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Expert in Textiles, Composite Materials, Failure Mechanisms, Fabrics, Mechanics and Manufacturing

Expert ID: 727033 Pennsylvania, USA

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Expert is Professor of Engineering. He has a PhD in Materials Science with a specialty in three dimensional textile reinforced composites. In his 27
years of teaching and research experience he has taught in Materials Science, Textile Materials, Textile Engineering and Architectural Engineering

His expertise is focused on advanced textiles and composites. He has written and presented over 100 papers and presentations in the fields of
composite mechanics, industrial textiles, biomedical textiles, processing of textiles, automotive composites, and sustainable materials. He has written
4 books on braiding, composites, surface characteristics, and mechanics of textile and laminated composites, in addition to contributing to 3 other

He has performed research for the military, NASA, and other government and industrial sponsors. This research addressed textile and composite
materials for use in the automotive, aerospace, naval, biomedical and technical industries. He has developed software models for the prediction of
mechanical properties of textile composites and process-structure-property relationships for them.

His recognitions include:

Citation for Distinction, National Institute of Building Sciences

Excellence in Sustainability Education, Delaware Valley Green Building Council,

Philadelphia Sustainability Award, Pennsylvania Environmental Council,

Leadership in Sustainable Building, Pennsylvania Resources Council,

Director’s Award, System Competency, National Textile Center,

Fiber Society - Award for Distinguished Achievement in Basic or Applied Fiber Science,

Commendation from City of Philadelphia - role in FIRST Robot Development team with McNeil Consumer Products and Philadelphia School District,

Academy of Outstanding Teachers, North Carolina State University,

Developed manufacturing method for production of automotive transmission support member. Project began with manufacturing modelling, proceeding to material property prediction and FEA confirmation. Developed manufacturing plan and implemented this in the factory.Developed prototypes and manufaturing plan for 3D woven cell scaffolds for biomedical applications. Materials property analysis and prototype manufacturing led to samples for validation.Developed software package for the control of a triaxial braider allowing the user to enter mandrel geometric properties and desired mechanical property characteristics of the final composite. The software was interfaced to the braiding machine with optical feedback sensors for a complete CAM package.


Year Degree Subject Institution
Year: 1988 Degree: PhD Subject: Materials Science and Engineering Institution: Drexel University
Year: 1986 Degree: MS Subject: Mathematics Institution: Drexel University
Year: 1982 Degree: BA Subject: Mathematics Institution: LaSalle University

Work History

Years Employer Title Department
Years: 1995 to Present Employer: Undisclosed Title: Professor, Co-Director Engineering and Design Institute Department:
Expert teaches courses such as Structural Analysis, Materials Science, Sustainability, Computer Science, Fabric Mechanics, Yarn Mechanics, Woven Fabrics, Composite Materials, Experimental Structures, Experimental Materials, and Analytical Methods.

He performs research in the areas of green materials for the built environment, composite mechanics, biomedical textiles, sustainable materials, and process-structure-property modelling of textiles and their composites.
Years Employer Title Department
Years: 1990 to 1995 Employer: North Carolina State University Title: Associate Professor, Director of the Advanced Textile and Composites Laboratory Department: College of Textiles
He taught classes in textile materials, fabric mechanics, yarn mechanics, polymer science, composite materials, composite mechanics, and numerical methods.

He performed research in the area of automotive composites, biomedical textiles, composite mechanics and process-structure-property modelling of textiles and their composites.
Years Employer Title Department
Years: 1988 to 1990 Employer: Drexel University Title: Assistant Professor, Associate Director of the Fibrous Materials Research Center Department: Department of Materials Science and Engineering
Taught courses in fabric mechanics, mechanical metallurgy, yarn mechanics, advanced composites, and analytical methods.

Performed research in the field of braided composites, composite mechanics, and process-structure-property modelling of textile composites.

