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Expert in Mechanical Engineering

Expert ID: 732984 California, USA

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Expert specializes in the analysis of products and systems in the automotive, thermal design, consumer product, and industrial environments. His work includes investigations of technical issues related to vehicles, liquid and gas flows, consumer appliances, and consumer electronics. He has particular expertise in automotive component design, especially associated with the engine and powertrain systems - including fuel, ignition, cooling, braking, and drivetrain systems.

Prior to attaining his doctorate in aerospace engineering at the University of Florida, he founded and operated C-Tech Racing, a business involved in automotive fabrication and racing, specializing in forced induction (turbocharger) and performance engine systems. He has published papers on fluid dynamics, advanced thermodynamics, and autonomous vehicle safety.

He is a licensed Professional Mechanical Engineer and an ASE Certified Master Automotive Technician (commonly known as a master mechanic).

He has taught college courses in thermodynamics, fluid dynamics, and advanced energy systems.

Expert has expertise in aerospace engineering with particular experience in propulsion systems and fluid systems design. His doctoral work on cryogenic turbopump cavitation focused on the space shuttle main engines, and was funded by NASA. This experimental research led to an update to the fundamental modeling of a special class of fluids that includes cryogenics, liquid salts, high-pressure gases, and liquid metals and semi-metals.

His professional work on turbomachinery includes experience in design and failure analysis on a range of equipment, from automotive turbochargers to multi-megawatt stationary power generation turbines.

He is a licensed Professional Mechanical Engineer and an ASE Certified Master Automotive Technician (commonly known as a master mechanic).

He has taught college courses in turbines and aerospace propulsion systems, thermodynamics, fluid dynamics, and advanced energy systems.

He has published papers on rocket engine cavitation and cryogenic thermofluids.

Expert has expertise in fluid dynamics, thermal science, flowpath design, rectification, and chemical distillation of alcoholic and distilled beverages. His experience as an engineer includes chemical reactor design, alcohol extraction, distillery equipment design, and fluid handling technology.

His professional experience includes Chief Technology Officer for Noble AB, a company that produces an advanced reactor for rapid maturation of distilled spirits. He has deep knowledge of the the equipment and processed used in alcohol production, distillation in pot (batch) and column (continuous reflux) modes, aging, wood chemistry, and sensory chemical compounds including aromatics and wood extractions.

He is a licensed Professional Mechanical engineer and is experienced with boiler and pressure vessel codes as well as explosion-proof equipment, controls, and electronics used in modern alcohol production environments. He has designed distillation equipment for small and medium-sized beverage producers.

Specializes in the analysis of products and systems in the automotive, thermal design, consumer product, and industrial environments. His work includes investigations of technical issues related to vehicles, liquid and gas flows, consumer appliances, and consumer electronics. He has particular expertise in automotive component design, especially associated with the engine and powertrain systems - including fuel, ignition, cooling, braking, and drivetrain systems.

His mechanical and aerospace engineering background includes extensive experience in laboratory-based testing and experimental design, advanced manufacturing processes, and rapid prototyping - including a seven month deployment to Afghanistan for the U.S. Army’s Rapid Equipping Force to engineer and manufacture technology solutions directly to soldiers.

At Exponent, Expert conducts investigations of failures in ground vehicles and passenger cars and trucks, thermal design issues including industrial heat transfer, consumer appliances, and lithium ion battery failure in devices such as consumer electronics and aircraft. He often performs large-scale testing and analysis in support of his testimony as an expert witness in litigation.

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 - Bakersfield, California - Glendale, California - Huntington Beach, California - San Bernardino, California

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Education

Year Degree Subject Institution
Year: 2012 Degree: Ph.D. Subject: Aerospace Engineering Institution: University of Florida
Year: 2007 Degree: B.ME. Subject: Mechanical Engineering Institution: Auburn University

