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 Expert  723501

Expert in Forensic Electrical Electronic Eng., Patent Infringement, Reverse Engineering, Failure Analysis,


Available for your Consulting and Expert Witness Needs

North Carolina (NC)
USA
Education Work History Career Accomplishments Consulting Services Expert Witness

Summary of Expertise:

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Expert has worked in electronic forensics and patent infringement analysis. He specializes in all types of electronic devices, systems and product.

Primary investigations include: Product Liability, Fire cause and origin, Patent Infringement Analysis, High voltage surge and lightning losses, Reverse engineering, Equipment damage or failure analysis, and Property loss.

Expert is a registered Electrical PE in the states of North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia, Georgia, Tennessee, and West Virginia. He is also a Certified Fire and Explosion Investigator (CFEI) and a Certified Power Quality Professional (CPQ). He is a proud graduate of Penn State receiving a BSEE and of North Carolina State receiving his MSECE. He has over 30 years of electrical and electronic design and test experience on a variety of products in numerous industries, including telecommunication, industrial automation and control, semiconductors and consumer goods.

His expertise and skill sets are in the areas of Electrical and Electronic forensic engineering, reverse engineering, patent Infringement, safety compliance, fire investigations, product liability, hardware design, power supply design, embedded processor design, high speed circuit design in both analog and digital systems, PCB design, EMC/EMI/RFI standards/compliance, telecommunication and industrial automation/controls. In the course of his career he has also been heavily involved with product testing and compliance (Safety and EMC) in the design phase, and in post-design product failure analysis, including power and signal line surge analysis.

He has served as an expert witness and forensic engineer on many cases involving a wide variety of electrical and electronic devices and applications, and on some projects drilling down to find the root cause of failure. Some projects have focus on fire hazards, and others are aspects of shock and human safety. He has analyzed designs in reference to user abuse and unintended operation which is often an overlooked aspect in most product safety reviews.

For one of his recent employers, he was the lead engineer responsible for all the electrical safety and compliance testing and requirements (UL, FCC, NEBS, CE & ETSI) of their telecommunication products. He is quite knowledgeable regarding the UL standards, requirements, protocols and documentation required for product compliance in both the US Europe and Asia. He has a broad and proven background encompassing both design and compliance testing. Having performed similar functions at several past employers, he has been able to develop a strong working relationship with the safety and compliance groups at Underwriters Laboratory located in RTP NC, Intertek located in Cortland, NY, TUV Rheinland of North America located in Boxborough, MA and TUV SUD located in Shenzhen City, 518052, P.R. China.

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analysis

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chart

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claim (patent)

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computer data communication protocol

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computer network

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computer network standard

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cost reduction

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data communication

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data communication equipment

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data communication network

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data communication patent

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data communication protocol

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data communication standard

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device patent

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device patenting

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digital communication

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direct infringement

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dispute

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electrical device patenting

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electromechanical product development

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electronic component product development

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electronic control new product development

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electronic device patenting

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electronic equipment design

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evaluation

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expert network

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induced infringement

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infringement enforcement

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intellectual property

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literal infringement

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major appliance

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patent

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patent claim chart

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patent claim construction

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patent claim construction brief

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patent cost reduction

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patent infringement

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patent interpretation

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patent specification

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product design

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software patent

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technology evaluation

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telecommunications electronics science

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new product development

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fire investigation

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electronics design engineering

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electronic product development

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electronic component product design

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electrical product development

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electrical product design

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computer hardware design

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assembly fire-resistance testing

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capacitor reliability

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component testing

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drop test

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electric circuit safety

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electrical fire

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electrical grounding

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electrical product safety

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electronic assembled device

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electronic assembled device reliability

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electronic breadboard

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electronic circuit element

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electronic device reliability

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electronic shielding

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electronics

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electrostatic discharge testing

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fire cause

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International Electrotechnical Commission standard

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Underwriters Laboratories

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Underwriters Laboratories electrical standard

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Underwriters Laboratories list

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computer design engineering

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communications technology

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Underwriters Laboratories test


Show Secondary and Basic Areas of Expertise
Localities:
Expert may consult nationally and internationally, and is also local to the following cities: Raleigh, North Carolina;  Greensboro, North Carolina;  Durham, North Carolina;  Winston Salem, North Carolina;  Fayetteville, North Carolina;  Cary, North Carolina;  High Point, North Carolina;  Jacksonville, North Carolina;  Greenville, North Carolina;  and Rocky Mount, North Carolina.

