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Myles H. Kitchen
Automotive Electronics Engineer
Aptos CA 95003-5505
USA
phone: 831-539-8707
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Myles H. Kitchen is an Automotive Electronics Engineer with over 45 years of hands-on design, development, testing, manufacturing, and technical marketing of Automotive Electronics Components & Systems for both OEM and Aftermarket.

Background Experience - Mr. Kitchen has worked on nearly every electronic system used in vehicles in OEM and Aftermarket. He also has experience with Consumer Electronics Products, Medical Devices, and Voice Recognition / Natural Language Dialogue software platforms. He is a Lifetime SAE Member, currently serving on 4 Committees for Cybersecurity and Diagnostics.  He is a former member of SAE J2657 Committee on Tire Pressure Monitoring.  He is "hands-on", a licensed racing driver, and 3 time series champion.

Mr. Kitchen is a former Design Engineer for Motorola's Automotive Division (ignitions, engine controls), former Director of Automotive for National Semiconductor (semiconductors for all types auto electronics), former Director Automotive for Intel Corp (micro controllers and memories for automotive), and former VP Product Development / VP Marketing / Sales for Zemco Group (OEM and Aftermarket automotive electronics products - cruise controls, trip computers, security, remote keyless entry, clocks, modules and more). He also was part owner of Quantic Industries, an OEM vendor of airbag squibs and energetic devices.

Litigation Support - Myles H. Kitchen provides expert consulting and forensic investigation in legal matters involving Automotive Electronics. His services are available to attorneys representing both Plaintiffs or Defendants.  He also has been engaged in patent matters, merger / acquisition support, due diligence, and USPTO INTER PARTES reviews. He has been deposed over 12 times, and testified at trial 4 times.  He has capabilities to download embedded data from airbag and other vehicle systems, including those not supported by OEM tools.

Areas of Expertise:

  • Airbags
  • SUA
  • Telematics
  • GPS
  • Navigation
  • Unintended Acceleration
  • Vehicle Diagnostics
  • ABS
  • EDR Data Imaging
  • Data Recorder
  • ECU / ECM
  • Transmission Control
  • Engine Control
  • Electronic Throttle
  • Automotive Intellectual Property
  • Automotive Patents
  • Vehicle Electronics
  • Autonomous
  • Voice Recognition
  • Connected Car
  • Automotive Cyber Security
  • Hacking


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Tau Max Engineering
William H. Pultar, BSME - ACTAR
28 Berthel Lane
Pelham NH 03076
USA
phone: 9787355226
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William Pultar Human Factors Expert PhotoWilliam H. Pultar, BSME, ACTAR, is a Mechanical Engineer with over 20 years of experience in the field of Event Data Recording, Accident Reconstruction, and Human Factors.

Background Experience - Employed by the Massachusetts State Police for several decades, Mr. Pultar's duties have included the investigation of line of duty injuries, citizen complaints, cruiser crashes, and the use of force incidents. As Section Supervisor for the Northeast Team of the C.A.R.S. unit, he was responsible for the training of the Northeast Team members in newer aspects of total station technology and was consulted numerous times on the kinematics of motor vehicle crashes by the Essex, Middlesex, and Hampshire District Attorney’s Offices.

Promoted to Lieutenant in 2010, Mr. Pultar was responsible and accountable for the supervision of A Troop personnel and the oversight of a geographical area that covers the northeast corner of Massachusetts and, as SCO, was put in charge of large high risk NIMS and crime related incidents such as the 2012 Beverly homicide and the Boston Bombing incidents.

Litigation Support - While employed by the Massachusetts State Police, Mr. Pultar testified numerous times in Federal District, Massachusetts Superior, and District Courts as an expert in the kinematics, kinetics of motor vehicle crashes, and human factors involving crashes, and as an expert in the electronic imaging of Crash Data Recorders. His services are available to counsel representing both Plaintiff and Defendant.

Areas of Expertise - William Pultar's expertise is in the Extraction of Electronic Data from Commercial Vehicle Engine Control Modules (CVEDM), motor vehicle crash data (CDR), restrain control module (RCM) and engine control modules (ECM) for all “supported vehicles. He currently has the only privately owned Hyundai and Kia download kits in New England. All of these modules are commonly referred to as vehicle “black boxes,” although they are NOT black boxes.

Mr. Pultar also specialized equipment to measure Luminance (NOT illumination), electronic survey crash scene, and measure acoustical data (sound energy), such as backup alarms, sirens, etc.

