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Dr. Charles R. Anderson
President & Principal Scientist
9051 Red Branch Road, Suite C,
Columbia MD 21045
phone: (410) 740-8562
fax: 410-740-8201
Dr. Charles R. Anderson has long specialized in the Characterization of Surfaces, Interfaces, Thin Films and Coatings. Since 1972 he has applied surface and near-surface analysis techniques such as x-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS or ESCA) and Auger microprobe to the solution of surface chemistry and coating problems. He worked for the U.S. Navy and Lockheed Martin Laboratories prior to starting his own laboratory in 1995.

Dr. Anderson served as an officer of the ASTM Committee E-42 on Surface Analysis and as U.S. Expert on several sub-committees of the ISO Technical Committee 201 on Surface Chemical Analysis. He especially enjoys integrating the results of multiple analytic techniques (surface analysis, thermal analysis, FTIR, SEM/EDX, optical microscopy)to solve tough materials problems.

Dr. Anderson has extensive experience in materials science as a result of solving the materials problems of many industries with the aid many analytical techniques. He is available to provide Expert Witness Services for legal matters involving Materials Failure, Intellectual Property Theft, Misrepresentation, Failure to Meet Contract Specifications, Materials Identifications and Characteristics, or Quality Issues. To ensure the accuracy and integrity of his testimony, Dr. Anderson and his staff independently analyzes the relevant materials in most cases.

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Iola Goeke
3660 Hartsfield Road
Tallahassee, FL 32303

phone: 850-558-3100
fax: 850-575-8454
B.E.C. Consulting, LLC was established in 1982. Since that time, we have provided top-level consulting engineering services and accident reconstruction to our clients; law firms, insurance companies, state and local agencies, manufacturing companies, and clients who are seeking product design analysis and other engineering related services.

Our engineers represent a broad range of engineering disciplines which enables us to work on a variety of cases using the team approach. The teams at B.E.C are comprised of Engineers, Technical Specialists, Graphics Specialists, as well as Research and Administrative Personnel, so that each case is given personal attention and is handled efficiently and effectively. Our offices are located in Tallahassee, Jacksonville and Venice working in almost every state in the United States, including Alaska.

Areas of Expertise:
  • All Areas of Accident Reconstruction - Including Automobile, Tractor-Trailer, Motorcycle/Bicycle & Pedestrian
  • Engineering Consulting
  • FARO 3-D Scanning
  • Black Box Downloads
  • Construction Zone / Roadside Safety
  • Industrial Equipment
  • Failure Analysis
  • Product Design
  • Product Development
  • Material Handling System
  • Biomechanical Analysis
  • Slip / Trip / Fall
  • Computer Animation, Electronic Graphics
Every aspect of our firm is designed to serve our clients needs; conference rooms for mediations and depositions, a research and testing lab, secured evidence storage, facilities for expert inspections, and easy access to airport and hotel facilities for our out-of-town clients. We are truly a full service engineering firm.

Because of this team approach and a commitment to customer service, B.E.C. has attained regional and national recognition as a leader in forensic engineering services and new product development. This excellent example and tireless dedication to serving our client’s needs has resulted in a devoted client base and reputation second to none.

Dr. Charles Benedict, P.E., founded Benedict Engineering Company in 1982 and our name has since changed to B.E.C. Consulting, LLC. He has over 35 years experience in the fields of product and machine design and analysis, vehicular accident reconstruction of all types, and product and system failure analysis. He has designed, developed, manufactured, and tested more than sixty different products and machine systems. Dr. Benedict is well respected in the fields of forensic engineering, product and machine system design and analysis and patenting.

  • Biomechanics
  • Occupant Kinematics
  • Vehicle Restraint Systems
  • Vehicle Controllability
  • Material Handling
  • Patent Infringement
  • Automobile Accidents
  • Pedestrian Accidents
  • General Engineering
  • Product Design
  • Fire and Explosion Analysis
  • Tractor / Trailer Accidents
  • Electrical Issues
  • Dr. Brian Pfeifer, P.E., is also a principal with B.E.C. Consulting, and has been practicing forensic engineering for over 15 years. He holds several patents on roadside safety devices and studied roadside safety at the University of Nebraska. He is a consulting engineer with a strong background in the design, development, and implementation of roadside safety hardware. His current work consists of vehicular accident reconstruction, analysis of maintenance of traffic issues, premises liability, investigation and analysis of mechanical systems and product failures, and development of automated material-handling systems.

