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Expert in Marine: Diesel, Gasoline, Natural Gas Fueled Engines, Heavy Duty Equipment, Power Co-generation

Expert ID: 724853 California, USA

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Expert has studied and worked with most types of engines and engine systems throughout his career. His focus has been in operations, maintenance, reliability and failure investigations and analysis. Engine systems includes all of the ancillary equipment that it takes to support the engine, including control, fuel, air, power transmission, exhaust systems and treatments, and cooling systems for vehicle, marine and stationary equipment. Expert takes a hands on approach, coupled with manufactures documentation to resolve problems with machinery.

Expert has been very successful with assisting clients with finding RD funding within both state and federal agency's. Expert has headed up many proposal teams for successful proposals in the Small Business Innovative Research (SBIR), California Energy Commission(CEC), National Renewable Energy Lab(NREL),Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)South Coast Air Quality Management District (SCAQMD)Tank Automotive Command (TACOM)and others.

Expert has conducted reliability studies and developed maintenance programs for variety of heavy duty trucks powered by natural gas (CNG and LNG) Some of the vehicles were dual fuel (diesel & natural gas)powered development programs.

Expert has worked with clients by identifying appropriates test equipment including dynos from 2hp to 600hp. He also has advised on the establishing proper test protocols and maintenance for the equipment

Expert has developed or has been the leader in developing specific maintenance procedures for a wide variety of mechanical and electronic control systems for sea, land, hover craft equipment. Expert headed up a team that developed and video taped a blade change out procedure for an LM2500 marine gas turbine engine. Expert's supervised and developed calibration procedures for the Navy Landing Craft Air Cushion (LCAC)propulsion and electric power generation program. Expert has investigated equipment failures that were the result of improper maintenance and or operations and developed "get well" operations maintenance programs based on trend analysis.

Expert has developed what seems to be a unique approach to understanding equipment failures. The process includes forensic analysis of all of the evidence, operation, manufacturers documentation, recall history. When one studies failure you must start simple and go complex. You must use all available resources required as is cost effective to determine the root cause. Once the cause is understood determine how to effectively work around the failure and prevent recurrence.

Expert is investigating the catastrophic failure of a DDC 12V92 marine main propulsion engine. The engine was repaired/overhauled and suffered a broken connecting rod and severe damage to the crankshaft due to improper repair of the crankshaft. Expert is investigating a gear train failure in 60 Series Detroit Diesel engine powering a Metro Transit bus. The engine failed shortly after a major overhaul due to an engine gear train timing issue. Expert is currently investigating the effects of gasoline being introduced into diesel fuel tanks and subsequently causing damage to several heavy duty diesel engines. Expert has been retained by a defendant repair company in an alleged Carbon Monoxide poisoning of the owner/driver of the over the road tractor. The claim includes failure to properly reinstall the engine exhaust system after the engine was removed for overhaul. Expert has been retained to investigate excessive failures in six International heavy-duty trucks located in the Sacramento area. Failures include engine, electronic and emission control systems, causing the fleet owner to suffer business losses due to the non-availability of the trucks.

Expert may consult nationally and internationally, and is also local to the following cities: Los Angeles, California - San Diego, California - Long Beach, California - Santa Ana, California - Anaheim, California - Riverside, California - Glendale, California - Huntington Beach, California - San Bernardino, California - Chula Vista, California

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Education

Year Degree Subject Institution
Year: 1983 Degree: none Subject: Marine Engineering Institution: US Navy

Work History

Years Employer Title Department Responsibilities
Years: 2003 to Present Employer: Undisclosed Title: President/Forensic Engineering Investigator Department: Responsibilities: Expert is conducting forensic engineering and due-diligence investigative services, and providing engineering damage and loss appraisals. He is also providing business development services for a variety of clients including identifying state and federal grant money for programs, providing engineering and procurement services for engine test cell equipment, and facilities. Expert is also providing technical oversight in the restoration, operation and maintenance of a poorly designed 1.2-megawatt cogeneration system.
Years: 2000 to 2003 Employer: Clean Air Partners, Inc. Title: Manager Special Projects Department: Responsibilities: He was responsible for program and project, contract management and facilities security. Conducting reliability and maintainability investigation, conducting failure modes, effects and analysis, providing forensic engineering and investigative services both internally and externally to CAP. The internal investigations conducted included natural gas fuel injection systems and Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) Storage systems as found in heavy duty truck applications.
Years: 1993 to 2000 Employer: BKM, Inc. Title: Manager Special Projects Department: Responsibilities: Responsible for program and project management, contract management, new business development and facilities security. Developing new business in Dual Fuel Engines (diesel & natural gas) and direct, high-pressure gasoline fuel injection systems for two-cycle engines for a variety of customers. Directly responsible for over $8 million in state and federal grants and contract funding from various OEM, s). Conducting reliability and maintainability investigation, conducting failure modes, effects and critical analysis, providing forensic engineering and investigative services and due diligence studies to a diverse client base (4 major cases). These cases range from rubber tired cranes, aftermarket automotive devices, automotive systems and large power plants. Providing systems engineering expertise on large engineered systems such as cogeneration power plants using large reciprocating and gas turbine engines as prime movers. Program Manager for a US Navy contract for the Shipboard Gage Calibration Program, providing technical and documentation support to US Navy Calibration Teams.
Years: 1991 to 1992 Employer: RCI Title: Director Department: Responsibilities: He provided project management and technical expertise in developing and producing highly technical documentation for a new Marine Gas Turbine propulsion system and 2,000 KW diesel generator sets. Provided forensic engineering investigative services to the U.S. Navy and provided recommendations as to Government potential for financial responsibility as claimed by the ship builder
Years: 1983 to 1991 Employer: Advanced Technology Inc. Title: Field Office Manager Department: Marine Engineering Responsibilities: He was Responsible for field office management, marketing, project management and client relations. Development and management of various Marine Gas Turbine, Diesel Engine, Automated Control Systems and cogeneration programs including the RACER cogeneration propulsion system being developed for the US Navy by Solar Turbines Inc. These programs included operations, reliability, maintenance and training programs.
Years: 1963 to 1983 Employer: United States Navy Title: Senior Chief Petty Officer Department: Responsibilities: Expert enjoyed a very successful 20-year career, serving on various ships and shore stations, including a three-year tour as Senior Member of the Gas Turbine Mobile Training Team, evaluating ship’s Engineering Department readiness and conducting in-depth material condition inspections on both diesel and gas turbine powered ships. Other noteworthy duties included a four-year tour teaching diesel engine propulsion systems and a brown water tour in Viet Nam with Coastal River Division 113.

