Representative Staff Engineers, Consulting Experts & Qualified Technicians
*WILLIAM ABRAHAM, PE - SENIOR ENGINEER
Licensed professional engineer with over thirty years experience in mechanical engineering. Expertise includes risk management analysis, product liability, broad-based product design, and development engineering. He is also experienced in providing trial and deposition testimony.
*TIANBAO BAI, PH.D., CIH - CONSULTING SPECIALIST
Dr. Bai is a certified industrial hygienist who received a Ph.D. in Geotechnical Engineering from the University of Illinois in 1995. He has over ten years experience in the industrial hygiene industry, including indoor air quality (IAQ), lead paint and asbestos, OSHA compliance, and administrative experience. Dr. Bai serves as Director of Industrial Hygiene responsible for supervision of field-testing, quality control, record keeping, and clients on a variety of technical projects requiring industrial hygiene expertise.
*ERVIN BATCHELOR, PH.D. - CONSULTING SPECIALIST
Qualified to provide expert medical opinions regarding the relationship between circumstances of death, injury, neglect or abuse, and alleged damages. Can offer consultation and support services to risk management professionals, plaintiff and defense lawyers needing information that answers questions about specific aspects of personal injury, medical malpractice, wrongful death, sexual and physical abuse, neglect of youth and elderly, harassment and discrimination.
*ROBERT S. BEADLE, PE - SENIOR ENGINEER
Over ten years experience with licensure in 14 states. Experience includes commercial, utility, restaurant, marine and institutional project work. He has completed a number of studies in the areas of power system reliability, system losses, and metering for utility clients.
*MILES A. BEAM, III, PE - SENIOR ENGINEER
(MARINE COLLISION RECONSTRUCTIONIST)
Over thirteen years experience in reconstructing small boat collision accidents from physical evidence. Was technical director for a series of collision conducted in December, 1999 (funded by the US Coast Guard) where he was responsible for all technical aspects of setting us the collision testing, including all instrumentation, video coverage, data collection and data analysis.
*COLLEEN BECKER, CIH, CSP - CERTIFIED INDUSTRIAL HYGIENIST
Experienced in commercial, industrial and marine industrial hygiene investigations to include mold & mildew, lead, asbestos & PCBs. Determines compliance with OSHA and EPA guidelines. Performs tests and analysis to determine Indoor Air Quality problems, identification of mold and scope of necessary remediation, and respiratory protection plans. Oversees the operation of AIHA accredited Industrial Hygiene & Environmental Lead laboratory. Also a Licensed Asbestos Inspector & Supervisor Certified Lead Inspector and a Certified Safety Professional.
*ROBERT S. BITTLER, EIT - SENIOR CONSULTANT
Over 11 years experience in Mechanical Engineering, Maintenance and Operations. Experience includes capital project management, equipment specifications, procurement, installation and commissioning, process engineering; and environmental and safety management. He performs forensic investigation and analysis of various mechanical systems, equipment-related failures or accident cases involving major property loss, business interruption, personal injury or death, and equipment damage or failure.
*RONALD BITTLER, PE - SENIOR ENGINEER
(STRUCTURAL & CIVIL)
Twelve years of engineering experience in structural design and building frame analysis. Design projects and failure analysis assignments have included residential, institutional and commercial buildings, highways, bridges, and other special structures. He is also experienced in field engineering inspection and investigation, diagnostic experience, and complete remedial repair design.
*CHRISTOPHER S. BULLOCK, PE - SENIOR ENGINEER
Licensed professional chemical engineer with over nineteen years experience in the chemical process industry. Has significant experience in the chemical manufacturing environment. Is familiar with ASME codes, control systems, evaporators, boilers, power generation, acid, and caustics. He provides expertise in engineering failures, forensic analysis, and hazard analysis on chemical, process, and manufacturing issues.
*DANIEL C. COOK, PE, CERTIFIED INDUSTRIAL HYGIENIST - SENIOR ENGINEER
Provides Indoor Air Quality (IAQ) assessment services for the development of IAQ profiles of large commercial, industrial and institutional buildings involving biological and chemical contamination. He provides IAQ forensic analysis to private and governmental agencies in relation to litigation, insurance settlements, and workman's compensation issues for biological and chemical contamination. Provides industrial hygiene project management and professional services for environmental remedial actions (planned and emergency), facility disasters such as fires and floods, new facility start ups, and existing facility operations and reconstruction.
*GERALD O. DAVIS, PE - SENIOR ENGINEER
More than 31 years of engineering experience and education in materials / corrosion engineering plus mechanical engineering areas. Has graduate education in metallurgy and corrosion plus business administration, with undergraduate education in mechanical engineering. He is experienced in a variety of functions including applied corrosion research, metallic materials engineering and failure analysis, process plant project and reliability engineering and first level management for diverse employers.
