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44648 Mound Rd.
Suite 174
Sterling Heights MI 48314
USA
phone: 248-408-7981
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Douglas J. Van Sweden, PE, is a Mechanical Engineer with over 45 years of experience in the automobile industry, including 20 years with the General Motors Corporation.

Litigation Support - Since 1997, Mr. Van Sweden has been providing insurance companies, legal firms, and manufacturers with the objective, scientific research to clearly define what really happened, for the cost-effective answer. The facilities, equipment, training, and commitment to continuing education allow him to find and assemble the critical missing pieces in Accident Reconstruction cases. He painstakingly reconstructs events so the end picture will be the accurate and defensible answer to what really happened.

Mr. Van Sweden's services are available to attorneys representing plaintiff and defendant and include site review, record review, thorough reports, depositions, and trial testimony as needed.

Vehicle Expertise:
  • Cars
  • Trucks
  • Motorcycles
  • Boats
  • Recreational Vehicles
  • Bicycles
  • Personal Watercraft
  • Non-Transportation - Elevators, Hoists:
    • Vehicle Systems and Structures
    • Vehicle Design
    • Seat Belt and Airbag Restraint Systems
    • Interior Components
    • Fuel Systems
    • Electrical Systems
    • Cooling Systems
    • Exhaust Systems
  • Drive Trains
  • Brakes
  • Suspensions
  • Steering
  • Body
  • Corrosion
  • Crash Testing
  • Fires and Explosion Cause / Origin
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    Joseph Quinn, M.S., P.E.
    Principal Materials Consultant
    935 Main St., Suite 106
    El Segundo, CA
    90245
    Los Angeles CA USA
    phone: Direct: (724) 875-5915; Office: (424)277-1640
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    Joseph Quinn, MS, PE, is a Forensic Metallurgy and Metallurgical Engineering consultant. Mr. Quinn is a Registered Professional Engineer in 5 states and has provided over 1,000 Failure Analysis investigations on metallic and non-metallic (glass, plastic, rubber, and composite) materials or products.

    Mr. Quinn provides metallurgical and materials consultation, expert witness testimony, and forensic failure analysis for civil litigation (with retention by defendants and plaintiffs) insurance claims, and industrial failures. He has received awards in the International Metallographic Contest and has conducted numerous presentations on metallurgical engineering and failure analysis subjects at universities, ASM meetings, and industry events.

    Technical Expertise:
    • Root Cause Failure Analysis
    • Fracture Surface Characterization
    • Failure Mechanisms
    • Corrosion / Environmental Degradation
    • Materials Manufacturing/Processing
  • Mechanical Behavior of Materials
  • Metallurgical / Materials Properties
  • Physical Metallurgy
  • Metallurgical / Materials Science Engineering
  • Advanced Analytical Characterization
  • Product Area Failure Expertise:
    • Automobile & Transportation Components
    • Fire Sprinkler Systems
    • Fasteners (bolts, rivets, threaded components)
    • Aircraft / Aerospace Components
    • Pipelines and Process Piping
    • Electrical Connectors & Devices
    • Mechanical Components
  • Construction Materials
  • Switch Failures (power steering, ignition, sensors)
  • Plumbing Pipes / Valve Leaks
  • Handheld Tools / Devices
  • Consumer Products
  • Household Appliances
  • Heavy Machinery / Equipment Failures
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    T. Rao Tipirneni
    President
    97 Marcus Blvd.
    Hauppauge NY 11788
    USA
    phone: 631-643-6792
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    T. Rao Tipirneni has a M.S. in Metallurgy from Stevens Institute of Technology, with approximately 40 years of experience in Metallurgical Failure Analysis. He has been President of Long Island Testing Laboratories, Inc., specialists in Aerospace Metallurgical Testing, since 1985.

    Litigation Support - Mr. Tipirneni provides expert testimony to counsel representing both plaintiff and defendant. His services include laboratory testing, written reports, depositions, and trial testimony as needed.