    • Roadside Hazards
    • Vehicle Controllability
    • Occupant Kinematics
    • Roadway Design
    • Guardrails and Bridges
    • Maintenance of Traffic
    • Roadway Design
  • Automobile Accidents
  • Pedestrian Accidents
  • Tractor / Trailer Accidents
  • Slip / Trip / Fall
  • Product Design
  • General Engineering
  • Mrs. Traci Campbell, P.E., CXLT, is an Industrial engineer with specialties in industrial accident reconstruction, including forklifts, construction machinery, appliances, and manufacturing equipment. Her experience includes vehicular accident reconstruction involving automobiles, trucks, tractor-trailers, and recreational vehicles, as well as slip, trip, and fall analysis, product failure analysis, and workplace-safety related issues.

    • Industrial Accidents
    • Safety Analysis
    • Product Design / Failure Analysis
    • Slip / Trip / Fall
    • Guarding / Warnings
    • Workplace Safety
    • Bicycle Accidents
    • Confined Spaces
  • OSHA Regulations
  • Pedestrian Accidents
  • Automobile Accidents
  • Tractor / Trailer Accidents
  • Human and Environment Interaction
  • Theme Parks / Recreation Facilities
  • Airbag and Black Box
  • General Engineering
  • Mr. Chris Yates, P.E., is a Mechanical engineer and Principal with our firm, specializing in accident reconstruction. His current work involves the analysis and reconstruction of vehicular accidents, including vehicular dynamics and occupant restraint as well as the investigation of industrial accidents and product analysis.

    • Black Box Analysis
    • Motorcycle / Bicycle Accidents
    • Mechanical Design
    • Product Guarding Design
    • Fire and Explosion
    • Seat Belt Analysis
  • Automobile Accidents
  • Pedestrian Accidents
  • General Engineering
  • Product Design
  • Tractor / Trailer Accidents
  • Slip / Trip / Fall
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    Bucephalus Mining Corp.
    Dr. Sadek El-Alfy, PhD (Mining), DIC, BSC (ENG)
    PO Box 3368
    Redmond WA 98073-3368
    phone: 425-444-0891
    Sadek E. El-Alfy, PhD (Mining), DIC, BSC (ENG), is a Professional Mining Engineer with almost 40 years of continuous experience in an operating environment. An Underground Mining Engineer as well as an Open Pit Mining Engineer, he has experience in Mineral Processing as well as Mine Maintenance.

    Dr. El-Alfy's career includes hard rock underground mining for over 15 years. During those years, he has an opportunity to construct and operate a large Gold Process plant in Timmins Ontario which amplified his experience and interest in Gold Mineral Processing.

    When he moved to Labrador City in 1990, Dr. El-Alfy was appointed GM of Canada’s largest Iron Ore open pit operation, mining close to 200,000 TPD. In this capacity, he was handed the opportunity to become closely acquainted and experienced in the maintenance challenges surrounding large scale mining operations with respect to rope shovels and electric trucks.

    Dr. El-Alfy offers litigation support services to attorneys for Plaintiff and Defense. He is available for on-site inspection of mines and mining equipment. Dr. El-Alfy was recently involved in a 4 Billion dollar case against the country of Venezuela where he provided 2 years of research 6 hours of court testimony. His services are available throughout the United States and Internationally. Dr. El-Alfy speaks English, Spanish, French, and Arabic.

    Areas of Expertise:
    • Drilling & Blasting
    • Comminution
    • Mineral Processing
    • Mine and Plant Maintenance
    • Tailings Management
    • Feasibility Studies
  • Mineral Resources & Ore Reserves
  • Environmental Impact / Social Responsibility
  • Environmental Mitigation Plans
  • Mine Closure Plans
  • Equator Principles
  • NI 43-101 Rules
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    David Neagley, AIA, Architect
    Forensic Architect
    PO Box 2265
    La Jolla CA 92038
    phone: 858-354-8070
    David Neagley Forensic Architecture Expert PhotoDavid Neagley, AIA, Architect: Over thirty-two years of architectural design and construction administration experience with all building types, including educational, medical, R&D, corporate, commercial, custom residential, multi-family housing, military and industrial projects, totaling over 12.4 million square feet. Emphasizing use of durable, low maintenance materials including stainless, copper, bronze, zinc, cement-fiber, plastics, composites, specialty sealants & industrial paints.

    Building Reconstruction Specialist: Reconstruction design, details and specifications focused on solving complex construction problems and developing effective repairs for commercial and institutional buildings. Services include design for waterproofing, flashing, exterior finishes, roofs, decks, windows, and remediation of mold, wood rot, corrosion and structural damage.

