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Expert in Emerging Aeronautical and Aviation Security Technologies

Expert ID: 731475 California, USA

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Aircraft safety: Expert has been involved in aircraft safety-related technology for more than 30 years. The initial entry point was developing technology for inspection of military airplanes for corrosion and cracking. After the Aloha incident in 1988 he supported the FAA meet its new congressional mandate of having to conduct its own R&D in the area of aircraft inspection and repair. He developed the concept of a center for validating new and novel inspection technology and facilitating its transfer into operational use. The center was established at the Albuquerque airport and managed by Sandia National Laboratory. It has become a unique national resource. He advised Sandia and the FAA on center-related matters until late 2011. He advised the FAA on a broad range of aircraft safety-related matters for some 15 years. He was a member of the FAA's Research, Engineering and Development Advisory Committee (REDAC) and chaired the subcommittee on aircraft and airport safety research. He has extensively consulted to industry, including to Boeing, Airbus, Honeywell, Pratt & Whitney, Sikorsky, Dassault Aviation.

Aircraft security: Expert first got involved in explosives detection technology in the 1970s when he development a fully automatic high-throughput letter bomb detector for the IRS. The successful program led to work for the FAA on development of explosives detection machines at SAIC, where he was an SVP. After starting his own consultancy he supported a successful bid to the FAA for a "2nd generation" CT machine for detection of explosives in checked luggage. The resulting equipment is supplied by L3. He served on the FAA's subcommittee for aviation security and the TSA's Scientific Advisory Panel.

Collimator: Expert has a degree in nuclear physics and used nuclear penetrating radiation for numerous applications to explosives detection systems and inspection systems for aircraft, military ordnance and various industrial products. Properly-designed collimators and other means of beam shaping are a critical part of any system using penetrating radiation.

He advised the FAA on the aging aircraft/continuing airworthiness program for 19 years. He chaired the executive committee for a key engine research program involving the FAA, GE, Pratt & Whitney, Honeywell and Rolls Royce during a challenging start-up phase. He chaired a technical oversight group for an FAA Center of Excellence program in airliner cabin environment research for which he wrote a five-year strategic plan. He conducted an analysis of the technical issues and challenges and how to resolve them for a study of the business and technical feasibility of supersonic business jets, for the Teal Group. He conducted an analysis of the European government support to Rolls Royce aero engines and Agusta Westland helicopters for United Technologies Corp. He advised EADS headquarters and Dassault Aviation (Paris) on developments in the U.S. defense market for ten years.
He consulted to Mubadala Development Company in Abu Dhabi on their strategy for becoming a major supplier of aerospace components. He also consulted to them on the details of planning the factory.

Expert may consult nationally and internationally, and is also local to the following cities: Los Angeles, California - San Diego, California - Long Beach, California - Santa Ana, California - Anaheim, California - Riverside, California - Glendale, California - Huntington Beach, California - San Bernardino, California - Chula Vista, California

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Year Degree Subject Institution
Year: 1968 Degree: MA Subject: Physics Institution: San Diego State University
Year: 1965 Degree: Preliminary Diploma Subject: Physics Institution: Rhenish Westphalian Institute of Technology, Aachen, Germany
Year: 1964 Degree: BS Subject: Mathematics Institution: Gonzaga University
Year: 1962 Degree: Baccelaureate Subject: general German High School (Gymnasium) curriculum Institution: Gutenberg Gymnasium

