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Albert L. DeBonis, PhD
PO Box 1322
Millbrook NY 12545
USA
phone: 845-677-3091
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Albert L. DeBonis, PhD, specializes in Wood Science Technology. His focus is on the evaluation, assessment and testing in virtually every aspect of wood science and wood construction technology across the United States and Internationally.

Dr. DeBonis served as the manger of the Engineering Research and Development for the Western Wood Products Association (WWPA) and taught at the Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University Department of Forest Products. He has carried out both basic and applied research over the years on many products, but his current focus is on the proper use of wood products in construction.

Litigation Support - Dr. DeBonis provides forensic investigations, failure analyses, research and development, and provide expert witness testimony in a wide variety of legal cases. He has provided technical support on projects ranging from construction problems in single family dwellings to national class action product liability suits. Dr. DeBonis has investigated products failures such:
  • Hardboard / Composite Wood Sidings
  • Fire Retardant Lumber and Plywood
  • Structural Lumber
  • Trusses
  • Scaffold Systems
  • Ladders
  • In Situ Lumber Grading
  • Lumber & Wood Products
  • Partial and Complete Building Collapses
  • Moisture Intrusion Problems
  • Building Envelope Performance
  • Wood Decay
  • Insect Attack
  • Chemical Degradation of Wood
  • NDT Resistance Drilling
  • Wood Testing
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    Amitkumar Dharia, PhD
    8418 Sterling St., Suite A
    Irving Texas 75063
    USA
    phone: 972-915-0516
    fax: 972-915-0518
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    Amitkumar Dharia, PhD has over 27 years of direct experience in new Plastics and Polymer product and process, research and development, market research and analysis, product and project management, and commercialization.

    After working with various organizations throughout the United States, Dr. Dharia founded Transmit Technology Group, LLC in 1999. Since then, he has helped numerous clients in conceptualizing, exploring through experimentation, and screening best and novel alternatives, in connecting and coordinating external resources to drive concepts to commercialization. In 2006, he developed a novel testing equipment, Technoform, to determine the thermoformabiltiy of thermoplastics materials. Technoform has been used in over 60 industrial projects related to thermoforming.

    During 1999-2014, Dr. Dharia was named inventor or co-inventor on six US and international patents and is named a co-inventor on two pending applications. A patent agent registered with USPTO, he himself has been issued 21 United States patents and has been responsible for more than 30 disclosures of inventions. He has also authored over 24 technical publications.

    Litigation Support - Dr. Dharia provides expert witness services in the area of Plastic Part Failure. His services are available to attorneys representing plaintiff and defendant and include product failure analysis, written reports, depositions, and trial testimony.

    Areas of Expertise:
    • Plastic Materials
    • Polymer Materials
    • Additives
    • Conductive Plastics
    • Reinforced Materials
    • Flame Retardants
    • Thermoplastic Elastomers (TPE)
    • Thermoplastic Olefin (TPO)
    • Thermophotovoltaic (TPV)
    • Plastic Blends
  • Alloys
  • Reactive Modifications
  • Foams
  • W & C Applications
  • Automotive Applications
  • Packaging
  • Consumer Goods
  • Sensors
  • Medical Devices
  • Construction Markets
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    Time-Variable Systems, LLC
    Jamie Chapman
    Principal
    500 Throckmorton St.
    MS 2101
    Fort Worth TX 76102-3808
    United States
    phone: 6175138429
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    Jamie Chapman, PhD, provides more than 35 years of broad technical, engineering, operational and economic expertise in the areas of Renewable Energy and Power Conversion Systems. Service as Expert Witness and Expert Consultant to law firms and agencies.

    Dr. Chapman's experience includes research and development focused on the technologies needed to maintain leadership for the next, next generation of multi-megawatt wind turbine power plants, including turbulence detection by lidar and radar. His work in this area generated four patent disclosures.

    From 2004-2010, Dr. Chapman served as Associate Director of the Wind Science and Engineering Research Center at Texas Tech University. As part of the Senior Research Faculty, he was a principal in achieving $10 million in external funding to implement a wind energy research and education program. Dr. Chapman delivered a graduate-level course on wind turbine design, control, grid interface and economics and initiated Texas Tech's program on the integration of wind turbines with desalination systems.

