Expert in Mechanical Engineering & Design, Hydraulic Systems, Tow Trucks, Car Carriers, Auto Lifts, Trash Trks
Expert ID: 725025 California, USA
As a technical expert for a legal case, he analyzed the trajectory of a part which dislodged from a towtruck and injured a client of a towing company. He testified in court in the subsequent personal injury lawsuit, and his client won this case.He carried out a forensic analysis of the hydraulic and mechanical design of a car hauler tractor trailer to determine the cause of a failure which resulted in the death of the operator. He analyzed the design of a two post above ground auto lift to determine the reasons for its failure and the resulting damage to a vehicle being serviced on the lift.He determined the cause of a hydro-mechanical failure in a trash truck which resulted in the death of a mechanic who was repairing the truck. He carried out a thermal analysis of the hydraulic system for a trash truck to determine the cause of overheating and hydraulic system failure.
|Year: 1969||Degree: BS||Subject: Mechanical Engineering||Institution: Cornell University|
|Year: 1970||Degree: MS||Subject: Mechanical Engineering||Institution: Stanford University|
|Years: 2000 to 2011||Employer: (Undisclosed)||Title: Consulting Engineer||Department: (Undisclosed)|
Responsibilities:Is the principal in a consulting engineering firm providing services in mechanical design and engineering, hydraulic systems, truck body design, thermal modeling, stress analysis, and expert testimony in these areas, in addition to cases involving towtrucks, car carriers, car haulers, industrial equipment, trash trucks, and auto lifts.
|Years: 1999 to 2000||Employer: (Undisclosed)||Title: Chief Engineer||Department: Engineering|
Responsibilities:Was Chief Engineer for a company which manufactured auto lifts, including in-ground lifts, two and four post above ground lifts, and mobile lifts.
|Years: 1998 to 1999||Employer: (Undisclosed)||Title: Senior Engineer||Department: Engineering|
Responsibilities:Was Senior Engineer working in development and design of variable valve control for internal combustion engines and engine-driven generators.
|Years: 1995 to 1998||Employer: (Undisclosed)||Title: Co-owner||Department: (Undisclosed)|
Responsibilities:Was co-owner of a company which fabricated attachments for construction and demolition equipment, including scrap grapples, loader buckets, rock tongs, and clamshells.
|Years: 1986 to 1995||Employer: (Undisclosed)||Title: Co-Owner||Department: (Undisclosed)|
Responsibilities:Was co-owner of a company which manufactured, installed, and serviced towtrucks, car carriers, and related accessories such as bumpers, slings, dollies, and bracketry.
|Years: 1970 to 1986||Employer: (Undisclosed)||Title: Project and Section Manager||Department: (Undisclosed)|
Responsibilities:Was an engineering manager in a company carrying out research, development, and design projects in energy systems, environmental control, and hazardous waste destruction.
|Associations / Societies|
|ASME (American Society of Mechanical Engineers)
National Academy of Forensic Engineers
National Society of Professional Engineers
International Fluid Power Society
|Licenses / Certifications|
|Professional Engineer (Mechanical), California.|
|Publications and Patents Summary|
|He has one utility patent and one provisional patent in the field of towtruck design and has written articles in the subject areas of auto lift safety and hydraulic systems for garbage trucks.|
|Expert Witness Experience|
|Expert has served as a consultant and expert witness in over ninety legal cases and insurance claims. These cases have included product performance or personal injury involving towtrucks, car carriers, car haulers, auto lifts, trash trucks, forklifts, scissor lifts, dock levelers, hydraulic elevators, trash bailers, telescopic handlers, compact loaders, forestry mowers, trench cutting machines, lift gates, trailers, speedboat trim tabs, motorcycle lifts, vehicle parking lifts, and hydraulic systems.|
|Training / Seminars|
|He has served as a guest lecturer on the topic of hydraulic systems in mechanical engineering at California Polytechnic Institute in Pomona CA.|
|He has direct experience as the co-owner and chief executive of companies manufacturing towtrucks, car carriers, and attachments for construction and demolition equipment.|
|Other Relevant Experience|
|Expert is a registered Professional Engineer (Mechanical) in the State of California. He is trained in the use of Solid Works solid modeling software and has experience using Finite Element Analysis for stress studies.|
|Spanish||He has a medium level of proficiency in the Spanish language|
Fields of Expertise
design engineering, hydraulic engineering, hydraulics, hydraulics design, machine design, automotive lift, design for manufacturability, fluid power, hydraulic pressure, mechanical engineering, excavator, elevator renovation, 3D design, mechanical engineering analysis, hydraulic fitting, hydraulic cylinder design, hydraulic hose, spool valve, pipe thread, hydraulic actuator, hydraulic system maintenance, engineering design, computer design engineering, development engineering management, machine design review, fluid-power transmission, hydraulic system contamination control, new product development, computer-aided design, product design, mechanical device design, heat flow, design process, fluid power system, pneumatics, manufacturing, hydraulic valve, hydraulic pump, hydraulic motor, heat transfer, hydraulic cylinder