    Areas of Expertise:
    • Inconel Turbine Blades
    • Fasteners
    • Automobile Engine Parts
    • Boat & Aircraft Parts
    • Weld Joint Failures
    • Corrosion Pipe Failures
  • Accident Failures
  • Ladders
  • Hammers
  • Hip Implants
  • Rail Road Car Wheels
  • Springs
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    James M. Miller, PE, PhD
    Founder
    2392 Fuller Court
    Ann Arbor MI 48105
    USA
    phone: 734-662-6822
    fax: 734-747-9712
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    The experts at Miller Engineering are Ann Arbor based professional engineers celebrating 35 years of service to University, Government, Insurance, and Industry through research, publications, presentations, and testimony. Miller Engineering has a staff of engineers and experts in the Mechanical, Chemical, Agriculture, Industrial, and Human Factors fields of engineering with specific knowledge in the following areas:

    Vehicles
    • Car/Truck Accident Reconstruction
    • Crash Data Retrieval (CDR)
    • Visibility & Reaction Time Analysis
    • Tires, Trailers, Brakes & Accelerators
    • Truck/Off Road Vehicle Egress/Ingress
    • Traffic Signing and Construction Zones
    Mechanical & Electrical Safety
    • Product Safety & Analysis
    • Machinery - Metal, Wood, Plastic Molding
    • Machine Guarding & Safety, Robots, Automation
    • Hazard and Risk Analysis
    • Employee Safety Procedures – OSHA
    • Electrical Distribution & Transmission Hazards
    Warnings & Instructions
    • Warning Labels & User Manual Design
    • Hazard Analysis & Product Label Designs
    • Medical Device & Drug Warnings & Instructions
    • Inadequate Warnings Analysis
    • Standard Compliance (ANSI Z535)
    • Product Recall Information & Strategies
    Chemicals Safety & Labeling
    • NEW OSHA HAZCOM (2012) & GHS Review
    • MSDS, SDS and Product Label Compliance
    • Toxic Torts - Diacetyl, Asbestos, Benzene, Lead, Carbon Monoxide
    Chemical Exposures & Workplace Safety
    • Chemical Inhalation, Ingestion, Dermal Contact
    • Contamination - Water & Environmental
    • Manufacturing & Process Line Accidents
    • Slips, Trips, Falls, & Entanglements
    Fires & Explosions
    • Cause & Origin Investigations
    • Gas, Vapor, & Electrical
    Agriculture
    • Tractor & Equipment Accidents
    • Chemical Applications & Exposures
    • Crop Storage & Harvesting Accidents
    • Pesticides
    Construction
    • Vehicle Visibility Accidents
    • Slip, Trip, & Fall Accidents
    • Power Tool Repetitive & Immediate Injuries
    • Scaffolding - Cranes - Hoisting - Fork Lifts
    Consumers/Household Safety
    • Appliances & Tools
    • Child Furniture, Choking, Playgrounds
    • Swimming Pools & Exercise Equipment
    • Recreation - ATV, Boats, Bicycles, Boards
    • Ladder, Stair, Step and Railing Accidents
    • Slip, Trip, & Fall Accidents
    Insurance Subrogation & Forensics
    • Accident Investigations
    • Electrical & Fire Causation
    • Chemical Leakage Damage
    • Defective Equipment Injuries
    • Premise and Process Damages
    James Miller Mechanical Engineering Expert PhotoJames M. Miller, PE, PhD – Founder

    Dr. Miller is an Emeritus Professor at the University of Michigan College of Engineering and a registered professional engineer and consultant with over 35 years of experience as an expert witness. He specializes in warnings, labeling and instruction manuals, consumer product design, machine guarding, process safety, fire science, vehicle visibility, tractor egress/ingress, pedestrian and worker slip and fall prevention, recreational vehicles (ATVs, boats, and personal watercraft), compliance with occupational safety and consumer safety standards (OSHA, MSDS, CPSC, ANSI, ASTM, UL, etc.).


    Mark Lehto Engineering Expert PhotoMark R. Lehto, PhD – Co-Founder

    Dr. Lehto is a Professor of Engineering at Purdue University. He specializes in knowledge engineering, warnings and instructions, structuring expert systems, accident modeling, accident statistical analysis, consumer product safety, boating safety, in-field national surveys of product usage and product information effectiveness.