    Dr. Chapman has provided national and international Expert Witness services in Patent, System Performance, Manufacturing Defects, and other litigation areas. In addition to his very broad technical background, Dr. Chapman is an excellent communicator, orally and in writing, of sophisticated and complex technological concepts.

    Currently the principal at Time-Variable Systems LLC, Texas and New York, Dr. Chapman's focus and areas of expertise include:
    • Innovative Electric Machines
    • Variable Speed Electric Generators
    • Marine Hydrokinetic Power Conversion Systems
    • Radar Sensing
    • Megawatt-scale Power Processing and Control via Power Electronics
    • Wind Turbines
    • Energy Storage
    • Rotary and Linear Electric Machines
    • Electronic Power Conversion
    • Control and Grid Interface
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    Bransford Pickett, PE
    PE Mechanical Engineering
    1356 Santa Olivia Road
    Chula Vista CA 91913
    USA
    phone: 619-977-7693
    fax: 619-781-8752
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    Bransford Pickett, PE, DFE, BSc, MScBA, has over 25 years of experience as a Mechanical Engineer. SEFS expertise includes design and review of material handling equipment, material handling management, and ship board systems. SEFS offers litigation support services for Accident Investigation and Reconstruction covering failure analysis, process simulation, regulatory compliance, equipment reliability, and personal injury / safety. His materials handling and engineering services are offered to attorneys, insurance and end user companies nationally and internationally.

    Mr. Pickett is a member on the American Society of Mechanical Engineers B30 committee on Safety Codes and Standards for cranes and rigging as well as a member of several subcommittees. He is also a member of American Society of Mechanical Engineers P30 Committee- Planning for the Use of Cranes, Derricks, Hoists, Cableways and Lifting Accessories. ASME BTH Standards Committee.

    Mr. Pickett is a Professional Engineer, and holds a BSE from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, and a MScBA in Finance from San Diego State University, as well as a board certified Diplomate Forensic Engineer. He has qualified as an expert witness in the State of New York Supreme Court and the State of California Supreme Court.

    Accident Investigation:
    • Man baskets, Forklifts, Scissors Lifts, Aerial Lifts, Rigging Gear, Hydraulic Jacks, and Hydraulic / pneumatic Lift Systems, Automotive Lift Systems, Conveyors, Pallet and Packages Conveyors, Pneumatic Systems, Machine tools, Boats, Barges, and Elevators
    • Tower, Mobile, Bridge, Truck, Portal, Container, Jib and Floating Barge Cranes, and Derricks
    • Operator training compliance to National Commission for the Certification of Crane Operators, NCCCO, requirements for tower crane, mobile crane, overhead crane, articulating crane operator training and certification, signal person, and rigger certification
    • Compliance covers applicable national and international standards that include the ABS, ASTM, ASM, ASME, ANSI, WSTDA, ALI, etc. and DIN, EN, FEM to list a few. National regulations include state and federal OSHA requirements as well as DOE, military specifications and standards
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    Luis R. Carney, PhD, PE
    President
    11977 Marbon Meadows Dr.
    Jacksonville FL 32223
    USA
    phone: 904-233-3660
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    Dr. Luis R. Carney, PE, is an active Metallurgist and Licensed Professional Engineer (FL) with 28+ years of experience in failure analysis and accident investigation.

    Dr. Carney developed his analytical and communication skills working for the United States Navy (aviation & industrial). For nearly three decades he has been tasked with solving thousands of critical and challenging technical problems of national and international significance. He has personally conducted over 700 failure analyses and consulted in hundreds more.

    As President and Technical leader of Southeastern Metallurgy, Dr. Carney brings the same level of dedication, professionalism and service to his clients. His priorities are to quickly and scientifically identify the root cause(s) of failure, document findings and provide clients with clear, defensible opinions. He recognizes that technical opinions must be understandable by lay persons.

    Litigation Support - Dr. Carney accepts cases from a wide variety of industries and is particularly skilled at analyzing transportation, mechanical and industrial incidents and accidents. Dr. Carney's services are available to attorneys for plaintiff and defendant and include written reports, depositions, and trial testimony as needed. The initial case evaluation is free.

