Wilhelm Associates has over two hundred twenty cumulative years of experience in the Automotive Electronics Industry. As consultants, their strength is based on insightful analysis of potential sales opportunities and technical product gaps and differentiating opportunities. They focus on delivering an overarching strategy, supported with specific tactics that will enable success in the North American automotive electronics marketplace. Their experience is in Tier One and Tier Two markets and products covering services including:
Strategic Analysis - Business Development and Analysis - Technical Reviews and Alternatives - Licensing and Teaming for Success - Market Research - Market and Technical Analysis - Lean Systems Development and Analysis
President and Founder, Ralph V. Wilhelm, PhD, has over 40 years of industry experience in the Automotive Industry. Dr. Wilhelm is familiar with automotive electronic component technology and the supply-line management required not only producing competitive automotive component and systems, but supervising the R&D, advanced engineering, forward technology development, sales, and product line management process from OEM to customer.
Dr. Wilhelm and his team have served dozens of clients, ranging from privately owned to publicly traded firms, small thirty person companies to Fortune 500 sized firms, small to very large law firms, and companies headquartered in Germany, France, Canada, China, Taiwan, Korea, Japan, and the US.
John C. Pfeiffer, P.E. has a long history in accident investigation and forensic engineering service going back to before the company was founded. John C. Pfeiffer, P.E., principal engineer, has practiced in the field of forensic engineering since the early 70’s with over 175 investigations completed or still in process. Investigations cover a wide variety of causes from product failure, material properties, and software inadequacies to human errors.
Experience includes electrical engineering, instrumentation, industrial process control and industrial automation engineering with in-depth experience in additional areas such as grounding, lightning protection, surge protection and power systems design. Also software based industrial systems such as programmable logic controllers and high level control systems. Performed many arc flash hazards analysis and other analysis.
Primary experience is in Industrial Design. Besides assisting in investigations we can help in determining corrective action to prevent the reoccurrence of similar accidents. Published in professional journals. Works equally for the plaintiff and defense. Primary business - design of electrical systems for industry.
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Dr. Kanellakopoulos is a technology leader with 25+ years of experience in R&D and Engineering Management in both academia and industry. He has designed and built telecom products such as DSL and Carrier Ethernet Hardware and Software, as well as a prototype fully automated electric vehicle. He has conducted applied research in adaptive control of nonlinear systems, with applications to automotive driver assistance systems (adaptive cruise control, blind spot monitoring, vehicle collision avoidance) and active suspensions.
Dr. Kanellakopoulos has significant experience with international telecommunication standards (ITU-T SG15/Q4), and has directed collaborative projects with several automotive/truck manufacturers and vendors (Ford, Mercedes-Benz, DaimlerChrysler, Freightliner, Gentex, Visteon). His deep technical expertise in the areas of telecommunications and automotive driver assistance systems has allowed him to analyze patents and products in detail, and explain clearly (in expert reports, depositions, and court testimony) the main issues that the judge and jury need to comprehend in order to understand the essence of the case.
Dr. Kanellakopoulos' extensive educational experience allows him to help judges and jurors understand the topic they are dealing with, instead of confusing them with unnecessary technical details. After all, it takes excellent teaching skills and a deep understanding of a complex technical concept to convey the essence of that concept to non-experts without talking down to them.
Matt Hartley Lighting, LLC combines the Science of Engineering Design to the Art of Illumination. They provide a wide variety of services to the lighting design community, some of which include:
Principal, Matthew J. Hartley, is a noted expert in Lighting, Lighting Design, Product Development, AGI32, and Photometry He has been in the Lighting Industry for over 24 years. In that time, he has held positions in design, product management, customer service, and design engineering. Mr. Hartley has been employed by manufacturers, lighting software companies, and lighting agencies. He has immersed himself in different facets of the industry including indoor and outdoor lighting, safety and security, lighting and human health, and lighting standards.
Mr. Hartley has been involved with several standard writing committees within the Illuminating Engineering Society of North America, producing over six standard documents. Since 1999, he has taught Lighting and Lighting Design to diverse groups, from students to seasoned lighting professionals, and presented at conferences and seminars on a variety of topics, such as of photometry, design, or IES Documents.
A Registered Professional Engineer, Mr. Terpstra has more than 35 years of experience in engineering designs and solutions. Mr. Terpstra has extensive experience in automated equipment. As president of Klover Products, he oversees the development of products for the broadcast industry and beyond. As president of Innalytical Solutions, he focuses on consulting service relating to industrial equipment. Mr. Terpstra has been awarded 11 U.S. patents for industrial equipment, manufacturing processes, and broadcast equipment. His designs have been used by many major manufacturers, including GM, GE, Ford, Rolls Royce and Caterpillar. These designs have been featured in Machine Design, Design News, Automotive News, Production and HD Pro Guide magazines. Mr. Terpstra has served as an expert witness on multiple cases as well as provided forensic engineering services. He is an experienced report writer, a certified SolidWorks Professional, and certified in fire investigation.
