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Expert in Sports Engineering: Technology, Innovation and Product Development


Available for your Consulting and Expert Witness Needs

Massachusetts (MA)
USA
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Expert has extensive experience in the development of innovative solutions to challenging technical problems in academic, start-up, small-medium enterprise, and large corporate cultures. He has proven skills in business development, strategic planning, program management, product development, team building, and engineering design and analysis. In academia, he has over ten years experience in developing and delivering innovative, hands-on educational programs in engineering, product development process, and innovation process. He currently serves as the Vice President of Expert's Firm, external advisor to the Sports Technology and Education at MIT program (STE@M), and as the past president of the International Sports Engineering Association (ISEA).

A recognized expert in innovation and technology development, Expert has spoken at the Lemelson Foundation, the Boston Museum of Science, IDEAS Boston 2004, and The International Congress on Technological and Social Innovation in Sport (Spain); The University of London, Loughborough University, The Institute of Mechanical Engineers, and The Royal Academy of Engineering in the UK; and the MIT Center for Innovation and Product Development, as well as engineering schools in a number of US universities. Expert has served as a technical advisor for the United States Olympic Committee, and as a member of the Golf Digest Academic Advisory Panel.

His work enjoys extensive media coverage, including print features in Forbes, The Boston Globe, Outside Magazine, and GQ, and video programs by CNN, The Discovery Channel, NPR, and Boston area television stations.

His professional affiliations include serving as President of the International Sports Engineering Association and on the scientific committees for several editions of The Engineering of Sport Conference and the Asia Pacific Conference on Sports Technology.

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innovation

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new product design

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new product development

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new product development management

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product design

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product testing

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research and development

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research and development management

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new consumer product development

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new product assessment

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sports engineering


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Localities:
Expert may consult nationally and internationally, and is also local to the following cities: Boston, Massachusetts;  Worcester, Massachusetts;  Springfield, Massachusetts;  Lowell, Massachusetts;  Cambridge, Massachusetts;  Brockton, Massachusetts;  New Bedford, Massachusetts;  Hartford, Connecticut;  Manchester, New Hampshire;  and Providence, Rhode Island.

Education:
Year   Degree   Subject   Institution  
1992   Ph.D.   Aeronautics and Astronautics   Purdue University  
1987   M.S.   Mechanical Engineering   Purdue University  
1983   B.S.   Mechanical Engineering   University of Nebraska  
1981   B.A.   Psychology   University of Nebraska  

Work History:
Years   Employer   Department   Title   Responsibilities

2010 to

 

(Undisclosed)

 


 

Vice President

 

Cooper Perkins is a product engineering and technology development consulting firm specializing in the design of highly integrated electro-mechanical systems. Cooper Perkins' approach to identifying and characterizing innovation options results in effective and enlightened solutions to complex problems. Cooper Perkins' team of mechanical, electrical, and software engineers has the experience and expertise to solve your toughest problems and develop your most successful products.

2000 to 2009

 

Sports Innovation Group, LLC

 


 

President / Founder

 

Sports Innovation Group LLC was a consultancy bringing business and technology expertise to the sports industry. Projects included new product development, performance testing of existing and prototype products, and expert witness services on patent litigation cases. SIG also provided business and strategic planning, technology development and assessment, development of strategic alliances, and assistance with raising capital as an advisory board member for emerging companies developing innovative sports products using advanced technology.

1999 to 2003

 

Massachusetts Institute of Technology

 

Center for Sports Innovation

 

Founding Director

 

Founding Director, Center for Sports Innovation Founded CSI, a unique sports product development research and educational center. Led multiple 1-6 member product development teams in more than 20 projects focused on sports products, sports product design tools, and sports performance monitoring systems. Developed business and operational plans using market research results. Negotiated intellectual property policies and contractual agreements for program sponsors. Solely responsible for recruiting corporate involvement and sponsorship. 50 students have been involved in the center, resulting in 20 BS theses, 2 MS theses. Sample projects include: Product Development Projects * Footwear: Worked with industry sponsor on the development of 2 shoes for endurance athletes (released July 2002 and December 2003), and 1 team sport shoe. * Cycling: Developed innovative method for noninvasive measurement of vibration transmission through bicycle frames. Designed a wind tunnel test bed for testing the performance of cyclists and bicycle equipment. * Fitness equipment: Developed a weight bench that allows for training core muscle stability while performing traditional exercises. * Golf: Applied systems design and analysis of tools to the custom club fitting industry to identify new market opportunities for advanced technologies. Equipment Testing Projects * Climbing: Conducted detailed fatigue failure analysis of carabiners and proposed enhanced testing and rating standards. Developed test-bed to evaluate ice screw/ice interface failure modes. * Hockey: Evaluated impact test methodology utilized for sports padding. * Alpine skiing: Evaluated performance of ski-boot designed to reduce ACL injury.