    Construction Industry Expert: Visual inspection, intrusive testing, defect analysis, repair recommendations and forensic expert services for both plaintiff and defense parties. Specialized knowledge of construction materials, industry standards, code compliance, waterproofing, vapor transmission, exterior finishes, corrosion, condensation, ventilation, mold, wood rot, suspended ceilings, interior partitions, and structural issues.
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    Edward S. George, PE
    President, Principal Investigator
    124 Calle De Leon
    St Augustine FL 32086
    phone: 904-826-1431
    Edward George Product Liability Failure Analysis Expert PhotoEdward S. George PE, has over 30 years of experience in the field of Product Liability and Failure Analysis.

    Mr. George earned his BS and MS degrees from the University of Florida Department of Materials Science and Engineering, graduating with a specialty in metallurgy. He is a licensed professional engineer in the State of Florida. Mr. George is a member of The National Society of Professional Engineers, The American Welding Society, The National Association of Forensic Engineers, The Florida Engineering Society, American Water Works Association, and The International Society for Fall Protection.

    Mr. George has experience in a variety of material failures including Metals, Polymers, Plastics, Composites, Ceramics, Glass, and Porcelain.

    Litigation Support - A court-qualified expert, Mr. George has over 13 years of experience and has testified in depositions and trials. His forensic training is complemented by his industrial experience including:
    • Heat Treating of Metals
    • Welding and Joining of Materials
    • Materials Testing and Evaluation
    • Quality Control and Assurance
    • Optical and Scanning Electron Microscopic Techniques
    • Destructive and Non-destructive Physical Testing
    • Laboratory Equipment and Procedures
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    Heather Suttle
    Marketing Manager
    8811 FM 1960 Bypass Road West
    Suite 400
    Humble TX 77338
    phone: 281-358-4441
    fax: 281-358-2517
    EFI Global is a full-service Engineering, Fire Investigation, Environmental, Health and Safety, and specialty consulting firm. Over the last four decades, they have grown from a boutique firm to become a recognized leader in engineering failure analysis, origin and cause investigations, and environmental consulting. This expertise coupled with the extensive coverage of our 27 national offices, more than 400 professionals, and global work abroad capability allows EFI Global to deliver timely responses that consistently meets their clients’ expectations.

    EFI Global's continuing record of success has earned them several rankings in national publications including Engineering-News Record, Business Insurance, and Zweig White. EFI Global employs professional engineers licensed in nearly all 50 states, as well as licensed fire investigators and environmental professionals. Their team of licensed professionals and numerous strategic partnerships can respond to most projects within 48 hours, regardless of location.

    When faced with litigation, EFI Global's clients rely on valid, factual conclusions that translate scientific and technical facts into understandable concepts that can be supported with expert witness testimony. From thousands of fire cause and origin investigation for cases in federal, district and state courts, EFI has expanded its testimony expertise to assist the legal community with disputes arising from forensic engineering, accident reconstruction, environmental consulting, asbestos-related cases, mold and indoor air quality (IAQ) litigation support, and catastrophe claims.

    Expert Witness Services:
    • Insurance Litigation
    • Environmental Litigation
    • Product Liability
    • Transportation & Accident Reconstruction
    • Construction Defects
    • Failure Analysis
    • Professional Liability
    • Contract Law
    • Catastrophic & Disaster Litigation
    • Real Estate
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    5/31/2016 · Damages
    Both large-scale catastrophe-induced losses and small-scale single event losses have the potential to impact employees, individuals, insurance personnel, general contracting restoration firms and associated property loss. In addition to the actual water-loss event, secondary losses can become equally as devastating depending on pre-existing and/or event-related building conditions, and the role the insured's take as part of required catastrophe restoration activities. During the water loss event, all project related information and environmental data generated is an integral part of the decision making process that may be disclosed at various stages to inform all the various "parties" involved with the project. All in all, a well-executed restoration project can minimize common delays and expenses of an ill-conceived and managed project.

    Sectors of the construction industry are reporting resurgence and growth in 2013. Single and multi-family housing, commercial, institutional and public works construction is predicted to increase up to 28% in some areas. This is good news for the industry and the economy but the increase in construction activity has historically led to an increase in construction accidents.

    In the course of an arson investigation one of the standard procedures is, when possible, to collect the clothing of arson suspects and have them tested for ignitable liquids. The hypothesis being that if the clothing tests positive for the same ignitable liquids that are found in the fire debris, it is good circumstantial evidence to place the suspect at the scene with an ignitable liquid.