    Areas of Expertise:
    • Transportation Accidents
    • Mechanical Devices of Any Kind
    • Aviation Structures
    • Heat/Fire/Lightning Damage
    • Turbine Engine Failures
    • Steels/Superalloys/Al/Ti/Ni/Co
    • Polymers/Composites
    • Fatigue
    • Corrosion
    • Stress Corrosion
  • Industrial Accidents
  • Propellers
  • Piston Engines
  • Embrittlement
  • Weld Defects
  • Machining Errors
  • Improper Design
  • Manufacturing Errors
  • Overload
  • Wear
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    Dr. J. Rasty, PE, MBA
    President & CEO
    1500 Broadway, Ste. 503
    Lubbock TX 79401
    USA
    phone: Cell:806-773-7787 or Ofc: 806-368-9811
    fax: 214-614-4955
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    Since 1988, Real-World Forensic Engineering, LLC ("RWFE") has provided engineering services to industries and government labs, as well as litigation support to both plaintiff and defense attorneys practicing in many areas.

    RWFE Expertise Includes:

    Components & Machinery
    Metallurgy & Corrosion
    Dynamics of Impact & Collisions
    Friction Analysis / Slips, Trips and Falls
    Intellectual Property & Patent Review
    Accident Reconstruction / Animation
    Computer Aided Design
    Education & Training
    Electrocution & Switch Malfunction
    Grounding & Lightning Protection
    Lightning Impulse Testing
    Products and Premises Liability & Safety
    High-Voltage & Current Power Systems
    Bridge Design and Safety
    Fire & Explosion Cause and Origin
    And Much More...


    At RWFE, we proudly distinguish ourselves by our Four C's:

    CREDENTIALS. COMPETENCE. CREDIBILITY. COMMUNICATION.

    Credentials:B.S., M.S., M.Eng., M.B.A., J.D., and Ph.D. Degreed
    Licensed Professional Engineers in Mechanical, Electrical, and Civil Engineering
    Tenured University Professors and Professionals
    NAFI Certified Fire and Explosion Investigators (CFEI)
    Licensed Master Electricians
    Competence:Over 80 Combined Years of Experience in Engineering R&D, Industry, Academia, Consulting, and Expert Witness Litigation Support
    Over 120 Combined Deposition and Court Testimonies
    Credibility:Internationally Recognized in Our Areas of Expertise
    More Than $19 Million in Peer-reviewed and Funded Research Grants
    Over 200 Combined Scientific Publications and Journal Articles
    Communication:Over 20 Different Undergraduate and Graduate-level University Courses
    Over 30 Invited Short Courses, Talks, and Lectures

    Design Evaluation – Accident Investigation – Intellectual Property
    Failure Analysis – Fire Cause & Origin – Component Testing
    Computer Aided Drafting – Accident Animation
    Expert Witness & Litigation Support

    www.ExpertEngineering.com
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    Thomas Read, PhD
    Principal
    1435 Fulton Rd.
    Santa Rosa CA 95403
    USA
    phone: 707-544-2374
    fax: 707-544-2370
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    Expert Background: Dr. Thomas L. Read is the Principal and CEO at A. Read Consulting, LLC. He received his PhD. from Stanford University in 1972 and has over 25 years of manufacturing experience in electronics, metallurgy, factory safety, failure analysis, glass fracture, glass failure and bottle failure. As a member of the electronics industry, he has earned process patents and has an extensive background in manufacturing techniques.

    In parallel, Dr. Read has spent over twenty five years as a consultant to attorneys and engineers. He has given more than 100 depositions and has appeared in court numerous times.

    Company Profile: Read Consulting, LLC is a full service laboratory providing services in the following areas:
  • Failure Analysis; Factory Safety and Personal Injury (including machine guards and manufacturing safety)
  • Glass Failure Analysis - Glass Fracture, Glass Failures and Bottle Failure
  • Metal and Ceramic Failure
  • Grinding Wheel Failures
  • Intellectual Property and Patent Disputes
  • Product Liability and Product Quality
  • Manufacturing Disagreements (such as Intellectual Property, Failed equipment and Contract Disputes)
  • Reverse Engineering
  • As "water hammer" (i.e. liquid impact) has the potential to cause glass bottle failure, Read Consulting LLC created two such failures to study the resulting fracture surface details.

    4/23/2015 · Failure Analysis
    Read Consulting was asked to determine why a welded chair failed and caused injury to the person sitting in it.

    The root cause of the failure of customer returns of heated automobile rear view mirrors was investigated.

