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 Expert  733762

Expert in Mechanical Engineering, Medical Devices, and Patents

Available for your Consulting and Expert Witness Needs

California (CA)
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He has key expertise in implantable medical devices; Nitinol materials and applications; medical equipment; patents related to medical devices and biotechnology; and stents, catheters, and IVC filters.

Expert's specialties include cardiovascular, orthopedic and orthodontic medical devices and biotechnology, as well as patents and intellectual property. He has key expertise in product liability and personal injury as well. His expertise also includes composite materials design and damage; plastics, molding and manufacturing; telephone set design; system specifications and test procedures; Finite Element Analysis of Structures and Fluid/Heat Transfer (FEA/CFD); user experience and system interaction; user interface design; vehicle and heavy-truck crashworthiness; budgetary planning; and group management.


structural mechanics


solar energy


battery technology


electric automobile


wind energy


green energy


software quality assurance


software development methodology


software development tool


software design








user interface


finite element analysis




test procedure






composite material


composite material design for manufacturability






plastics industry


personal injury


product liability


intellectual property


IVC filter








device patent


medical equipment




implantable device


medical device

He is an expert witness associated with patents in medical devices, consumer products, cellular phone, manufacturing equipment, and computer software. Highlights of his expertise include the following:

Medical device/biotechnology: Cardiovascular, Orthopedic, Orthodontic Patents and Intellectual Property Product Liability; Personal Injury Consumer Electronics; Consumer Products Plastics, Molding, & Manufacturing Composite Materials Design & Damage Materials & Metallurgy Failure Analysis & Reliability Fracture & Fatigue System Specifications & Test Procedures Telephone set design; keypads Finite Element Analysis of Structures and Fluid/Heat Transfer (FEA/CFD) User experience & system interaction User interface design Transducers, Accelerometers, MEMs Software design, development, QA Shock & Vibration Sensitivity Green energy: Wind energy, Electric Vehicles, Battery technology, Solar Structural Mechanics, Fluid Mechanics, Heat Transfer, & Thermodynamics Piezoelectric components Vehicle & Heavy-Truck Crashworthiness Group Manager & Project Leader; Strategic & Budgetary Planning responsibility


budget control


strategic planning


automotive crashworthiness






heat transfer


fluid mechanics


computer software


manufacturing equipment


cellular telephone


consumer product


medical device patent

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Basic Expertise
Expert may consult nationally and internationally, and is also local to the following cities: San Jose, California;  San Francisco, California;  Sacramento, California;  Oakland, California;  Stockton, California;  Fremont, California;  Modesto, California;  Salinas, California;  Santa Rosa, California;  and Hayward, California.

Year   Degree   Subject   Institution  
1984   Ph.D   Mechanical Engineering   Stanford University  
1979   MSME   Mechanical Engineering   Stanford University  
1978   BES   Engineering Science and Mechanics (Highest Honors)   Georgia Tech  
2004   SVEBP (Silicon Valley Executive Business Program)   SVEBP (Silicon Valley Executive Business Program)   San Jose State University  

Work History:
Years   Employer   Department   Title   Responsibilities

2000 to


(Undisclosed Consulting Company)



Principal & Founder


Expert provides independent engineering consulting and expert witness services for high-technology applications, including:

Medical device/biotech product development & concept design • Medical device cardiovascular applications across wide product range • Medical device orthopedic, spinal, prosthetic devices • VC technical due-diligence for prospective medical device investment • Patent & intellectual property – research & due diligence • Expert Witness & Litigation Support services • Nitinol, shape-memory applications; biomaterials applications • Portable devices, keypads: robust design, reliability & durability • Manufacturing technology; materials applications (metals, polymers) • Reliability and failure analysis services; accelerated testing • Research in application & damage of composite materials • Teaching intensive workshops & training seminars on simulation, design, and reliability for practicing engineers • Lecturer in Prof. Steve Tsai's Stanford Composites Design Workshop • Composite materials design & applications; • Wind Energy & Alternative Energy applications – technology • Electric vehicles, battery systems: design & development • Heavy-Truck Rollover and Vehicle Crashworthiness • Software design, development, user experience, QA, testing • Application of CAE, FEA, and High-Performance Computing (HPC)

2010 to 2012


Santa Clara University


Mechanical Engineering Department




Expert taught courses covering a range of topics, including Materials Science, Manufacturing Methods, Composite Materials, Finite Element Methods, Mechanism Dynamics, Computer Graphics, and Design. During this time, Expert also advised students on Design, Safety, and Simulation for Student Projects including SAE FormulaHybrid Vehicles. He conducted research in Composite Materials and High-Performance Computing. His experience also included interaction with Industry Advisory Board (IAB) & ABET Certification. He teamed with other faculty for strategic initiatives and equipment/tool grants for research. He promoted IEEE, ASME, and cross-disciplinary initiatives and social media avenues for student networking, professional development and project support.