John Hatcher is an industry leader in Building Systems Engineering including, Security, Building Automation Systems, Fire Alarm Systems, Intelligent Building Concepts and Commissioining. He has worked on some of the most prestigious facilities in the world including the Americas, Europe, Middle East, Russia, India and Southeast Asia.
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Hastak Consulting Services is a Construction Engineering and Management firm established by Prof. Makarand (Mark) Hastak, PhD, PE, CCP, Professor and Head of the Division of Construction Engineering and Management as well as Professor of Civil Engineering at Purdue University. Dr. Hastak offers consulting services to clients around the world in the following areas:
Dr. Hastak has been involved with the construction industry for the past 32 years providing his expertise through consulting, research, teaching, and service to the industry. He is a world renowned expert in the area of construction engineering and management including process improvement, disaster risk reduction, resilience and capacity building, infrastructure management, factory built housing, intelligent planning for the built environment, cost control, project management decision-making, risk management, contracts and warranties, and strategic planning. Dr. Hastak is a Professional Engineer (PE) and a Certified Cost Professional (CCP). Dr. Hastak has given over 40 keynotes and invited lectures around the world. As a prominent educator, he also engages in developing training material and workshops as well as regularly teaching professional courses for the A/E/C industry. He has completed the 30-Hour OSHA Hazard Recognition Training for the Construction Industry. His services include consultation, on-site investigation, data collection, assessment, and reporting. Dr. Hastak Lectures at the 2015 International Conference on Building Resilience
Prof. Hastak has worked on numerous projects sponsored by the Construction Industry Institute (CII), NSF, State DOTs, and City Agencies. He has authored over 200 publications on process improvement, project controls, capital rehabilitation planning, strategic planning, and decision-making. He has co-authored a widely used book on Infrastructure Planning, Engineering, and Economics (McGraw-Hill 2006 and 2015). Dr. Hastak served on the Education Board of the Association for Advancement of Cost Engineering (2004-2016). He was Editor for two AACE books, the Skills and Knowledge of Cost Engineering (6th Ed. 2015) and the CCP Certification Study Guide (2nd Ed. 2016). He was also the Editor-in-Chief of the ASCE Journal of Management in Engineering (2009-2016). View Dr. Hastak's Expert Witness Profile.
Oded Gottesman, PhD, CTO of Compandent Inc., technology IP expert witness in such areas as telecommunications, cellular phone, and signal processing, provides technology expert witness services, prior art search, and consulting for Technology Patent Infringement, Patent Invalidity, Trade Secret Disputes, source code review, hardware analysis, and related matters.
Consulting Services - Dr. Gottesman provides consulting services for Telecommunications, cellular phones and networks, Digital Signal Processing (DSP), GPS, streaming audio and video, speech audio and video compression (coding), computer software and hardware analysis, communication systems and protocols, error correction, human interfaces, etc.. His work includes patent infringement disputes, patent invalidity disputes, prior art searches, source code review, and hardware analysis.
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James Parker has over 35 years of relevant industry experience specializing in Electronic Security Systems & Sensors, Electronics R&D and New Product Development. With executive and strategic leadership skills, Mr. Parker served as a principal product architect, is highly credible with customers, distributors, and suppliers. He is a prolific inventor having been granted over 24 unique patents with approximately 80 patent documents published worldwide. Mr. Parker is the Past Vice President of Engineering for Digital Security Controls Ltd. (DSC), a leading global manufacturer of electronic security systems and components with sales exceeding $400 million annually. He is currently the President at EE-Systems Group Inc. Canada (R&D) where he is responsible for overseeing new product and business development.
Consulting Services - Mr. Parker's consulting services include identifying patent filing opportunities while avoiding infringement risks. He has in-depth knowledge of electronic product design in both Wired and Wireless Technologies and outstanding knowledge of Environmental and False Alarm Immunity.
Mr. Parker also has expertise in the research, development, design, and manufacturing of electronic based products such as Security Systems, Burglar Alarm Systems, Intrusion Detection Systems, Occupancy Detection Systems, Fresnel and Mirror Optic PIR (Passive Infra-Red) Motion Detectors, Microwave Doppler Motion Detectors, Solar Powered, Motion Controlled, LED illumination Systems, and similar devices.