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Expert in Nondestructive Testing

Expert ID: 107915 Georgia, USA

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For over 50 years, Expert has been actively engaged in the technology of nondestructive testing. During that period, he has covered a wide range of industries and applications. His long-term affiliations with various technical societies have developed into a valuable source network. He is familiar with many major industries, including metalworking, shipbuilding, aerospace, and power plants.

With his extensive background in NDT and inspection, flaw detection is a natural and related attribute to this expert. He is familiar with all the major flaws, how they are caused, how to prevent them, how to identify them, and how they are related to product failure. He also wrote the chapter in the American Society for Metals MEI Home Study Program entitled "Interpretation and Classification of Indications."


Expert has over 50 years of applied uses of penetrant testing (PT), both visible and fluorescent. He is thoroughly familiar with the variables and most cost-effective uses, and has settled many disputes involving interpretation and proper uses of this method. He is also certified Level III in PT.

Expert has extensive in virtually all aspects of magnetic particle testing, including portable and fixed equipment systems, visible/fluorescent, interpretation of results, and how to use this method in the most cost-effective manner. He is also certified Level III in MT.


Being active in ASME, ASTM, AWS, and ASNT, he has maintained a current working knowledge of NDT codes and standards. He is frequently called upon to provide advice and assist in the interpretation of applicable codes and specifications.


With 50+ years of progressive experience in radiography, Expert has become a widely known and accepted source of expertise in this area. During this time, he has frequently been called upon to settle disputes regarding the interpretation of radiographs, sometimes involving litigation. He and another expert (pioneer) wrote the booklet, "Radiographic Interpretation." He is also a certified Level III in RT.

For over 50 years, Expert has been involved with virtually all aspects of ultrasonic testing, including contact, immersion, thickness testing, angle beam inspection of welds, tubing and pipe, corrosion detection, automated systems and imaging, for a wide range of materials and applications. He has settled disputes regarding interpretations as an independent third party. He is also certified Level III in UT.


Expert has expertise in a wide range of applications, including materials sorting, conductivity measurements, permeability variations, part sorting based on size, heat treat condition, and alloy variation. He is also proficient in coating and film thickness measurements, and tubing inspection (condenser, air conditioning, steam generator).


Expert has been active in this area since the early 1960s, and has been a strong advocate and leader in the pursuit of centralized certification for NDT personnel, both nationally and internationally.

Visual testing (VT), the world's oldest NDT, is becoming very sophisticated. He has had a long and varied exposure to visual testing of welds and other products using conventional methods, as well as fiber optic boroscopes, miniature television cameras, imaging chips, and others. On many occasions, he has proven that a good visual inspection program can result in extensive cost savings. He is also certified Level III in VT.

Involved with the Radiographic Testing disputes on Alaska Pipeline. Called upon to provide his evaluation of a number of radiographs that were falsified.Provided ongoing on-call consulting services to USBI at the Kennedy Space Center and assisted in the resolution of various inspection problems.Worked as an on-call consultant to the American Bureau of Shipping (ABS) regarding disputes dealing with various certificating of ships and related matters.Provided ongoing NDT consulting services to various State Transpotation Departments dealing with structures and structural members.Currently providing consulting services to various U.S. Government groups dealing with inspection and Nondestructive Testing.

SKILLS

Technical

• Nondestructive Testing – major methods covering a broad range of applications and industries.
• Level III Services including preparation of certification programs and resolution of
Certification issues.
• Development of NDT procedures and customized application of various methods.
• Lecturer worldwide and presenter of numerous papers.
• Recognized consultant in various technical disciplines.
• Past Authorized Independent Outside Agency Level III for many organizations.
• Educator in NDT and related Quality/Inspection subjects.
• Forensic Examiner in various technical fields.

Managerial

• Supervision of technicians and engineers in various management positions.
• Founded and successfully managed two NDT firms.
• Key manager for a number of significant projects in various industries.
• Fiscally responsible for operations over the past thirty years.
• Developed and implemented unique career path systems.
• Provided strong motivation for individual employee performance.
• Conservatively organized to match personnel with appropriate positions.
• Developed and presently conducts Management and Supervision seminars

Expert may consult nationally and internationally, and is also local to the following cities: Atlanta, Georgia - Athens, Georgia - Roswell, Georgia - Marietta, Georgia - Knoxville, Tennessee - Chattanooga, Tennessee

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Education

Year Degree Subject Institution
Year: 1965 Degree: Subject: Mechanical Engineering courses Institution: Norwich State Technical
Year: 1962 Degree: Subject: Metallurgy courses Institution: Temple University
Year: 1960 Degree: Subject: Business Management courses Institution: Penn State University