    During normal operation, the arm on an automatic wafer test station failed. Root cause failure analysis determined that the drive shaft on the right angle gear motor used to raise and lower the manipulator arm had failed first.

    5/21/2012 · Failure Analysis
    This grinding wheel was part of a product liability and personnel injury case. It was claimed that the subject wheel had unexpectedly failed (i.e. flown apart) and an escaping piece had hit the plaintiff in the face causing serious injuries. According to the user, the grinder with the wheel was purchased approximately one hour before the grinding wheel failure.

    3/29/2012 · Failure Analysis
    A failed plastic lawn chair was examined to determine the cause of failure. This chair failed on the premises of a restaurant In this study the subject chair is examined and compared to several exemplar purchased at the same time. The objective of this study is to determine the cause of failure.

    11/8/2011 · Failure Analysis
    Glass Failure Analysis Expert Witness performs a failure analysis of a several tempered glass doors that had "spontaneously" failed at a construction site. The objective of this glass failure analysis is to determine the cause of failure and make recommendations to the contractor.

    8/30/2011 · Failure Analysis
    Materials failure analysis expert performs a failure analysis to determine the source of a metal piece found in tomato product.

    5/17/2011 · Failure Analysis
    A plumbing failure analysis was performed to determine why a cold water supply line to a bathroom sink had failed after only one year of service.

    A glass failure expert witness performs a root cause failure analysis on an exploding beer bottle. The object of this root cause failure analysis is to determine the cause of the bottle failure.

    7/7/2009 · Design
    Before expending the effort necessary to reverse engineer a device or object, it must be definite that the object under study is not covered by one or more patents. This avoids a dispute over patent violations. Once it has been established that no patent coverage exists, one can use multiple techniques to reverse engineer a product. These are summarized below:

    The cracked tank was first inspected in the "as received" condition. In this condition it was cracked, but it was still whole. Next, the failed tank was separated by pulling it apart. This was done to expose the fracture surfaces of the main crack. This allowed for a complete failure analysis and for a determination of where the crack initiated.

    Glass fractography is the most effective method for determining why a glass object, such as a bottle, failed. This technique consists of examining the fracture surfaces of the failure for artifacts such as Wallner lines and using them to trace the crack back to its origin. Once the origin has been identified, it can be examined in detail with a microscope to determine the cause of the failure.

    1/28/2006 · Failure Analysis
    Note: Glass Fractography is the most effective method for determining why a glass object, such as a bottle, failed. This technique consists of examining the fracture surfaces of the failure for artifacts such as Wallner lines and using them to trace the crack back to its origin

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    Daniel Rapperport
    8 Wallis Court
    Lexington MA 02421
    USA
    phone: 781-862-9001 or 339-222-2822
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    Rapperport Associates, Inc., provides exceptional capability in Failure Analysis, Fire and Explosion Investigation, Accident Reconstruction, Structural Analysis, Mechanical and Electrical Engineering, Metallurgy and Materials Science.

    We have provided superior technical support for litigation since 1974, and possess an extraordinarily talented technical team with impeccable academic and industrial credentials and proven analysis capability. Our team of distinguished scientists and engineers is drawn principally from Massachusetts Institute of Technology (M.I.T.) and Stanford University.

    AREAS OF EXPERTISE:

    Failure Analysis
  • Structural Design Analysis
  • Metallurgical Failures
  • Finite Element Stress Analysis
  • Fracture and Fatigue Analysis
  • Scanning Electron Microscopy
  • Corrosion

  • Accident Reconstruction
  • Automobiles / Trucks
  • Biomechanics / Injury Mechanism
  • Off-Road Vehicles
  • Occupant Motion
  • Aircraft
  • Animation

  • Fire & Explosion Analysis
  • Cause and Origin
  • Electrical
  • Gases, Liquids and Dust
  • Industrial Processes
  • ........Safety
  • Machine and Industrial Safety
  • Machine Guarding
  • Construction Failures
  • Slips, Trips, Falls


  • Engineering
  • Mechanical
  • Structural / Civil
  • Metallurgy
  • Materials Science
  • Aeronautics and Astronautics
  • Electrical
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    Stephen J. Callan
    44 Alley Lane
    Climax Springs MO 65234
    USA
    phone: 636-394-1480
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    Stephen Callan Plastics Polymers Expert PhotoStephen J. Callan, Founder, President & Technical Director of Polymer Testing of St. Louis, Inc., has a 40 year career in Polymer Chemistry.

