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Valves, Control Valves, Piping, Pipe Couplings, Pipe Joining, Valve Testing, Valve Codes, and Standards

ID: 728811 Pennsylvania, USA

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Expert, PE is an engineering consultant with over 35 years of mechanical engineering experience. Licensed Professional Engineer in NY and PA. Services provided include consulting and expert witness in the following areas: Product Safety Signs and Labels, Guards and Barriers, Mechanical Engineering & Design, Forensic Engineering, Structural Engineering, Materials Engineering, Safety Engineering, Pipeline Safety, Valve Sealing, Hydraulic Components, Pressure Vessels, Tanks, Piping Systems, Pipe Joining, Failure Analysis, Patent Disputes, Product Liability including Failure to Warn, Machinery Defects, Stress & Stability Analysis, Testing, Calculations, Oilfield, Industrial, Construction, Mining, & Power Plant Equipment Failure, Valves including Control, Safety, Relief, Globe, Gate, Ball, Check. Experienced Using Metallic Materials including Carbon and Stainless Steels, Alloy Steels, Aluminum, Titanium, Bronze, Brass, Ductile Iron Types and Grades, Metal Matrix Design and Construction. Fluid Leakage. Explosions. Property Damage. Process Control Including Control Curves and Valve Trim Types. Control systems & Communication Protocols. Piping, Pipe Couplings, Valve testing, Elastomers, Composite materials including Carbon & Aramid fibers, Fiberglass, Plastics, Rubber to Metal Bonding. Safety Devices, Blowout Preventers, Packers, Seals, Environmental Requirements. Strength of Materials for Metals, Composites, Plastics & Wood. Wind loading, Seismic Loading, Snow Loading. Quality Management Principles Including 6 Sigma Methodologies, Problem Solving, Root Cause and Corrective Actions. Industry Codes and Standards including ANSI, API, ASTM, ISO, NEMA, AWS, ASHRAE, NACE, NFPA, & UL. Federal, state, and local regulations. State & Federal Testimony, Defense and Plaintiff, Depositions and Trial. Expert Witness Reports, Thorough Research, Preparation, Clear Communication. Science and Fact based Opinions.

His services include consulting, troubleshooting, expert witness work including: reports, affidavits, court testimony.

Gas distribution valve review for meeting the requirments of DOT Title 49, Part 192Global Marketing review for valves and fittings used in the LNG and propane industry. Valve qualification testing evaluation for life, reliability, and perfromance of a control valve design used in HVAC service on steam.Seal designs for improving rotating and reciprocation equipment design.


Year Degree Subject Institution
Year: 1981 Degree: BSME Subject: Mechanical Engineering Institution: Rochester Institute of Technology
Year: 1996 Degree: MBA Subject: Finance/Marketing Institution: St. Bonaventure University

Work History

Years Employer Title Department
Years: 2014 to 2016 Employer: (Undisclosed) Title: Staff Engineer Department: Oil & Gas
Direct meetings with global customers, to sell products for new applications, assist customers in improving their products using new elastomer, new processes, bonding geometry, and installation methods. Perform necessary non-linear finite element analysis (FEA) using Autodesk Inventor 3D Models and ANSYS Workbench to provide these customers with decision making information for new product configuration or product redesign. Elastomeric bonding systems to metallic and non-metallic materials, including heat transfer curves, material processing parameters, transfer molding, compression molding, injection molding. Designing with rubber for fatigue life prediction, materials compatibility including oil immersion, shock/load control.
Years Employer Title Department
Years: 2012 to 2014 Employer: (Undisclosed) Title: Sr. Mechanical Engineer Department: Minerals Flotation
Selecting global fabricators for multimillion dollar contracts, cost estimating, feasibility studies, and project management are major current responsibilities. ASME VIII, API-620 & 650, ASME B16.31 and other piping standards used. Motor and variable frequency drive(VFD) application including mounting, shafting and keying, shaft drive systems, “V” belting, gears and transmissions, and control logic. Selection of valves and instrumentation for mining control, control systems design.
Years Employer Title Department
Years: 2010 to 2012 Employer: (Undisclosed) Title: Manager Engineering Department: Composite Engineering
Work extensively with sales and marketing on new growth opportunities. Write and maintain procedures and specifications for design and manufacturing processes including vacuum bag molding, autoclave molding, LRTM, RTM, filament winding, and other related processes. Focus on high end, high performance, metal to composites conversion.
Years Employer Title Department
Years: 2005 to 2010 Employer: (Undisclosed) Title: Director Engineering Department: High pressure subsea Valves
High pressure valves design.
Years Employer Title Department
Years: 1997 to 2002 Employer: (Undisclosed) Title: VP Engineering Department: Severe duty control valves
Control Valve and desuperheater design and manufacture.
Years Employer Title Department
Years: 1991 to 1997 Employer: (Undisclosed) Title: Director Product Development Department: Safety, Safety Relief, Gate, Globe, Check, Butterfly Valves
Design of products including valves for natural gas and other fluids.