    A growing concern in the insurance sector is soot and smoke damage claims due to wildfires. Some of these fires can affect properties hund reds of miles downwind, causing the potential number of claims to be astronomical. Besides the known risks for respiratory and other health problems, smoke, soot, and char can cause physical damage ranging from settled ash to property damage.

    3/24/2015 · OSHA
    Every year, approximately 3,600 workers are permanently disabled, and on average, one worker per day is killed, as a result of electrical incidents in the workplace.* To prevent these types of electrical injuries and deaths, building owners and managers should apply the safeguards included in NFPA 70E, the standard utilized by the Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA) for building electrical assessments. OSHA utilizes the National Fire Protection Association's (NFPA) 70E Standard for Electrical Safety in the Workplace to provide improved safety procedures for workers through proper warning labels, restricted access notification, personnel training and personal protective equipment (PPE). OSHA compliance will minimize workplace injuries, accidents, illnesses, equipment damage, production losses, and legal costs, which are all avoidable and unnecessary factors in any business.

    10/29/2014 · Fires & Explosions
    The world of fire investigations is always changing and EFI Global is active in its research and testing methods. In an effort to support insura nce, subrogation, loss prevention and litigation relating to losses, EFI Global's chemical laboratories regularly perform chemical analysis on new products to identify potential accelerants and igni tion sources.. Recently, EFI Global laboratories conducted proactive chemical testing on a new matchless fire starter. This commercially available product is marketed and used to start wood and campfires.. The results of EFI Global's testing revealed the limitations and significance if this product is used as an accelerant.

    9/17/2014 · Environment
    Financial institutions require the completion of environmental due diligence of a commercial real estate collateralized lending transaction for many reasons. They may wish to understand the environmental condition of the proposed collateral and ensure a Borrower's compliance with applicable regulations prior to making a loan; to reevaluate the collateral during a renewal or refinance transaction; to determine the collateral's condition at the time of a loan default; or to obtain information about an unexpected environmental condition encountered within the loan term.

    Fire origin and cause investigation, and mold and asbestos testing of a six-story office building

    EFI Global (EFI) was hired by a legal team representing a tire product manufacturer to replicate the use of a tire inflation product in an off-road tire. Litigation was prompted when the tire inflation product was used in an off-road tire that exploded and resulted in a fatality. Our team was asked to evaluate the product when used when used in accordance with the manufacturer's instructions as written on the products label; when used in concert with pure oxygen, and when used in concert with compressed air.

    2/27/2014 · Damages
    Historically, fires and automobile accidents have been the primary types of property and casualty claims that presented a potential avenues of for subrogation. However, with the increased costs of mitigating the extent of water damage and reducing the potential for mold growth, claims involving large water losses have become another important area with subrogation potential.

    Mechanical ventilation systems have evolved from passive gravity vents (circa 1900) by adding modifications to improve comfort, occupant health, and energy efficiency. Early on, the maintenance of the system basically related to making sure the furnace was on and the windows would open. If you were lucky the school might have draft deflectors on the windows so the wind would not blow directly on your head.

    11/13/2013 · Damages
    Following a hurricane, damages to a residential structure can range from structural distress, to small areas of mold growth to a total loss of the structure. Storm damage can affect multiple components of a structure including the roof, windows, siding, foundation and interior finishes. Wind or water is often the most common cause of damage to residential properties; however, there are many factors to consider when assessing the various causes of damage. Some of the factors include material use, age, condition and construction methods as well as type, location and extent of the damage. It is essential that a professional with hurricane damage assessment experience evaluate these factors to accurately define the cause.

    One sunny spring morning, on a rural road just outside of Houston, Texas, Molly Jackson, a vibrant 16-year-old girl with a bright future and a new driver's license, was behind the wheel of her father's brand new Chevrolet C2500 crew cab pickup truck. At the same time, just seven seconds before she would draw her last breath, Rhonda Simmons, a 46-year old divorced mother of two teenagers, was approaching from the opposite direction in her sleek and sporty Pontiac Trans Am.

    Editor's note: A trend to require more fire safety equipment in residences and nursing homes will reduce deaths and injuries, both among firefighters and the general public, says E. Metts Hardy, vice president/Fire Investigations for EFI Global (, a Kingwood, Texas-based provider of engineering, fire investigation, environmental, accident reconstruction, and laboratory testing services.

