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 Expert  726182

Expert in Power Plant & Marine Propulsion Engineering, Boilers, Turbines, Engines, Operations, Economics


Available for your Consulting and Expert Witness Needs

Washington (WA)
USA
Education Work History Career Accomplishments Consulting Services Expert Witness Market Research

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He has experience as expert in several (7 cases to date) mesothelioma cases providing testimony for characterization of asbestos exposure scenarios in ship yards and power plants.
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asbestos safety

He has over 30 years experience as engineer and operator of power generation equipment and plants rangine from 30 kW microturbines to nuclear power plants over 1,000 MW. Experience includes all common fossil fuels as well as geothermal, refinery gas, landfill and digester biofuel gas, muncipal solid water mass burning in simple cycle, cogeneration and combined cycle power system designs.
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electric energy generation

He has over 30 years experience as engineer and operator of power generation equipment and plants rangine from 30 kW microturbines to nuclear power plants over 1,000 MW. Experience includes all common fossil fuels as well as geothermal, refinery gas, landfill and digester biofuel gas, muncipal solid water mass burning in simple cycle, cogeneration and combined cycle power system designs.
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electric power plant

He has developed comprehensive economic performance models to generate project proforma projections for fossil fueled and alternate fueled power generation systems from small microturbine to full utility sized power plants. He was formally "qualified" as engineering economics expert in Federal court for a geother energy project dispute. He has provided economic nalaysis for a aide range of private and municipal projects.
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energy economics

He has over 30 years experience as engineer and operator of power generation equipment and plants rangine from 30 kW microturbines to nuclear power plants over 1,000 MW. Experience includes all common fossil fuels as well as geothermal, refinery gas, landfill and digester biofuel gas, muncipal solid water mass burning in simple cycle, cogeneration and combined cycle power system designs.
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energy engineering

30+ years experience split about 50:50 between turbine and reciprocating engine based power generation and marine propulsion projects. Special expertise in medium speed diesel engines (such as ElectroMotive Diesels) and large spark ignited gas fueled engines including landfill and digester gas fueled projects.
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engine

He is experienced as principal test engineer or principal test witness for wide range of power generation technologies including diesel engine generators, steam turbine power plants, cogeneration power plants, landfill and digester gas fueled engines, turbines and boilers, and geothermal power plants .
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engine testing

He has over 30 years experience as engineer and operator of power generation equipment and plants rangine from 30 kW microturbines to nuclear power plants over 1,000 MW. Experience includes all common fossil fuels as well as geothermal, refinery gas, landfill and digester biofuel gas, muncipal solid water mass burning in simple cycle, cogeneration and combined cycle power system designs.
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fossil fuel electric energy generation

He has over 30 years experience as engineer and operator of power generation equipment and plants rangine from 30 kW microturbines to nuclear power plants over 1,000 MW. Experience includes all common fossil fuels as well as geothermal, refinery gas, landfill and digester biofuel gas, muncipal solid water mass burning in simple cycle, cogeneration and combined cycle power system designs.
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fuel economy and cost savings programs

He has over 30 years experience as engineer and operator of power generation equipment and plants rangine from 30 kW microturbines to nuclear power plants over 1,000 MW. Experience includes all common fossil fuels as well as geothermal, refinery gas, landfill and digester biofuel gas, muncipal solid water mass burning in simple cycle, cogeneration and combined cycle power system designs.

Has been principal expert witness in six major cases involving gas turbine performance and failure issues and claims into the hundreds of millions of dollars.

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gas turbine engine

He has over 30 years experience as engineer and operator of power generation equipment and plants rangine from 30 kW microturbines to nuclear power plants over 1,000 MW. Experience includes all common fossil fuels as well as geothermal, refinery gas, landfill and digester biofuel gas, muncipal solid water mass burning in simple cycle, cogeneration and combined cycle power system designs. Managed the Dept of Energy Geothermal Test Facility at East Mesa in the Imperial Valley, CA, operations supervisor for the brawley and Salton Sea Geothermal Power Plants in early 1980's, wrote commissioning test program for the Heber Binary Geothermal Power Plant in Heber, CA and involved in several other projects involving flash steam and binary use of goethermal energy. Expert witness in Federal case involving geother greenhouse project in New Mexico.
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geothermal power system

He has over 30 years experience as engineer and operator of power generation equipment and plants rangine from 30 kW microturbines to nuclear power plants over 1,000 MW. Experience includes all common fossil fuels as well as geothermal, refinery gas, landfill and digester biofuel gas, muncipal solid water mass burning in simple cycle, cogeneration and combined cycle power system designs. Managed the Dept of Energy Geothermal Test Facility at East Mesa in the Imperial Valley, CA, operations supervisor for the brawley and Salton Sea Geothermal Power Plants in early 1980's, wrote commissioning test program for the Heber Binary Geothermal Power Plant in Heber, CA and involved in several other projects involving flash steam and binary use of goethermal energy. Expert witness in Federal case involving geother greenhouse project in New Mexico.
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geothermal turbine