Work History

Years Employer Title Department Responsibilities
Years: 2012 to 2017 Employer: Exponent Title: Senior Consultant Department: Thermal Sciences Responsibilities: Expert conducted investigations of failures in ground vehicles and passenger cars and trucks, thermal design issues including industrial heat transfer, consumer appliances, and lithium ion battery failure in devices such as consumer electronics and aircraft. He often performed large-scale testing and analysis in support of his testimony as an expert witness in litigation.
Years: 2009 to 2012 Employer: University of Florida Title: Graduate Research Assistant Department: Aerospace Engineering Department Responsibilities: Expert was a Research Assistant in the Combustion and Propulsion Laboratory at the University of Florida where he performed research funded by NASA for the Constellation program. His doctoral work focused on cavitation in liquid rocket engines with an emphasis on the Space Shuttle’s Main Engines (SSME).
Years: 2008 to 2009 Employer: NASA FUNDED Title: Research Engineer Department: R&D Responsibilities: Prototyped combustor and heat exchanger designs for an experimental machine that converts
organic matter into waste heat, charcoal and combustible gas
- Designed and tested mechanical systems including instrumentation, augers, gaseous fuel
systems and thermal insulation.
Years: 2008 to 2008 Employer: Neptune Technology Group Title: Mechanical Engineer Department: R&D Responsibilities: Worked with a principal engineer designing new flow meters including measurement systems,
flowpath design, and cast metal and plastic injection molded case design and failure testing
- Participated in field testing and setup, supplier sourcing, and long-term project management.
Years: 2006 to 2007 Employer: Auburn University Title: Machinist and Instructor Department: Mechanical Engineering Responsibilities: Directed manual and CNC machining, boring, honing, grinding, plasma cutting, welding and
other machine shop operations.
- Instructed all engineering undergraduate students and shop users in operations and safety.
Years: 2005 to 2006 Employer: BF Goodrich Title: Engineering Co-op Department: Rubber Development Responsibilities: Independent and team-based design of rubber processing and tire pressing including fabric
weaving, rubber mixing, conveyor systems and steam, pneumatic and hydraulic machinery
- Collaborated with maintenance engineers performing safety/reliability analysis, design and bidding jobs on machine alignment, bearing grinding, and pneumatic PLC systems.
Years: 2002 to 2008 Employer: CT Racing Title: Owner Department: Product Design Responsibilities: Founded a business that designed turbocharger induction systems, camshafts, and fuel systems and assembled, tested and tuned race cars
- Led all product design and fabrication including machining, welding, assembly, dynamometer
testing, inventory, and shipping
- Traveled doing trackside consulting and onsite install/testing of company products
- Performed all business roles including finance and payroll, facilities, purchasing and sales.
Years: 2017 to 2018 Employer: self employed Title: Principal Engineer Department: Consultant Responsibilities: Design and prototyping consulting for the sustainable energy, automotive, space, and industrial equipment industries. Failure analysis and engineering forensics for fires, explosions, equipment failure, insurance loss, subrogation, and legal cases. Testing and product development. IP and patent development. Safety and regulatory standards compliance.

Government Experience

Years Agency Role Description
Years: 2013 to 2013 Agency: US Army- Rapid Equipping Force Role: Prototyping Engineer Description: Prototype engineering in Afghanistan for the US Army.

International Experience

Years Country / Region Summary
Years: 2013 to 2013 Country / Region: Afghanistan Summary: As a prototyping engineer for the Rapid Equipping Force, developed tactical solutions for soldiers and operational units in Afghanistan during Operation Enduring Freedom. He was deployed alongside both conventional Army and Special Operations Forces. Technical aspects of the work include 3D printing, high-speed CNC machining, metal fabrication, electronics and embedded microcontrollers, wireless communications, and repair of tactical equipment and machines. Projects included soldier-worn systems; vehicle modifications; weapon systems modifications; Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (ISR) systems; Force Protection systems.

Career Accomplishments

Associations / Societies
Member, Green Racing Committee, Society of Automotive Engineers International
Member, Engine Power Test Code Committee, Society of Automotive Engineers International

American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (member)
American Society of Mechanical Engineers (member)
Society of Automotive Engineers (member)
American Welding Society (member)
National Fire Protection Association (member)
Licenses / Certifications
Licensed Mechanical Engineer, California, California Board for Professional Engineers, Land Surveyors, and Geologists
ASE Certified Master Automobile Technician (CMAT)
Combat Firearms Familiarization, American Firearms Training and Tactics
Fire Investigation 1A Certification, accredited by the California State Fire Marshal
Certified Fire and Explosion Investigator in accordance with the National Association of Fire Investigators (NAFI) National Certification Board per NFPA 921 Section 11.6.4
Professional Appointments
Adjunct Faculty, Department of Mechanical Engineering, San Francisco State University
Awards / Recognition
American Welding Society Fellowship Award, American Welding Society
President’s Scholarship, University of Florida
Publications and Patents Summary
Expert has a number of refereed publications.

Additional Experience

Expert Witness Experience
As an expert witness, Expert has conducted investigations of failures in ground vehicles and passenger cars and trucks, thermal design issues including industrial heat transfer, consumer appliances, and lithium ion battery failure in devices such as consumer electronics and aircraft. He often performed large-scale testing and analysis in support of his testimony as an expert witness in litigation.
Training / Seminars
Expert has served as an instructor and teaching assistant in over 10 courses in mechanical and aerospace engineering including gas dynamics, propulsion, and machine shop operations at both the undergraduate and graduate levels.
Vendor Selection
Expert has completed bidding and engineering management to include vendor selection on myriad projects as an engineer for Michelin, Neptune Technology Group, CTech Racing, Exponent, Green Liquid and Gas Technologies, and the US Army Rapid Equipping Force.
Marketing Experience
As owner of CTech Racing, Expert performed marketing and advertising duties for this business. As a consultant for Exponent Failure Analysis, he marketed his personal expertise to dozens of companies, including Fortune 50 corporations, startups, automotive tier 1 and tier 2 manufacturers, venture capital firms for due diligence, and law firms f testimony.
Other Relevant Experience
Expert's wide range of experience as an expert generalist lends a breadth of knowledge and expertise sourced from significant commercial work in a multitude of fields. Beyond textbook engineering design, he has direct experience manufacturing, completing failure analysis, as an expert witness, and as a research scientist.

Fields of Expertise

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