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Expert in Metallurgy, Welding Engineering, and Quality Assurance in the Pressure Vessel and Piping Industry

Expert ID: 733959 California, USA

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Expert has worked in the pressure vessel and piping industry, since 1975. He has worked as a metallurgist, welding engineer, QA manager, and consultant,

Expert's experience includes the design, fabrication, and operation of various power and refinery plant components, including nuclear power. His background covers valve design and application, welding and materials engineering, and QA program management for construction and operation. He has been involved in engineering reviews, material selection and application, QA auditing and system development, and personnel training.

Expert has deep experience with in-service inspection, in-service testing, repair/replacement/modification programs in operating nuclear power plants, and the construction of spent fuel storage and transportation vessels. His expertise includes welding procedures and qualifications for ASME Code applications. He has assisted many organizations in preparation for new and renewal ASME Certificates of Accreditation and has
participated in many ASME and National Board Accreditation Surveys.

Expert has testified in boiler and pressure vessel litigation. He has been an active participant since 1977 as a member of ASME and ASTM nuclear and non-nuclear Codes and Standards Committees. He recently served as the ASME Vice President of Nuclear Codes and Standards. He has served as a consultant to utilities, architect/engineers, manufacturers, and material manufacturers and suppliers. He is a Qualified Lead Auditor, and was a Qualified Level II Examiner in magnetic particle, liquid penetrant, and radiographic examination

Expert has taught several courses in valve design and application between 1976 and 1980. He taught courses in preparing for ASME Accreditation Surveys and in nuclear material procurement several times between 1981 and the present. He has conducted at least 30 training courses in ASME Section XI inservice inspection since 1994, both under contract to ASME Professional Development and for Reedy Engineering. He has performed this training in public courses and in private classes for many U.S. and foreign nuclear power plant licensees and operators.

Expert has trained hundreds of individuals in the ASME Section XI requirements, including dozens of regulatory staff members. Expert has been consistently rated by his students as excellent in his
knowledge of the subject matter and good or excellent in other areas related to his presentation of
inservice inspection course materials. Expert has assisted in development of inservice inspection
programs. He has also consulted for many U.S. nuclear licensees in application of their inservice
inspection programs.

Since 1977, Expert has coauthored a summary of all changes made to the ASME Boiler and
Pressure Vessel Code, and B31.1 and B31.3 Piping Codes, as they are published in each Addenda. This
information is maintained in a computer database, RA-Search, which identifies changes to the ASME
Boiler and Pressure Vessel Code and the ASME Piping Codes as far back as 1952. The database contains the full text of all ASME Code Interpretations published from 1977 to present.

Expert may consult nationally and internationally, and is also local to the following cities: San Jose, California - San Francisco, California - Sacramento, California - Oakland, California - Stockton, California - Fremont, California - Modesto, California - Salinas, California - Santa Rosa, California - Hayward, California

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Year Degree Subject Institution
Year: 1972 Degree: BS Subject: Mechanical Engineering: Materials Institution: University of Delaware

Work History

Years Employer Title Department Responsibilities
Years: 1981 to Present Employer: Undisclosed Title: Principal Consultant, IT Manager, and QA Manager Department: Responsibilities: Expert has provided consulting services to utilities in the areas of in-service inspection, metallurgy, welding, fabrication, NDE, ASME and National Board Certification and
Accreditation Surveys, construction and operations quality assurance, ASME Codes and Standards, and USNRC regulations. He is currently participating on ASME Boiler and Pressure Vessel Code Committees and in writing a commentary on changes in the ASME Code.

Expert worked for several years in design and fabrication of spent fuel storage and transportation equipment, working for designers, fabricators, and utilities. He chaired an ASME Code Committee Task Group on In-service Inspection of spent nuclear fuel storage and
transportation equipment.