He has over 30 years experience as engineer and operator of power generation equipment and plants rangine from 30 kW microturbines to nuclear power plants over 1,000 MW. Experience includes all common fossil fuels as well as geothermal, refinery gas, landfill and digester biofuel gas, muncipal solid water mass burning in simple cycle, cogeneration and combined cycle power system designs. Managed the Dept of Energy Geothermal Test Facility at East Mesa in the Imperial Valley, CA, operations supervisor for the brawley and Salton Sea Geothermal Power Plants in early 1980's, wrote commissioning test program for the Heber Binary Geothermal Power Plant in Heber, CA and involved in several other projects involving flash steam and binary use of goethermal energy. Expert witness in Federal case involving geother greenhouse project in New Mexico.
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geothermal water

He has over 30 years experience as engineer and operator of power generation equipment and plants rangine from 30 kW microturbines to nuclear power plants over 1,000 MW. Principal engineer for the 144-Auto Ferries Project Propulsion Systems Integration Contract involving four vessels each equipped with two 3,000 HP heavy duty diesel engines. Expert for two cases involving heavy duty spark ignited landfill gas engine generator plants.
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heavy-duty engine

He has over 30 years experience as engineer and operator of power generation equipment and plants rangine from 30 kW microturbines to nuclear power plants over 1,000 MW. Principal engineer for the 144-Auto Ferries Project Propulsion Systems Integration Contract involving four vessels each equipped with two 3,000 HP heavy duty diesel engines. Expert for two cases involving heavy duty spark ignited landfill gas engine generator plants. Also experienced in boiler combustion processes and controls from small packaged boilers to utility sized superheated steam boilers.
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internal combustion

He has over 30 years experience as engineer and operator of power generation equipment and plants rangine from 30 kW microturbines to nuclear power plants over 1,000 MW. Principal engineer for the 144-Auto Ferries Project Propulsion Systems Integration Contract involving four vessels each equipped with two 3,000 HP heavy duty diesel engines. Expert for two cases involving heavy duty spark ignited landfill gas engine generator plants.
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marine engine

He has over 30 years experience as engineer and operator of power generation equipment and plants rangine from 30 kW microturbines to nuclear power plants over 1,000 MW. Principal engineer for the 144-Auto Ferries Project Propulsion Systems Integration Contract involving four vessels each equipped with two 3,000 HP heavy duty diesel engines. Expert for two cases involving heavy duty spark ignited landfill gas engine generator plants.
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piston engine


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Localities:
Expert may consult nationally and internationally, and is also local to the following cities: Seattle, Washington;  Tacoma, Washington;  Bellevue, Washington;  Everett, Washington;  Federal Way, Washington;  Kent, Washington;  Bellingham, Washington;  Lakewood, Washington;  and Renton, Washington.

Often requested
with this expert:

Marine: Diesel, Gasoline, Natural Gas Fueled Engines, Heavy...
Biomass Power Generation Technology and Engineering:...
Steam and Power Plant Engineering, Economics, Operation,...
Electrical Power Generation and Control--Design, Project...

Education:
Year   Degree   Subject   Institution   Honors
1971   BS   Physics   Oregon State University   Sigma Xi Sigma Physics Honor Society
1972   MS   Nuclear Physics   Naval Postgraduate School  

Work History:
Years   Employer   Department   Title   Responsibilities

1984 to

 

(Undisclosed Consulting Company)

 


 

President/Owner

 

Principal engineer for power plant and marine propulsion systems design, performance assessment, witness testing, forensic investigations and economic analysis. President and 100% owner.

1980 to 1984

 

Westec Services, Inc.

 

Energy Division

 

Deputy Manager Energy Division

 

Manager of Energy Division engineering and operations. Focused on geothermal power plant testing and operations with 100+ operating personnel. V.P. of geothermal well servicing subsidiary.

1978 to 1980

 

Bechtel Power Corporation

 

Nuclear Licensing and Safety Design

 

Licensing Engineer & Safety Design Leader

 

Lead safety design review coordinator, licensing engineer for Vogtle Nuclear Power Station

1971 to 1977

 

US Navy

 

Nuclear Submarines

 

Naval Officer, MPA, DCA

 

Nuclear trained submarine officer. Served as Damage Control Asst and Main Propulsion Asst. in charge of nuclear power plant and propulsion auxiliaries. Stood watches as EOOW, OOD, Diving Officer, Command Duty officer, In Port Duty Officer.