    8/21/2013 · Insurance
    Nationwide, water-loss claims continue to climb. In California alone, such claims have risen dramatically, with the percentage of homeowner claims growing from 24 percent in 1997 to 32 percent in 2001, costing insurers $1.7 billion. In a single year in California, between 2000 and 2001, claims rose $47 million. For some insurers, this meant that 40 percent of claim payments were for water losses.

    8/7/2013 · Insurance
    Water damage is costly to both homeowners and insurance companies. It is estimated that the cost of household water damage in California, alone, exceeded $500 million for 2002. While the number of water-related claims varies year to year, the average amount paid for such claims increased steadily from $2,577 in 1988 to $3,646 in 2002.

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    Daniel Mahr, PE
    President and Project Manager
    Montville Office Park
    150 River Road, Suite J4
    Montville NJ 07045
    phone: 973-331-8100
    Daniel Mahr, PE, is a specialist in the Engineering and Design of Dry Bulk Material Handling Systems. He is an expert in the supply, handling, blending, and processing of a wide range of bulk materials ranging from alumina to wood chips.

    Mr. Mahr is experienced in ports and terminals, the power, transportation, mining, steel, and process industries. He has managed large or technically demanding projects handling bauxite, coal, biomass, minerals, and other bulk commodities. As president, Mr. Mahr is responsible for all corporate activities of Energy Associates. On construction assignments, he has served as a technical representative and monitored technical/contract compliance.

    Mr. Mahr’s project assignments are located throughout the United States and have taken him to Argentina, Bahamas, Canada, Colombia, Germany, Ghana, Guatemala, Hong Kong, Japan, Korea, India, Indonesia, Italy, Malaysia, Philippines, Spain, Taiwan, Thailand, United Kingdom, and Venezuela. He is a member of ASME, NSPE, and SME. He is the past chair of ASME's Fuels and Combustion Technology Division and was the chair of the Fuel Storage, Handling, and Transportation Technical Committee for several years.

    Litigation Support - Daniel Mahr provides technical services in instances for breach of contract, dispute resolution, equipment failure, and litigation investigation. His expertise is available to counsel representing both Plaintiff and Defendant.

    Areas of Expertise:
    • Bulk Material Handling
    • Unloading / Loading
    • Stacking
    • Reclaiming
    • Crusher
    • Weighing
    • Belts / Conveyors
    • Ports / Terminals
  • Frac Sand
  • Fires / Explosions
  • OSHA Codes and Standards
  • Fluidized Bed Combustion
  • Blending
  • Bulk Solids Handling Transportation
  • Biomass Products & Technology
  • Power Engineering
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    On February 7, 2008, at about 7:15 p.m., a series of huge explosions and fires occurred at the Imperial Sugar refinery northwest of Savannah, Georgia, causing 14 deaths and injuring 38 others, 14 seriously. The facility, which converted raw cane sugar into granulated sugar, had a material-handling system that included the familiar railcar unloader, belt conveyors, bucket elevators, and silo storage. The explosions were fueled by massive accumulations of combustible sugar dust throughout the packaging building.

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    Emile Layer
    14 Rue Carnot
    Sens 89100
    phone: 0033-0386646037
    fax: 0033-0386646037
    ESWL© Consulting Expertise Services is an Consulting Company specializing in the area of Welding & Weld Overlay Cladding Technology, Metallurgy & Corrosion, Design of Weldments and Computational Welding Mechanics (CWM).

    ESWL© has over 30 years of International Expertise in Worldwide projects including Marine Loading Systems for liquefied natural gas (LNG )and others liquid products (Oil, LPG, Suffer liquid … etc.), with Ambient, high or cryogenic temperature Service and Weld Overlay Cladding for the corrosive service of the Wellhead Equipments.

    Emile Layer is a Welding Engineering & Weld Overlay Cladding Expert and a Member of the FMC Technologies Inc. International Trim© Clad Expert Committee.

    Services Include:
  • Materials Selection and Evaluation
  • Welding & Weld Overlay Cladding
  • Quality and Audit
  • Welded Joints Design
  • Development of Welding Procedure Specification (WPS & PQR)
  • Corrosion & Prevention
  • Inspection:
  • Third-Party Witness Inspection
  • Welders Performance Qualifications (WPQ)& Welding Procedure Specification (WPS & PQR
  • Compliance with Relevant Codes Specifications
  • Review of Subcontractor’s (WPQ /WPS /PQR)
  • Witness Tests for Third-Party Inspections Companies
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    David W. Riley
    President, PhD and Physical Organic Chemistry
    858 Princeton Ct.
    Branchburg NJ 08853
    phone: 908-369-7260
    fax: 908-369-7260
    Dr. David W. Riley is an Extrusion Analysis & Plastics Rheological Consultant. Dr. Riley has spent over nineteen years as a consultant in the field of Plastic Processing. He has over forty years of experience in developing Polymer Defect Technology and fifteen years in developing the field of Plastic and Polymer coefficient of friction related to the feed section of the extruder.

