Michael A. Pollock, PE, USPTO, is a Mechanical Engineer responsible for the design and engineering of commercial, industrial, manufacturing, institutional, and residential venues, as well as efforts relating to services and products used in and around these facilities. Mr. Pollock's full CV can be viewed at cogentexpert.com.
Business and industries include electronics, safety and construction, building materials, polymers and plastics, instrumentation manufacturing, petrochemicals, chemicals, pharmaceuticals, colleges, athletic facilities, textiles, coatings and resins, food storage, biosciences, supermarkets, inks & pigments, automotive, facility and real estate operations, agricultural, transportation, nuclear, healthcare, nutrition, retail, distributors, pulp and paper, packaging, utilities, apparel, and R&D centers.
Litigation Support - Mr. Pollock is a subject matter expert in Commercial and Industrial Engineering Applications and Projects, as well as engineering standards and applicable codes (ASHRAE, ASME, NIST, NFPA, NBIC, ASTM, SAE, LEED, ASCE, GMP, ISA, BOCA, and EPA Regulations.) He has engaged with local, state, and governmental officials and agencies regarding numerous matters over his commensurate years of experience.
Areas of Expertise:
Investment Engineering Economics
Mechanical Engineering Standard of Care
Architectural Standard of Care
Construction Schedule Analysis
Instrumentation and Controls
Steam Systems and Boilers
Power and Utilities
Professional Engineer: PA (PE075410)
American Bar Association (ABA) – Construction Forum
United States Patent & Trademark Office Registered (USPTO)
Forensic Consulting Experience
Warehouse Distribution Facility – Maryland - Evaluated a $10M (million) claim relating to purported construction defect claims by the 600,000 sq. ft. facility owner against the facility construction contractor and an original equipment manufacturer relating to installed infrastructure in the facility. Developed an expert opinion and expert report regarding the analysis of the purported defects and a proposed repair solution to correct said defects.
Psychiatric Hospital Facility – North Carolina – Evaluated a $28M (million) construction claim by the general contractor against a hospital facility concerning a $100M facility construction project. Developed an expert opinion and report for general construction issues, constructability, design revisions, and corresponding delay analysis for mechanical, HVAC, electrical, smoke and fire, structural, security and building automation systems.
Forensics Consulting Work-in-Progress
2022 – International Trade Commission (ITC) Matter – Resin Manufacturing Facility Construction Delay / Completeness Analysis
2022 – Mechanical Systems Coatings Matter Analysis
2021 – Industrial Manufacturing Facility Standard of Care Matter, Construction Defect, Construction Delay
2021 – Electrical Distribution System Construction Defect Matter, Standard of Care
2021 – Hotel Facility HVAC Materials of Construction Related Defect Matter
Edward 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
Paul Eason is a Licensed Professional Engineer, Nationally Certified Fire & Explosion Investigator and Forensic Consultant. His expertise comes from a strong background in industry and academia. In addition to his consulting practice, he is a professor in the School of Engineering at the University of North Florida, and maintains a graduate faculty appointment in the Materials Science and Engineering Program at the University of Florida.
Dr. Eason has testified in numerous trials and depositions in the following practice areas:
Engel Metallurgical LTD engineers and metallurgists offer laboratory testing services to determine Material Performance and Material Performance Expectation. All tests are performed according to government and/or applicable industrial standards, including ASTM, military, and other specifications.
Engel Metallurgical clients include attorneys, insurance company representatives and members of a broad range of industries, including chemical, agricultural, aviation, power generation, construction, transportation and manufacturing.
Litigation Support - Attorneys requiring reliable information rely on Engel Metallurgical. Les Engel and his team of specialists sort through intricate details of structural and material failures, accidents, manufacturing defects and other unexpected incidents that lead to lawsuits, with involvement from initial discovery through court appearances, if necessary.
In 2003, Engel Metallurgical earned ISO/IEC 17025 accreditation from the American Association for Laboratory Accreditation (A2LA). This accreditation officially recognizes Engel Metallurgical proficiency in quality and details, and helps ensure that its findings will carry more weight in clients’ litigation cases.
Engel Metallurgical Ltd. is listed with the Minnesota Association For Justice (formerly Minnesota Trial Lawyers Association) as an expert in the field of metallurgy. Their engineers have extensive experience with deposition and trial. Their high ethical and scientific standards complement our expertise in providing sound, unbiased opinions on technical issues, including:
Inspection: Equipment and Components Inspected on Site
Quality Control Efforts
Product Claims, Product Recalls
Corrosion Resistance Coatings Selection
Non-destructive Testing Procedures
US / Foreign Specifications Equivalents
Material Property Design Limits
Principal, Lester P. Engel, Jr., PE, is a Metallurgical Engineer with over 40 years of experience leading the company's detailed, quality-focused testing and services. He oversees the company's lab, continually adding new equipment and techniques.