*BRIAN L. ERICKSON, PE - SENIOR ENGINEER
A professional engineer and US Navy Reserve Civil Engineer Corps Officer with over fifteen years of experience in construction and structural engineering, and holds a Masters degree in structural engineering. During his active duty Naval career he was an assistant public works officer and responsible for maintenance, engineering, transportation, utilities (electrical, water, and geothermal), environmental compliance, project management, and personnel issues for a large overseas Naval installation. He also managed a major construction program consisting of military personnel in the Atlantic area that accomplished over 70,000 man-days of production yearly. He is experienced in managing design, and construction contracts for major building construction and renovations. He also has significant experience investigating and resolving maintenance and repair issues and failures.
WILLIAM C. FORBES, JR., PE, DEE - SENIOR PRINCIPAL ENGINEER
VP of Engineering - Mid Atlantic Region
(CIVIL & STRUCTURAL)
Licensed Professional Engineer with over thirty years of experience in both civil and environmental engineering, and engineering management involving condition surveys, studies, planning, location, design, permitting, and implementation of infrastructure rehabilitation and repair projects and construction of new facilities. He is particularly experienced in the evaluation and design of water distribution and wastewater collection facilities, wastewater pumping stations, small treatment systems, storm water systems, urban and suburban streets, site planning, feasibility studies, zoning issues, and master planning. He has acted as project manager, principal in charge, engineer in charge, contract manager, and owner's representative for municipal, residential, retail, commercial, industrial, and military facility planning, design, and building efforts in Virginia, North Carolina, and Maryland. A significant part of this experience has involved the determination of adequacy of existing facilities for existing or intended uses, compliance with codes, regulations and standards, and suitability for continued use. Bill has served on value engineering teams, and has managed projects in Italy, Puerto Rico, and Cuba for the U. S. Navy. He performs forensic analysis of civil, structural, product defect, waterfront structure and environmental engineering failures. He is a Diplomat of the American Academy of Environmental Engineers and is a Board Certified Engineer in Water Supply/Wastewater.
*ALFRED A. FUSCO, JR., PE - SENIOR ENGINEER
(CIVIL & STRUCTURAL)
Over twenty-nine years experience as a civil engineer in all aspects of building design and analysis for both commercial and residential structures. He is qualified as expert witness in numerous civil trials and provided sworn depositions in matters associated with structural and system failures. He is also experienced in the evaluation and determination of the appropriate building codes for use in structural design and construction of dams, bridges, and septic systems.
*FRANK J. GRIFFO, PE - SENIOR ENGINEER
Twenty-eight years experience that has encompassed the design of commercial, municipal, industrial, educational, religious and bridge structures, preparation of plans and specifications, renovations, cost estimates, forensic engineering, reports, expert witness, residential & commercial building inspections.
*DAVID GUY - STAFF ENGINEERING SPECIALIST
Seven years environmental, safety and health experience in the indoor air quality, worker safety, and asbestos disciplines. He is one of the firm's environmental professionals responsible for environmental services including indoor air quality investigations, workers exposure surveys and proactive building baseline studies for educational, commercial, industrial and healthcare clients.
*LYLE HOGAN, PE. RRC - SENIOR CONSULTING ENGINEER
(STRUCTURAL AND ROOFING)
Twenty years experience in structural design and building condition evaluations. Design projects and failure analysis assignments have included residential, institutional and commercial building inspections, reviewing technical plans and specifications, evaluation of existing roofing systems, and non-destructive moisture surveys. He is also experienced in field engineering inspection and investigation, diagnostic experience, and complete remedial repair design. Mr. Hogan is a licensed engineering on multiple states, a registered roof inspector, a licensed home inspector, and an accredited asbestos inspector.
*MARK J. KEITH. P.E. - SENIOR ENGINEER
Over twenty years experience in electrical and electronic failure analysis. Specializing in Telecom, Data Communications, Industrial Automation and Controls, Embedded Processor Design, ASIC and FPGA Development, Analog and Logic Design. Familiar with IEC EMC/EMI/RFI standards, compliance and testing.
JOHN B. KELLY. P.E. - SENIOR PRINCIPAL ENGINEER
(CIVIL & STRUCTURAL)
Licensed professional Civil Engineer in 10 states. Over 35 years experience in the design, manufacture and installation of precast and prestressed concrete products, including commercial, bridge and marine products. Author or co-author of several articles published in the PCI Journal. Professional member of PCI. Member of ASCE. Fellow of ACI and member of Committee 543. Experience in investigation of structural failures as well as remedial repair to damaged structures. Experience as an arbitrator with the American Arbitration Association.
*C. ALLAN KIDD, RRC - SENIOR CONSULTANT
Nineteen years experience in investigation and evaluation of existing roofing systems. He has been responsible for the development of plans, details and specifications for roofing projects and non-destructive evaluations, including infrared, nuclear and capacitance. He has conducted forensic investigations, written engineering reports, and provided expert testimony.
*GREGORY J. KING, PE - SENIOR PRINCIPAL ENGINEER
Professional mechanical engineer with over twenty years expertise in structures, stress, vibrations, dynamics, pressure vessels, piping, procurement, materials management, and contracts. He has worked in chemical, petrochemical, power, consulting, and software development industries. Forensic experience includes water transmission pipeline failure analysis, process piping and equipment failures, mechanical equipment defects, structural building and system failures, and commercial product claim analysis.