    Areas of Expertise:
    • Expert Witness
    • Analytical Instrumentation Adaptation to Processing Equipment
    • Friction Analysis
    • Melt Rheology
    • Extrusion Equipment: Design & Analysis of Production
    • Telecommunication Cables and Insulation
    • Power Cables and Testing XLDPE
    • All phases of PVC Compounding & Extrusion
    • Thermal Stability of Polymers
    • Surface Chemistry, Metals & Polymers
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    Jon M. Crate, President & Chief Executive Officer
    825 Chance Road
    Marietta GA 30066
    phone: 770-928-1930
    fax: 770-928-9202
    FAI Materials Testing Laboratory, Inc. (FAI) is a full service Analytical, Failure Analysis, and Materials Testing laboratory. They are professional scientists, chemists, and engineers with decades of experience solving problems in a host of industries. Founded in 1999, they have served hundreds of companies across the world.

    Litigation Support - FAI leverages their considerable experience in litigation and extensive laboratory resources to support their expert testimony. Their goal is to effectively support their clients in challenging cases. FAI has one of the finest laboratory environments for conducting joint inspections in the nation including photographic, videographic, and microscopic documentation capabilities.

    Areas of Expertise:
    • Analytical Chemistry
    • Cleanliness Testing
    • Composite / Window Lamination Issues
    • Corrosion
    • Electrical and Electronic Failure
    • Failure of Composites

  • Failure of Pressure Vessels
  • Fatigue Failure
  • Foreign Substance Identification
  • Fractography
  • Materials Compatibility
  • Materials Science
  • Optical and Electron Microscopy
  • Particle Characterization

  • Pharmaceutical Analysis
  • Protein Characterization
  • Polymer Chemistry
  • Support for Patent and Product Litigation
  • Textiles
  • Tire Failure
  • Weld Quality

  • Jon Crate Materials Failure Analysis Expert PhotoJon M. Crate is the founding President and CTO of FAI Materials Testing Laboratory. He received his bachelor's degree in Chemistry from University of Central Florida, his Master's in Polymers from the MSE Department of Georgia Tech and three years of postgraduate education in Molecular Cell Biology and Biochemistry at the University of Alabama in Birmingham.

    Mr. Crate is a Analytical Chemistry and Materials Failure Analysis expert witness who has leveraged leveraged his expertise to determine and prove the true causes of failure of many different products enabling many cases to settle out of court. He has testified by deposition in over 50 cases, before juries more than 10 times, and proven failure cause many more times where litigation was not needed.

    Mr. Crate is experienced and well versed in the chemical analysis and physical characterization of Natural and Synthetic Polymers, Metals, Inorganic and Organic Compounds, and Composite Materials. He has performed failure analysis on a wide variety of products and components including underground gas and water pipe, commercial aircraft tires, large equipment, rig, light truck, automotive and motorcycle tires, swimming pools and pool coatings, tank coatings, assault resistant commercial window laminates, numerous aircraft components, sailing vessel components, weapon system components, power generation equipment components, and medical devices including artificial heart valve.

    Jon M. Crate is capable of designing and validating test and inspection protocols that will enable the determination of the causes of failure for a wide variety of products and components.

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    Formisano & Associates, Inc.
    Barry Formisano
    PO Box 324
    Gardiner NY 12525
    phone: 845 255-8225
    fax: 845 255-8225
    Barry Formisano is a Testifying and Consulting Expert Witness in the field of Welding.

    Formisano Associates Best's Directories LogoHe has been an Independent Welding Consultant since 1992, and has over 30 years' practical and academic experience in the welding industry. He has been an AWS Certified Welding Inspector for over 25 years. He is also an ASNT Nondestructive Testing Pressure Equipment and Devices Inspector, and holds degrees in Welding Technology, Mathematics and Science in addition to college level teaching credentials in welding.

    Litigation Support - As an expert witness, Mr. Formisano has been qualified by the courts, and retained by both plaintiffs and defendants for lawsuits involving weld manufacturing defects and product liability, personal injury, code compliance, and property damage as the result of Welding Safety and Weld Failures.