Work History

Years Employer Title Department Responsibilities
Years: 2000 to Present Employer: Undisclosed Title: President, Owner Department: Responsibilities: He performs consulting services in technology management for domestic and international clients.
Years: 1992 to Present Employer: Undisclosed Title: President, Owner Department: Responsibilities: After leaving SAIC in early 1992 he founded Expert Technology Applications to consult to the FAA, DOD and several universities in the field of aviation safety, with particular emphasis on the development of new and novel approaches to aircraft inspection to mitigate the risk of failure of aging aircraft.
Years: 1986 to 1992 Employer: SAIC (Science Applications International) Title: SVP Department: Advanced Systems and Products Responsibilities: Overall business responsibility for a group of divisions engaged in the development and manufacturing of equipment in the following areas: aerospace product inspection, ordnance inspection, radiation monitors for military and civil applications, aviation security systems.
Years: 1973 to 1986 Employer: IRT Corp. Title: Corp. VP, Division President Department: Nuclear Systems Responsibilities: His career advanced from senior scientist to program manager, marketing manager, operations manager to ultimately corporate VP and Division President. Active in the same fields as listed above under SAIC.
Years: 1967 to 1973 Employer: General Atomics Title: Sr. Scientist Department: Radiation Technology Responsibilities: He started as a student assistant while doing his thesis work on the company's linear electron accelerator and research reactor. He entered full-time employment upon graduating in 1968 and advanced to sr. scientist in the course of technical work on various projects in nuclear materials safeguards and space radiation.

Government Experience

Years Agency Role Description
Years: 1967 to 1992 Agency: DOD, NASA, FAA, DOE, DNA Role: scientist to sr. manager Description: Most of his work was on government contracts as listed under work experience.
Years: 1992 to 2006 Agency: FAA Role: Consultant Description: He supported the following programs: aging aircraft, continuing airworthiness, engine titanium consortium phase II, airliner cabin environment research plus smaller assignments
Years: 2004 to 2005 Agency: NASA Role: PI, lead author Description: He administered, managed and performed the role of lead author on a study of European Government support to aeronautics research.
Years: 1998 to 2000 Agency: Dept. of Commerce Role: PI, lead author Description: He conducted an analysis of the European subsidies (direct and indirect) on the development of the Airbus A340-500/600.

International Experience

Years Country / Region Summary
Years: 1976 to 1982 Country / Region: Germany, France, Belgium, Sweden, Canada, Japan Summary: He was responsible for marketing company products to nuclear facilities in the listed countries.
Years: 1998 to 2008 Country / Region: France Summary: He was a consultant to EADS and Dassault Aviation on developments in the U.S. defense markets.
Years: 2008 to 2008 Country / Region: Abu Dhabi Summary: He consulted to Mubadala Development Co. on its strategy for becoming a major supplier of aerospace components on factory design.
Years: 1942 to 1964 Country / Region: Germany, USA Summary: Born and raised in West Germany. In 1962, right out of high school, went to study in U.S. on a Fulbright scholarship. Received BS Magna Cum Laude in mathematics in 1964. Back to Germany under restrictive Fulbright visa.
Years: 1964 to 1966 Country / Region: Germany Summary: Attended graduate school at Rhenish Westphalian Technical University in Aachen, Germany. Degree in physics.

Career Accomplishments

Associations / Societies
Awards / Recognition
Aviation Week 1996 Laurels Award for outstanding performance in the field of astronautics and propulsion.

Additional Experience

Expert Witness Experience
2013: He was a subject-matter expert and expert witness for Mayer Brown in a contract award dispute between a major U.S. government contractor and a government agency. He was an expert witness in several hearings on the case before an administrative judge. Negotiated settlement.
2014: Expert witness for plaintiff in a contract dispute between a foreign avionics supplier and a large U.S. government contractor before the International Court of Arbitration in New York, NY. Plaintiff won.
Training / Seminars
He has conducted an annual seminar on advanced and emerging technologies in aviation to an MBA class at the Kellogg School of Business at Northwestern University for some eleven years.
Vendor Selection
He advises clients on vendors/suppliers in fields related to aircraft safety and aviation security.
Marketing Experience
He has a deep understanding of the civil aviation industry on an international scale. Among his major clients have been Boeing, Lockheed Martin, Honeywell, FAA, NASA in the U.S. and EADS and Dassault Aviation in Europe, the Society of Japanese Aerospace Companies in Asia and Mubadala Development Company in the Mid East.

Language Skills

Language Proficiency
German Native speaker.
French I had eight years of French in German High School and conducted business in France off and on over a period of 30 years. I am rusty speaking and writing it.

Fields of Expertise

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