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 Expert  722586

Expert in Wood Structures and Wood Mechanics

Available for your Consulting and Expert Witness Needs

Pennsylvania (PA)
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Expert's expertise is in the design of wood structures, assessment of historic wood structures and analytical modeling of wood buildings

His research interests are: analytical modeling and testing of wood structures subjected to natural hazard loads, modeling of nonlinear, non-conservative behavior, historic buildings, composite hybrid structures (fiber composites-wood-high-performance concrete), application of supercomputers in analysis of hysteretic systems.

He has conducted experiments in: testing of materials, fire experiments, static and dynamic connection tests, scaled-models experiments, full-scale shake table tests of frames, full-scale structural tests (beams, shear walls, decks, columns, composite beams, light-frame buildings), in-situ evaluation of historic buildings.

Expert is an author of over 100 publications and research reports and discussed his work on various media including CNN, NBC, ABC, European TV network and other. He has served as a consultant to various US and international companies as well as an expert witness.

His research interests for future work include: - Full-scale modeling of light-frame structures - Application of fiber-based composites in timber structures and joints, high-performance composite structural elements - Environmentally friendly structures - Dynamic performance composite structural systems - Building physics


assembly structural testing


bolted joint


forest product


laminated wood


structural design


structural engineering




wood mechanical property


wood mechanics


wood product


wood product failure analysis


wood property


wood science


wood technology


wood testing


wood failure

Show Secondary and Basic Areas of Expertise
Expert may consult nationally and internationally, and is also local to the following cities: Lancaster, Pennsylvania;  and Frederick, Maryland.

Often requested
with this expert:

Wood Design, Wood Performance
Wood Science, Wood Chemistry, Wood Coatings, Recycling
Wood Products, Preservation and Recycling; Marketing and...
Wood Science, Engineered Wood and BioComposites,...

Year   Degree   Subject   Institution   Honors
1992   PhD   Wood Mechanics   OSU  
1994   MS   Civil Engineering   OSU  
1991   MS   Wood Science   VPI&SU  
1980   Dipl.-Ing. (PE)   Wood Engineering   TU Zvolen, Slovakia   Summa Cum Laude

Work History:
Years   Employer   Department   Title   Responsibilities

1993 to







research and teaching

1992 to 1992


Alpine Eng. Products, Inc.




R&D Engineer


wood trusses

1980 to 1987


State Research Laboratory




Research Engineer


design of timber structures research

Career Accomplishments:

American Society of Civil Engineers • American Academy of Mechanics • International Conference of Building Officials • American Society of Experimental Mechanics • Forest Products Society • Society of Wood Science and Technology • Triangle World Affairs Council • Society for Earthquake and Civil Engineering Dynamics • Fulbright Association


Dipl.-Ing. (PE)

Professional Appointments

Consulting • Austria, Chile, Switzerland, Czech Republic, Canada, USA • international building standards, quality control, machinery, court expert witness, structural damage and repair


2001-2202 Senior Fulbright Fellow • 2001-2002 Visiting Professor, Department of Civil Engineering, TU Dresden, Germany • 1995 Award for Excellence in Truss Research • 1994, 1995 Cray Research Fellowship winner • 1991 Wood Award winner • Alfred W. Moltke Memorial Scholarship for outstanding graduate student-1990-91 • National prize for the best student research paper-1980, Czechoslovakia • Dean's prize for the best student research paper-1979, Czechoslovakia • Deans's prize for the best student of the University of Zvolen-1978

Medical/Professional Internships

2001-2002 Senior Fulbright Fellow in Germany

Publications and Patents Summary

Expert is an author of over 100 publications and technical reports.

Selected Publications and Publishers  
 - Earthquake Engineering and Dynamics. John Villey & Sons  
 - European Community of Computational Methods in Applied Sciences  
 - Elsevier Publishing Co  
 - Progress in Structural Engineering. John Villey & Sons  
 - Journal of Structural Engineering  

Government Experience:
Years   Agency   Role   Description
1994 to 2004   NSF, USDA   researcher   various research projects dealing with wood structures

Consulting Services:
Selected Consulting Examples:
  • international building standards
  • laminated beams - production and quality control
  • expert witness: material failure, product failure, fire damage, patent litigations
  • in-situ evaluation of historic buildings
Recent Client Requests:
  • Expert in Warping / Cracking of Material Handling Trays.
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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:
Expert Witness Experience Summary:
wood structures depositions patents wood damage
Recent Litigation Client Requests:
  • Wood engineering expert witness for consulting on Wood Utility Pole Death Case.
  • Expert for consulting on restaurant bench seat bottom with a 3 inch overhang beyond the front vertical support. Seat see-sawed forward as waitress stood on seat to access wall on inner side of booth.
  • Residential floor truss expert witnesses for consulting on Wood Floor Truss Failure.
  • Wood chair manufacturing expert for product liability claim.
  • Truss engineering expert for consulting on failed truss in small building / residential.
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:
Years   Country / Region   Summary
1996 to 1997   Austria   light-frame structural systems
1999 to 1999   Chile   laminated structural timber
1994 to 1996   Switzerland, Germany, Czech Republic   wood trusses acqusition of the production company

Language Skills:
Foreign Language   Description
Czech   excellent
Slovak   excellent
German   very good
Russian   very good

Market Research:
acquisition of a company - consultant

Click the green button above to contact Expert for a free initial screening call regarding your marketing research, industry research, and company research needs.  For research needs involving multiple experts or secondary research, a Research Director can be assigned to coordinate the work into a custom report for you as a potentially quicker and more cost effective alternative to doing this work yourself or hiring a boutique consultancy.  Remember, your initial screening call to speak with Expert is free.

Additional Skills and Services:

laminated timber - Chile


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