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Expert in Forensic Engineering, Metallurgy and Materials Engineering, Failure Analysis

Expert ID: 724275 Rhode Island, USA

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As a metallurgist and Professor of Engineering, he has taught about the microstructural design of cast irons and the properties associated with each microstructure. He has also investigated failures of cast iron components under varied service conditions.

As a metallurgist and Professor of Engineering, he has taught the basic concepts of corrosion in water, soil, and the atmosphere. He has investigated corrosion failures - both ferrous and non-ferrous - under actual service conditions and has provided consultation to various industrial and governmental agencies in that regard.

As a metallurgist and Professor of Engineering, he has taught about heat treatment and the microstructural design of ferrous alloys and the mechanical properties associated with those microstructures. He has investigated ferrous metal failures under various service conditions and advised on methods to prevent such failures.

As a registered/licensed Professional Engineer and Professor of Engineering, he has applied the physical sciences to matters which might be subject to litigation -- a Dr. Quincy without the blood and gore. He has testified in over 175 trials in state and Federal courts in many jurisdictions in the US - both civil and criminal - those cases where the Physical Sciences reveal what has happened and why it has happened.

He performed his Sc.D. research on the martensitic transformation in Fe-Ni-C alloys and in particular on the nucleation of Martensite. As a metallurgist and Professor of Engineering, he has taught about Martensitic Transformations.

As a registered/licensed Professional Engineer, he has investigated the failure of non-metallic as well as metallic materials under actual service conditions as to the cause of that failure and the means for preventing that type of failure in the future. As a metallurgist/materials Engineer and Professor of Engineering, he has taught about the properties of materials and their failures.

As a metallurgist and Professor of Engineering, he has taught about the mechanical behavior of metals and alloys, how mechanical and thermal treatment create the microstructures which determine those behaviors, and about the failures of those materials under actual service conditions. He has provided consultation and advice to industry and government agencies in that regard.

As a registered/licensed Professional Engineer as well as a Professor of Engineering, he has taught about the design of products and has investigated the product failures in the field. He has provided advice and consultation to industry and government agencies in that regard and has testified in over 175 trials in many of which product liability was a key issue.

He did forensic engineering relative to failure of bricks on facade of building at Naval Underwater Warfare Center, Newport, RIHe did forensic engineering on cause of helicopter crash on top of PanAm Building in New York City for Lloyds of London and NY Airways.He did forensic engineering on cause of fatal gas explosion on behalf of New York City .He did forensic engineering work on multiple gas explosions in Rhode Island on behalf of the Public Utilities Commission, State Fire Marshal, local municipalities, and insurance carriers. He did forensic engineering on failures of orthopedic and vascular biomedical implants.

Expert may consult nationally and internationally, and is also local to the following cities: Boston, Massachusetts - Worcester, Massachusetts - Springfield, Massachusetts - Lowell, Massachusetts - Cambridge, Massachusetts - New Haven, Connecticut - Hartford, Connecticut - Waterbury, Connecticut - Manchester, New Hampshire - Providence, Rhode Island

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Year Degree Subject Institution
Year: 1963 Degree: Sc.D. Subject: Metallurgy Institution: MIT
Year: 1957 Degree: BS Subject: Metallurgy Institution: MIT

Work History

Years Employer Title Department Responsibilities
Years: 1957 to Present Employer: Undisclosed Title: President Department: Responsibilities: President - administration and consulting and forensic engineering
Years: 1963 to 1998 Employer: Brown University Title: Professor Department: Engineering Responsibilities: Teaching and research in metallurgical and materials engineering

Government Experience

Years Agency Role Description
Years: 1968 to 1970 Agency: US Naval Applied Science Laboratories Role: Consultant - metallurgy and materials Description: Consulted with scientists on ongoing projects at labs.
Years: 1971 to 1981 Agency: US Army Materials & Mechanics Research Center Role: Consultant - metallurgy and materials Description: Consulted with scientists and engineers on ongoing AMMRC projects

International Experience

Years Country / Region Summary
Years: 1965 to 1965 Country / Region: Italy Summary: On site evaluation of quality of steep pipe being produced by Italian steel mill (Pisa) under 6 M$ contract to US firm

Career Accomplishments

Associations / Societies
Fellow, National Academy of Forensic Engineers Fellow Institute of Materials (UK) Fellow, American Institute of Chemists Fellow, American Society of Forensic Examiners American Society for Metals The Metallurgical Society (AIME) American Society for Testing & Materials National Society of Professional Engineers RI Society of Professional Engineers Providence Engineering Society
Licenses / Certifications
Professional Engineer, Massachusetts
Professional Engineer, Rhode Island
Professional Engineer, Connecticut
Professional Appointments
Professor Emeritus of Engineering, Brown University, Providence, RI
Awards / Recognition
Outstanding Young Educators Award, American Society for Engineering Education
Sauveur Memorial Award, American Society for Metals
Freeman Award, Providence Engineering Society
Engineer of the Year Award, RI Society of Professional Engineers
Publications and Patents Summary
Books - Introduction to the Science of Metals
125 papers in scientific and technical journals

Fields of Expertise

cast iron, gray iron, corrosion, ferrous metallurgy, steel, forensic engineering, forensic materials failure analysis, martensitic transformation, materials failure, nonferrous metal failure analysis, metal mechanical behavior, product failure, stray, NACE International, iron metallurgy, nonferrous metal heat treatment, ferrous metal heat treatment, ferrous metal annealing, nonferrous metal annealing, noncorrosive, medical device corrosion, crystallinity, crystal structure determination, pipeline corrosion, metal coating corrosion, crystallographic, American Iron and Steel Institute, Bravais-Miller index, corrosion fatigue, nonferrous alloy, ferrous metal corrosion inhibitor, nonferrous metal corrosion, nonferrous metal corrosion inhibitor, chloride corrosion, nearest neighbor, sulfur corrosion, storage tank corrosion, crystal system, weld corrosion, steam generation equipment corrosion, iron heat treatment, ferrous metal melting, ferrous metal casting, automobile corrosion, nonferrous metal corrosion chemistry, ferrous metal corrosion chemistry, corrosion chemistry, metal material selection, aqueous corrosion, accident analysis, materials selection, iron alloy corrosion, crystallization, nonferrous metal casting, specific material corrosion, crevice corrosion, alkali corrosion, accident reconstruction, corrosion resistance, X-ray crystallography, ferrous structural component, corrosion protection, crystallography, nonferrous metal, uniform corrosion, stress corrosion, pitting, marine corrosion, localized corrosion, iron alloy, metal embrittlement, crystalline structure, corrosion prevention, copper alloy, atmospheric corrosion, acidic corrosion, accident investigation

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