2006 to 2010


MSC Software Corporation


User Experience


Senior Manager; Lead Application Engineer


Expert integrated feedback from customers into user interface design and specifications. He also conducted Beta testing of prototypes with users. He assumed a CAE software Product Management role for user interface and analysis tools as well. During this time, Expert also applied finite element technology to applications including automotive, medical device, and electronics.

1999 to 2000


Rubicor Medical, Inc.






Expert led the R&D team for this start-up medical device company, which developed breast diagnostic and therapeutic devices. He designed a device considering interaction of Physician with Device and human factors. The system included a mechanical subsystem and RF generator/control electronics. Expert developed initial prototypes and conceptual designs; he also researched IP and competing technologies.

1986 to 1999


Exponent, Inc., and Failure Analysis Associates



Senior Managing Engineer


He delivered consulting services for failure analysis, accident investigation, product liability, patent/IP, insurance-related litigation, medical device and biotechnology product development, FDA submission, and forensic/failure investigation. He performed analyses involving stress, thermal, and fluid applications; testing of material properties and use of laboratory techniques such as SEM and Optical Microscopy for inspection of material samples. He led the SAE Heavy Truck Crashworthiness, Phase II project with testing and simulation of heavy-truck cabs in rollovers. He also managed the Engineering Analysis Group and assumed profit/loss responsibility for the Engineering Computer Center. He maintained high personal utilization and billable hours and had increasing personal/group profitability with consulting services revenue generation exceeding $600K.

1984 to 1986


SST Systems, Inc.


Pressure Vessels, Piping and Structures Division


Principal Engineer


Expert managed software development, facilitated university collaboration, developed product specifications and enhancements based on customer feedback, supported and trained over 30 new customers, and created standardized product documentation. He also lent sales and marketing support (technical) to the CEO during product launch. He formulated the go-to market campaign during this time as well.

1980 to 1984


Stanford University


Mechanical Engineering Department


Research Assistant


Expert established the theoretical basis and developed computational tools for nonlinear shell mechanics. He emphasized computational mechanics and engineering applications, including linear and nonlinear finite element methods and other numerical analysis techniques.

1978 to 1980


AT&T Bell Laboratories


Physical Design Group


Member of Technical Staff (MTS)


He designed, developed and manufactured high-volume telecommunication components. He researched and designed dials, keypads, electromechanical systems, and piezoelectric polymer applications. He employed a range of materials, including elastomers, metals, polymers, and piezoelectrics for keypad and transducer applications. He placed an emphasis on cost, reliability, and manufacturing simplicity, developing new technologies to ultimately drive field improvements. He applied finite element simulation to improve designs and reduce prototypes.

1976 to 1977


General Motors Corporation


Plant Engineering Department


Engineering Assistant


Expert was responsible for production line design and manufacturing applications for the GM Lakewood assembly plant. He supervised demolition and production line installation during changeover. He installed automated spotweld robot for sheet metal panels. He also studied automotive manufacturing and assembly operations from start to finish.

Career Accomplishments:

Expert is a Professional Engineer (PE) in Mechanical Engineering.

Professional Appointments

Stanford University: Visiting Associate Professor, Mechanical Engineering Department: Expert taught graduate courses in Theory of Plates and Theory of Shells in the Applied Mechanics Division (now Mechanics and Computation) of Mechanical Engineering.

Publications and Patents Summary

Expert has a large number of selected presentations and publications alike regarding medical devices, composite materials, mechanical design, structural failure, fracture mechanics, finite element analysis, product reliability, thermoelastic shape memory modeling, and other topics.

Consulting Services:
Selected Consulting Examples:
  • Expert has conducted a large number of consulting projects. Examples of his consultative topics include medical devices, instrumentation assessment, bioabsorbable and nitinol devices, alternative energy concepts, cellular device components, glass failure, automated food packaging equipment, composite material product design and validation, product improvement, mechanical design, injection-molded surgical devices, cardiovascular implants, medical device investment due diligence, and many others.
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Expert Witness:
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.


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