    Litigation Support Experience - Mr. Callan has personally conducted more than 3,000 Military and Industrial Failure Analyses. He has had a twenty six year career as an Expert Legal Witness and has been used as an Expert Legal Witness in more than 50 cases involving Product Failure, Medical Malpractice, Pharmaceutical Contamination, Violation of FDA regulations, Failure to Warn, Fire, Explosion, Chemical Exposure, Personal Injury, Death, Murder, Environmental Contamination, Patent Infringement and IP theft. He has testified in State Court, State Supreme Court, and Federal Court.

    Mr. Callan has been used as an Expert in Polymer Chemistry/Materials Analysis/Failure Analysis & Reverse Engineering by 64 Independent Testing Laboratories, 35 Automotive Component Manufacturers, 26 Coatings / Adhesives Manufacturers, 30 Composite / Aerospace/ Military Manufacturers, 12 Environmental / Agricultural Product Manufacturers, 20 Packaging Manufacturers, 14 Electronics Manufacturers, more than 260 Plastic Manufacturers / Raw Material Suppliers, The U.S. Navy, The U.S. Army, and NASA.

    Primary Areas of Expertise:
    • Military and Industrial Failure Analysis
    • Product Contaminant Identification
    • Plastics and Polymers
    • Coatings, Sealants, and Paints
    • Construction Claims
    • Corrosion Engineering
    • Reverse Engineering
    • Product Failure Analysis
  • Forensic Chemistry
  • Forensic Engineering
  • Intellectual Property
  • Materials Science
  • Medical Devices
  • Product Warnings
  • Roofing and Waterproofing
  • Structural Failure
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    T. Kim Parnell, PhD, PE
    Principal
    1150 Kelsey Dr.
    Sunnyvale CA 94087
    USA
    phone: 408-203-9443
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    Medical Devices, Biotech, Failure Analysis, Mechanical Eng, Materials, Reliability, Expert Witness

    Kim Parnell Mechanical Engineer Expert PhotoT. Kim Parnell, PhD, PE is a Professional Mechanical Engineering consultant with strong experience in a number of technology areas. He holds PhD and MSME degrees from Stanford University in Mechanical Engineering and a BES from Georgia Tech. He specializes in the mechanical engineering design and behavior of Biomedical Devices, Superelastic and Shape Memory Metals (Nitinol), Bioabsorbable Polymers, Composites, Fiber-Reinforced Materials, Electronics, and Consumer Products. Dr. Parnell consults actively in these areas using finite element analysis and other advanced technologies to improve designs, to perform failure analysis, and to improve reliability.

    Dr. Parnell served on the Mechanical Engineering faculty at Santa Clara University from 2010-2012 and was previously a Visiting Associate Professor at Stanford University. He lectured in the Stanford Composites Design Program, and is a coach and mentor for the innovative Stanford Biodesign Program. He has worked for companies including MSC Software, Rubicor Medical, Exponent Failure Analysis Associates, SST Systems, ATT Bell Laboratories, Stanford University, and General Motors.

    Dr. Kim Parnell has experience as a medical device patent litigation expert, as an expert in product liability matters (including heavy truck crashworthiness), and frequently serves as an expert witness and litigation consultant. He has testified in both trial and deposition, and has also authored expert reports. Dr. Parnell's litigation support services are available to attorneys for both plaintiff and defense.

    Areas of Expertise:
    • Patents and Intellectual Property
    • Medical Devices
    • Medical Instrumentation
    • Composite Materials
    • Finite Element Analysis (FEA) & Simulation
    • Cell Phones, Personal Electronic Devices
    • Gas Leaks, Pipe Failure, Vapor Cloud Explosions
  • Shape Memory Materials
  • Heavy Truck Crashworthiness
  • Consumer Products
  • Product Design Refinement
  • Piping, Pressure Vessels
  • Failure Analysis
  • Reliability
  • Selected Professional Memberships:
    • Registered Professional Engineer (Mechanical), California
    • ASME (American Society of Mechanical Engineers), Fellow
    • SAE (Society of Automotive Engineers), Member
    • IEEE (Institute of Electrical & Electronics Engineers), Senior Member
    • ASM International, Member
    • SMST (Shape Memory and Superelastic Technologies), Member
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    Rail residual stress distributions can be complex and variable in nature, as different manufacturing techniques produce varying stress magnitudes and distributions. To evaluate the effect of residual stresses on rail integrity, an analysis technique was sought that could quantify the effect of these stresses on web crack propagation.

