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 Expert  108125

Expert in Automobile Handling, Stability

Available for your Consulting and Expert Witness Needs

New York (NY)
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Summary of Expertise:

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VEHICLE DYNAMICS; AERONAUTICS TEST-FACILITY; AUTOMOTIVE STEERING SYSTEM; FOUR-WHEEL DRIVE. As a result of competing in over 100 post-war road races, Expert turned his attention to handling characteristics of automobiles. He went on to transfer aircraft dynamic testing techniques to automotive testing. Under the sponsorship of General Motors, this program continued for 10 years and led to the formation of the Vehicle Dynamics Department at Cornell Aeronautical Laboratory (CAL). During this program the fundamental linear equations of the automobile and their experimental substantiation was accomplished. Expert has experience working with four wheel steering systems. He also studied motorcycles, bicycles, ships, hydrofoil boats, rapid transit, track-tread, and other vehicles.

AERODYNAMICS; WIND TUNNEL; FLIGHT CONTROL SYSTEM; CONTROL ELECTRONICS SCIENCE. After graduating from MIT in 1934, Expert worked in the aircraft industry for 20 years in analysis, wind tunnel and flight testing, with an emphasis on stability and control. He was assistant head of Flight Test at Boeing Aircraft during WW II and was on the first flights of the prototype XB-29 and several B-17 models. As head of Flight Research at CAL, he initiated a program for measuring aircraft dynamics in flight using automatic control techniques, accomplishing the first frequency response measurements. He was co-inventor of the variable stability aircraft and involved in pioneering stability augmentation and modern electrohydraulic flight control systems.

TIRES. The necessity for tire data led to the development of the first 6-component on-road tire tester and later TIRF, the original high-speed, flat-belt tire tester. This work was reported in the now classic papers presented at the Institution of Mechanical Engineers in London in 1956. Expert later was involved with pioneering work in flat belt technology and high speed indoor testing. The testing machine he developed incorporated large slip and camber variations under both driving and braking torque conditions and controlled water film depth (as well as dry).




aeronautics test-facility


automotive steering system


control electronics science


control theory


control-system modeling


flight control system


four-wheel drive


motor vehicle dynamics




vehicle dynamics


wind tunnel

Show Secondary and Basic Areas of Expertise
Expert may consult nationally and internationally, and is also local to the following cities: Buffalo, New York;  Rochester, New York;  Niagara Falls, New York;  and Erie, Pennsylvania.

Year   Degree   Subject   Institution  
1934   BS   Mathematics and Aeronautical Engineering   Massachusetts Institute of Technology  

Work History:
Years   Employer   Title  

1976 to 2000


Expert Research Associates, Inc.


Founder and President


1946 to 1976


Calspan/Cornell Aeronautical Laboratory


Executive Engineer, Automotive & Transporation Systems


1944 to 1946


Curtiss-Wright Corporation


Assistant Head, Flight Research Department


1943 to 1944


Avion, Inc.


Assistant Head, Flight & Aerodynamics Dept.


1939 to 1943


The Boeing Company


Assistant Head of Flight Test


1938 to 1939


Vought-Sikorsky Aircraft


Engineer, Stability & Control & Flight Test


Career Accomplishments:
Professional Appointments

Expert is a 1981 SAE Fellow. He is a director of Trico Products, and past governor of SCCA.


Expert is a recipient of the 1985 Cole Award, and the Starley Premium Award in 1983.

Publications and Patents Summary

Expert is the author of numerous technical publications.

Consulting Services:
Click the green button above to contact Expert for a free initial screening call regarding your expert consulting needs.  Expert is available for consulting to corporate, legal and government clients.  Remember, your initial screening call to speak with Expert is free.

Expert Witness:
Recent Litigation Client Requests:
  • Tire expert needed for consulting on motorcycle tire failure (Metzler tire).
  • Expert in Possible testifying retention (108383) by Plaintiffs' Counsel.
  • Tire quality expert for consulting on a company's defective tires for litigation.
Click the green button above to contact Expert for a free initial screening call regarding expert testimony, litigation consulting and support, forensic services, or any related expert witness services.  A few litigation needs include product liability, personal injury, economic loss, intellectual property (patent, trademark, trade secret, copyright), and insurance matters.  Remember, your initial screening call to speak with Expert is free.

Additional Skills and Services:
Other Skills and Services

Expert is a former holder of a commerical pilots license and SCCA/FIA competition licenses.


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