Mr. Engel also has experience as the chief metallurgist for Brown Boveri Turbomachinery and as a metallurgical engineer for the Aircraft Engine Group of General Electric, where he focused on material selections for hot aircraft and marine gas turbine components. His GE career began in Nuclear Systems Programs, where his work included serving as the principal investigator on three NASA programs.
Les Engel specializes in materials application, failure analysis, R & D program management, materials and process specifications, engineering standards and procedures, laboratory design and operation, data analysis and personnel, and budget management. He continues to personally perform failure analysis on aircraft and land turbines, generators, boilers, steel products, metals, cermets, plastics, and other materials.
With high ethical and scientific standards, Les Engel offers sound, unbiased expert analysis and testimony on technical issues. He provides expertise to insurance companies and counsel representing both plaintiff and defendant.
James A. Brusso, PhD, PE, has more than 20 years of experience in processing/properties of materials, materials characterization and behavior, materials specifications, mechanical testing, failure analysis, machining of materials, and laboratory design and operation. He is also Engel Metallurgical's Technical Manager and Quality Manager.
Dr. Brusso brings keen expertise to Engel Metallurgical and its clients, performing failure analysis; rendering expert opinions, giving depositions and testimony for litigation support; providing technical support for materials and process development and improvement; and developing and reviewing various product designs, materials, and process details.
Dr. Brusso has worked with Engel Metallurgical since 2000. Prior to that, he held several positions with The Timken Company in Ohio, where his responsibilities included establishing the company’s machinability testing laboratory, team leader for product development projects, managing the company's application metallurgical laboratory, and providing technical review of internal processing and testing standards to satisfy ISO 9000 / QS 9000 registration.
Jose Villalobos, PE, is a licensed Civil and Corrosion Engineer with over 48 years of experience in the design and condition assessment of corrosion protection systems for municipal infrastructure including Water and Wastewater Conveyance, Treatment, and Storage.
Mr. Villalobos and his team at JLV Wolf Inc. are based in San Leandro, California and specialize in assisting owners and engineering firms when it comes to forensic investigations. With their help, clients can collect all the needed information to properly assess structural integrity or causes of the structural failure. The firm offers services throughout the US.
Litigation Support - Mr. Villalobos provides professional assistance to owners, design engineers, and attorneys in evaluating operational issues at water and wastewater plants that may require forensic investigations. He is retained for cases involving the deterioration of Concrete and Corrosion of Metals in Water and Wastewater Facilities including atmospheric, immersed, and buried exposures at:
Above Ground Tanks
Relevant Project Experience (Partial List):
A.C. Transit, Oakland, Bus Maintenance Facility Buries Hydraulic Fluid Line Investigation
Thompson vs. Standard Oil
Landels Ripley Diamond Union Oil Tank Investigation
Field, Richardson et al – Contra Costa Water District PG&E Claims Seaport Center Stainless Steel Pipe Support Cable Failure and Corrosion of Concrete Piles
Bay View Condominiums Copper Recirculation Hot Water Systems San Luis Water District Cement Mortar Coated Pipe Failure
Sea Colony Residential Housing Subdivision Reinforced Concrete Slab Foundation Failure
Mass TankInspection & Services (MTIS) is the largest Steel Tank Fabrication and Inspection Services company on the east coast. MTIS serves the steel tank industry both domestically and internationally. Their commitment to service and quality has made them one of the largest tank manufacturers with a full range of Aboveground Tanks, Underground Tanks, and Vessels.
MTIS has been in business for over 100 years and has clients throughout the world. Industries served include Aerospace, Agricultural, Biopharmaceutical, Chemical, Construction, Cryogenic, Food & Beverage, Marine, Medical, Military, Nuclear, and Petrochemical.
Litigation Support - Carl Horstmann, President and CEO, provides expert testimony on a variety of Tank Failure cases. Mr. Horstmann and his team are experts in their field, combining a deep understanding of tanks and extensive experience, enabling them to provide accurate, detailed advice for legal matters. Services include site inspection, thorough reporting, depositions, and trial testimony as needed.
Inspection capabilities include non-destructive methods such as eddy current, ground penetrating radar, infrared, inline, CMM, magnetic particle, on stream, liquid penetrant, robotic, ultrasonic, video, visual, and x-ray. MTIS inspects tanks designed to UL, ASME, API, ASTM D-1998, STI SP-001 and AWWA standards, along with tanks built to unspecified standards.
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 Areas of Expertise Include:
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:
B.S., M.S., M.Eng., M.B.A., J.D., and Ph.D. Degrees Licensed Professional Engineers in Mechanical, Electrical, and Civil Engineering Tenured University Professors and Professionals NAFI Certified Fire and Explosion Investigators (CFEI) Licensed Master Electricians
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
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
Over 20 Different Undergraduate and Graduate-level University Courses Over 30 Invited Short Courses, Talks, and Lectures