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Expert in Imaging Sonar, Sonar Data Interpretation, Maritime Oil Spill Target Detection, Air Safety Search

Expert ID: 724634 Massachusetts, USA

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Expert has spent over 35 years in the science of oceanographic search and consulted on over 350 operations to locate hard-to-find submerged targets. These have included aircraft and aircraft parts, chemical toxins, spilled petroleum products, weapons, navigational obstructions, lost cargo, missing vessels, vessel parts and other high value objects. Expert has taught courses in the science of sub sea search to civilian, government and military organizations. He is the senior author of two textbooks on sonar used by domestic and international commercial and government organizations.


Expert has been involved in high profile operations such as locating the debris resulting from the TWA Flight 800 747 accident off Long Island, NY. He has also been involved in other important programs such as the search and recovery of China Airlines Flights FLT358 and FLT611 747 accidents and on Korean Airlines FLT858 707 accident. Expert has consulted on dozens of other air accidents over water including all aspects of location and recovery. He has developed and implemented techniques to remotely detect DFDR/CVR aircraft "black Boxes" acoustic beacons during sea search operations for downed aircraft, significantly reducing at-sea search time. He has consulted for aircraft manufacturers, domestic and overseas governmental transportation safety boards, aircraft engine manufacturers, aircraft owners, and airlines.


Expert has developed and implemented reliable equipment and methodologies used to map submerged regions contaminated with spilled petroleum products including number 6 & 7 heavy crude oil during the cleanup phase. He consulted on the Athos I oil spill in the Delaware River and the DBL 152 oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico after Hurricane Katrina. He has consulted on numerous ship grounding episodes by remotely locating the responsible navigational obstructions including those affecting the Queen Elizabeth II, M.V. Limar, SS Energy Enterprise, MV Anthea Y and numerous other grounding incidents. Clients have included London insurers, legal advisers, marine surveyors and ship owners.


Expert has been involved with numerous search and recovery of drowning victims and supported forensic efforts in other submerged body recovery operations. Expert has developed a variety of forensic containment systems to preserve evidence during body recovery.


Expert has been deposed in the past and is familiar with the process.

Expert’s long association with the marine search sciences has allowed him to build a strong foundation for testing and evaluating many types of sonar, sonar software and geodetic mapping instrumentation used in underwater search programs including ROVs and AUVs.


Expert can serve as an expert witness or litigation consultant in witness in litigation areas involving hydrographic surveying, sonar operations, search operations, shipping accidents, oil clean up and submerged aircraft recovery operations.


He has consulted with oceanographic manufacturing companies in the development of international businessHe has consulted with sonar manufacturers to improve their products from a user standpointHe has consulted with AUV (autonomous underwater vehicle) manufacturers to improve their acoustic imaging capabilitiesHe has consulted with oceanographic survey companies to improve their survey techniques.

Expert may consult nationally and internationally, and is also local to the following cities: Boston, Massachusetts - Worcester, Massachusetts - Lowell, Massachusetts - Cambridge, Massachusetts - Brockton, Massachusetts - New Bedford, Massachusetts - Fall River, Massachusetts - Lynn, Massachusetts - Manchester, New Hampshire - Providence, Rhode Island

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Education

Year Degree Subject Institution
Year: 1973 Degree: BA Subject: Marine Biology Institution: Windham College

Work History

Years Employer Title Department Responsibilities
Years: 1981 to 1982 Employer: West Indies Marine Laboratory/NOAA Title: Operations Director, Hydrolab Subsea Habitat Department: Responsibilities: Responsible for all personnel, safety systems, diving operations, hyperbaric chamber operations and Habitat systems
Years: 1976 to 1981 Employer: Benthos, Inc Title: Sales Engineer Department: Responsibilities: Sales and field engineering for all deep ocean camera systems, installed systems on submarines

Government Experience

Years Agency Role Description
Years: 1981 to 1982 Agency: NOAA Role: Operations Director Description: Responsible for all personnel, safety systems, diving operations, hyperbaric chamber operations and Habitat systems.

International Experience

Years Country / Region Summary
Years: 1980 to Present Country / Region: Far East Summary: He has travelled extensively to the Far East and worked with oceanographic companies.
Years: 1980 to Present Country / Region: Europe Summary: He has travelled extensively to Europe and worked with oceanographic companies
Years: 1990 to Present Country / Region: South America Summary: Has travelled to various countries in South America

Career Accomplishments

Associations / Societies
International Association of Air Safety Investigators
Licenses / Certifications
NOAA Certified Recompression Chamber Operator
Professional Appointments
Chairman of the Board, Draper Brothers Company
Publications and Patents Summary
Has 16 publications and two recent books in imaging sonar science

Additional Experience

Expert Witness Experience
Expert has been deposed in the past and is familiar with the process.
Training / Seminars
Has taught seminars on deep ocean optical imaging, sonar imaging, air safety where accidents are over water, taught classes to US Navy SEALS in support of acoustic imaging prior to amphibious assault, numerous other sonar imaging courses
Vendor Selection
Expert has the experience of locating vendors of remote sensing equipment, sonar systems and software, proton and cesium magnetometers and software, Autonomous Underwater Vehicles, mooring systems, scientific marine instrumentation, search and recovery equipment, forensic containment systems.
Marketing Experience
Expert’s long association with the marine search sciences has allowed him to build a strong foundation for testing and evaluating many types of sonar, sonar software and geodetic mapping instrumentation used in underwater search programs including ROVs and AUVs..
Other Relevant Experience
Expert has experience in working in many countries in the regions of Austral-Asia, South America and Western Europe

Language Skills

Language Proficiency
Japanese Comprehension only on a basic level
French Only on a basic level

Fields of Expertise

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