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Expert in Power Generation

Expert ID: 734946 Colorado, USA

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Expert has been working with power generation technologies for over 27 years. He started his career with General Electric designing steam turbines, which lead to working on the conversion and upgrade of turbine control systems with Woodward Governor. This experience afforded him the full technical background on the design and the operations and maintenance of power generation facilities. For the last 18 years, he has been providing independent engineering review to lenders and developers on all types of power generation technologies from coal facilities to the latest combined cycle plants as well as the latest renewable energy technologies. Throughout his career, Expert has been involved in the design, review, and/or construction of over 60 Gigawatts of power generation facilities.

Expert has been engaged as an expert witness by the US Department of Justice, by the Colorado PUC, and for other energy-related cases.

Expert has been involved in the review of numerous ethanol and biodiesel facitiles with a combined capacity in excess of 2 billion gallons per year. These reviews include the design and construction of various ethanol and biodiesel technologies. Expert has also been involved in the review of next generation ethanol facilities (i.e., cellulosic).

For Power Generation and Biofuel facilities:
- Technology assessments (i.e. will the technology work as proposed)
- Construction assessments (i.e. budget, schedule, methodology, etc.)
- Technical due diligence (i.e. contract reviews, technical inputs to the financial model, technology, O&M, etc.)
- Performance test reviews (i.e. monitor testing, review test plan, review results, etc.)
- Construction monitoring/review (i.e. construction status, percent complete, monthly budget/schedule reviews, etc.)
- Operations and Maintenance review (i.e. annual budget, current O&M plans and procedures, etc.)

Expert Witness assignments
- Construction disputes
- Completion disputes
- Plant performance
- Plant operations

Expert may consult nationally and internationally, and is also local to the following cities: Denver, Colorado - Colorado Springs, Colorado - Aurora, Colorado - Fort Collins, Colorado - Arvada, Colorado - Westminster, Colorado - Boulder, Colorado - Greeley, Colorado - Longmont, Colorado - Cheyenne, Wyoming

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Education

Year Degree Subject Institution
Year: 1995 Degree: Master of Science Subject: Mechanical Engineering Institution: Union College
Year: 1992 Degree: Bachelor of Science Subject: Mechanical Engineering Institution: Rochester Institute of Technology

Work History

Years Employer Title Department Responsibilities
Years: 2012 to Present Employer: Undisclosed Title: Principal Department: Responsibilities: Expert is the founder and owner of a firm to provide technical due diligence, engineering consulting, and development support for energy projects. The focus of Expert is to provide an additional level of engineering support to help developers to finance projects and to help lenders to understand, and mitigate, their technical risk on projects. Expert strives to provide value through the highest level of service and engineering expertise on a wide range of technologies.

Expert has review numerous power generation projects with a combined capacity in excess of 63,000 Gigawatts and numerous biofuels with a combined production capacity in excess of 2 billion gallons per year.
Years: 2011 to 2012 Employer: Mott MacDonald Title: Sr. Vice President Department: Responsibilities: Expert worked with the firm's senior executives to develop a US Independent Engineering practice and to expand the firm’s presence in the North and South American markets. These responsibilities include managing the US IE practice, providing QA/QC reviews both internally and externally, sales/business development to promote the US IE practice, and all staffing for the IE practice. Expert also frequently supported project reviews as the project manager to maintain a presence in the market and to support firm’s clients throughout the world.
Years: 2007 to 2011 Employer: Harris Group Inc. Title: Vice President Department: Financial Consulting Responsibilities: Expert was responsible for the P&L of Financial Consulting business unit, reporting directly to the CEO and the Board of Directors. Developed marketing plans and annual budgets to grow the independent engineering practice. Expert provided internal Quality Assurance by providing detailed review of all reports prior to issuance to the client. Support the due diligence review of the project technology, contracts, construction, and Operations and Maintenance.
Years: 2001 to 2007 Employer: R.W. Beck Title: Project Manager Department: Responsibilities: Expert managed the due diligence effort on a wide range of facilities and technologies ranging from greenfield power facilities to sludge handling systems. Expert was one of the primary reviewers for Operations and Maintenance of power generation facilities and maintained the firm's O&M database. One of three engineering responsible for maintaining combustion and steam turbine technology reviews.
Supported numerous diligence reviews including financing, construction monitoring, performance test monitoring, and annual operations and maintenance reviews.
Years: 1998 to 2001 Employer: General Electric (formerly Woodward Governor) Title: Mechanical Systems Engineer Department: Responsibilities: Expert performed mechanical retrofits for all types of turbine control systems, specializing in mechanical-hydraulic control retrofits for large main-line turbines. Interfaced with customers to support technical integration of new turbine controls and provided direction on the proper demolition of old hydraulic control system and installation of the new turbine control system. This work included the construction management of the retrofit, commissioning, and testing of the new mechanical controls equipment.

