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Expert in Materials Science and Engineering; Mechanical Design

Expert ID: 736608 Indiana, USA

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Expert is a Registered Engineer in Indiana. He graduated from Valparaiso University with a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering with a second major in Chemistry, and then from The University of Notre Dame with a Master of Materials Science and Engineering. His thesis was on crystallographic texture development during thermo-mechanical processing (isothermal forging) of a titanium aluminide alloy. This project involved extensive x-ray diffraction, microstructure analysis and fractography.

He performed materials R&D at Honeywell Aerospace for 33 years, where he collaborated with leading US and Canadian universities to develop novel electroplate and anodic coatings, antioxidant coatings for carbon-carbon, mechanical property mechanistic models and tribological solutions for a wide range of products. Now he owns a LLC, a consulting and R&D firm, and is an Adjunct Assistant Research Professor. He is currently engaged in materials selection and failure analysis for agricultural machinery, and research on electrowetting of nano porous materials. He has collaborated on proposals for work on additive manufacturing of ceramic matrix composites and on neutron damage in graphite. He holds 15 patents and has authored and coauthored 46 papers in the peer reviewed literature. He has delivered professional development seminars to technical societies on the subjects of: Electrochemical Corrosion Theory; Ashby Methods of Materials Selection for Design; Building Win-Win Company-University Collaborations; 19th Century Iron and Steel Making.

Expert may consult nationally and internationally, and is also local to the following cities: Elkhart, IN - Chicago, IL - Detroit, MI

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Education

Year Degree Subject Institution
Year: 1995 Degree: MS Subject: Materials Science and Engineering Institution: University of Notre Dame
Year: 1986 Degree: BSME Subject: Mechanical Engineering and Chemistry Institution: Valparaiso University

Work History

Years Employer Title Department Responsibilities
Years: 2020 to Present Employer: Undisclosed Title: Adjunct Assistant Research Professor Department: Mechanical Science an Engineering Responsibilities: Proposal writing for research funding in the areas of neutron damage to nuclear graphite and additive manufacturing of ceramic matrix composites. The primary emphasis is on mechanical fracture behavior.
Years: 2020 to Present Employer: Undisclosed Title: President Department: Responsibilities: Consulting firm working in the areas of materials selection, failure analysis, wear, corrosion, erosion, materials characterization/testing, and electro-imbibition of fluids in nano porous solids.
Years: 1987 to 2020 Employer: Honeywell Aerospace Title: Principal Engineer Department: Advanced Technology Responsibilities: Responsible for materials development from TRL 1 to 6 to support the mechanical design organization. Worked on implementing ceramic materials and probabilistic modeling; materials characterization (tensile, fatigue, fracture toughness, fatigue crack growth, creep, stress corrosion cracking); coatings and their influence on mechanical corrosion and wear properties; manufacturing and process problem resolution. Developed design data and acceptance test procedures for titanium springs. Developed probabilistic method of specifying ceramic materials to reduce Expert actions. Developed critical materials technology for the JSF F-35B STOVL aircraft trust vectoring system (second highest risk component on aircraft). Investigated the influence of anodic coatings on fatigue strength loss in aluminum and magnesium alloys.

International Experience

Years Country / Region Summary
Years: 1989 to Present Country / Region: Canada Summary: Research collaboration with the University of Calgary on electrochemistry for over 30 years. Obtained funding from NSERC for research work on electroformed materials.

Career Accomplishments

Associations / Societies
ASM International, twice Notre Dame Chapter Chairman, former member of Technical Books committee.
Licenses / Certifications
Professional Engineer (Indiana)
Professional Appointments
Adjunct Assistant Research Professor of Mechanical Science and Engineering, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
Awards / Recognition
STLE - Walter D. Hodson Award (twice)
Honeywell Technical Achievement Award: Chrome replacement electroplate coating development.
STLE Tribology Transactions, Surface Engineering Best Paper Award
Honeywell Technical Achievement Award
AlliedSignal Technical Achievement Award, “For outstanding contribution to AlliedSignal Inc. in the field of Advanced Materials for Low Lubricity Metering and Actuation Applications.”

First Place and Highest Technical Content awards for senior project presentation, American Society of Mechanical Engineers, Region VI Student Member Competition. Topic: Computer Aided Chromatography.
Publications and Patents Summary
Expert has authored or coauthored 45 papers in the peer reviewed literature and holds 15 patents. Publications are in the areas of mechanical behavior of materials, electrochemical corrosion, electrochemical coatings, oxidation of graphite, tribology (wear and erosion). Patents are for aerospace engine accessories and braking system components.

Additional Experience

Training / Seminars
Ashby methods for material selection and design (ASM)
Steel Making from 1850-1920 (ASM, ACS, ASME, AIChE)
Corrosion, a historical to state of the art approach based on the Evans’ electrochemical theory. (ASM)
Invited lecturer at the University of Calgary and Notre Dame on creating win-win University-Industry collaborations.
Materials nomenclature, University of Calgary chemistry seminar.
Taught Senior Design Project, Materials Science and Engineering, Notre Dame. Materials for diffusion barriers.
Marketing Experience
Experienced writing proposals to government (US DOE, US DOD, Canadian NSERC) for research funding.

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