Expert has worked extensively and effectively in reconciliation of changes in ASME Code and Design Specification requirements. In addition to his involvement on the ASME Standards Committee on Nuclear Inservice Inspection, the ASME Boiler and Pressure Vessel Technical Oversight Management Committee, and the ASME Board on Nuclear Codes and Standards, Mr.
Expert is providing recommendations and direction to utilities on ASME Code and regulatory issues that pertain to metallurgy, engineering, quality assurance, licensing, preservice and
inservice inspection, and repair/replacement/modification programs in operating nuclear and non-nuclear power plants. Expert's participation on ASME Standards Committees on Materials,
Nuclear Component Construction, and Nuclear Inservice Inspection has provided a background that has enabled him to effectively evaluate ASME Section XI inservice inspection, repair/replacement/modification, and quality assurance programs, for cost-effectiveness and Code and regulatory compliance. Expert has delivered many courses on Code reconciliation, procurement and applications of materials, nuclear inservice inspection, and
repair/replacement/modification activities.
Years: 1980 to 1981 Employer: Nuclear Technology, Inc. Title: Senior Consultant Department: Responsibilities: Expert served as an ASME Code consultant to utilities, architect/engineers, and design engineers. His duties included internal quality assurance and training programs. He also participated in writing a commentary on ASME Code changes.
Years: 1975 to 1980 Employer: Anchor/Darling Valve Company Title: Quality Engineer, Staff Metallurgist and Welding Engineer, and Quality Assurance Manager Department: Responsibilities: His experience included metallurgical and welding engineering and quality assurance management. As a Quality Engineer, he was involved in project quality surveillance, nondestructive examination, and vendor auditing, both domestically and overseas. Expert was qualified as a Lead Auditor in accordance with ANSI N45.2.23.

As Staff Metallurgist and Welding Engineer, he was responsible for overseeing corporate welding
programs, material selection activities, and training, to ensure compliance with applicable Codes
and Standards. Expert taught courses to utilities and architect/engineers in valve design and application.

As Quality Assurance Manager, Expert guided the organization through a successful ASME Survey.
Years: 1970 to 1974 Employer: Structure Probe, Inc. Title: Laboratory Director Department: Responsibilities: Expert reported to the President with duties including technical supervision of operations, materials research and development, material applications, failure analysis, and marketing. He coauthored a paper on diffusion of thin metallic coatings on ceramics.

Career Accomplishments

Associations / Societies
American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME), Member since 1975
• Council on Standards and Certification, Member since 2011; Vice Chair since 2014
• Vice President, ASME Nuclear Codes and Standards, 2011 - 2014
• Board on Nuclear Codes and Standards, Member since 2000
• Boiler and Pressure Vessel Committee and BPV Technical Oversight Management Committee, Member since 2003
• Section II, Subcommittee on Material Specifications, 1984 - 1988
• Section III Subgroup on Materials, Secretary 1979 - 1985
• Joint Task Group on Toughness for Nuclear Applications, 1979 - 1985
• Section XI, Standards Committee on Nuclear Inservice Inspection, Chair since 2017,
Vice Chair 2005-2017, Member since 1984
• Subgroup on Repair/Replacement Activities, Chair 2003-2005, Member since 1988
• Working Group on Design Reconciliation, Member since 1991
• Task Group on Procurement Issues, 1992 - 1997
• Working Group on Responsibilities and Program Requirements, 1990 - 1991
• Working Group on Repair Welding, 1985 - 1990
• Special Working Group on Editing and Review, Chair from 1995, Member since 1982
• Executive Committee, Chair 2005-2015, Member since 1994
• Task Group on Erosion/Corrosion Evaluation, 1993 - 1994
• Task Group on Leakage Issues, Chair from 1993 - 1997
• Subgroup on Nondestructive Examination, 1984 - 1988
• American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM), 1979 - 1990
• American Society of Metals (ASM), 1979 - 1985
Awards / Recognition
ASME: Dedicated Service Award (2004)
Publications and Patents Summary
Expert has 25 publications, of which many pertain to ASME standards and sections.

Fields of Expertise

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