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Expert in Metallurgical and Materials Engineering, Problem Solving

Expert ID: 736540 Oregon, USA

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While Expert is a degreed materials engineer and licensed metallurgical engineer, he approaches all assignments as problem-solving projects. Whether it be plaintiff-subrogation or defense litigation, manufacturing and quality optimization, accident investigation, or assistance with team accreditation, he applies his background to help his clients identify the problem to be solved, and then work to achieve the answers they need.

Expert may consult nationally and internationally, and is also local to the following cities: Portland, OR - Cedar Hills, OR - Oak Grove, OR

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Education

Year Degree Subject Institution
Year: 1987 Degree: BS Eng Subject: Materials Engineering Institution: University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee

Work History

Years Employer Title Department Responsibilities
Years: 2020 to Present Employer: Undisclosed Title: Senior Engineer Department: Responsibilities: Forensic and Expert Witness consulting. Quality system and Manufacturing process consulting. Supplier quality assurance, Safety Program Officer.

Perform residential, commercial, vessel, highway and off-road vehicle and equipment failure investigations and analysis, industrial accident, slip/trip and fall investigations, mechanical testing, materials characterization, standards and code review. Consulting in manufacturing process design and control in consumer products, durable goods and food processing, manufacturing safety, responsibilities of management.
Years: 2016 to 2020 Employer: Jensen Hughes aka CASE Forensics Title: Senior Metallurgical / Materials Engineer Department: Responsibilities: Manage local (Portland, Oregon) branch office. Safety Program Officer. Radiation Safety Officer (RSO). Forensic and Expert Witness consulting. Quality system and Manufacturing process consulting. Supplier quality assurance, Product recall risk assessment.

Perform residential, commercial, vehicle and equipment failure investigations and analysis, industrial accident, slip/trip and fall investigations, materials characterization, standards and code review. Consulting in manufacturing process design and control in food processing, manufacturing safety.
Years: 2013 to 2016 Employer: Columbia Steel Casting Company Title: Director of Operations Department: Executive Offices Responsibilities: Executive oversight of Production, Inspection and Quality Improvement, Customer Service, Safety, Environmental functions. Plant Safety Program Director.

Leadership of the following functional groups: Plant Engineering, Machine Shop, Melting, Molding, and Casting operations, Pattern making, Inspection and Quality Control, Process Metallurgy and Control, Planning, Safety and Environmental. Cost management, labor negotiation, continual improvement.
Years: 2013 to 2013 Employer: EVRAZ North America Title: Quality Manager Department: Portland Pipe Mill Responsibilities: Limited assignment to complete a long run of spiral-weld gas and oil pipeline. Leadership of process metallurgy, inspection and quality assurance, weld / pipe / skelp testing, product release, ISO / USDOT / FERC / ASNT / ASME / AWS compliance. NDT (VT, UT, RT). Large diameter spiral-welded gas /oil pipe.
Years: 2012 to 2013 Employer: Columbia Steel Casting Company Title: Process Engineer Department: Production Responsibilities: Responsible for and worked on projects for casting process design and control, process metallurgy, pattern design, continual improvement in Inspection and Quality program processes. Training for Director-of-operations position.
Years: 2008 to 2012 Employer: Cascade Steel Rolling Mills Title: Product Manager & Plant Metallurgist Department: Plant Management Responsibilities: Organize plantwide problem solving teams, leadership of inspection and quality departments, customer technical leader, NQA-1 approval co-leader, Root Cause Analysis, Toyota Production System training.

Product quality improvement team leader, leadership of inspection and quality departments, customer technical leader, NQA-1 approval co-leader, Root Cause Analysis, Toyota Production System training. Wire rod and Rebar.
Years: 2001 to 2008 Employer: Bodycote Materials Testing Title: General Manager Department: Executive Management Responsibilities: Business operations of local branch of multinational (UK base) company. Business growth, client development, project engineering and leadership, Quality systems control (ISO, Nadcap Aerospace)

Commercial testing laboratory, metallic materials and investment foundry process control support (waxes and ceramics). Titanium and nickel/cobalt superalloys, stainless steels, medical implant
materials, ISO 17025, 9001, AC7101 accreditation.
Years: 1991 to 2001 Employer: Oregon Steel Mills Title: Product Technical Manager, Metallurgical Engineer Department: Technology Responsibilities: Laboratory testing, process / product development, steel plate hot rolling and TMCP, arc melting, vacuum treatment/degassing. NACE hydrogen induced cracking, failure analysis of line pipe
weld and pipe body. Technical development high-weldability plate, abrasion-resistant plate, heat treatment, hydrogen control. Rolling mill construction support. Steel plate, tube, large dia. Welded
gas/oil pipe. New facility (rolling mill) construction support.
Years: 1989 to 1991 Employer: Quanex LaSalle Steel Title: Plant Metallurgist Department: Plant Management Responsibilities: Lead laboratory functions, quality control department, customer technical service especially for automotive domestic and Japanese transplant clients.

Cold drawn and elevated temperature drawn steel bar, machining, heat treating, automotive client customer service.
Years: 1987 to 1989 Employer: Inland Steel Bar Company Title: Metallurgical Engineer Department: Quality Responsibilities: Failure analysis, process control, product improvement projects in bar rolling mill.

Career Accomplishments

Associations / Societies
ASM International (ASM) – past Oregon Chapter Chair
Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE)
Licenses / Certifications
Professional Engineer, Oregon, Metallurgical Engineering, Issued 1997.
Medical / Professional
Professional Engineer, Oregon, Metallurgical Engineering, since February 1997.
Publications and Patents Summary
Lectures and Presentations: 3

Additional Experience

Expert Witness Experience
State, regional, and federal court matters supporting plaintiffs or defense, typically failures leading to food processing losses, animal fatalities, water losses, personal injury, product quality issues, involving foodstuffs, mixers, plant cleaning, canning and preserving, cooking, heating, furniture failure, kitchen and bath fixture failures, process piping, organic vapor explosion, water heater explosion, gasoline and diesel engines, on and off-road vehicles, cranes and docks, slip-trip and fall, ladder and man-lift use, mobile equipment, fire protection system, wildland fire investigation, firearms, glass, ceramics, geotechnical materials, irons, steel, stainless steels, copper brass, electrical contact materials, polymers, human factors in accident investigation. Printed warnings and instructions.
Training / Seminars
Wildland Fire Investigation certification, 2020
Six Sigma Green Belt and Black Belt LinkedIN Training 2020
Engineering Law Training seminar 2020
Investigating Plumbing Failures (presentation given to claims adjusters association) 2019
NACE Pacific Northwest Corrosion Symposium, 2018
Failure Analysis of Forest Products, OCAA Seminar, 2018
Investigation of Fraud - AISIU Fall seminar 2018
Introduction to Neutron Radiography vs XRay - Jensen Hughes Webinar given, 2018
Defense Counsel and Expert Witness testimony, Oregon Association of Defense Counsel 2017
Using Strain Gauges to solve Engineering Problems -VGO Engineering 2017
The science of corrosion and the role of water chemistry - Jensen Hughes Webinar 2017
Choosing a Casting versus a Fabrication - seminar topic given - ASM Oregon - 2016
Introduction to Failure Analysis ASM Oregon Short Course (led Hydrogen Embrittlement session) 2015
Intelligent Vehicle Automation, Prof, Eng of Oregon, 2015
Solidification Modeling, Magma Berlin Conference, 2014
ICP-OES, Agilent, 2014
Fourier Transform Infrared Analysis, Agilent, 2013
Utilizing Handheld XRF - Oxford Instruments- 2013
Titanium Aluminide, ATI, 2013

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