Career Accomplishments

Licenses / Certifications
Professional Engineer in New York and Pennsylvania licences. Structural, Mechanical, HVAC, Piping, Dynamic Systems, Seals and composite materials. DOT Title 49 Regulations for Gas Pipeline Safety. Product Safety Labels and Warning. Product Liability.
Publications and Patents Summary
2 patents issued as Inventor.

Additional Experience

Expert Witness Experience
- Expert Affidavit submitted 2018. Evaluation of laws regarding workplace safety and violations committed on a gas transmission compressor station upgrade. Personal Injury.

- Expert Report 2018. Evaluation of product and product warnings. Case settled out of court after report filed.

- Depositions given for (Undisclosed) Industries on wrongful death case involving 4 men in Macomb Township Michigan in 1996. Case settled out of court prior to my trial testimony. City of Detroit and Contractor fined. Expert witness testimony: State of Michigan meter pit incident.
Training / Seminars
Continuing Education Varies to meet PE requirements for NY and PA.
Vendor Selection
Expert has extensive experience in managing global projects including vendor selection. He has traveled extensively worldwide.
Marketing Experience
Expert spent 8 years in industrial sales covering the energy and industrial markets. He has spent 3 years as product manager developing product liability program including the addition of product warning to product labels, manuals, and brochures for products used in the oil and gas, water, and industrial markets. He has also stewarded product management, including pricing strategies, market strategies, portfolio management for increasing profitable lines, and pruning older marginal products.

Fields of Expertise

American Society of Mechanical Engineers code, American Society of Mechanical Engineers standard, ball valve, check valve, control valve noise reduction, control valve selection, control valve sizing, directional control valve, double-disc gate valve, electro-hydraulic controller, electromagnetic actuator, flow control valve, fluid power system, gate valve, globe valve, high-pressure seal, high-pressure tubing, high-pressure valve, hydraulic actuator, hydraulic circuit, hydraulic engineering, hydraulic fitting, hydraulic leakage, hydraulic pressure, hydraulic test equipment, mechanical valve, metering valve, needle valve, parallel slide valve, penstock, pipe flow, plug valve, pneumatic valve, relief valve, safety valve, valve actuator, valve cavitation, valve design, valve leakage, valve performance testing, wedge gate valve, gas shut-off valve, valve seat, air cylinder, plastic valve, air-control valve, water valve, micromachined valve, miniature valve, linear actuator, diaphragm valve, field testing, hydraulic oil, directional valve, mixing valve, throttle, air pressure, spool valve, railroad tankcar valve, fuel system, cylinder, flow control, line stopping, live tapping, gas check valve design, materials testing, electromagnetic signal transmission, high-vacuum valve, air control instrument, needle, leakage, diaphragm, safety valve standard, valve lifting device, electropneumatic dispensing equipment, air duct, electric field, electric current, automatic control servovalve, electropneumatic valve, fluid flow, solenoid valve, servovalve, safety valve code, rotary valve, pressure regulator, poppet valve, pinch valve, petroleum engineering, mechanical engineering, liquid flow, leak detection, hydraulic valve, gas valve, fluid mixing, fluid handling, expansion valve, electropneumatics technology, electrohydraulic valve, damper valve, cutoff valve, control valve, cock, liquid cavitation, air flow

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