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Expert in Metals, Plastic and Ceramic Component Failure Analysis

Expert ID: 729188 Pennsylvania, USA

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As an aerospace scientist at NASA, Expert. Expert investigated the properties of alloys and their failure mode.

As a college instructor he taught classes in failure analysis, corrosion, chemical thermodynamics and kinetics, and taught engineers the knowledge required to obtain a professional certificate.

As a forensic investigator he is involved in cases pertaining to medical device failure, residential fire investigation, machine failures, tool failures. scaffold and ladder failures and container failures.

He investigated the failure of a motorcycle engine and determined that the engine failed due to oil deprivation, despite the observation that the crankcase was full of clean oil. Inasmuch as the bearings had melted he conluded the oil was added post accident. The accident resulted in severe personal injury.He investigated the cause of a residential fire and determined that it was caused by a faulty electrical connection box in the kitchen, which proved correct, despite the claims of the Pennsylvania fire inspectors that the fires started in the living room, which was little damaged. The accident resulted in no personal injury.He investigated the cause of a collision between a private automobile and a supermarket building, which indicated that the steering mechanism had failed. The failure was due to poor design of the steering mechanism, which allowed the linear rack gear to inadvertently rotate, preventing its full contact with the pinion. The accident resulted in little personal injury.He investigated the collapse of an outdoor table on a fast-food restaurant patio. The plastic table-top cover was insufficient to protect the wood fiber base from rain contact which caused deterioration of the table base. As a result the table top flipping off. The accident resulted in severe personal injury.He investigated the failure of a office swivel chair. Rather than being a catastrophic failure offering little warning he found that the chair had been deteriorating over a considerable period with obvious notice. The ultimate failure was due to poor design. The accident resulted in moderate personal injury.

Expert may consult nationally and internationally, and is also local to the following cities: New York, New York - Yonkers, New York - Newark, New Jersey - Jersey City, New Jersey - Paterson, New Jersey - Elizabeth, New Jersey - Trenton, New Jersey - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania - Allentown, Pennsylvania - Baltimore, Maryland

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Year Degree Subject Institution
Year: 1963 Degree: PhD Subject: Materials Science and Engineering Institution: Pennsylvania State University
Year: 1958 Degree: BS Subject: Metallurgy Institution: Pennsylvania State University

Work History

Years Employer Title Department Responsibilities
Years: 1963 to Present Employer: Undisclosed Title: Forensic Investigator Department: Responsibilities: He is a forensic materials failure analyst
Years: 1963 to 1974 Employer: NASA Title: Aerospace Engineer Department: Materials Responsibilities: Development and investigation of aerospace materials.

Government Experience

Years Agency Role Description
Years: 1963 to 1974 Agency: NASA Role: Aerospace Engineer Description: He designs and tests various aerospace alloys for heat-resistance and corrosion resistance. He investigated stress-corrosion cracking in titanium alloys.

Additional Experience

Expert Witness Experience
His work involves forensic investigations, deposition testimony and state and federal court testimony for plaintiffs and defendants.
Other Relevant Experience
He has investigated hemostatic clips and vertebrae-fusion devices for surgical fail-safe considerations.

Language Skills

Language Proficiency
English He is very proficient.

Fields of Expertise

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