Expert in Structural Engineering
Expert ID: 735203 Pennsylvania, USA
|Year: 1978||Degree: BSc, cum laude||Subject: Civil Engineering||Institution: Cornell University|
|Year: 1985||Degree: MSc||Subject: Concrete Structures||Institution: Imperial College of Science and Technology|
|Years: 2018 to Present||Employer: Undisclosed||Title: Owner||Department:||Responsibilities: Developing, managing and handling building pathology, including forensic engineering (whether pre- or post- claim), engineering investigation and repair, building related insurance claim investigations, emergency response, hazard mitigation, due diligence and expert requests, domestically and overseas, including expert testimony.|
|Years: 2015 to 2018||Employer: Thornton Tomasetti||Title: Senior Vice President||Department: Forensic Engineering / Property Loss Claims / Renewals||Responsibilities: Note: Weidlinger Associates Inc. and Thornton Tomasetti merged in September 2015
Responsibility for developing, managing and handling building pathology related business, including forensic engineering (whether pre- or post- claim), engineering investigation and repair, property loss insurance claim investigations, emergency response, hazard mitigation, due diligence and expert requests for all technical disciplines, domestically and overseas, including expert testimony.
|Years: 2015 to 2015||Employer: Weidlinger Associates||Title: Associate Principal||Department: Applied Science||Responsibilities: Note: Weidlinger Associates Inc. and Thornton Tomasetti merged in September 2015
Responsibility for developing, managing and handling building pathology related business, including forensic engineering, engineering investigation and repair, emergency response, hazard mitigation, due diligence and expert requests for all technical disciplines, including expert testimony.
|Years: 2008 to 2015||Employer: Arup||Title: Principal and Global Expert Witness Leader||Department:||Responsibilities: Responsibility for managing and/or performing forensic engineering, engineering investigation, and expert requests for all technical disciplines, including expert testimony.|
|Years: 2011 to 2013||Employer: Manhattan College||Title: Adjunct Professor||Department: Civil Engineering||Responsibilities: Adjunct professor at Manhattan College of Civil Engineering, where he teaches a graduate level class on forensic engineering "Introduction to Engineering Investigations."|
|Years: 1996 to 2008||Employer: Self Employed||Title: Director||Department:||Responsibilities: Sole practitioner concentrating on resolution of design and construction problems. Professional activities included blast, wind, flood and impact analysis, testing, monitoring, site inspection, litigation support, testimony, repair design, emergency engineering response and mitigation, natural hazard mitigation, telecommunication tower evaluation, materials analysis, more.|
|Years: 1993 to 1996||Employer: Louis Berger Group||Title: Senior Structural Engineer||Department:||Responsibilities: General troubleshooting for large-scale engineering projects; seismic design; structural engineering; forensic engineering projects.|
|Years: 1990 to 1993||Employer: Wiss, Janney, Elstner Associates, Inc.||Title: Senior Structural Engineer||Department:||Responsibilities: Senior Structural Engineer with general responsibility for numerous forensic engineering and failure investigation projects.|
|Years: 1985 to 1990||Employer: Arup||Title: Structural Engineer||Department: Advanced Analysis and Research / Telecommunications||Responsibilities: Analysis, impact analysis, wind engineering, flood evaluation, testing, monitoring, failure investigation, site inspection, design, other|
|Years: 1980 to 1984||Employer: Flint & Neill Partnership||Title: Structural Engineer||Department:||Responsibilities: Research, analysis, test protocols, design|
|Years: 1978 to 1980||Employer: Ammann & Whitney||Title: Junior Engineer||Department: Special Structures Group||Responsibilities: Advanced analysis, site inspections, failure analysis, design|
|Years: 1997 to 1999||Agency: FEMA||Role: Fellowship||Description: The American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) and the Institute for Business and Home Safety (IBHS) agree that natural hazard mitigation is essential for the enhanced safety of America’s, and the world’s, citizens. The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has a strong interest in fostering private public partnerships to promote mitigation. This interest is bolstered by the goals and objectives of the National Technology Transfer Act of 1995 (PL 104 113) and the National Cooperative Research Act of 1984. Subsequently, ASCE, IBHS and FEMA, with input from the American Association of Wind Engineers (AAWE), created the Partnerships in Mitigation (PIM) Fellowship Program in 1998 to provide an opportunity for private industry to participate in FEMA's activities to develop private public partnerships for promoting mitigation.|
|Years||Country / Region||Summary|
|Years: 1980 to 1990||Country / Region: UK||Summary: Permanent resident|
|Years: 1980 to 1990||Country / Region: Kenya/Malawi, Africa||Summary: Various telecommunication tower projects|
|Years: 1980 to 1990||Country / Region: Hong Kong||Summary: Hong Kong Shanghai Bank typhoon monitoring instrumentation installation|
|Years: 1980 to 1990||Country / Region: Brazil||Summary: Structural collapse investigation|
|Years: 1980 to 1990||Country / Region: Brazil||Summary: Insurance claim - construction defect|
|Years: 1980 to 1990||Country / Region: Mexico||Summary: Earthquake damage assessment|
|Years: 1980 to 1990||Country / Region: Various||Summary: multiple forensic engineering assignments not involving travel to country|
|Licenses / Certifications|