Government Experience

Years Agency Role Description
Years: 1963 to 1983 Agency: US Navy Role: Senior Chief Petty Officer Description: He enjoyed a very successful 20-year career, serving on various ships and shore stations, including a three-year tour as Senior Member of the Gas Turbine Mobile Training Team, evaluating ship’s Engineering Department readiness and conducting in-depth material condition inspections on both diesel and gas turbine powered ships. Other noteworthy duties included a four-year tour teaching diesel engine propulsion systems and a brown water tour in Viet Nam with Coastal River Division 113.

Additional Experience

Expert Witness Experience
He has testified in 2 trials
He has provided testimony in 8 depositions
He has participated in 2 settlement confernces
He is very experienced in deposition process (both being deposed and assisting attorneys with technical issues
He has conducted 15 major forensic engineering investigations
Training / Seminars
He taught marine diesel & engineering for four years. including curriculum development and training aids for the US Navy.
He was assigned to various shipboard training staffs for gas turbine and diesel propulsion systems, including Fairbanks Morse and Colt Pielstick engines.
While with Advanced technology and RCI He was responsible for the development of various maintenance and operations training programs of calibration of highly complex electronic control systems and the development of video training materials
Vendor Selection
He has and currently is providing engineering and procurement services for engine test cell equipment, and facilities.
Expert is also providing technical oversight in the restoration, operation and maintenance of a poorly designed 1.2-megawatt cogeneration system.
Consulting with the San Diego Maritime Museum in the restoration of diesel propulsion systems PCF 816 & M/V Surprise
Marketing Experience
20 + years in commercial and government business development
Other Relevant Experience
40 + years Commercial and Naval Engineering Experience
20 + years in commercial and government business development
20+ years program and project management experience
20+ years’ experience in the operations and maintenance of gas turbine engines used as prime movers (marine & generator sets)
30+ years working in and around industrial and ship yard environments
35+ years’ experience in the operations and maintenance of diesel engines (marine & automotive & heavy-duty trucks and equipment
35+ years of installed firefighting equipment operations and maintenance
15+ years’ experience with spark ignited natural gas fueled engines (cogeneration applications)
15+ years working with various engine exhaust emission control devices and systems testing, including diesel, natural gas, dual fuel (diesel & natural gas) and gasoline fueled engines
10+ years’ experience with dual fuel (CNG & LNG), piloted ignition engines (power generation & automotive)
15 + years of civilian litigation experience
20 years in military engineering investigation
Experienced in deposition process (both being deposed and assisting)
4 years classroom teaching environment 53 & 71 series Detroit Diesel engines
10 years’ experience with shipboard training staff for gas turbine and diesel propulsion systems, including Fairbanks Morse and Colt Pielstick engines
4 major military and civilian courses involving developing and managing equipment maintenance programs.
Courses in reliability and maintainability programs.
40+ years hands-on experience


Fields of Expertise

automotive engine, automotive diesel engine operation specification, combustion engine, compression-ignition engine, diesel engine, diesel standby generator, diesel-electric energy generation, equipment, gas turbine technology, gasoline engine, marine diesel engine, marine engine, marine engineering, marine propulsion, marine propulsion system, gas-turbine generator, cogeneration, business development, compressed natural gas vehicle, diesel engine test facility, equipment specific maintenance, marine machinery, failure analysis, trade secret misappropriation, cargo vessel, natural gas marketing, heavy duty equipment, automobile damage appraisal, diesel fuel additive, Environmental Protection Agency test procedure, gas transmission, automotive combustion, business management, underwater propulsion, gas turbine engine pollution control, gas turbine seal, jet fuel additive, peak shaving, marine industry, natural gas energy efficiency, diesel standby electricity generation, engine selection, distillation equipment, saltwater corrosion, heavy duty diesel truck motor oil, heavy duty diesel truck lubricating oil, heavy duty diesel truck lubricant, heavy duty diesel truck filter, corrosion failure analysis, water vehicle HVAC system, engineering economics, industrial boiler system, steam turbine failure analysis, power generation system, fuel, combined-cycle turbine, air-pollution management equipment, energy-efficient evaporation, steam electric energy generation, energy-efficient engine, energy-efficient boiler cogeneration, energy-efficient steam turbine, energy-efficient physical process, waste-heat recovery, energy-efficient high-speed diesel engine generator, advanced vehicle control system, heat generation, air pollution process, compressed air, amphibious vehicle, process-heat transfer, steam, gas turbine electric energy generation, emission process, diesel engine specification, gasoline engine specification, electrical equipment, marine waterjet, steam turbine, steam pipe, spray combustion, propane engine, natural gas, mobile power generation, lubricant additive, liquefied natural gas, fuel oil, emission measurement, electric motor, cooling tower, boiler, boiler furnace, automotive maintenance, aircraft engine, air motor

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