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Expert in R&D of High Performance Light Sources and Electronic Ballasts: Electrodeless, Fluorescent, & Halide

Expert ID: 723013 New York, USA

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Expert D. Expert has more than 40 years experience conducting research & development in electrical engineering, laser physics, plasma physics, discharge physics and related disciplines, including more than 34 years experience conducting and managing research & development on high efficacy fluorescent, compact fluorescent and metal halide lamps, electrodeless induction-coupled fluorescent and metal halide lamps, capacitively- and cavity-coupled sulfur lamps, selective emitters for high efficacy incandescent lamps, electronic ballasts and drivers for conventional and electrodeless fluorescent and HID lamps, and electronic power supplies for LED light sources.

Expert was a co-developer of the GE Wattmiser® lamp, the world’s first reduced-wattage fluorescent lamp and developed custom instrumentation that enabled high speed production of those lamps. Expert is a pioneer in the development of electrodeless induction-coupled fluorescent and metal halide light sources and lead the teams at the GE Research & Development Center that developed both the GE Genura® electrodeless compact fluorescent lamp and an electrodeless metal halide lamp that remains the highest efficacy white light source ever demonstrated. Expert holds 30 U.S. patents and numerous foreign patents on advanced light sources and ballasts, plus one U.S. patent on advanced appliance controls.

Expert is currently an independent lighting technology consultant. His current projects include development of new lighting products, including a novel lighting system for a light-activated biomedical process, and evaluation of new, high efficacy lighting technologies for private energy information services and government agencies such as the U.S. Department of Energy. Expert has served as an expert and expert witness in lighting-related product performance, product liability, breach of contract and patent infringement cases. These cases have been decided through trial, arbitration and mediation. One product liability case resulted in an award to Expert’s client of over $16 million.

Expert is currently providing consulting services as a lighting expert to a major international lamp manufacturer and their legal firm in a patent infringement suit regarding high intensity discharge lamps.He is currently providing consulting services as a lighting expert to a major international hotel chain and their legal firm in a product liability case involving poor performance of compact fluorescent lamps. He has provided consulting services as a lighting expert and expert witness to three insurance companies and their legal firms in a product liability case involving a fire that was proven to have been caused by a high intensity light source. He has provided consulting services as a lighting expert and expert witness to a venture capital firm and their attorneys in a case involving a lighting ballast patent that was proven to not provide the performance claimed by the inventor.He has provided lighting-related consulting services to a biotechnology company that has developed technology to use light-activated materials to clean viruses from donated blood.

Expert may consult nationally and internationally, and is also local to the following cities: Springfield, Massachusetts - Chicopee, Massachusetts - Albany, New York - Schenectady, New York - Utica, New York - Hartford, Connecticut - Bristol, Connecticut

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Education

Year Degree Subject Institution
Year: 1972 Degree: PhD Subject: Electrical Engineering Institution: Case Western Reserve University
Year: 1967 Degree: MS Subject: Electrical Engineering Institution: Case Western Reserve University
Year: 1964 Degree: BSEE Subject: Electrical Engineering Institution: University of Maryland

Work History

Years Employer Title Department Responsibilities
Years: 2002 to Present Employer: Undisclosed Title: President Department: Responsibilities: Expert is president and sole employee of Expert Research & Consulting, Inc. In this position he provides services to companies, universities and government agencies involved in the development or evaluation of light sources and associated magnetic and electronic ballasts. In addition, Expert has served as an expert and expert witness in various lighting-related litigation actions.
Years: 2000 to 2002 Employer: Self-Employed Title: Sole Proprietor Department: Responsibilities: He provided services to companies, universities and government agencies involved in the development or evaluation of light sources and associated magnetic and electronic ballasts. In addition, Expert served as an expert and expert witness in various lighting-related litigation actions.
Years: 2000 to 2001 Employer: Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute Title: Senior Lighting Technologist and Adjunct Assistant Professor of Architecture Department: Lighting Research Center Responsibilities: Expert led programs to evaluate new lighting technology, including solid-state lighting, electrodeless lamps, and improved emissivity filaments for incandescent lamps. In addition, he taught courses in lighting technology to students pursuing a Master of Science in Lighting.
Years: 1999 to 2002 Employer: Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute Title: Adjunct Assistant Professor of Architecture Department: Lighting Research Center Responsibilities: In this unpaid position, Expert was an advisor to graduate students pursuing a Master of Science in Lighting degree.
Years: 1978 to 1999 Employer: General Electric Company Title: Manager, Lighting Systems Program (1981 - 1995) Department: Research & Development Center Responsibilities: During this period Expert was a physicist, an electrical engineer and Manager, Lighting Systems Program (1981-1995). In this latter position he supervised work of 10 to 17 staff up to Ph.D. level working on advanced lighting systems, including metal halide and high-pressure sodium and cesium discharge lamps, fluorescent lamps and other low-pressure discharge lamps, and electronic ballasts and controls to operate these lamps. He managed a total R&D budget of $4 million per year. Major projects included: Genura electrodeless fluorescent lamp, Multilox electrodeless metal halide lamp, low-mercury and mercury-free fluorescent lamps, long life cesium flash lamps for optically triggered thyristors in HVDC converter stations, computer models of low and high pressure lamps (lamp CAE tools), advanced electronic ballasts for low and high pressure lamps, high performance lamps and ballasts for aircraft displays, and electronic sensor and control systems for advanced home appliance products..
Years: 1971 to 1978 Employer: General Electric Company Title: Electrical Engineer and Technical Leader-Lamp Development Group (1976-1978) Department: Lighting Business Group Responsibilities: Expert worked on lamp and electronic ballast development programs, including the Wattmiser energy saving fluorescent lamp program and the Genura electrodeless fluorescent lamp and electronic ballast program. He also acted as liaison between GE Lighting and GE Research and Development Center for electronic ballast programs and the electrodeless fluorescent lamp program. As an individual contributor he developed a high accuracy, high frequency electronic wattmeter for measurement of performance of fluorescent lamps at high frequency and a device for external, non-destructive measurement of the resistance of conductive tin oxide coatings placed inside evacuated fluorescent lamps.
Years: 1964 to 1971 Employer: Case Western Reserve University Title: Graduate Assistant Department: Electrical Engineering & Applied Physics Responsibilities: While a graduate student, Expert conducted research on gas and solid-state lasers. His Master's thesis involved the study of noise mechanisms in He-Ne lasers and his Ph.D. thesis involved the study of wave-wave mixing in magnetoactive plasmas. During this time, he also taught a course in electromagnetic theory.
Years: 1964 to 1964 Employer: NASA Goddard Space Flight Center Title: Electrical Engineer Department: Sounding Rocket Branch Responsibilities: During this summer job, Expert was responsible for the design of a portion of a digital data telemetry system.