Expert developed processes to outsource all fabricated parts (i.e. valve actuators, manifolds, HPUs, etc.) and worked with purchasing and vendors to ensure an on-time delivery of mechanical components. Also, supported the ISO9000 efforts by assisting with internal audits and acting as a mentor for other internal auditors on the quality team.
Years: 1996 to 1998 Employer: Zygo Automation Title: Project/Software Engineer Department: Responsibilities: Expert designed and engineered large, high volume automation systems. Maintained project budgets, bill of materials, purchased parts, drawings, and customer relations. Directed drafters, designers, other engineers, and technicians towards the completion of the design and installation of the automation systems.

Expert developed software to control the operation of state of the art automation systems. Lead junior software engineers in the development of controls software for the automation systems primarily for the hard drive industry.


Years: 1995 to 1996 Employer: Copper Mountain Title: Youth Ski Instructor Department: Ski School Responsibilities: During this time, Expert taught skiing to youth from ages 3 to 12.
Years: 1992 to 1995 Employer: General Electric Title: Product Design Engineer Department: Steam Turbine Engineering Responsibilities: Expert designed steam turbines. During this chapter, he accrued and leveraged experience with blade design, high-pressure casings, low pressure hood, rotors, and packing. He progressed to be the responsible design engineer for an entire steam turbine upgrade.

Expert was part of the internal ISO-9000 audit staff for the Power Generation division.

Government Experience

Years Agency Role Description
Years: 2014 to 2017 Agency: Department of Justice Role: Expert Witness Description: Supported DOJ legal counsel for the litigation of multiple American Recovery and Reinvestment Act cases against the US Treasury.
Years: 2012 to 2012 Agency: Colorado Public Utilities Commission Role: Expert Witness Description: Supported the evaluation of a proposed power plant acquisition by the local utility.

International Experience

Years Country / Region Summary
Years: 2006 to 2018 Country / Region: Mexico Summary: Independent engineer for the construction of a 30MW hydro project. Included annual visits to verify the operations and maintenance of the facility. Currenlty support the evaluation of several greeenfield and brownfield combined cycle plants.
Years: 2012 to 2012 Country / Region: Colombia Summary: Independent engineering review of a new coal plant
Years: 2015 to 2016 Country / Region: Panama Summary: Independent engineering review of a 300MW coal plant.
Years: 2012 to 2012 Country / Region: Pakistan Summary: Independent engineering reivew of a cogeneration plant that produced desalinated water and power for the area outside of Karachi. Included testifying in front of the Pakistani PUC.
Years: 2013 to 2013 Country / Region: Canada Summary: Independent engineering review of a wind farm in Quebec

Career Accomplishments

Associations / Societies
American Society of Mechanical Engineers
Licenses / Certifications
Licensed Professional Engineer (Colorado)
Publications and Patents Summary
Expert has four publications regarding power plant supply, natural gas development, the utility industry, energy sources, and quality assurance -- most in 2010.

Additional Experience

Expert Witness Experience
Expert has been engaged in the following cases as an expert witness:
- Expert witness for a litigation involving a construction and performance dispute with the EPC Contractor for a biomass facility.
- Expert witness for US DOJ involving a dispute over a US Treasury Section 1603 tax grant for an open-loop biomass project.
- Expert witness for US DOJ involving a dispute over a US Treasury Section 1603 tax grant for an open-loop biomass project. Included a deposition and testimony.
- Expert witness for US DOJ involving a dispute over a US Treasury Section 1603 tax grant for two Fuel Cell projects. Included a deposition and testimony.
- Expert witness for US DOJ involving a dispute over a US Treasury Section 1603 tax grant for an open-loop biomass project. Included a deposition.
- Provided testimony to the Colorado PUC regarding the potential acquisition of an aging combined cycle facility to be incorporated into the Colorado rate base.
- Provided testimony to the Colorado PUC regarding the Clean Air Clean Jobs Act evaluating the retirement of 900MW of coal facilities in Colorado.
- Expert witness support for litigation relative to an 800 ton per day, 22MW waste to energy project in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. Case settled out of court.
- Expert witness support for litigation relative to the construction of a 5 MGY biodiesel facility in Sante Fe Springs, California. Case settled out of court.
Training / Seminars
Expert has given a presentations regarding energy sources, as well as regarding technical risk management for (a) resources, (b) thermal generation, and (c) biomass.
Vendor Selection
While at Woodward Governor, Expert drove the outsourcing effort for machined equipment and hydraulic equipment (i.e. hydraulic power units, cyclinders, servo-valves, etc.)
Expert currently reviews the equipment and construction contracts for large power equipment to help the lenders mitigate any potential risks with the proposed vendor.

Language Skills

Language Proficiency
Spanish Elementary skills, but proficient in reviewing Spanish documents

Fields of Expertise

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