    The computer program LS-DYNA3D was used to simulate the behavior of a specific, though representative, heavy truck cab-over tractor-trailer vehicle during a full 180° rollover event. These simulations provide a key component in the development of a physical testing procedure for evaluating structural integrity and occupant crash protection system designs in heavy trucks.

    2/18/2014 · Medical
    The United States Food & Drug Administration (FDA) requirements for Class III implantable medical devices requires a 10 year life, or approximately 400 million cycles of service.

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    Bill O'Donnell, Jr.
    2940 South Park Road
    Bethel Park PA 15102
    USA
    phone: 412-835-5007
    fax: 412-835-5017
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    O'Donnell Consulting Engineers, Inc. (OCE) provides engineering, failure analysis, metallurgy, and expert witness services. Providing analytical, design, testing, and technical problem solving services for more than 30 years, our extensive experience gives us credibility in expert witness testimony. Our results are based on quantified engineering principles and analysis- not just opinions. We have testified in International, Federal, and State Courts, presenting comprehensive technical reports, models, and simulations that are easily understood by Judges and Juries.

    Services Offered:
  • Mechanical Engineering: Design and analysis services including finite element analysis. Troubleshooting and providing design repair solutions.
  • Failure Analysis: Metallurgy, analysis, and testing of components to determine root cause of structural failures and fires/explosions.
  • Product Liability & Patent Infringement
  • Sample Cases:
  • Power plants
  • Petrochemical facilities
  • Dams
  • Heat exchangers
  • Piping
  • Pumps
  • Valves
  • Machine tools
  • Welded structures
  • Appliances
  • Sport equipment
  • "We are often asked to solve simple to complex engineering problems - the key to our effectiveness has been our ability to integrate interdisciplinary talent in materials science and engineering" - Bill O'Donnell, President
    The largest storage rack/ retrieval system, larger than two football fields and eighty feet wide was constructed to store 108 million pounds of paper products. On July, 2002, after two months of use, the facility collapsed and sparked a fire that destroyed the entire structure and 45 million pounds of paper. Nearly 50 fire departments responded to the inferno, which burned for three weeks. The owner of the facility sued a number of companies that included the contractor that designed and built the structure, a subcontractor, and the company that supplied the 110 foot steel columns.

    4/5/2013 · Engineering
    A comprehensive engineering analysis was performed on a coke oven battery roof and heating walls. Coke oven batteries are constructed with refractory bricks.

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    Anthony G. Micale, Aerospace Engineer, BSME, MBA
    Paul J. Micale, Pilot, Masters Aeronautical Science
    Aircraft Design, Operations and Flight Experts
    Global Reach
    Based in Southern California, USA
    Solvang CA USA
    phone: 805-688-5035 (Office) 805-729-5989 (Cell)
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    Micale Partners has over 60 years of combined technical and operations experience in Aircraft Design and Operation, Space Launch Vehicle Design and Operation and Automotive Design. They provide services to clients both nationally and internationally.

    Micale Partners combines expertise in aerospace design, aircraft flight and airline operations. This combination provides the client a consulting resource that understands how a system should be designed, fabricated, assembled and used. The depth and complete knowledge of aviation allow Micale Partners to serve as a formidable expert witness resource. The experts at Micale Partners also provide a diverse background of industry experience ranging from aircraft to automotive to space launch vehicles.

    Litigation Support Services:
    • Documentation Review
    • Failure Root Cause Investigation
    • Engineering Corrective Action Definition
    • Transcript Review / Process Review
    • Event, Incident, or Accident Timeline Mapping
  • Event Recreation
  • Design Deficiencies Failure
  • Vehicle Performance
  • Fact Finding Analysis
  • Human Factors Assessment
  • Anthony Micale Aerospace Automotive Engineering Expert PhotoAnthony G. Micale, BSME, MBA, has over 32 years of Aerospace and Automotive Engineering experience, including rigorous Failure Analysis. Mr. Micale is a dual citizen of the Unites States and the European Union. He has Top Secret Clearance TS/SCI – Special Intelligence (SI) / Talent Keyhole (TK)and Department Of Defense (DOD) Secret Clearance.