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Ioannis Kanellakopoulos
135 Cypress Point Rd
Half Moon Bay CA 94019-8004
USA
phone: 4088501242
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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. He 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. His 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.
Ioannis Kanellakopoulos, PhD, et al
Using a pedagogical style along with detailed proofs and illustrative examples, this book opens a view to the largely unexplored area of nonlinear systems with uncertainties. The focus is on adaptive nonlinear control results introduced with the new recursive design methodology--adaptive backstepping. Describes basic tools for nonadaptive backstepping design with state and output feedbacks.
Ioannis Kanellakopoulos, PhD
Abstract: A systematic procedure for the design of adaptive regulation and tracking schemes for a class of feedback linearizable nonlinear systems is developed. The coordinate-free geometric conditions, which characterize this class of systems, do not constrain the growth of the nonlinearities. Instead, they require that the nonlinear system be transformable into the so-called parametric-pure feedback form...
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Richard D. Curtis, PE
8731 Crestwood Ave
Munster IN 46321
USA
phone: 219-838-2045
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Richard D. Curtis, PE, is a Professional Engineer, Consultant, and Technical Expert with 40 years of significant contributions in the Freight and Passenger Vehicle Transportation industry. His experience includes design, development, procurement, leasing, operation and maintenance of locomotives, freight cars and rail passenger cars (intercity, commuter, transit & light rail).

As a technical consultant to MBTA, CTA, NYCT, WMATA, Phoenix Valley Metro, NICTD, UTA, BART, CALTRANS, IDOT, and many more, Mr. Curtis has provided technical expertise in an oversight role to:
  • Ensure that the design, manufacture, and testing during new car contracts met all necessary requirements
  • Ensure that the design, overhaul, and testing on overhaul contracts met all necessary requirements
  • Solve difficult maintenance and operational problems
  • Design Cars on transit, commuter, and intercity passenger car contracts
Mr. Curtis has also been responsible for industry leading innovative design and development on Double Stack Intermodal Cars, Auto Rack Technology, RoadRailer®, Unit Train Coal Cars, Covered Hoppers, and Heavy Duty Special Purpose Cars.

Litigation Support - As an expert witness with an MS degrees in engineering, his years of experience, and diversified background Richard Curtis offers a unique perspective to his clients. His services are available to insurance companies and attorneys representing both plaintiff and defendant. Mr. Curtis' services include site inspection, written reports, depositions, and trial testimony as needed.

Areas of Expertise:
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Transportation Engineering
  • Derailment / Railroad Accident Investigation
  • Transit Systems
  • Patents
  • Freight Cars
  • Passenger Vehicle Design
  • Railcars
  • Rail Transit Standards
  • Patent Infringement
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    Murat Okcuoglu
    4175 Lago Dr.
    Santa Barbara CA 93110
    USA
    phone: 805-637-5482
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    Murat Okcuoglu is an Automotive Engineer and Designer with over 30 years of experience. He has worked with most United States and European automotive manufacturers.

    Mr. Okcuoglu has invented and developed QuadraDrive, VersaTrak, and various other traction control and all wheel drive systems which went into production on many make and model vehicles including Jeep Grand Cherokee, Ford Mustang Cobra R, Dodge Viper R/T, Buick Rendezvous, Pontiac Aztec, Saturn Vue, Chevrolet Venture, and Oldsmobile Silhouette.

    Driving race cars for 40 years, Mr. Okcuoglu has tested and developed vehicles with all major U.S. and most European manufacturers and manufacturers' on proving grounds around the world. He has unparalleled experience on both the hands on and academic aspects of automotive engineering and vehicle systems.

    Mr. Okcuoglu has produced several publications and papers and has been awarded 9 U.S. and over 7 foreign Patents. He currently works as an independent consultant, doing research mostly on Vehicle Dynamics and Electronics.

    Litigation Support - Murat Okcuoglu provides expert witness services to attorneys representing both plaintiff and defendant. His experience includes approximately 70 depositions and testimonies in Federal and State courts. Mr. Okcuoglu's services include site review, thorough reporting, depositions, and trial testimony as needed.

    Areas of Expertise:
    • Automotive Research
    • Automotive Design
    • Automotive Testing
    • Automotive Forensic Analysis
    • Automotive Drivetrains
    • Automotive AWD 4x4 design
    • Automotive Transmission Design
  • Automotive Engine Design
  • Automotive Emission Controls
  • Automotive A/C Design
  • Handling Stability / Skidding
  • Rollover Propensity
  • Electronic Systems & Components (ESC)
  • Autonomus Vehicle Systems