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Expert in Forensic Engineering, Naval Architecture, Ship Appraisals and Salvage, Human Factors, and Vehicle Design and Operations

Expert ID: 733618 New Jersey, USA

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Expert is the President of a marine consulting firm that has been in continuous operation since 1875. He has consulted for hundreds of maritime companies ranging from underwriters, to attorneys, to shipowners, to shipbuilders, to terminal operators on all aspects of maritime design and operations. His specialty is the resolution of rapidly developing instabilities with regard to issues such as emerging technologies, criminal investigations, bankruptcies or operational failures.

Expert has consulted on the execution of salvage projects with responsibility for the design of salvage approach and methods in collisions, sinkings and groundings. Expert has conducted analyses of the change in oil outflow and structural aspects, including expert testimony. Expert has consulted to owners and underwriters of some of the world's largest yachts with regard to complex damage issues. Expert has consulted on the application of Computer-Aided Design systems in naval architecture.He has consulted on the design and construction supervision of a wide variety of sailing and power yachts.

Expert may consult nationally and internationally, and is also local to the following cities: New York, New York - Yonkers, New York - Newark, New Jersey - Jersey City, New Jersey - Paterson, New Jersey - Elizabeth, New Jersey - Bridgeport, Connecticut - New Haven, Connecticut - Stamford, Connecticut - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

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Year Degree Subject Institution
Year: 1982 Degree: Bachelor of Science Subject: Aerospace and Ocean Engineering Institution: Virginia Tech

Work History

Years Employer Title Department Responsibilities
Years: 1988 to Present Employer: Undisclosed Title: President Department: Responsibilities: From 2011 to present, Expert has been President, Senior Partner and Senior Consultant at this longstanding maritime consultancy, where his responsibilities include forensic engineering, human factors, vehicle design and operations, ship salvage and appraisals, structural surveys, naval architecture and project management. He served the firm as VP of Partner from 1993 to 2011 and as Engineering and Marine Consultant from 1987 to 1993.
Years: 1984 to 1987 Employer: Johan Valentijn, Inc. Title: Chief Engineer Department: Responsibilities: Expert served this high-technology design and engineering firm in Newport, Rhode Island, with responsibilities in the conception and implementation of a variety of design projects. These projects included maritime and industrial design; coordinating on-site research projects; construction management; and the design and supervision of computer facilities.
Years: 1982 to 1984 Employer: American Bureau of Shipping Title: Ocean Engineer and Surveyor Department: Responsibilities: Expert provided analyses and certification for fixed offshore structures. He also conducted final technical machinery approvals for every vessel and rig approved by the organization during that period. He also approved the computerization of the flow of plan approvals throughout the machinery department.

Career Accomplishments

Associations / Societies
Fellow, National Academy of Forensic Engineers
Fellow, Society of Naval Architects and Marine Engineers
New York Section Papers Committee Chair (1992-94)
New York Section Executive Committee (1992-94)
1994 Ship Operations Symposium Steering Committee
Member Ad Hoc Panel #6 - Structural Response of Tankers to Collisions and Groundings (1999-2004)
Member PE Licensing Committee (1999-present)
Member Technical and Research Steering Committee (2002-present)
Chairman Ship Repair and Conversion Technical Committee (2002-08)
Chairman pro tem ADHOC Panel 14 - OWS (2005-06)
Member Small Craft Technical Committee (2005-present)
Member Human Factors Technical Committee (2005-present)
Chairman Environmental Management Technical Committee (2009-present)
Member (MT) Editorial Committee (2012-present)
Senior Member, American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics
Member, Society of Marine Port Engineers of New York
Member, Human Factors and Ergonomics Society
Member, National Society of Professional Engineers
Member, American Boat and Yacht Council
Associate Member of the Association of Average Adjusters of the United States
Annual Subscriber to the British Association of Average Adjusters
Life member, United States Naval Institute
Licenses / Certifications
Registered Professional Engineer in the State of New York (1989).
Board Certified Diplomate in Forensic Engineering by NAFE, accredited by the Council of Engineering and Scientific Specialty Boards (1993).
CO-OP certificate for completing the University's work-study program at MAR, Inc., Rockville, MD (1982).
Certified Qualified Individual for the Oil Pollution Act of 1990 and proven competent at the level of OSHA 24-Hour On-Scene Commander as per 29 CFR 1910.120(q) at Massachusetts Maritime Academy's Center for Marine Environmental Protection and Safety (1994).
Awards / Recognition
2014 New Jersey Council of County Vocational - Technical Schools (Monmouth County Vocational School District) Business Partner of the Year Award
1983 Society of Naval Architects and Marine Engineers Student Paper Award
1982 American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics/Soaring Society of America national sailplane student design award, Second Place
Publications and Patents Summary
Expert has a number of technical publications regarding ship concept and design principles; marine technology; shipyards; damage causes and effects; commercial vessel issues; computer-aided design; yacht design; surveying; naval architecture and human factors; and many other related fields.

Additional Experience

Expert Witness Experience
Expert has testified numerous times in federal, international and state courts and arbitrations on a wide variety of subject within his expertise. His expert witness services have leveraged his wide knowledge of naval architecture and engineering.
Training / Seminars
Expert has organized and taught at a wide variety of seminars on subject such as marine insurance, marine environmental protection, crew training, and decision-making.

Language Skills

Language Proficiency
Dutch Fluent
French Working knowledge
German Working knowledge

Fields of Expertise

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