    Mr. Micale is also currently employed at The Aerospace Corporation, a Federally Funded Research and Development Corporation where he contributes to US space flight mission assurance. He has specialized in aerospace design and operation of flight and space vehicles with an emphasis on Flight Safety and Mission Assurance. Mr. Micale is a past technical leader of an aircraft accident and incident investigation board comprised of engineers, pilots and legal counsel for a major commercial aircraft manufacturer. In this role he has studied, understood, created reports and defined design changes to resolve aircraft safety issues.

    Over his career, Mr. Micale has conducted numerous analyses of root cause to determine failures attributed to: Design Flaws, Human Error, Human Workload, Improper Manufacturing, and Inadequate Maintenance. He has designed aircraft systems, conducted testing and performed evaluation that have led to aircraft certification with the FAA and the CAA. His experience includes interface with aircraft manufacturers, space vehicle manufactures, commercial aircraft operators and government agencies.

    Anthony Micale has also been employed by Ford Motor Company where he designed automotive vehicle powertrains and vehicle control systems. He has vehicle dynamics training and understands the basis for vehicle stability and car crash dynamics.

    Practice Areas:
    • Aerospace Engineering
    • Aircraft Engineering
    • Failure Investigation
    • Failure Analysis
    • Aircraft Safety
    • Risk Assessment
    • Flight Controls Systems Design
  • Human Factors
  • Hazardous Operations
  • Space Vehicle Design
  • Fact Finding Event Reconstruction
  • Technical Drawings
  • Throttle Control
  • Anti-Lock Brakes


  • Paul J. Micale, Pilot, Masters Aeronautical Science, is an active airline pilot with 26 years of flight experience 13 of which are under FAR Part 121. Specializing in Aviation and Aerospace and Transportation, he has over 7,200 flight hours with multiple ratings.

    A decorated veteran, Mr. Micale has also been forward deployed as a combat pilot with the US Army during 7 years of active duty. He has been a combat pilot in both the C-12 (Beechcraft 200) aircraft and the AH-64 Apache Attack helicopter.

    Mr. Micale's career includes continued service as a Lieutenant Colonel in the US Army Reserves where he has been a pilot and commander of flight units. As a military pilot, Mr. Micale has flown fixed and rotary wing helicopter aircraft. His education and experience emphasizes Flight Operations and Safety. He has Department Of Defense (DOD) Secret Clearance.

    Paul Micale is a licensed civilian Airline Transport Pilot with type rating as Pilot in Command and is currently employed by American Eagle Airlines as a CRJ-700 Pilot and First Officer in the Canadair Regional Jet aircraft with 65 seat occupancy. He is FAA certified for CAT II instrument approaches and to fly in Reduced Vertical Separation Minimum (RVSM) airspace. Mr. Micale is type rated for this and other aircraft requiring an FAA type rating. He has a Masters of Aeronautical Science with a specialization in aviation safety from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University.

    Practice Areas:
    • Airline Pilot
    • Military Pilot
    • Aviation Pilot
    • Army Aviator / Army Pilot
    • Flight Operations
    • Helicopter Pilot
    • Aircraft Safety Risk Assessment
    • Human Factors
  • Crew Resource Management
  • FAR 121 Pilot
  • FAR Part 121 Pilot
  • FAR 135 Pilot
  • FAR Part 135 Pilot
  • Flight Safety
  • Aircraft Safety
  • Crewmember Fatigue.
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    Robert R. Odle, PhD
    100 Wedgemont Dr
    Elkton MD 21921
    USA
    phone: 443-616-4339
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    Robert R. Odle, PhD, is an experienced Metallurgical Engineer with over 40 years of experience. The author of 10 publications and inventor of 11 patents, Dr. Odle specializes in the following three areas:
    • Corrosion Engineering - As applied in the selection and evaluation of materials for chemical systems
    • Process Chemistry - As applied in extractive metallurgy, wastewater treatment, metals refining, sulfide metallurgy, recycling of hazardous materials, and corrosive systems
    • Process Economics and Process Development - As applied to evaluating the viability of new extractive metallurgy ventures or chemical processes
    Litigation Support - Dr. Odle serves as an expert witness in cases involving Metal Chemistry, Hazardous Metal Wastes, and Metal Failure in corrosive process environments. His expertise is called upon for Root Cause Investigations and/or Failure Investigations. His services include on-site evaluations, written reports, deposition, and trial testimony when necessary. Dr. Odle is available to counsel representing both Plaintiff and Defendant.