Education:
Year   Degree   Subject   Institution  
1993   MSCE/EE   Computer & Electrical Engineering   North Carolina State University  
1980   BSEE   Electrical Engineering   Penn State University  

Work History:
Years   Employer   Department   Title   Responsibilities

2002 to

 

(Undisclosed)

 


 

President - Principal Investigative Engineer

 

Forensic engineering, reverse engineering,safety compliance, fire investigations, product liability, hardware design, power supply design, embedded processor design, high speed circuit design in both analog and digital systems, PCB design, EMC/EMI/RFI standards/compliance,product failure analysis, including power and signal line surge analysis.


2002 to 2005

 

CipherOptics, Raleigh, NC

 


 

Senior Design Engineer

 

Project/Design Engineer for a Gigabit Ethernet data encryption hardware project for CipherOptics next generation Internet security product offering. Responsibilities include hardware design/debug, printed circuit board design, and product verification. Cadence Concept 15.2 CAD was used for design. Additional responsibilities included JTAG test development and generation of manufacturing test sets using Corellis JTAG software tools. Note: Additional information describing the job responsibilities is classified.

1998 to 2005

 

Inovia/IEC Telecom

 

Centennial Campus, Raleigh, NC

 

Principal Engineer

 

Designed and implemented universal high speed Gigabit ATM switch fabrics for Inovia's DSLAM product line. Responsibilities included hardware design/debug, printed circuit board design, and product verification. Also responsible for IEC 61000-4 EMC/EMI/RFI standards, compliance and testing. Responsible for product support for manufacturing and field service operations. Provided failure and reliability analysis for product failures in the field.

1997 to 1997

 

IBM Corporation

 

Research Triangle Park, NC

 

Staff Engineer

 

Consulting Engineer for a PCMCIA 25 MBit ATM adapter card. Responsibilities included hardware design of a XILINX integrated circuit PCMCIA/ISA arbitration controller. Responsible for IEC 61000-4 EMC/EMI/RFI standards, compliance and testing of the adapter card.

1995 to 1997

 

AMP Inc.

 

Connectware - Morrisville, NC (Company disolved)

 

Senior Design/Development Engineer

 

Project/Design Engineer for an ATM-LAN (OC3, Ethernet and Token Ring) Bridge/Router device. Responsibilities included hardware design/debug, PCB design, and product verification. Responsible for IEC 61000-4 EMC/EMI/RFI standards, compliance and testing. Responsible for product support for manufacturing and field service operations. Provided failure and reliability analysis for product failures in the field.

1989 to 1995

 

Square D Company

 

Knightdale, NC

 

Senior Design/Development Engineer

 

Industrial Computer-Programmable Logic Controllers Division, 1992 - 1995 Responsible for hardware design of an Intel 80C152 microprocessor based remote Programmable Logic Controller. Responsibilities included all phases of hardware design, test, and PCB design. This product received Control Engineering magazine's 1993 Editor's Choice Award for best distributed I/O product. Designed an AC/DC (120 VAC/24V DC) 10 Watt switch mode (Buck converter) power supply. Responsible for IEC 1000-4 EMC/EMI/RFI standards, compliance, and testing on newly developed Industrial Programmable Logic Controller Products. Team member of the Square D EMC/EMI/RFI Standards Committee and the Square D Component/Supplier Qualification Committee.

Photoelectric Sensors Division, 1989 - 1991

Project/Design Engineer for analog/digital ASIC design and implementation for Industrial photoelectric proximity sensors. Designed and developed three high performance photoelectric Application Specific Integrated Circuits. Responsibilities included all phases of design, test and final product manufacturing. Team member of the Square D Corporate ASIC Strategic Implementation Group.