    Bradley Cook Mechanical Engineering Expert PhotoBradley T. Cook, PE – Managing Engineer

    Bradley is a registered professional engineer and consultant with extensive experience in accident reconstruction. He specializes in vehicular accident reconstruction and has investigated hundreds of vehicle accidents involving cars, trucks, pedestrians, bicyclists, motorcycles, etc. Bradley also has experience in product safety and hazard analysis; occupational safety and health (OSHA) compliance; pedestrian and worker slip and fall prevention; investigation and reconstruction of industrial and consumer product accidents. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Michigan and a Masters of Science in Engineering with a Biomedical concentration from Purdue University.
    Mark R. Lehto & Steven J. Landry
    Introduction to Human Factors and Ergonomics for Engineers, Second Edition presents and integrates important methods and tools used in the fields of Industrial Engineering, Human Factors and Ergonomics to design and improve jobs, tasks and products. It presents these topics with a practical, applied orientation suitable for engineering undergraduate students.
    Mark R. Lehto, Steven J. Landry & Jim Buck
    Emphasizing customer oriented design and operation, Introduction to Human Factors and Ergonomics for Engineers explores the behavioral, physical, and mathematical foundations of the discipline and how to apply them to improve the human, societal, and economic well being of systems and organizations.
    Mark R. Lehto & James M. Miller
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    Dr. A.B. Thakker
    Ph.D., PE, FASM, CMFGE
    2839 Paces Ferry Road
    Overlook II, Suite 1160
    Atlanta GA 30339
    USA
    phone: 800-215-4468 or 404-771-2600
    fax: 770-234-4148
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    Firm Profile: Established in 1996, Global Technology Experts, Inc. (GTE) specializes in providing multi-disciplinary engineering and scientific consulting, product testing, safety and forensic engineering services to manufacturers, defense and plaintiff attorneys, and to the insurance claims industry. Our professional staff includes engineers, scientists, and technical specialists who have years of experience and excel as experts in wide range of disciplines. GTE has investigated more then 350+ failure cases that include: Machinery/Equipment, Slip and Fall, Accident Reconstruction, Vehicle Rollover, Lift trucks, Bicycle, Generator/Battery, Tree stand, Construction Defects, Pump/Boiler/Chiller, Engine/Transmission, Weld joints, Corrosion, Fatigue, Polymers, Ceramics and Composite materials. GTE also specializes in Life assessment and durability analysis of prototype components etc.

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

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

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

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

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

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    Dr. William D. Guentzler
    61115 Fire Barrel Drive
    La Quinta CA 92253-7945
    USA
    phone: 619-823-9081
    William Guentzler, Ph.D. has over 30 years as a Forensic Examiner and 36 years as a University Professor. Dr. Guentzler specializes in the area of FAILURE ANALYSIS for autos, trucks, ATCs, ATVs, motorcycles, motor homes, marine and golf carts.

    Areas of Expertise:
  • BRAKES
  • TIRES
  • IGNITION
  • FUEL SYSTEMS
  • COOLING
  • ALTERNATIVE FUELS / BI and DUAL FUEL SYSTEMS
  • ELECTRICAL
  • SEAT BELTS
  • BATTERY EXPLOSIONS
  • HYBRID ELECTRIC VEHICLES
  • VEHICLE FIRE CAUSE AND ORIGIN
  • Dr. Guentzler has served as an Expert Witness for both Plaintiff and Defense in over 550 Cases. References are available upon request.
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    Leighton Spadone, President
    Tire Technology & Data Analytics
    14617 Cedar Road
    Beachwood OH 44122
    USA
    phone: 440-264-3638
    fax: 216-291-2823
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    Leighton Spadone Tire Technology Expert PhotoLeighton Spadone, President of DAAS Inc., has over 50 years of Tire Technology and Applied Statistics experience. He trains and consults tire companies on Tire Design, Tire Materials and Compound Formulations, Tire Curing, rubber processing, quality control, tire, compound, and materials testing.

    Mr. Spadone was employed by Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co in International Technical Service and Domestic Tire Development for over 43 years and by Eurotire Inc for 6 years as the Chief Technical Officer. he is an experienced Materials Product Developer for Radial Light Truck Tires, Radial Medium Truck Tires, Farm Tires, and Off-Road Radial Earthmover Tires.

