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Expert in HVAC and Refrigeration, Process Piping and Plumbing, Cleanroom Design, Hazard Occupancies, and Codes and Standards

Expert ID: 731761 Arizona, USA

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Expert Provides Project Design and Management Consulting, Forensic Analysis and Litigation Consulting and Mentoring & Advanced Education. With more than 35 years of experience as a professional engineer, he is an internationally recognized authority on assessing, evaluating, conceptualizing and remediating complex project design, construction and operational issues related to the built environment. He has analyzed and designed hundreds of projects including commercial office buildings, healthcare facilities, institutional laboratories, and clean manufacturing facilities for the semiconductor and related advanced technology industries. Expert has significant experience as an expert analyst of building system design and construction, environmental system control failures, code compliance issues and cause/effect relationships of performance issues related to the built environment. As a forensic analyst, litigation consultant and expert witness, he has represented plaintiffs, defendants and their insurers in a variety of domestic and international venues with litigation values to greater than $250MM US. Forensic assignments have included projects dealing with, Heating, Ventilating and Air-conditioning (HVAC) systems, Cleanrooms and other critically controlled environments, Alleged exposures to chemicals in the work environment, Industrial ventilation systems, Process piping and plumbing systems, Energy management/control systems, Commercial/industrial refrigeration systems, Fires and explosions, Exposure to Legionella, and Standard of care for design and construction professionals.

Expert’s experience as an engineer, project manager and design firm principal covers the spectrum from programming, to conceptual design, facility evaluation and optimization, design and development of construction documents, start-up and commissioning and construction phase support. Based upon this experience, he provides project consulting services; acting as an owner’s agent or extension of the staff of the designer and/or builder of complex projects. His services span the range from peer review of the design, to code compliance consulting, value engineering, sustainability and energy use evaluation and performance optimization recommendations. His pragmatic approach to both project consulting and forensic/litigation consulting is the result of real-world experience and many years as a trainer in professional and academic settings. His ability to explain complex issues in a manner that is understandable to students, entry level engineers, managers and non-technical audiences is key to his success in the consulting environment.

As an adjunct instructor, he delivers public and private seminars and workshops through their continuing education programs on topics including mechanical system design, project management and code compliance for advanced technology facilities. He was the “Eminent Scholar” in Cleanroom Design at the Universities School of Construction, the only non-academic ever appointed by the DEWSC to this position. He was responsible for development and presentation of the mechanical engineering and code compliance portions of the curriculum for the graduate level course CON 598 “Design and Construction of Cleanrooms”. He has been involved since the inception of CREATE “Construction Research and Education for Advanced Technology Environments” at the University. This organization is charged with research and development related to the design and construction of advanced technology facilities. As an adjunct instructor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at the University, he lectures on the analysis and design of environmental control systems (HVAC) for buildings.

Expert may consult nationally and internationally, and is also local to the following cities: Phoenix, Arizona - Tucson, Arizona - Mesa, Arizona - Glendale, Arizona - Scottsdale, Arizona - Chandler, Arizona - Tempe, Arizona - Gilbert, Arizona - Peoria, Arizona

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Year Degree Subject Institution
Year: 1971 Degree: BS, ME Subject: Mechanical Engineering Institution: University of Arizona

Work History

Years Employer Title Department Responsibilities
Years: 1999 to Present Employer: Undisclosed Title: Principal Department: Undisclosed Responsibilities: Founder and Principal Engineer
Years: 2007 to Present Employer: Undisclosed Title: Visiting Lecturer/Adjunct Department: Undisclosed Responsibilities:
Years: 1996 to Present Employer: Undisclosed Title: Adjunct Professor Department: Undisclosed Responsibilities:
Years: 1978 to 1980 Employer: Undisclosed Title: Chief Mechanical Engineer and VP Department: Undisclosed Responsibilities: Chief Mechanical Engineer and Vice President. Started mechanical engineering department in a civil and structural engineering firm. Responsible for all aspects of the department from hiring and training of technical staff to development of technical standards. Developed or consulted with design staff on conceptual designs, development of construction documents through construction administration services including final acceptance and start-up. Clients included Corps of Engineers, Department of Navy, Department of Energy, IBM, Burr Brown Research Corp., W.L. Gore Manufacturing, Universities, local architectural firms, mining companies, etc.
Years: 1974 to 1983 Employer: Undisclosed Title: Adjunct Department: Undisclosed Responsibilities: Visiting Lecturer, College of Architecture. Retained to teach the HVAC segment of the building systems course to 3rd year architecture students. Developed course curriculum. Approximately 100 students per semester.
Years: 1973 to 1978 Employer: Undisclosed Title: HVAC Engineer and VP Department: Undisclosed Responsibilities: 1973 to 1978 – HVAC Engineer and Vice President. As a design engineer, was responsible for calculations, selection of systems and components and development of control strategies for HVAC systems for a variety of commercial, institutional and industrial projects. Registered as a Professional Mechanical (by examination) July 1976. Progressed to the position of Vice President responsible for technically challenging design projects from concept development through project start-up. Clients included Corps of Engineers, Department of the Navy,
Years: 1971 to 1972 Employer: Texaco Inc. Title: Undisclosed Department: Undisclosed Responsibilities:

Career Accomplishments

Associations / Societies
ASHRAE – Fellow (status reached by less than 1% of members), Past Treasurer College of Fellows, past President of Tucson Chapter, Alliance for Construction Excellence – Arizona State University, American Consulting Engineers Council, National Academy of Forensic Engineers, National Society of Professional Engineers, Forensic Expert Witness Association, Tau Beta Pi, National Engineering Honorary Society, Forensic Expert Witness Association
Licenses / Certifications
Expert is registered as a Professional Mechanical Engineer in the States of Arizona, California, Colorado, Illinois, Iowa, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Mexico, Oregon, Texas and Utah. He is also registered with the National Council of Examiners for Engineering and Surveying.
Awards / Recognition
Valley Forward “Award of Merit” for Environmental Excellence - Motorola MOS 21 wafer fab; Arizona Consulting Engineers Association's “Outstanding Technological Achievement Award” for Design of AFC 1000 Flow Control Damper; Arizona Consulting Engineers Association's “Technical Excellence Award for Mechanical Engineering” for Motorola's MOS 12 Wafer Fab Facility; Arizona Consulting Engineers Association's “Technical Excellence Award for Mechanical Engineering” for Motorola's MOS 6 Wafer Fab Facility; Electric League's “Energy Efficient Building Award” for Motorola's Wafer Fab Facility; Electric League's “Energy Efficient Building Award” for AEC's office building.
Publications and Patents Summary
Expert has 10 publications and 1 patent.

Additional Experience

Expert Witness Experience
Expert has extensive experience with expert witness work. Some examples include forensic evaluation and expert representation of an A/E firm, code compliance and HVAC system design deficiencies of a multi-story science and chemistry laboratory building and forensic reconstruction of historical facilities. These are only some of the several cases/projects he has worked on.
Training / Seminars
Expert has presented numerous seminars and workshops (varying in length from two hours to three days) including the subjects of Forensic Engineering, Hazardous Occupancy Code Compliance, technical subjects (such as thermodynamics, air handling and distribution, environmental control systems, hydraulics, etc.) related to the design of advanced technology manufacturing and research and development facilities for: Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ: Adjunct Instructor associated with the development of curriculum for graduate level course Con 598 “Design and Construction of Cleanrooms” in the Del E. Webb School of Construction, College of Engineering. Instructs in the area of cleanroom design, contamination control theory and strategies for HVAC systems and overall facility organization. In addition, he teaches the module “Code Compliance for Hazardous Occupancies”. University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ: Adjunct Instructor in a team teaching program for AME 442 – Fundamentals of Environmental Control Systems. This course has been delivered in the AME department by the team. Project Manager Development Program (PMDP) – through association with ASU, instruction and team development leader for facilities design and construction project managers for Intel. This is a combined distance learning and one week hands-on workshop to develop the analytical and problem solving skills of new project managers for advanced technology facilities worldwide. This program is currently in its fifth year. Forensic Engineering Analysis of HVAC Systems – Why HVAC Systems Go Wrong – presented at the National Academy of Forensic Engineers Summer Seminar. SESHA/IHTESH Symposium – Disaster Preparedness Roundtable – presented discussion of several large losses incurred by semiconductor and similar advanced manufacturing clients that resulted not only in business interruption, but significant out-of pocket expenses. Case studies addressed: 1. Fire in wafer fab – catastrophic losses, business interruption, lengthy litigation, 2. Fire in flat panel display manufacturing facility catastrophic losses, business interruption, lengthy litigation, 3. Chemical leak in wafer fab -catastrophic losses, business interruption, lengthy litigation, 4. Alleged unsafe environments in wafer fabs result in employee claims and protracted lawsuits. Peer Review vs. Litigation Consultant Services for Your Project – Seminar presented by Mesch Clark Rothschild to construction industry attendees – owner, contractors and design professionals.

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