    Area of Expertise Include:
    • Welding Processes
    • Weld Inspection and Testing
    • Weld Engineering
    • Weld Metallurgy
    • Brazing and Soldering
  • Manufacturing Weld Defects
  • Weld Structural Fabrication
  • Pipeline Weld Failures
  • Welding Codes Compliance
  • Construction Weld Failures
  • Consulting Services - Mr. Formisano provides consulting and technical assistance to Fortune 500 companies, State Universities, construction management firms, and independent contractors. These services include authoring weld procedures and specifications for product development, weld failure analysis, weld engineering, nondestructive and destructive testing and inspection of welds, welder qualification, weld QA/QC, and metallurgical analytical services.

    Background - Mr. Formisano's previous employment includes positions with the United States Department of Energy (DOE) and the Naval Nuclear Propulsion Laboratory. These positions required a high level security "Q" clearance.

    CV Available Upon Request
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    Gerard A. Macri, PhD
    Forensic Chemist
    27 Willow Pkwy
    New Windsor NY 12553
    phone: 845-742-6967
    fax: 845-561-9291
    Gerard A. Macri, PhD, is a Forensic Chemist with over 40 years of experience. Dr. Macri provides investigations, technical, and scientific analyses and serve as an expert witness in the areas of:
    • Chemical Identification / Characterization of Unknown Materials
    • Chemical Forensic Evidence
    • Chemical Reactions and Products
    • Chemical Fires and Explosions
    • Accidents resulting from Incompatible / Unstable Chemical Mixtures
    • Chemical Overexposure Risks and Assessments
    • Safe Chemical Exposure Limits
    • Safe Use, Handling, and Storage of Flammable and Corrosive Materials and Chemicals
    • Consumer Product Liability
    • Consumer Products Design Defects
    • Investigations of Unsafe Chemical Products
    Litigation Support - Dr. Macri has served as an expert witness for liability claims on behalf of plaintiff / defendant attorneys, as well as insurance companies. His services include expert reports, rebuttal reports, affidavits, and supporting documents. Dr. Macri is available to testify in cases involving:
    • Chemical Fires and Explosions
    • Chemical Accidents Resulting from Incompatible chemical mixtures
    • Chemical Identification of Unknown Substances Causing Slip and Fall Accidents
    • Sampling, Testing, and Chemical Investigations
    • Industrial Chemical Applications
    • Environmental Regulations, Air & Water Emissions, Pollution Control
    • Chemical reactions, precious metal recovery processes
    • Chemical Characterization of Unknown Materials
    • Soil, Wastewater, and Groundwater Contamination
    • Chemical Plant Production and Operation
    • Chemical Forensic Investigations
    • Design defects & chemical accidents resulting from consumer products
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    Kurt D. Humphrey
    Managing Director, Principal Technologist
    3780 Masters Drive
    Colorado Springs CO 80907
    phone: 719-331-9788
    Kurt D. Humphrey has over 30 years of commercial Microelectronics and High-Tech Materials Design and Process Development, Corporate R&D Project Management, Reverse Engineering / Failure Analysis, and Patent / SME Consulting experience. With access to the best research tools, databases, labs and test equipment available, he is able to solve the most complex Intellectual Property technology issues.

    An accomplished inventor, Mr. Humphrey holds patents in the areas of oxygen sensors, MEMS, and semiconductor process technology as a result of his innovative work with General Motors Corporation, United Technologies, and Rockwell Science Center. Before launching his own IP and patent technical consulting business, he served as Director of Engineering Programs at TAEUS International managing numerous patent evaluation and product investigation projects for several Global 25 high-tech companies in the U.S., Europe, Japan, and Korea.

    Litigation Support - Kurt Humphrey offers forensic engineering and SME services to attorneys representing both Plaintiff and Defendant. His expertise is called upon for infringement litigation, IPR/PGR petitions and responses, expert reports and testimony, prior art, invalidity and FTO searches, product investigations and reverse engineering, claim charting and proof packages, and failure analysis.

    Mr. Humphrey's expert witness experience includes infringement analysis, expert reports, and testimony on behalf of Hewlett-Packard in an ITC patent infringement case, HP v. Acer, involving microprocessor architecture and operation, and failure / forensic analysis and expert trial testimony for the Houston Rockets (Plaintiff) in the LED lighting product failure / liability case, Clutch City Sports v. iLight Technologies in 2012.