|Licensed Professional Engineer (Massachusetts, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Maryland, Texas)|
• Member, American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE)
• Committee Member, American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM) C01 Cement, C09 Concrete and Concrete Aggregates, C11 Gypsum and Related Building Materials and Systems, C12 Mortars and Grouts for Unit Masonry, C15 Manufactured Masonry Units, C18 Dimension Stone, C24 Building Seals and Sealants, D08 Roofing and Waterproofing, E06 Performance of Buildings, E30 Forensic Sciences, E58 Forensic Engineering
• Member, International Concrete Repair Institute (ICRI)
• Member, National Institute of Building Sciences (NIBS)
• Member, American Concrete Institute (ACI)
• Member, National Roofing Contractors Association (NRCA)
• Member, New York Academy of Sciences (NYAS)
|Awards / Recognition|
|Honors and Awards
• Recipient, Partner-In-Mitigation Fellowship to the Federal Emergency Management Agency
• Past Chair, New York Academy of Sciences, Engineering Section
• Panel Member ASCE Mohawk-Hudson Section Engineer’s Week, An Engineer’s Role in Natural Disasters
• Judge for New York City Science and Technology Expo, 3 years
|Expert Witness Experience|
|Sworn Testimony Trial: 13
Alternative Dispute Resolution: 10
|Other Relevant Experience|
|Select Project Experience
Structural Engineering – Emergency/Disaster Response/Collapse
World Trade Center Disaster, New York, NY. Emergency participation in search and rescue mission of the collapsed complex.
World Trade Center, New York, NY. Structures Specialist on behalf of both the Pennsylvania FEMA and New Jersey OEM USAR teams. First responder providing engineering expertise to 9/11 disaster.
World Trade Center, New York, NY. Assessment of explosion damage to World Trade Center following 1993 bomb attack.
51st Street Tower, Crane Collapse, New York, NY. Failure investigation into a self-climbing tower crane collapse.
CAT-90 Sandy, Emergency Inspections, NYC Department of Buildings, New York, NY. Emergency inspections of buildings potentially damaged by floods arising from CAT-90 Sandy.
Hurricane Sandy Emergency Inspections, Jones Beach, NYS Office of Parks, Recreation & Historic Preservation, Long Island, NY. Pro bono field visit to view damage from Hurricane Sandy and prepare a report on mitigation recommendations for the boardwalk, plaza and ancillary structure mitigation efforts.
Waterfront / Boardwalk Engineering Assessment and Planning, Long Branch, NJ. Following Hurricane Sandy, Long Branch sustained heavy damage from wind, ocean surge, erosion and other water related damage, particularly along the shoreline. Arup work includes detailed design and construction documentation for repairs, reconstruction and mitigation.
Post Disaster Assessment, USA. American Society of Civil Engineers / Structural Engineering Institute co-team leader for Superstorm Sandy post disaster assessment of several buildings within New York City. The objective is on how the elements of ASCE / SEI 24 Flood Resistant Design and Construction Standard could be improved to reduce future damage in similar urban environments.
Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency, Urban Search & Rescue Task Force 1, Harrisburg, PA. Structures Specialist for Pennsylvania’s Task Force 1 Urban Search & Rescue team, providing emergency disaster response to determine access viability, means, methods and supervision of victim extrication from collapsed structures.
Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency Urban Search & Rescue Task Force 1, Harrisburg, PA. Structures Specialist for demolition of two barracks structures and later US&R training.
New Jersey Office of Emergency Management Urban Search & Rescue Task Force, Lakehurst, NJ. Advanced Structures Specialist for New Jerseys Task Force Urban Search & Rescue team, providing emergency disaster response to determine access viability, means, methods and supervision of victim extrication from collapsed structures.
Natural Hazard Mitigation Plan, NJ. Consultant to New Jersey Office of Emergency Management administering and conducting GIS earthquake loss estimation study and mitigation plan. Responsibilities include development of study methodology, implementation and subcontract administration.
Coastal Construction Manual, Washington DC. Structural engineering design review of new Coastal Construction Manual for the Federal Emergency Management Agency as representative of the ASCE.
Far-Roc Design Competition, Far Rockaway, NY. Structural Engineer for the FAR ROC design competition resulting in 117 unique design proposals for the resilient development of Arverne East from over 20 countries around the globe in response to Hurricane Sandy. As part of the team with White Arkitekter, the Arup submission Small Means Great Ends was the winning design submission.
Partners in Mitigation Fellowship, Washington, DC. American Association of Wind Engineers, Institute for Business and Home Safety Expert and the American Society of Civil Engineering fellowship to provide expert services in wind engineering and other natural hazards as part of a public-private initiative. Specific duties include the development of a National Wind Hazard Reduction Program.
More information available upon request.
Fields of Expertise
demolition, construction design deficiency, construction, building assessment, construction deficiency, construction defect, forensic engineering, structural engineering, construction accident, construction insurance claim, construction material deficiency, construction material, concrete, concrete failure, wind engineering, cladding material, building thermal envelope, building roof failure, tower structure, radio tower, tower crane, wire rope failure analysis, wire rope accident investigation, scaffold