1987 to 1988

 

Exide Electronics Corporation

 

Raleigh, NC

 

Senior Product/Quality Engineer

 

Provided Product/Quality Engineering for Uninterruptable Power Source Systems (UPS), Emergency Lighting Systems, and Motive Power Battery Charger Products. Responsibilities included system design modifications, PCB redesign and resolution of field failures and reliability issues.

1980 to 1986

 

GE Corporation

 

Research Triangle Park, NC

 

Senior Integrated Circuit Design Engineer

 

Team member of the Microprocessor and ASIC Design and Development Group. Designed various Integrated circuits including an Arithmetic Logic Unit, Dual Port RAM ASIC, Medical Data Processing ASIC and a Control ASIC for a 120 Volt experimental light bulb. Responsibilities included all phases of Integrated Circuit design and fabrication. Provided technical support and design assistance for strategic customer accounts (domestic and foreign) and internal tactical application engineers.


Career Accomplishments:
Associations/Societies

Association of Energy Engineers ASTM International Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (IEEE) National Association of Fire Investigators (NAFI) North Carolina Adjusters Association Product Safety Engineering Society (PSES)

Licenses/Certifications

P.E. (NC, SC, VA, GA, TN, WV), CFEI, CPQ


Government Experience:
Years   Agency   Role   Description
2012 to 2012   Clasified   Forensic Enginnering   Failure analysis of electronic equipment

Consulting Services:
Selected Consulting Examples:
  • Forensic Company #1 ---------------------------------------------------• Expert witness for suspected electronic failures in an emergency UPS backup electrical power system. Responsibilities included investigation, research, evidence review and deposition.• Electrical Engineering consultant for a fire cause and origin investigation involving residential wiring. • Electrical Engineering consultant for a fire cause and origin investigation involving a cash register. The investigation is ongoing• Electrical Engineering consultant for a fire cause and origin investigation involving a large manufacturing facility. Responsibilities included evidence review and research.• Expert witness in a legal case involving a defective electrical home appliance.Responsibilities included investigation, evidence review, electronic failure analysis, destructive testing and final report reparation/presentation to the client.• Investigated and provided Lightning and Surge Analysis for multiple clients. Responsibilities included evidence review, electronic equipment failure analysis and final report preparation/presentation to the clients.
  • Forensic Company #2 ---------------------------------------------------•Expert witness involving a laptop computer fire. Responsibilities included fire investigation research, and evidence review. •Expert witness involving computer software/systems, financial records and information. The investigation is ongoing. •Expert witness involving an electronic design dispute between a major appliance manufacturer and a sub-contract manufacturer.•Conducted a cause and origin investigation of a cook top fire involving a solid surface range appliance. Responsibilities included evidence review, electronic failure analysis, electrical appliance fire research and final report preparation/presentation to the client.
  • Forensic Company # 3 --------------------------------------------------•Electrical Engineering consultant for suspected electronic failures in a residential HVAC system. •Electrical Engineering consultant for suspected electronic failures on a Motorcycle.•Expert witness in lemon law motor vehicle case. Responsibilities included investigation, research, evidence review and deposition.•Investigated a heavy equipment excavator fire. Responsibilities included fire investigation research, and evidence review. •Investigated a Power Utility Surge event involving a multi-million dollar residential structure. Responsibilities included electronic equipment failure analysis, Insurance fraud investigation and report preparation to the client. • Investigated and provided Lightning and Surge Analysis for clients. Responsibilities included electronic equipment failure analysis, Insurance fraud investigation and final report preparation to the client.
  • Forensic Company # 4 -------------------------------------------------- •Electrical Engineering consultant for a fire cause and origin investigation involving a manufactured home. Responsibilities included evidence review and final report preparation/presentation to the client•Conducted two fire cause and origin investigation involving television sets. Responsibilities included evidence review, electronic failure analysis, TV andelectrical appliance fire research and final report preparation/presentation to the client.
  • Other Forensic Cases --------------------------------------------------• Expert witness for suspected electronic failures in a emergency backup electrical power system. Analysis and evaluation of electrical/electronic hardware design and failure analysis.•Expert witness regarding failure analysis in laundry appliance electronics.·•Electrical Engineering consultant regarding failure analysis of video electronics.•Electrical Engineering consultant for a fire cause and origin investigation involving a floor model water cooler. Responsibilities included evidence review and final report preparation/presentation to the client.•Electrical Engineering consultant for a fire cause and origin investigation involving a rear projection TV. Responsibilities included evidence review and final report preparation/presentation to the client•Conducted a fire cause and origin investigation involving emergency backup electrical power equipment. Worked as an expert witness in the legal case with respect to the electrical/electronic hardware design and failure analysis.•Conducted a power surge investigation on an industrial electrical generator.Responsibilities included evidence review, electronic failure analysis, and final report preparation/presentation to the client•Co-investigator on a cause and origin investigation involving an apartment fire. Responsibilities included evidence review and final report preparation to the client.•Expert witness in a legal case. Conducted a fire cause and origin investigation involving a television set. Responsibilities included evidence review, electronic failure analysis, TV and electrical appliance fire research and final report preparation/presentation to the client.
Recent Client Requests:
  • Expert fire origin for consulting on fire of manufacturd TV.
  • Electrical engineering expert for consulting on cause and origin of electrical fire.
  • Expert in forensic electrical engineering in North Carolina for consulting on contactor field failures in commercial application.
  • Expert in forensic hardware analysis for consulting on the cause of fire to a notebook computer.
  • Expert in fire safety and forensics for consulting on the analysis of a microwave oven failure.
  • Air conditioning expert needed for consulting regarding an air Handler.
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:
He has provided depositions in the state on West Virginia, New Jersey and North Carolina
Recent Litigation Client Requests:
  • Expert in electronic control panel on clothes dryer for class action lawsuit against manufacturer.
  • Expert for consulting on Evaluation and analysis the cause of a Power Outage at a genetic facility.
  • Defective laptop expert witness for consulting on defective laptop case.
  • Expert witness on appliances including dishwashers.
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
2007 to 2007   Canada, British Columbia, Vancouver   Expert witness involving a laptop computer fire. Responsibilities included fire investigation research, and evidence review.