Work History

Years Employer Title Department Responsibilities
Years: 2011 to 2018 Employer: Title: Principle/Vice President Department: Responsibilities: He provides technical expert services and presents management seminars. NDT Classroom develops and markets online training courses on the subjects of NDT and Inspection. He continues to provide expert witness services.
Years: 1995 to 1998 Employer: Title: Chairman, Board of Directors/General Manager Department: Technical Training and Consulting Responsibilities: Overall responsibility for company operations and management. Also provided NDT consulting and qualification services in addition to presenting seminars on NDT, QA, Management and related subjects. (Note: Expert Associates was acquired by Rockwood Industrial Services in July, 1998). He left in 2011 to start The Summit Group.
Years: 1986 to 1995 Employer: Title: President Department: Responsibilities: Founder and CEO which grew from a single location providing NDT training and consulting to three training institutes.
Years: 1983 to 1986 Employer: Title: Vice President Department: Responsibilities: Operational responsibility and developed new business.
Years: 1977 to 1983 Employer: Title: General Manager Department: Responsibilities: Managed field services and training and provided consultation services.
Years: 1973 to 1977 Employer: Title: Founder Department: Responsibilities: Founder and president for NDTE a small Connecticut based company offering NDT field services, training, and consulting.
Years: 1967 to 1971 Employer: Title: Regional Manager Department: Responsibilities: Responsible for the sales of a wide range of NDT equipment and accessories.
Years: 1962 to 1967 Employer: Title: Nondestructive Test Engineering Supervisor Department: Responsibilities: Supervisor of Nondestructive Test Engineering. Developed test methods, prepared procedures, vendor surveys, and training.

International Experience

Years Country / Region Summary
Years: 2003 to 2008 Country / Region: Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, Germany, Italy and other counties Summary: Provided consulting services for various companies and agencies
Years: to Present Country / Region: Germany, Japan, Taiwan, South Africa, Scotland, Canada, Brazil, Argentina,England, etc. Summary: On-going. Training and certification services have been provided

Career Accomplishments

Associations / Societies
Expert is well known and widely published in the Nondestructive Testing field. He is a member of the American Board of Forensic Examiners (Fellow), the American Welding Society, the American Society of Metals (Lifetime Member), ASME, ASTM, a Lifetime Member of the American Society for Nondestructive Testing and Fellow, and Lifetime Member of the NDT Management Association (NDTMA).
Licenses / Certifications
He is a Registered Professional Engineer, and a Board Certified Forensic Examiner. He is also certified in the following:
Penetrant Testing - Level III, Magnetic Particle Testing - Level III, Ultrasonic Testing - Level III, Radiographic Testing - Level III, and Visual Testing - Level III.
Professional Appointments
He is past National President of the American Society for Nondestructive Testing and remains active in the Society. He has held several other posts in ASNT including Chair of the National Educational Council, Member of the Ad Hoc Select Committee on Level III Certification Requirements, member of the Personnel Training and Certification Committee/National Certification Board, and Chair of the National Board of Directors. He is past National President of the Nondestructive Testing Management Association (NDTMA).
Awards / Recognition
Robert C. McMaster Gold Medal Recipient, ASNT, Philip D. Johnson Honorary Member Award, ASNT, Mehl Honor Lecturer, ASNT, Rockwell Honor Lecturer, ASM, Tutorial Citation, ASNT, National Mentoring Award, ASNT
Publications and Patents Summary
He has published many papers in the field and has co-authored the ASM/ASNT course "Fundamentals of Nondestructive Testing" and Section VIII, "Radiography Interpretation" of the Nondestructive Testing Handbook on Radiography and Radiation Testing. He is the author of "The Handbook of Nondestructive Evaluation", First, Second, and Third Editions McGraw Hill, Publ.

Additional Experience

Expert Witness Experience
Expert acts as an independent third-party problem solver and frequently is called upon as an expert witness in product liability cases and other forms of litigation.
Training / Seminars
Expert, a Division of Rockwood Industrial Services, provides training courses in NDT methods, welding processes, and related subjects. It also offers a wide range of independent outside agency services for the certification of NDT personnel. Expert has also developed the Technology Videotape Training series including courses on Liquid Penetrant, Magnetic Particle, Eddy Current Techniques, and the 10-tape series entitled, "Fundamentals of Nondestructive Testing." He has also authored the "Handbook of Nondestructive Evaluation", first, second, and third editions published by McGraw-Hill.
In 2011 he co-founded and is currently Vice President of a company. Primarily involved with an extensive range of online courses dealing with Nondestructive Testing and Radiation Safety.
Vendor Selection
Expert has experience locating vendors of nondestructive testing equipment and supplies, nondestructive testing technical services and labs.

He has access to the following resources: extensive experience, extensive personal contacts, and a resource guide library.
Other Relevant Experience
Over the past 50 years, he has been called upon by large and small organizations to settle disputes of a technical nature between two or more parties who disagree.

Fields of Expertise

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