Lecturer, MIT Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics Lead Instructor, Experimental Projects I/II. Led a team of 3 faculty, 4 technical instructors, and 40 project teams, each consisting of a faculty advisor and two students, through a two-semester senior thesis course requiring conception through implementation of an experimental project. Course content included project management, experiment design, and technical communications. Lecturer, Structural Dynamics (graduate course). Co-developer and co-instructor, Advanced Dynamics (undergraduate course).


1992 to 1999

 

Moldyn, Inc.

 


 

Senior Staff Scientist

 

Senior Staff Scientist Member of 3-person management team responsible for all company operations.

Principal Investigator: Directed four NASA-sponsored projects with total revenue of $1.4 million in two product development areas. (1) Coupling of multi-body dynamics analysis techniques modeling human motion with general systems performance theory. Human performance testing and evaluation equipment using these techniques have been commercialized. (2) Development of a software infrastructure coupling structures, dynamics and controls analyses for complex satellite systems.

Task Leader: Key contributions to a $2 million National Institute of Standards and Technology grant for adapting spacecraft multi-body dynamics analysis software to molecular dynamics applications. Led development team that adapted component-mode synthesis techniques commonly used in the aerospace industry to modeling of molecular systems. MBO(N)D, the resulting software tool utilizing this work, is now commercially available.

IT Director: Hired and built team of 4 engineers responsible for software development and IT infrastructure. Management of heterogeneous UNIX and Windows NT computer environment including infrastructure planning, budget management, IT staff management, and installation and implementation of hardware and software resources. Reduced IT related labor costs 20 percent, held capital expenditures to 80 percent of budget, and substantially increased system reliability and capability.

1985 to 1992

 

Purdue University

 

Schools of Mechanical Engineering and Aeronautics and Astronautics

 

Graduate Research and Teaching Assitant

 

Doctoral Research: Developed analytical technique to predict and determine the stability of structural response to changes in applied harmonic forcing. Applied method to analytical models of shallow arches and buckled beams, structural shapes common to sports products. Demonstrated ability to characterize intricacies of system response, and identify previously undetected coexisting stable and chaotic solutions.

Master's Research: Developed analytical model to estimate error in measurement of crack length in fatigue test specimens. Performed fatigue tests of advanced aluminum alloys commonly used in sports products.

Teaching Assistant: Developed the lab section of a junior-level mechanical design course and supervised other lab instructors. Guest lectured in graduate fatigue course. Managed logistics of graduate distance learning courses. Assisted in undergraduate and graduate courses in structures and dynamics.

1987 to 1991

 

NASA

 

Johnson Space Center

 

Aerospace Engineer

 

Aerospace Engineer (Summer Intern/Graduate Co-op – 15 months total) Investigated dynamic interaction between payloads and their attachment points in the Space Shuttle to determine when neglecting the payload-shuttle coupling effects was allowable in coupled simulations. Adapted lunar-landing simulation software for Mars Lander program. Studied Space Shuttle nose-gear landing loads to define the conditions limiting shuttle landings at Kennedy Space Flight Center.

1983 to 1985

 

Alpo Petfoods, Inc.

 


 

Associate Project Engineer

 

Directed high-speed, pet food manufacturing line upgrades from conception through start up. Directly responsible for $500K, and assisted with $400K, of capital projects.


Career Accomplishments:
Associations/Societies

Societies: American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME), International Sports Engineering Association (ISEA), American Society of Testing and Materials (ASTM) Reviewer: Journal of Sports Engineering, Journal of Sound and Vibration, AIAA Journal of Aircraft, Scientific Committee Member Engineering of Sport Conference Educational Outreach: Boston Museum of Science, ISEA Summer School in Prato, Italy, Sport Science, Engineering and Technology Summer Camp for Young Women in Cambridge, MA.