Additional Skills and Services:
Training/Seminars

Currently preparing for the Professional Energy Manager (PEM) certification from the North Carolina State University and Schneider Electric SA's Energy University. Currently preparing for the Certified Energy Auditor (CEATM) certification from the Association of Energy Engineers Power Quality Professional (CPQ) Certification – September 2013 National Electric Code Training - 2013 (Three day course), Expert Educational Seminars, Wilmington NC NAFI CFEI (Certified Fire and Explosion Investigator) - 2013 Electromagnetic Compatibility Engineering – 2012 (Three day course), Henry Ott Consultants NEBS Conference -2010, Verizon and UL (Compliance for Wireless and Broadband Networks) North Carolina State University – Post Masters Degree • ASIC Design (ECE520), 2008 • National Electrical Code Seminar, Oct. 2002 • High Speed Networks (ECE570), 1997 • Computer Communications (ECE571), 1996 • Electromagnetic Fields and Systems (ECE540 ), 1995 Fire Detection and Investigation – 2005, Durham Tech, Course # FIP 128, Durham NC. Product Liability: Understanding the design Process – 2004, The Warren Group Residential Home Inspector - April 2004 Wake Tech Community College, NC National Electrical Code Seminar- October 2002, North Carolina State University C Programming for Engineers -1994, University of Massachusetts Electromagnetic Interference and Compliance Seminar - 1993, Interference Control Technology Inc. Industrial Computers and Programmable Logic Controllers -1993, Square D Company Quality Engineering Theory, Practices and Principles - 1988, Stat-A-Matrix Institute


 

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