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Expert in Failure Analysis for Glass, Porcelain, and Metals; Accident Reconstruction

Expert ID: 734873 California, USA

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Expert possesses over 25 years' consulting experience pertaining to metallurgy, materials, accident reconstruction, product liability, OSHA worker safety, intellectual property, factory safety and other related fields. In this capacity, his client base has primarily been comprised of attorneys, and his several decades of experience have included numerous depositions and court appearances.



Expert has accrued 35 years of manufacturing experience in the electronics industry. Within this field, he has undertaken process and product introduction, glass and metal grinding, processing, equipment design and build, forming and polishing, machine safety, machine design, part design, materials engineering, and quality control.

Expert possesses significant accident reconstruction experience. This work pertains to user and worker safety; product liability; and equipment design, including factory safety, device safety, and machine guards.

His failure analysis expertise includes materials and design alike for the following:
- Glass damage and failure
- Metallurgical failure
- Polymer degradation and failure (plastic degradation and failure)
- Ceramic and porcelain failure
- Corrosion failure
- Manufacturing defects
- Wood failure

Specifically, Expert's key damages and failure expertise encompasses: Jars, wine and champagne bottles, safety glass, windows, windshields, and doors; plumbing, pipes, bolts, cables, welds, gears, chairs, prosthetics, ladders, and implants; piping, packaging, chairs, medical devices, bottles, and bungee cords; white ware, grinding wheels, cutoff blades and structural ceramics; materials selection and electronic devices within the scope of corrosion failures; any manufactured item; and wooden chairs, ladders, stairs, and window leaks, as well as deterioration from rot.

Expert's manufacturing thought leadership encompasses processing, factory safety, quality verification, patents, tooling, product design, quality control, factory procedures, and reverse engineering.

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

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Education

Year Degree Subject Institution
Year: 1972 Degree: Ph.D Subject: Materials Science and Engineering Institution: Stanford University
Year: 1969 Degree: MS Subject: Materials Science Institution: Stanford University
Year: 1965 Degree: BS Subject: Metallurgical Engineering Institution: University of Pennsylvania

Work History

Years Employer Title Department Responsibilities
Years: 1975 to Present Employer: Undisclosed Title: Engineering Consultant Department: Responsibilities: Expert works in private practice with attorneys and insurance adjusters. His litigation-related practice includes plaintiff and defense clients in approximately equal numbers.
Years: 2001 to 2002 Employer: (Undisclosed) Title: Senior Materials Scientist Department: Responsibilities: Expert was responsible for failure analysis and new product development. During this time, he developed pre-sputter cleaning of stainless steel parts. He also developed a micro-volume pressure gauge for HPLC.
Years: 1994 to 2000 Employer: Komag Materials Technology Inc Title: Scientist and Manager of Research and Analysis Department: Responsibilities: Expert served this organization as Manager of a development group focused on key new products. He developed cleaning and plating processes for computer memory disks. He also developed tooling for the cleaning, machining and inspection of discs. Additionally, he served as liaison to Komag material suppliers (Furukawa Aluminum and Kobe Steel) and to the corporation in the areas of failure analysis and material selection. He maintained an active role in manufacturing process improvement projects, helping to organize worldwide failure analysis for Komag also. Expert also participated in Komag’s effort to diversify into the area of fiber optics and undertook membership in the corporate team developing low-cost glass substrates.
Years: 1988 to 1994 Employer: Thin film Coating Equipment Design Deposition Sciences Inc Title: Senior 7hin Film Project Engineer Department: Responsibilities: Expert helped develop unique methods of uniformly vacuum coating curved surfaces with thin film hard materials from oxides, and nitrides. He also developed laminating processes for adhesives and photo-resists. He developed tooling for cleaning and coating also. Expert also helped develop patented DC reactive sputtering techniques for depositing optical quality oxides, and multi-layer optical films on oxide substrates. He was responsible for Optical Thin Film Design as well as photo pattering of Thin Film Optical IR Filters.
Years: 1984 to 1988 Employer: Microwave Technology Inc. Title: Reliability Engineering Manager / Thin Film Circuit Engineering Manager Department: Responsibilities: He helped develop unique plating techniques for producing conductive via thin film circuits. Expert also served as Project Manager for high reliability projects -- managing, for instance, a small group that coordinated all high reliability projects at MTI, including interfacing with the customers. He also developed and optimized reactive ion etching processes and equipment. He also developed processes for manufacturing active devices (diffusion and Ion Implanting) and developed unique device packaging.

Expert also developed numerous thin film vacuum coating processes; developed techniques to test film adhesion; and was concurrently responsible for group performing high reliability testing and failure analysis of GaAs, FET'S, and IC's. He also purchased a CPA 9900 and developed a production reactive sputtering process and tooling for coating Ta2N/TiW/Au onto A1203 substrates.
Years: 1975 to 1984 Employer: Hewlett Packard Co Title: Project Engineer and Engineering Manager Department: Responsibilities: Expert conducted hands-on management of an R&D group that designed and developed hybrid packaging (polymer and ceramic) for microwave circuits. He also designed RF connectors for microwave communication applications and developed processes for manufacturing active devices. He developed epoxy sealing for high reliability circuit packaging.

During this time, Expert acted as a consultant to several Hewlett-Packard divisions aiding in the solutions of problems related to materials, machining, device failure, and bonding and assembly. He also developed a close die molding process for forming super plastic zinc. He coordinated several companywide workshops pertaining to metalworking and hybrid assembly processing, including cleaning and plastic packaging.
Years: 1974 to 1975 Employer: Optical Coating Laboratories Inc Title: Senior Thin Development Engineer Department: Responsibilities: Expert was responsible for yield improvement on a process for the manufacture of striped diachroic filters. He helped raise the yields from 2% to 70% during this time. His responsibilities included the grinding and polishing of the glass faceplates. He also represented OCLI to their customers to solve various thin film metal corrosion problems with single crystal silicon solar cells. Additionally, he served as corporate materials scientist responsible for thin film failure analysis and surface analysis.
Years: 1972 to 1974 Employer: Corning Glass Works Title: Senior R&D Engineer Department: Responsibilities: As Senior R&D Engineer, Expert worked closely with the development of glass finishing and cleaning processes and the design of the related production equipment. He was also involved with sheet glass quality evaluation and glass failure analysis. Additionally, he developed glass and silica machining processes.
Years: 1968 to 1972 Employer: Failure Analysis Associates Title: Associate Engineering Consultant Department: Responsibilities: Expert aided engineers with failure analysis of materials such as metals, fabrics, plastics, and ceramics.

Career Accomplishments

Associations / Societies
Expert is a Registered Professional Manufacturing Engineer in the State of California.
Licenses / Certifications
Expert holds a Diploma: Tercer Curso Pan Americano de Metalurgia, from Buenos Aires, Argentina

Language Skills

Language Proficiency
Spanish Fluent: Written and spoken

Fields of Expertise

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