    Mr. Spadone has authored numerous tire technology conference papers for the ACS Rubber Division, ITEC, and JMP Discovery including Truck & Passenger Tire Testing, Treadwear prediction, Rubber Mixing, and Earthmover TMPH. Articles have been published in Rubber and Plastics News and The Quality Digest. He has specialized training in Statistics, 6-Sigma, Technical Management, and SAS & JMP statistics and programming.

    Regression Model to Predict Tire Performance: Paired Design Experiment

    Litigation Support - Leighton Spadone provides expert witness services for attorneys representing both plaintiff and defendant. He uses engineering experience and data supported statistical approaches to support expert witness testimonies, problem solving, and troubleshooting.

    Areas of Expertise:
    • Tire Development
    • Tire Materials Testing
    • Tire Performance
    • Tire Failure Analysis
    • Tire Formulations
    • Tire Design
    • Rubber Processing
    • Tire Manufacturing
  • Tire Vulcanization
  • Giant Earthmover Tires
  • Farm Tires
  • Truck Tires
  • Passenger Tires
  • Tire Retreading
  • Mining Tire Operations
  • Tire Defects
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    This is a personal injury case in which a car windshield was smashed and the driver injured by a tire that "came off" a truck that the car was following on a high-speed interstate highway. The car driver was hospitalized and the car towed. The truck had one of its rear tires replaced and then departed the scene of the accident.

    A London based arbitration process for breach of a contract to purchase tires brought by an International Earthmover Tire Manufacturer, plaintiff, against an International Mining Company, defendant. The Mining Company contractually agreed to order a specified number of tires or to pay 40% of the agreed selling price for any tires not ordered. This is referred to as a “Take or Pay” arrangement. The tire manufacturer contracted to produce tires that met the Tire and Rim Association OTR Handbook standards. The manufacturer did not guarantee tire performance, in terms of any performance measure.

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    Tarek Omar, PhD
    Owner / President
    8360 Greensboro Dr., Suite 924
    McLean VA 22102
    USA
    phone: 703-544-8948
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    Dr. Tarek Omar, is a Mechanical and Structural Engineering expert with over 24 years of leading edge experience in the areas of accident investigation and reconstruction, highway safety, automotive / vehicular engineering, security barriers and structural analysis.

    From 1994 to 2002, Dr. Omar worked as a Senior Research Scientist at the National Crash Analysis Center (NCAC), the renowned research center created in 1992 as a successful collaborative effort among the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), and George Washington University (GWU). The NCAC supports the US-DOT strategic goal to reduce fatalities and injuries on the nation's roadways and has successfully served to enhance safety worldwide. Dr, Omar completed numerous research projects in vehicle crash analysis, vehicle crashworthiness, and highway safety.

    In 2002, Dr. Omar founded his consulting firm, Advanced Research and Technology Corp (ART). In his role as President and Senior Consultant, he directs and conducts advanced Design and Nonlinear Finite Element Analysis (FEA) in the areas of Structural Impacts, Transportation Safety, and Physical Security Protection.

    Litigation Support - Dr. Omar and his team at ART provide clients with the compelling scientific evidences necessary to pursue and win complex specialty lawsuits including but not limited to vehicle crash, airbag and seatbelt fatalities and injuries, slip, trip & falls, occupant biomechanics, crashworthiness, and failure analysis, fuel tank, pipelines, and pressure vessel analysis.

    ART experts are widely recognized as a world leader in advanced computer simulations of complicated structural dynamics, crash, and impact-related problems. They use state-of-the-art technology including 3-D computer animation engineering and modeling and the latest engineering techniques for crash analysis (frontal, side-impact, vehicle, rollover, etc.), crash scene investigation, crash test data analysis (FMVSS, NCAP, IIHS, etc.), crash statistical data analysis (NASS, FARS, etc.), occupant kinematics, occupant protection, biomechanics, vehicle dynamics, and computerized crash simulations.

    Areas of Expertise:
    • Accident Investigation
    • Accident Reconstruction
    • Transportation Safety
    • Mechanical Design
    • Structural Analysis
    • Accident Biomechanics
  • Failure Analysis
  • Vehicle Dynamics
  • Crashworthiness
  • Materials Testing and Evaluation
  • Vehicle Damage / Crush Analyses
  • Intellectual Property / Patent Infringement
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