Awards/Recognition

University of Nebraska Alumni Achievement Award


Publications:
Publications and Patents Summary

Lead Author: 5 journal articles, 6 conference proceedings, 5 technical reports. Contributing Author: 1 journal article, 4 conference proceedings. Invited Presentations: Smithsonian Institute Lemelson Foundation, IDEAS Boston 2004, University of London, Loughborough University, École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne, University of Nebraska, Boston University, The International Congress on Technological and Social Innovation in Sport (Spain), the Sporting Goods Manufacturers Association International Business Intelligence Series, MIT Center for Innovation and Product Development, The 2005 Growth and Innovation Conference, New York. Media: Featured in over 40 regional, national, and international print, radio, or television programs.

Selected Publications and Publishers  
 - Sports Engineering  
 - The Engineering of Sport  

Government Experience:
Years   Agency   Role   Description
1987 to 1991   NASA - JSC   Aerospace Engineer   Summer Intern/Graduate Co-op – 15 months total. Investigated dynamic interaction between payloads and their attachment points in the Space Shuttle to determine when neglecting the payload-shuttle coupling effects was allowable in coupled simulations. Adapted lunar-landing simulation software for Mars Lander program. Studied Space Shuttle nose-gear landing loads to define the conditions limiting shuttle landings at Kennedy Space Flight Center.

Consulting Services:
Selected Consulting Examples:
  • Reebok International, LLC. Consulting Director of Research and Advanced Products for Performance Apparel and Equipment, 2005 – Present.
  • Paul, Hastings, Janofsky & Walker L.L.P. (Case transferred from Sughrue Mion, PLLC, March 2006) Expert witness in patent infringement case on golf balls, Acushnet vs. Bridgestone, 2005 – Present.
  • WorldSlide, L.L.C. Product development consultant and expert representative to the United States Patent Office. 2005 – Present.
  • Thinc Design Technical consultant for a sport science exhibit for the Connecticut Center for Science and Exploration, 2005 – Present.
  • Kegler, Brown, Hill & Ritter Co., L.P.A. Expert witness in patent infringement case on golf grips, Winn Inc. vs. High Cedar Enterprises, 2005 – 2006.
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Expert Witness:
Expert Witness Experience Summary:
I have been qualified as an expert in District courts. I have been deposed five times and provided inside consulting for litigation matters. My duties have included discovery assistance, literature searches, document review, patent analysis, and writing expert and rebuttal reports. I have provided technical assistance for litigation matters including reverse engineering and analysis as well as designed, developed, and utilized equipment for performance testing of patent claims.

Maschoff Brennan, representing Icon Health & Fitness, Inc. 2013 United States District Court for the District of Utah (Northern Division). Civil Action No. 1:10-cv-00195-RJS-DBP, Icon Health & Fitness, Inc., Plaintiff and Counterclaim Defendant, v. Park City Entertainment, Inc., Defendant and Counterclaim Plaintiff. Patent infringement case related to fitness equipment. Prepared and submitted expert report on claim construction. Deposed

Workman | Nydegger, representing Icon Health & Fitness, Inc. 2012 United States District Court for the District of Utah (Northern Division). Civil Action No. 2:10-cv-01264-PMW, Icon Health & Fitness, Inc., Plaintiff, v. Fitness Equipment Services LLC, d/b/a/ Sole Fitness, Spirit Manufacturing, Inc, d/b/a Spirit Fitness Products, Defendants. United States District Court for the District of Utah (Northern Division). Civil Action No. 1:10-cv-00195-DAK, Icon Health & Fitness, Inc., Plaintiff, v. Park City Entertainment, Inc., Defendant. Patent infringement case related to fitness equipment. Discovery assistance including document review, patent analysis, engineering analysis and technical support.

Miller Canfield, representing Dickinson Wright, P.L.L.C. 2012 United States District Court, Eastern District of Michigan (Southern Division). Case No. 09-12102 Warrior Sports, Inc., Plaintiff-Appellee, v. Dickinson Wright, P.L.L.C., Defendant, Appellant. Malpractice case related to an underlying patent infringement case related to lacrosse equipment. Discovery assistance including document review, patent analysis, engineering analysis and technical support. Prepared and submitted expert report on infringement. Deposed.

