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 Expert  723307

Expert in Permanent Magnets, Rare Earth Metals, Technical Training and Technical Writing

Available for your Consulting and Expert Witness Needs

Colorado (CO)
Education Work History Career AccomplishmentsPublicationsConsulting Services Expert Witness Market Research

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Expert's professional life, just over forty years, has been almost evenly divided between the permanent magnet and rare earth industries. For the last fourteen years, he has run a consultancy called Expert's Firm serving clients in these industries on a wide variety of technical and commercial projects. His previous employers include Molycorp, Magnequench, Hitachi Magnetics, Crucible Magnetics and Recoma. He is a registered professional engineer, in Pennsylvania and Colorado, holds a B. S. in Physics from Lafayette College and a Ph.D. from the University of Pennsylvania in Metallurgy and Materials Science. He is a member of the UK Magnetics Society and a senior member of the IEEE Magnetics Society.

Colleagues say that he is an extremely practical engineer, scientist and businessman. They claim he is equally at home presenting at a scientific conference, creating a SWOT analysis in a business meeting, or anything in between. They would give him high marks for being able to solve complicated problems by breaking them down into manageable pieces and for having the gift of being able to explain complex concepts in a clear and succinct manner.

Some noteworthy outcomes: claustrophobic people and large animals can have an open-MRI without fear or injury, hockey players avoid serious injury when crashing into the goalposts because of a breakaway magnetic device, magnetic measurements are made quickly and nondestructively with a Helmholtz coil and NdFeB alloys are broken up easily with hydrogen decrepitation.


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coercive force



Show Secondary and Basic Areas of Expertise
Expert may consult nationally and internationally, and is also local to the following cities: Denver, Colorado;  Colorado Springs, Colorado;  Aurora, Colorado;  Fort Collins, Colorado;  Arvada, Colorado;  Pueblo, Colorado;  Westminster, Colorado;  Boulder, Colorado;  Greeley, Colorado;  and Longmont, Colorado.

Often requested
with this expert:

Powder Metallurgy, Magnetic Alloy
Electromagnetic Interference, Electronic Noise, Shielding,...
Permanent Magnet Motors, Generators, Devices and Materials
Powdered Metals & P/ M Products

Year   Degree   Subject   Institution   Honors
1979   Ph.D.   Metallurgy and Materials Science   University of Pennsylvania  
1976   M.S.   Metallurgy and Materials Science   University of Pennsylvania  
1973   B.S.   Physics   Lafayette College   with honors

Work History:
Years   Employer   Department   Title   Responsibilities

2001 to







Expert's Firm is a technical consultancy run by Expert to provide practical technical solutions in the broad areas of magnetic materials and the rare earths.

2010 to 2013


Molycorp, Inc.




Director, Magnet Business


For a time, Molycorp's business model was Mine to Magnets. I was in charge of the magnets part of the business, specifically NdFeB type magnets.

1997 to 2001


Magnequench International, Inc.



Applications Engineer


Technical support for the sales and purchasing departments. Assisting customers with material selection and magnetic design issues.

1988 to 1997


Molycorp, Inc.


Sales and Marketing




Managed the sales and marketing of a wide variety rare earth products to North American customers with attention to the metallurgical, ceramic and catalyst markets.

1984 to 1988


Hitachi Magnetics Corp.



Senior Development Engineer


Developed new Nd-Fe-B alloys with improved thermal stability. Established vacuum induction melting as a research tool and production process. Liason to research group in Japan.

Career Accomplishments:

IEEE Magnetics Society for over 35 years


P.E. registered in Pennsylvania and Colorado

Professional Appointments

Columnist for Magnetics Magazine, an industry magazine published quarterly.


Plenary Lecture, Intermag 2009

Publications and Patents Summary

Over 20 publications

Selected Publications and Publishers  
 - Magnetics  
 - Coil Winding  
 - NATO Workshop  
 - IEEE Transactions on Magnetics, Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE)  

Consulting Services:
Recent Client Requests:
  • Magnet expert for consulting on magnet packaging.
  • Magnetostatics expert for consulting on Highly homogeneous permanent magnet array design evaluation and optimization.
  • Expert for consulting on 17-4 PH magnetic permeability.
  • Expert in permanent magnet generators for consulting on efficiency and longevity for wind industry.
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:
Appeared in Federal Court as an expert witness testifying on the value of some missing rare earth materials.
Recent Litigation Client Requests:
  • Expert for superconductormagnet patent litigation matter.
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.

Market Research:
Helped a start-up company identify, analyze and conatct new customers for rare earth materials.

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:

Taught many two-day classes on the basics of magnetics, from the fundamentals through design and applications. Present a one-day seminar called Magnetics Bootcamp at the annual Magnetics Conference since 2007.

Supplier and Vendor Location and Selection

Helped several companies find suitable sources for magnets.

Other Skills and Services

Technical writing. Written many datasheets, several press releases, blogs and magazine articles. The latter are published under the title Spontaneous Thoughts in Magnetics Magazine.


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