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Dr. Durand R. Begault, PhD
AFC Director
130 Sutter Street, Floor 5
San Francisco CA 94104
USA
phone: 415-397-0442
fax: 415-397-0454
Durand R. Begault received a PhD in Computer Audio from UC San Diego in 1988 and an MFA from Mills College in 1981. He has been associated with the Audio Forensic Center and Charles M. Salter Associates, Inc. since 1996 and has worked as an expert witness, legal consultant, and acoustical consultant on a variety of audio-related cases since 1988. Dr. Begault also holds a research position at NASA Ames Research Center and is an adjunct faculty member at McGill University. He is the author of several U.S. patents and is qualified as an expert witness in both Federal and State Courts. Dr. Begault has testified in over 40 cases on a variety of audio technology and forensic audio-related cases.

Areas of Expertise:
  • Audio Technology Patent / Intellectual Property Analyses
  • Forensic Audio and Video Tape Examination / Authentication
  • Analysis of Speech, Alarms, Warning Signal Audibility
  • Voice Identification and Elimination
  • Analysis of ‘Ear Witness’ Testimony
  • Enhancement of Speech from Noisy Audio / Video Tape Recordings
  • Music Copyright Infringement and Musicological Analysis
  • Gunshots
  • Acoustical Test and Measurement - Environmental Sound
  • Noise Exposure
  • Software / Hardware Black Box Testing for Infringement
  • Videotape Image Enhancement
  • Analysis of Digital Recordings
Please contact the Marketing Department at Charles M. Salter Associates, Inc./Audio Forensic Center for Dr. Begault’s current CV.

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Durand R. Begault, PhD
Written by an author with expertise in both theory and applications, 3D Sound for Virtual Reality and Multimedia provides readers an essential technical foundation in sound and virtual reality. The book covers components of spatial auditory displays; psychoacoustics of spatial hearing; what sounds are appropriate to spatialize; applications to human-machine interfaces (including virtual reality and multimedia); computer music; and room acoustics.
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Robert Bruce
Principal
16155 Park Row, Suite 150
Houston TX 77084-6971
USA
phone: 281-492-2784
fax: 281-492-1434
CSTI Acoustics offers professional consulting services in acoustics and noise and vibration control to engineering firms, industrial companies, developers, architects, churches, private owners, attorneys, and government entities.

Both graduates of MIT, Arno Bommer and Bob Bruce have been working together since the early 1980s. Projects have been performed throughout the US including Alaska and Hawaii, and in Canada, Mexico, Brazil, Trinidad, Argentina, Chile, Puerto Rico, England, Scotland, Germany, and Qatar.
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RCS Performance Systems, Inc
4455 Genesee St., Ste. 114
Buffalo NY 14225
USA
phone: 716-634-8016
Dr. Robert C. Sugarman, PE , provides expert testimony in criminal and personal injury trials (both defense and plaintiff) with a unique combination of expertise in Physics and Human Factors Psychology.

Personal injury analyst with 40 years in human factors R&D; teaching; trial testimony and accident simulation and mockups; development of industrial operations, environmental health & safety, and maintenance industrial training for light to heavy industry; worked "in the trenches". Fellow of the Human Factors & Ergonomics Society; staff at SUNY/Buffalo; contributor to ANSI design standard.

BA, MS, SM, PhD; physics, psychology; Purdue, MIT, SUNY/Buffalo

Areas of Expertise:
  • Product and Equipment Design
  • Medical Equipment Errors
  • Perception and Vision
  • Instructions and Procedures
  • Warnings and Labels
  • Individual Differences
  • Training
  • Human Factors
  • Industrial Accidents
  • Vehicle Accidents
  • Construction Accidents
  • Slip and Fall
  • Ergonomics and Workplace Layout
  • Physics and Optics
  • 6/4/2009 · Human Factors
    It was a dark and lonely night – as your client, a middle aged man, drove along an unfamiliar country road, watching out for deer that often jump out in front of cars at that time of year. Soon after the road curved to the right he realized that a disabled car with no lights on was angled across the road in front of him.