Williams Mullen, representing Fitness Anywhere 2011 United States District Court, Eastern District of Virginia (Norfolk Division). C.A. 2:11CV156 HCM/DEM. Fitness Anywhere, LLC, Plaintiff, v. Lifeline International, Inc., Defendant. Patent infringement case related to fitness equipment. Discovery assistance including document review, patent analysis, literature searches, engineering analysis and technical support. Prepared and submitted expert report on infringement and rebuttal report on invalidity. Deposed.

Sunstein, Kann, Murphy & Timbers LLP, representing MacNeill Engineering Company 2009-2010 United States District Court, District of Delaware. C.A. No. 08-469-GMS. Softspikes, LLC and Pride Manufacturing Company, LLC, Plantiffs, v. MacNeill Engineering Company, Inc., Defendant. Patent infringement case related to golf cleats. Discovery assistance including document review, patent analysis, technical support, engineering analysis, designed, built and used test mechanism to test performance of accused products against patent claims.

Sterne, Kessler, Goldstein & Fox PLLC, representing adidas International 2009 United States Patent and Trademark Office. Control No.: 95/001,198. Re-examination of a patent related to portable training devices. Discovery assistance including document review, patent analysis, engineering analysis and technical support. Prepared and submitted declaration including obviousness analysis.

Fish & Richardson PC, representing Callaway Golf Company 2008 United States District Court, District of Delaware. C.A. No. 07-367-SLR. Callaway Golf Company, Plaintiff, v. Acushnet Company, Defendant. Patent infringement case related to golf clubs. Discovery assistance including document review, patent analysis, and providing technical support and engineering anal

Recent Litigation Client Requests:
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International Experience:
Years   Country / Region   Summary
2003 to   England   External reviewer for research programs and PhD theses at Loughborough University. Invited presentation on product development process at Queen Mary University of London. Invited presentation on smart textiles at an EPSRC Network Smart Textiles for Intelligent Consumer Products workshop.
2004 to 2004   Spain   Panelest for the first International Conference on Technological and Social Innovation in Sport.
2005 to 2005   Switzerland   External review of the Sports and Rehabilitation Engineering program at École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne.
2005 to 2005   Italy   Faculty member of International Sports Engineering Association summer school.

Additional Skills and Services:
Training/Seminars

“Implementing Sports Performance Innovations in Mass Sports Products,” SGMA's Sports and Technology Convergence, “Sports Apparel Aerodynamics,” Department of Materials and Textiles,” “Cycling Aerodynamics,” Exercise and Health Science Department, “Teaching and Research at the MIT Center for Sports Innovation,” Sports and Rehabilitation Engineering Center, “Teaching and Research at the MIT Center for Sports Innovation,” NeuroMuscular Research Center Seminar Series, “Innovation and Product Development in Sports,” Mechanical Engineering Colloquium Series, “Predicting the Success of Innovation,” The 2005 Growth and Innovation Conference, “New Technology and Sports Equipment,” International Business Intelligence Series, “New Technologies to Monitor and Enhance Athletic Performance,” CIMIT – Center for the Integration of Medicine and Innovative Technology Forum, “Technology and Sports,” International Congress on Technological and Social Innovation in Sport, “Applications of Smart Textiles in the Sports Industry,” ESPRC Network: Smart Textiles for Intelligent Consumer Products, London, “Driving Innovation in Product Development,” IDEAS 2004, “Hands-on Experience in Teaching Innovation and Product Development”, Center for Innovation and Product Development Seminar Series, Sloan School of Management, “Sports Product Innovation,” Lemelson Center's Symposium, Inventing Ourselves, Lemelson Center for the Study of Invention and Innovation, Smithsonian National Museum of American History, “Sports Product Development in Engineering Education,” Queen Mary University of London, “Sports Product Development in Engineering Education,” Loughborough University, “Advanced Development of Sports Equipment – Prototype Production,” United States Olympic Committee Coach's Conference, “Teaching Product Development in a Laboratory Context,” The 2002 MIT Engineering/Manufacturing Conference: Innovations in Product Development.


 

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