    Areas of Expertise:
    • Extractive Metallurgy
    • Waste Water Treatment
    • Inorganic Chemistry
    • Visual Basic for Applications
    • Electrowinning
  • Hydrogen Sulfide
  • Material & Energy Balance (VBA)
  • Smelting
  • Electro-refining
  • Solid Electrolytes
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    C. Kendall Clarke, MS, PhD, PE
    1146A LeRoy Stevens Rd.
    Mobile AL 36695
    USA
    phone: 251-639-3433
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    C Kendall Clarke Expert PhotoC. Kendall Clarke, MS, PhD, PE, has 40 over years of experience as a degreed and registered professional engineer in the field of Metallurgy and Material Science. He offers expertise specifically in the areas of metallurgy, fracture mechanics, corrosion, and welding.

    Dr. Clarke has expertise estimating failure stresses from fractures to produce an engineering root cause failure analysis. Examples include a cruise ship breakaway, exhaust stack cracking, aircraft fuselage fatigue, and pressure vessel explosions.

    Dr. Clarke has industrial experience in ship building, chemical plants, paper mills, and manufacturing. He is published in the Journal of Failure Analysis and Prevention, among others. He is an active member in the Alabama and National Societies for Professional Engineers, the National Association Corrosion Engineers, and American Society for Testing and Materials.

    Litigation Support - Retained over 400 times, Dr. Clarke is a testifying expert with experience in writing thorough reports and defending them in deposition and trial. He is qualified to testify in state and federal courts. Dr. Clarke's goal is to provide solid engineering testimony in deposition thus to help in case settlement. He works with attorneys to educate them on the technical issues and to help produce mediation and trial presentations of complex issues on a layman's level for the jury.

    General Areas of Litigation Case Experience (multiple cases):
    • Accident Investigation & Failure Analysis
    • Axle Failures / Fractures
    • Corrosion
    • Fasteners (Rivets, Bolts, Blind Fasteners)
    • Fracture Mechanics
    • Industrial Accident Investigation & Reconstruction
    • Metallurgical Engineering
    • Metals – Strength & Fatigue
    • Product Liability
  • Stress Fractures
  • Welding / Spot Weld Failures
  • Wheel Failure
  • Pressure Vessel Failure Reconstructions
  • Truck Under Ride Bar Failures
  • Tree Stands for Hunting
  • Heat Exchanger Failures
  • Maritime Components
  • Equipment Fires
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    Dr. Reza Mirshams, P.E.
    Principal
    Frisco TX 75034
    USA
    phone: 469-396-3156
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    Reza Mirshams, PhD, PE, is an independent Professional Engineering consultant with degrees in Industrial Metallurgy and Metallurgical Engineering. He has over 40 years of experience in his field of expertise.

    Dr. Mirshams' research experience includes engineered materials: Alloys for Aerospace, Automotive, Structures, Construction, Plumbing, and MEMS Applications. In particular, his research involves:

    • Mechanical Behavior of Materials-microstructure Relations
    • Manufacturing Processes
    • Corrosion Analysis
    • Mechanical Properties of Materials in Nano and Micro Scales
    • Study of Advanced Materials for Structural Applications in Mechanical Systems
    Reza Mirshams provides litigation support services for matters regarding Forensic Materials Failure Analysis and Metallurgical Engineering Analysis. His expertise is in finding the root cause of failures due to metallurgical inconsistencies and operational causes, and flaws in manufacturing processes. Dr. Mirshams' Expert Witness services are offered to attorneys for both Plaintiff and Defense across the nation.

    Areas of Expertise
    • Failure Analysis of Materials and Structures
    • Equipment Failure Analysis
    • Consumer and Industrial Product Liability Evaluation
    • Corrosion Failure Analysis, Corrosion by Fire
    • Welding Failure Analysis
    • Fractography, Fracture Analysis
  • Materials Characterization
  • Forensic Metallography & Fractography
  • Intellectual Property / Patent Infringement
  • Accident Investigation and Reconstruction
  • Heavy Equipment Accidents
  • Tubular Product Failure
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