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Expert in Mechanical Engineering, Warning Labels, Human Factors

Expert ID: 734488 Michigan, USA

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Expert is an Emeritus Professor at the University of Michigan and a registered professional engineer and consultant with over 35 years of experience as an expert witness. He specializes in warnings, labeling, and instruction manuals, consumer product design, process safety, explosions and fire science, chemical hazards (diacetyl, asbestos, benzene, etc.), machine guarding, vehicle visibility, tractor egress/ingress, slip and fall prevention, recreational vehicles (ATVs, boats, and personal watercraft), and compliance with safety standards (OSHA, MSDS, CPSC, ANSI, ASTM, UL, etc.)

Expert Engineering also has a staff with degrees in the Mechanical, Chemical, Agricultural, Industrial, and Human Factors fields of engineering.

Recently, Expert has been handling cases involving battery fires, specifically with respect to e-cigarettes, vaporizers, or "vapes". He has also been handling cases involving the ingestion of small magnets.

Expert has authored a chapter titled "Hazard Communication and Right-to-Know: Regulatory Issues" in the Safety Engineering Handbook for ASSE. He has also authored five books on the topics of warnings and instructions and hundreds of journal articles. He is currently a committee member of the ASTM Technical Committee F15 on Consumer Products.

Expert holds a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering and a Ph.D. in Industrial Engineering from Ohio State University, where he was one of the first US Ph.D. graduates to specialize in transportation and consumer accident research. He became a professor at the University of Michigan’s Department of Industrial and Operations Engineering (IOE), where he taught courses in human factors/ergonomics, safety engineering, methods engineering and law for engineers (1970-1998). On leave from the University at the U.S. Department of Labor (1975-1977), he was appointed as Special Assistant for Safety to OSHA’s Assistant Secretary of Labor, where he had responsibility, among other things, for revising the OSHA Safety Standards (29 CFR 1910 and 1926).

Education

Year Degree Subject Institution
Year: 1971 Degree: Doctorate Subject: Industrial Engineering Institution: Ohio State University
Year: 1965 Degree: Master's Subject: Business Administration Institution: Ohio State University
Year: 1963 Degree: Bachelor of Science Subject: Mechanical Engineering Institution: Ohio State University

Work History

Years Employer Title Department Responsibilities
Years: 1981 to Present Employer: Undisclosed Title: President Department: Responsibilities: Founder
Years: 1976 to 1997 Employer: The University of Michigan Title: Associate Professor Department: Industrial and Operations Engineering Responsibilities: Research and Teaching
Years: 1971 to 1976 Employer: The University of Michigan Title: Assistant Professor Department: Industrial and Operations Engineering Responsibilities: Research and Teaching
Years: 1964 to 1966 Employer: Owens-Corning Fiberglas Title: Corporate Methods Engineer Department: Responsibilities: Engineer

Government Experience

Years Agency Role Description
Years: 1978 to 1980 Agency: Occupational Safety and Health Administration Role: Special Assistant for Safety to Dr. Eula Bingham, U. S. Assistant Secretary of Labor Description: Directing promulgation and revision of construction, general industry, and maritime OSHA safety standards.
Years: 1977 to 1978 Agency: Occupational Safety and Health Administration Role: Acting Director of Safety Standards Description: Directing promulgation and revision of construction, general industry, and maritime OSHA safety standards.

Career Accomplishments

Associations / Societies
American Society of Mechanical Engineers
Human Factors and Ergonomics Society
American Society of Safety Engineers
American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers
American National Standards Institute
American Society for Testing and Materials
Society of Automotive Engineers
National Fire Protection Association
National Safety Council
Licenses / Certifications
Professional Engineer Registration: Ohio, Idaho
Publications and Patents Summary
Books and Chapters: 13
Refereed Publications: 30
Other publications (Technical reports, technical bulletins, proceedings, contracts. etc.) : 59

Additional Experience

Expert Witness Experience
Expert is an Emeritus Professor and a registered professional engineer and consultant with over 35 years of experience as an expert witness. He specializes in warnings, labeling, and instruction manuals, consumer product design, process safety, explosions and fire science, chemical hazards (diacetyl, asbestos, benzene, etc.), machine guarding, vehicle visibility, tractor egress/ingress, slip and fall prevention, recreational vehicles (ATVs, boats, and personal watercraft), and compliance with safety standards (OSHA, MSDS, CPSC, ANSI, ASTM, UL, etc.)

Expert also has a staff with degrees in the Mechanical, Chemical, Agricultural, Industrial, and Human Factors fields of engineering.

Recently, he has been handling cases involving battery fires, particularly with respect to e-cigarettes, vaporizers, or "vapes".

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