    6/4/2009 · Human Factors
    Back in graduate school, the Psychology Department chair at MIT liked to tell his classes about the three Laws of Nature: the Law of Falling Bricks, the Law of Falling Cats, and the Law of Falling People. Physicists have formulated the precise laws that describe how a brick falls from a table to the floor. Biologists have discovered how cats fall differently from bricks, twisting reflexively to always land on their feet. But what laws completely describe a person falling from a roof? This is the challenge of behavioral scientists.

    6/4/2009 · Human Factors
    To err is human; to design is divine. Forensic Human Factors specialists help lawyers analyze the root cause of an accident by determining who erred and why. Human factors applies research from a number of fields to design and evaluate things that people use in work and everyday activities

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    Dr. A.B. Thakker
    Ph.D., PE, FASM, CMFGE
    2839 Paces Ferry Road
    Overlook II, Suite 1160
    Atlanta GA 30339
    USA
    phone: 800-215-4468 or 404-771-2600
    fax: 770-234-4148
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    Firm Profile: Established in 1996, Global Technology Experts, Inc. (GTE) specializes in providing multi-disciplinary engineering and scientific consulting, product testing, safety and forensic engineering services to manufacturers, defense and plaintiff attorneys, and to the insurance claims industry. Our professional staff includes engineers, scientists, and technical specialists who have years of experience and excel as experts in wide range of disciplines. GTE has investigated more then 350+ failure cases that include: Machinery/Equipment, Slip and Fall, Accident Reconstruction, Vehicle Rollover, Lift trucks, Bicycle, Generator/Battery, Tree stand, Construction Defects, Pump/Boiler/Chiller, Engine/Transmission, Weld joints, Corrosion, Fatigue, Polymers, Ceramics and Composite materials. GTE also specializes in Life assessment and durability analysis of prototype components etc.

    Areas of Expertise:
  • Electrical Failures
  • Motor/Generator Failures
  • Battery Failures
  • Accident Reconstruction
  • Tire Defects
  • Machinery & Equipment Failures
  • Construction Equipment Failure
  • Aircraft Engine/Structural Failure
  • Structural Engineering
  • Mechanical Metallurgy/Materials Failure
  • Fatigue & Corrosion
  • Product Failure Analysis
  • Bicycle, Ladder, Slip/trip & fall
  • Building Construction & Defect Analysis

  • Education: We have highly experienced and qualified staff:
  • PhD, Engineering Science & Materials, Virginia Tech
  • PhD, Electrical Engineering, Georgia Tech
  • PhD, Mechanical Engineering, Auburn University
  • BS, Civil and Construction Engineering, Kansas State University
  • BS, Mechanical Engineering, S.U.N.Y., Buffalo, NY
  • MBA, Technology Management, Florida Institute of Technology

    Certifications:
  • PE – Registered Professional Engineers
  • CMfgE – Certified Manufacture Engineer

    Professional Affiliations:
  • Southern Law Association
  • Atlanta Claims Association
  • American Society of Mechanical Engineers
  • Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineer
  • American Society of Civil Engineers
  • American Society of Materials
  • American Society of Nondestructive testing
  • American Welding Society
  • American Society of Testing Materials
  • Society of Aerospace, Materials and Process Engineers

    Principals:
  • Dr. Ash Thakker, PhD, PE, FASM,FSME, CMfgE (Structures, Materials, Fatigue, Fracture, Composites, Damage Tolerance)
  • Mr. George Kremer, BSME, AAS (Metallurgy, Corrosion, Coatings and Mechanical Failures)
  • Dr. Nicholas Propes, PhD (Electrical Machinery Failures, Maintenance Systems, Testing and Analysis)
  • Dr. Freeman Rufus, PhD (Battery/Motor/Generator Failure)
  • Dr. Jyoti Ajitsaria, PhD (Mechanical Failures)
  • Mr. Mike Healy, BS (Civil, Construction Engineering, Buildings)
  • Mr. Ralph Cunningham, BS (Physical Testing, Accident Reconstruction)
  • 11/20/2010 · Slip, Trip & Fall
    A "slip and fall" or "trip and fall" is the generic term for an injury which occurs when someone slips, trips or falls as a result of a dangerous or hazardous condition on someone else's property. It includes falls as a result of water, ice or snow, as well as abrupt changes in flooring, poor lighting, or a hidden hazard, such as a gap or hard to see hole in the ground