International Experience

Years Country / Region Summary
Years: 1995 to 1995 Country / Region: Belgium Summary: Visiting Research Professor at the University of Gent in the textile engineering department. Worked in the area of textile reinforced composites as well as carpet recycling.

Career Accomplishments

Awards / Recognition
Excellence in Sustainability Education, Delaware Valley Green Building Council, 2007

Philadelphia Sustainability Award, Pennsylvania Environmental Council, 2007
Leadership in Sustainable Building, Pennsylvania Resources Council, 2004

Director’s Award, System Competency, National Textile Center, 2004

Fiber Society - Award for Distinguished Achievement in Basic or Applied Fiber Science, 2000

Commendation from City of Philadelphia - role in FIRST Robot Development team with McNeil Consumer Products and Philadelphia School District, 1998

Outstanding Teacher of the Year, 1994, College of Textiles, North Carolina State University

Academy of Outstanding Teachers, North Carolina State University, 1994
Publications and Patents Summary
He has 7 books, 2 patents, 37 refereed publications, and 50 presentations.

Additional Experience

Expert Witness Experience
He has served as an expert witness in intellectual property, product liability, criminal, and personal injury cases. He has been accepted as an expert in the area of textile mechanics, product design, and failure mechanisms for composite materials, woven fabrics, knitted fabrics, braided fabrics, and cords. The industries have included construction, apparel, biomedical, health care, and automotive.
Training / Seminars
He has developed training courses in the area of carbon fibers, woven fabrics, introduction to textile materials, and composite mechanics.

Language Skills

Language Proficiency
French Not fluent, but capable of communicating basic concepts and ideas. Can read technical literature at a moderate level.

Fields of Expertise

accident causation, advanced composite, advanced composite technology, automotive composite, cloth, composite failure analysis, composite material, composite material design for manufacturability, composite material failure, composite material mechanical property, composite material micromechanics, composite preform, cord rope, cordage, epoxy matrix composite, fabric, fabric laminate, fabric structure configuration, fiber, fiber glass, fiber structure-property relationship, fiber-reinforced composite, fiber-reinforced plastic, fiberglass-reinforced composite, fibrous thread, geosynthetic material, glass fiber polymer composite, graphite composite, graphite epoxy composite, high-performance textile, industrial fabric, knitted fabric, medical textile, natural fiber composite, non-textile fiber, polymer matrix composite, reinforced composite, roving (strand), strand cord, technical textile design, textile, textile composite, textile engineering, textile fiber, textile material, textile reinforcement, three-dimensional composite, three-dimensional structure for composite material, woven fabric, woven fabric surface property, woven fiber composite, thermoplastic composite, composite material characterization, lightweight composite, automotive textile, advanced composite forming, ceramic composite, ceramic composite testing, polyester fabric, filter fabric, carbon-fiber composite, composite material testing, fabric heat treatment, fiber modification, glass matrix composite, short fiber-reinforced ceramic composite, short fiber-reinforced composite, medical composite, automotive headlining material, fiberglass-reinforced composite fabrication, specialty textile, tire cord, glass-filled polyester, composite material process modeling, advanced composite process development, composite material manufacturing process development, advanced composite manufacturing, advanced composite processing, military textile specification, glass fiber, nonwoven fabric surface property, fabric surface property, woven fabric manufacturing, fabric manufacturing, scrim, composite material processing technology, composite material manufacturing, composite structure design, composite material impact damage evaluation, autoclave composite processing, automobile engine composite material, reinforced plastic, flax, fabric construction product, nonwoven fabric manufacturing, health care textile, prepreg material, laminate material, composite material stress analysis, composite-filament winding process, aramid fiber reinforced plastic, chopped-fiber composite, random-fiber composite, geotextile, ceramic-matrix composite, aramid fiber, yarn, structural composite, parachute fabric, metal matrix composite, glass cloth, cotton fiber, cotton fabric, composite material processing, composite structure, coated fabric, carbon-carbon composite, carbon fiber, carbon fiber reinforced plastic, bandage, apparel fabric

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