    Areas of Expertise:
    • Advanced Wireless and Cellular Telecommunications Networks
    • Micro / nano-electronics, Ics, MEMS, Sensors, Imagers, Photovoltaics, LEDs, Packaging
    • Automotive Electronics and Systems, Smart Batteries
    • Flat Panel Displays: LCD / LED / OLED / E-ink, Plasma, and LED
    • Mobile Devices: Smartphones, Tablets, GPS, Wearables, etc.
    • Networks and Storage, Optical Networking, Opto-electronics /Photonics
    • Silicon and III-V Integrated Circuits/Devices: Digital, Analog, Mixed Signal, DRAM and NV Memory, Microprocessors, Smart Power
    • Biomedical Devices
    • Chemicals, Organic and Inorganic Technical Materials: Bulk, Films, and Coatings
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    R. Craig Jerner, PhD, PE
    Owner, President
    5514 Harbor Town
    Dallas TX 75287
    phone: 9729340493
    fax: 469-737-3938
    R. Craig Jerner, PhD, PE is a Metallurgical Engineer with over 45 years of experience. Dr. Jerner specializes in Accident Investigation, Product Liability and Metallurgical Failure Analysis. He has conducted approximately 1,500 accident investigations and has testified as a metallurgical expert in over 275 depositions and more than 75 State and Federal court appearances as a metallurgical consultant, accident investigator, and expert witness.

    Dr. Jerner's extensive client list includes individuals, industrial, corporate and government clients who utilize Dr. Jerner's failure analysis, accident investigations, litigation consultant and metallurgical expert witness for their investigation needs.

    As a metallurgist, Dr. Jerner has also consulted with the United States Coast Guard (USCG), National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) and the U.S. Department of Labor (OSHA). He has testified, as a metallurgical expert, before several federal agency "Boards of Inquiry." Dr. Jerner's expert testimony from these inquiries has appeared in The Congressional Record.

    Dr. Jerner's philosophy is to investigate, as thoroughly as possible, all evidence in order to develop the most probable accident scenario consistent with available physical evidence and developed data/test results.

    Areas of Expertise:
    • Accident Reconstruction
    • Consumer Product Failure Analysis
    • Corrosion and Materials Failure Analysis
    • Fire and Explosion Investigation
    • Forensic Macro / Micro-photographic Documentation
    • Industrial Equipment Failure Analysis
    • Keyence Digital Microscope
    • Metal Testing
  • Metallurgical Expert Witness Testimony
  • Metallurgical Engineering
  • On Site Accident Investigation
  • Product Liability / Reliability
  • Scanning Electron Microscopy
  • Supervised Witness Testing / Consulting
  • Third Party Review and Mediation
  • Welding and Weldment Failure Analysis
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    Frank J. Loeffler Jr.
    20511 Highland Lake Drive
    Lago Vista TX 78645
    phone: 512-267-8700
    fax: 512-267-2547
    Design and Forensic Engineering for Conveyors and Bulk Materials Handling Systems, We specialize in the design of materials handling systems and conveyors of various types including: belt, roller, slider, overland, pipe, steep angle, screw, drag, bucket elevators and pneumatic. We also design the specialty mobile machines, (track, rail, and wheel mounted) such as: stackers, reclaimers, snow loaders, mobile screening plants, self-unloading trains, self-unloading ships, ship unloaders and shiploaders. Our clients are both Plaintiffs and Defendants.

    Some of the standards considered are: Belt Conveyor Manufacturers Association – CEMA, Safety Standard for Conveyors ASME B20.1,OSHA & MSHA

    Areas of Expertise:
    • Conveyor Fires and Explosions
    • Conveyor Guarding
    • Conveyor Injuries
    • Conveyor Product Liability
    • Restraint of Trade
    • Patent Infringement
    • Real Estate Asset Appraisal Conveyor Systems
    • Antitrust
    8/24/2011 · Mining
    BELT CONVEYORS ARE BEING USED TO HANDLE TOP SOIL, overburden and ore within many of today's strip mines. In addition, belt systems are being used more frequently in connecting the pit limits to the process point or rail loading area.

    7/6/2011 · Mining
    This paper discusses how bed blending systems can be applied to the utilization of fossil fuels. The subjects of quality control and available stacking and reclaiming equipment are also explored along with a case history of bed blending at Utah International Corporation's Navajo Mine.

    2/6/2010 · Conveyor Belts
    For more than 100 years the troughed belt conveyor has been used to transport bulk materials. Its success has been attributed to its relatively low capital cost, high degree of reliability and availability, and low operating and maintenance costs. The only significant problems with conventional conveyors have occurred at transfer points when

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