Government Experience

Years Agency Role Description
Years: 2005 to 2005 Agency: U.S. Department of Energy Role: Program Reviewer Description: Expert participated in a peer review of the DOE's high efficiency lighting program portfolio.
Years: 2000 to Present Agency: U.S. Department of Energy Role: Proposal Reviewer Description: Since 2000 Expert has reviewed lighting-related proposals for the DOE's SBIR and STTR programs. These proposals are reviewed about twice a year.

International Experience

Years Country / Region Summary
Years: 2004 to 2004 Country / Region: Japan Summary: Expert spent two weeks in Japan as part of the HID lamp patent infringement case described previously.
Years: 2004 to 2004 Country / Region: Belgium and Holland Summary: He spent three days in Belgium and Germany as part of the HID lamp patent infringement case described previously.
Years: 2005 to 2005 Country / Region: Belgium and Holland Summary: He spent three days in Belgium and Germany as part of the HID lamp patent infringement case described previously.

Career Accomplishments

Associations / Societies
Expert is a Senior member of the IEEE and a member of the APS and the IESNA (Illuminating Engineering Society of North America).
Professional Appointments
Expert was an Adjunct Assistant Professor of Architecture, Lighting Research Center, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, July 1, 1999 to June 30, 2002.
Awards / Recognition
He was elected a member of Tau Beta Pi, the engineering honor society; and Eta Kappa Nu, the electrical engineering honor society. He received a Ford Foundation Fellowship for graduate study in 1964.
Publications and Patents Summary
He has 31 issued U.S. patents plus numerous matching foreign patents, plus one patent pending. He has 18 publications, including key conference presentations and chapters in books, plus one recent book on lighting technology.

Fields of Expertise

lighting system technology, arc lamp, compact fluorescent lamp, daylight lamp, discharge lamp, discharge tube, electric light, electric lighting system, electrode, electronic fluorescent lamp ballast, energy-efficient fluorescent ballast, energy-efficient lighting device, energy-efficient lighting system, fluorescent lamp, fluorescent lamp ballast, fluorescent lamp failure analysis, fluorescent lamp technology, fluorescent lighting system, fluorescent lighting tube, gas discharge tube, germicidal lamp, high intensity discharge lamp failure analysis, high-intensity discharge lamp, high-pressure sodium lamp, high-technology lighting device, incandescent lamp, incandescent lamp life testing, lighting device, lumen depreciation, mercury-vapor lamp, metal halide lamp, neon lamp, sodium-vapor lamp, stop lamp, strobe light, applied gas discharge physics, fluorescent lamp design, daylight testing, hotel, driver performance, low-pressure sodium lamp, light transmission, fluorescent material, incandescent lamp failure analysis, vacuum technique, halogen lamp design, light emitter, light diffusion, electromagnetic radiation detection, light attenuation, automotive headlight, electric sign, illumination engineering, light bulb packaging, electromagnetic radiation amplitude, cesium-vapor lamp, calibrated light source, bias voltage, automotive light-emitting diode, automotive stop lamp, automotive lighting system, signal lamp, fluorescent color standard, lamp chemistry, incandescent lamp filament, illuminance, color rendering index, alternating-current voltage, backlight, potential difference, Brewster's law, light polarization, incandescence, atomic excitation, electromagnetic spectrum, wavelength, backlighting, illuminated flat-panel display, electronic display technology, spectrophotometer, high-technology lighting device system, laser light frequency noise, laser light frequency stability, lamp material, electronic flash lamp, ultraviolet lamp, phosphor coating material, fluorescent lamp manufacturing, energy-efficient lighting controller, low-temperature plasma, light-emitting diode, energy-efficient device, ultraviolet radiation energy, electromagnetic radiation, energy-efficient energy management system, ballast, interferometer, light pipe, anode, breakdown voltage, light beam, gas material, light absorption, light diffraction, electric field, electric current, halogen chemistry, electric battery, electromagnetic noise, illumination measurement, xenon, voltage, sunlight, phosphor, noble gas, neon, mercury, light control, laser, halogen, halogen lamp, halide, floodlight, flash lamp, electron, diffraction spectroscopy, capacitor, black light, argon, annealed glass

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