Career Accomplishments:
Associations/Societies

ASME. Instrument Society of America, Society of Naval Architects & Marine Engineers

Licenses/Certifications

P.E. (CA, AZ & WA), General Engineering Contractor (A-Haz), TWIC (US Transportation Worker Identification Credential), Licensed private pilot, While in Navy qualified to operate, maintain and supervise Navy nuclear power plants.

Professional Appointments

UL Code Committee UL2200 for engine generators

Awards/Recognition

Sigma Pi Sigma (Nat. Physics Honor Society)


Government Experience:
Years   Agency   Role   Description
2004 to   Washington Dept of Transportation   Propulsion Engineer   Lead design engineer, project manager and vessel construction engineering liaison for large ferry vessels
2003 to 2005   Los Alamos Laboratory   Systems Design & Test   Lead designer and test coordinator for system development of microturbine generato for DC powered weapons application.
1979 to 1984   US Dept of Energy   Principal Investigator   Principal investigator for several engineering studies of gethermal energy power conversion projects.
1987 to 1990   City of Los Angeles   Lead Commissioning Engineer   Lead commissioning engineer for worlds largest digester gas fueled cogeneration system (25 MW)

Consulting Services:
Selected Consulting Examples:
  • Principal expert to AXA/National Mutual of AustralAsia for litigation involving performance and cost issues for a group of six cogeneration power plants located at state hospitals. Case settled for approx. $80 million with strong reliance on testimony provided by Expert.
  • Principal expert to US Dept of Justice for a dispute over geothermal energy lease valuations and potential uses. Formally qualified by federal judge as expert in engineering economics.
  • Principal expert to Klickitat Public Utility District for a legal dispute agains a major engine manufacturer regarding engine generator performance, life cycle economics, emissions issues and warranties.
  • Principal engineer for adptation fof a commmercial 60 kW microturbine designed for use in hybrid buses for use as field power unit for classified weapons systems for Los Alamos Laboratory.
  • Principal expert several (seven to date) mesothelioma exposure cases providing characterization of confined space exposure to asbestos in shipyard and power plant work environments. Also expert for two carbon monoxie poisoning cases involving portable generators operated in confined spaces.
Recent Client Requests:
  • Expert for consulting on Marine Propulsion Designs with split anti-friction shaft bearings
  • Expert for consulting on Reciprocating Piston Compressor Piston Seal Ring Improvement.
  • Expert in Market trends in the power generation sector.
  • Thermal power plant expert for consulting on power plant economics.
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:
Over 30 cases as principal technical expert fo power plant related cases involving disputes over performance, warranties, plant operating economics, explosions, personal injuries from steam burns, gas explosiuons, carbon monxide poisoning, asbestos exposure & mesothelioma. Twice testified in Federal court. International experience in Australia, Korea, Mexico, & El Salvador.
Recent Litigation Client Requests:
  • Asbestos expert needed for asbestos litigation in NJ.
  • Expert in cogeneration power plants for litigation involving an accident at the plant.
  • Hydroelectric power generation expert for consulting on need to consult re:hydroelectric power generating unit.
  • Expert for consulting on damaged to marine diesel engine.
  • Expert in Matter relating to diesel generator power stations, including concerns relating to diesel generators and the cooling water system.
  • Expert for consulting on the historical use of asbestos in power plant design in the late 1960's to early 1970's..
  • Power generation expert for consulting on power generation brokerage business.
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 2001   Australia   Principal technical expert for major legal case involving performance, warranty, emissions and various equipment failures and associated costs at six cogeneration plants at state hospitals in Victoria.
2002 to 2002   Korea   Principal expert for investigation of complex energy conversion technical and economic issues at one of the world's largest petrochemical plants owned by Hyundai Petrochemical.
2004 to 2004   El Salvador   Principal Expert for valuation of ownership royalties for a large diesel fueled power plant in El Salvador. Work involved extensive economic modeling.
2005 to 2005   Mexico   Principal expert for forensic investigation of plant machinery failures and operating problems at a major utility power plant in Mexico.

Market Research:
Depth of understanding of systems integration and systems interactions, failure modes & effects analysis, operations and project economics. Also have expertise in plant safety issues, confined space hazards, OSHA requirements and hazardous gas & particulate exposure scenarios and transport mechanisms.

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:
Training/Seminars

Power plant maintenance cource for Association of Energy Engineers

Supplier and Vendor Location and Selection

Have often served as inspector and witness for factory and other performance testing programs for private firms and government agencies.

Other Skills and Services

Excellent analytical skills and have the ability to communicate complex ideas effectively to lay persons verbally and in writing.


 

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