, LLC vs. UUSI). He was working for the defendant, UUSI. Three of the four cases were instituted. he was deposed on June 1st, 2017. The case was settled.

More recently (late 2017), expert was retained by a firm representing an automotive Tier 1 supplier for a patent infringement lawsuit about electric motors used in cars.
Other Relevant Experience
Available upon request.

Language Skills

Language Proficiency
French Native
German Reading

Fields of Expertise

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