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 Expert  712829

Expert in Automotive Engineering Materials

Available for your Consulting and Expert Witness Needs

Michigan (MI)
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Summary of Expertise:

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METAL MATRIX COMPOSITE APPLICATION. Expert has expertise in the many aspects of incorporating metal matrix composites into mechanical devices. He has been involved in the design, fabrication, machining, joining, and evaluation process for automotive applications. In particular, Expert has extensive experience in tribological studies related to the performance of these composites under rolling and sliding conditions. He is familiar with the advantages and disadvantages of existing techniques for commercial processing of metal matrix composites.

METAL MATRIX COMPOSITE DEVELOPMENT. Expert is actively engaged in research and development of processing techniques for commercial manufacture of short and long fiber ceramic reinforced aluminum matrix composites. Much of the research leading to his three patents in this area focused on conditions necessary to promote wetting of the fiber reinforcement by the matrix and the resulting interphase formed between the matrix and reinforcement. A large number of designed experiments were used to effectively reduce theory to practice.

HEAT RESISTANT STEEL; AUSTENITIC STAINLESS STEEL. Expert has extensive experience in the research, development, and application of both wrought and cast oxidation resistant steels for the automotive industry. These steels include both austenitic and ferritic types. Published data, oxidation theory, and accelerated testing techniques are used to determine the suitability of a specific alloy for each application. When necessary, selection of appropriate materials is strongly influenced by automotive requirements for low cost and high volume availability. Expert has also invented a number of relatively low cost iron base oxidation resistant steels for use in automotive gas turbine engines, piston engine exhaust systems, and heat resistant alloy applications for the heat treatment industry.

AUTOMOTIVE CERAMIC. Expert is one of the champions in a growing industry dedicated to the application of monolithic ceramics to mechanical devices. A significant portion of his career in ceramics has been devoted to automotive applications. These have included studies into the tribological behavior of various ceramics rubbing against steel, the nature of the fracture process in stressed applications, low thermal conductivity and low thermal expansion applications, and manufacturing considerations such as net shape processing, machining, and inspection. Carbide, nitride, and oxide ceramics have been extensively evaluated for applications including (but not limited to) automotive cam follower rollers and pads, valves, valve seats, fuel injector parts, pre-combustion chambers and bearing applications. Expert is a founding member of the United States Advanced Ceramics Association and is familiar with the advanced ceramics industry in the U.S. and Japan.

EXPERIMENTAL DESIGN PROCESS. Although not formally trained as a statistician, Expert has over 35 years experience in the application of designed experiments to research and development. He has experience-based expertise in the selection of appropriate experimental designs based on the nature of the research objective. These include (but are not limited to) screening, fractional factorials, full factorials, response surface, and optimization techniques. He uses novel methods to select the "vital few" from the many ideas which are generated during team interactions.

METAL ALLOY RESEARCH MANAGEMENT. Expert has been engaged in metal alloy research for over 35 years. This experience ranges from positions of Senior Research Scientist to full management responsibilities for a team of metallurgical and ceramic research engineers. He is well trained in the principles of behavioral science as applied to research teams and is a strong proponent of design of experiments applied to materials R&D.


austenitic stainless steel


automotive ceramic


design of experiments


electron-beam machining


electron-beam welding


heat-resistant steel


metal alloy research management


metal matrix composite


metal matrix composite machining



Show Secondary and Basic Areas of Expertise
Expert may consult nationally and internationally, and is also local to the following cities: Detroit, Michigan;  Warren, Michigan;  Flint, Michigan;  Sterling Heights, Michigan;  Lansing, Michigan;  Ann Arbor, Michigan;  Livonia, Michigan;  Dearborn, Michigan;  Westland, Michigan;  and Toledo, Ohio.

Year   Degree   Subject   Institution  
1974   MBA   Management/Behavior Science,   Wayne State University  
1957   MS   Automotive Engineering/Materials,   Chrysler Institute of Engineering  
1955   BS   Metallurgical Engineering,   Lafayette College  

Work History:
Years   Employer   Title  

1991 to




Vice President


1988 to




Vice President


1955 to 1991


Advanced Inorganic Materials, Chrysler Corp.




Career Accomplishments:

Expert is a member of several organizations including the American Society for Materials, the Metallurgical Society, the Society for Automotive Engineers, and the American Ceramic Society.


He is a Registered Professional Engineer in Michigan.

Selected Publications and Publishers  
 - Journal of Metals  
 - Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE)  
 - Industrial Heating  

Consulting Services:
Selected Consulting Examples:
  • On-Site ConsultingExpert's Firm (the company where Expert works) conducts company analysis services in which employees are surveyed on their current work attitudes. Once the data is analyzed, USI prepares a report showing the cultural norm of the present organization. The results are reported first to top management then to the employees. Areas covered in the survey are teamwork, managerial style, contribution, organizational characteristics, job and work attitudes, communications, employee influence, involvement-concern, and supervisory relations.
Recent Client Requests:
  • Expert in automotive engineering for consulting on application of specific device to engines.
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Expert Witness:
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.

International Experience:
Country / Region   Summary
Japan   Expert has traveled to Japan to review the Japanese fine ceramics industry. He has since been engaged in joint development of ceramic components for the US automotive industry with several Japanese ceramic suppliers.

Additional Skills and Services:

Expert has traveled to Japan to review the Japanese fine ceramics industry. He has since been engaged in joint development of ceramic components for the US automotive industry with several Japanese ceramic suppliers.

Supplier and Vendor Location and Selection

Expert has experience locating vendors of the following: * Monolithic ceramic (carbide, nitride, oxide, glass) components * Aluminum matrix, metal matrix composites for structural applications * Machining services for monolithic ceramics, ceramic composites, metal matrix composites, and other difficult to machine materials.

He has access to the following resources for vendor location: * Personal contacts * Printed materials


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