*DENNIS M. KOCHAN, BBC
(CAPTAIN) - CONSULTING AVIATION FLIGHT AND MAINTENANCE SPECIALIST
Professionally qualified expert in the analysis and evaluation of aviation matters involving flight operations, pilot training and airframe maintenance. FAA qualified pilot, certified flight instructor and airframe and power plant mechanic with inspector authorization. Certified FAR Part 121 Air Carrier pilot and flight training Captain (retired). Captain in commercial, single and multi-engine land and sea, turbo-prop and turbojet powered aircraft. Additionally provides clients with pilot flight instruction and aircraft maintenance consultations and inspections.
*JANEEN KOCHAN, BS, MS, PhD - CONSULTING AVIATION INCIDENT AND HUMAN FACTORS SPECIALIST
Recognized industry expert in the areas of aviation human factors, pilot safety training, flight hazard recognition and flight operation efficiency. Current Line Captain on Boeing-767 for major air freight transport carrier; Developed and maintained Human Factors and Crew Resource Management programs for major U.S. Air Carrier; Experienced in providing liaise and interface with the professional human factors community for clients and employers; Recognized human factors expertise in aviation safety and pilot evaluation techniques; Holds the following FAA certificates and Pilot ratings: FAA Medical Certificate: First Class - Issued 11/2004; Restricted Radiotelephone Operator Permit: 07/20/84; U.S. Pilot Certificate: Airline Transport Pilot 2814578; Ratings and Limitations: Airplane Single & Multiengine Land, B-767, B-757, DC-8, DC-9, YS-11, G-1159, N-265, G-159, CE500
ROBERT K. KOCHAN, ME, DABFET, FACFEI - PRINCIPAL TECHNICAL CONSULTANT
President, Chief Executive Officer
Diplomate and member of the founding board of the American College of Forensic Engineering and Technology, with over thirty years of professional mechanical equipment and system design, vehicular accident investigation, consumer product defect analysis, petrochemical process system design, and manufacturing system operational experience. Court recognized expertise in mechanical system design, product defect analysis, vehicular accident reconstruction, forensic analysis procedures and marine vessel operational safety. Forensic engineering case evaluations have included consumer product defects, personal injuries involving industrial machinery, vehicular tire failure causation determinations, multi-vehicular collision investigations, airbag deployment, seatbelt related passenger ejection issues, and numerous matters requiring a comprehensive understanding of the dynamics associated with system integration and other complex operational parameters.
*BRUCE M. LANTRIP, Sc.D. - CONSULTING SPECIALIST
Senior Scientist and Microbiologist, with over 28 years of experience, he participates in project work utilizing his unique combination of laboratory analytical skills and his understanding of Indoor Air Quality (IAQ) principals. His academic and professional specialization in environmental microbiology and environmental health enables him to analyze and provide practical solutions to complex IAQ problems and conditions. In addition to his working knowledge of building HVAC systems, he is experienced in developing and evaluating methodologies for the sampling and analysis of viable and non-viable organisms. He is conversant in the application of occupational health and safety exposure criteria for evaluating health risks.
*JOHN L. LYTTON, BSAE - SENIOR CONSULTANT
(DIGITAL IMAGING - AEROSPACE)
Specialist in forensic photographic detailing and image enhancement. Over twenty-nine years of experience in photographic imaging & analysis, design engineering, finite element and system failure determination. He consults on matters involving forensic photographic reconstruction, image enhancement, and presentation.
*DOUGLAS W. McCALL, PE, ME - SENIOR ENGINEER
A Licensed Professional Engineer with over seventeen years of engineering expertise. Experience includes finite element analysis, high temperature gas bleed systems, steel structures/machine design, piping systems involving cryogenics, fluid systems/process systems engineering for both non-compressible and compressible fluids, water/wastewater treatment, solid waste, maritime, jet/rocket propulsion and regulatory permitting (federal, state and local). He has had extensive engineering responsibilities for capital projects encompassing fluid dynamics/hydraulics, pipe networks, transmission lines, pumping systems and tankage (up to 5 MG).
CHRISTOPHER J. MCCUTCHEN - INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY SPECIALIST
Provides documentation control and storage management of client entrusted case evidence. Assists engineers and technical specialists in collection of field data, locating and identifying evidence. Coordinates transportation activities from accident scene to firm's secure evidence storage or laboratory facility.
*ANDREW T. MOYNAHAN, PE - SENIOR ENGINEER
(MATERIALS & MECHANICAL)
Graduate Materials Engineer with over ten years of professional, domestic, and international system design and analysis experience. Safety analysis expertise includes investigation of equipment hazards, elimination of safety defects, and implementation of protection procedures to prevent corrosion and mechanical failure. He has experience in identifying, analyzing, and replacing electrical wiring hazards. He served as an expert advisor to several analysis boards for the U.S. Coast Guard. He performed legal misconduct and accident investigations for personnel, motor vehicles, merchant vessels, aircraft, and hardware failure incidents for the United States Coast Guard.
*ANTHONY NOWELS, M.D. - CONSULTING SPECIALIST
Private practice consultant for forensic, regulatory and administrative psychiatric issues. Dr. Nowels is qualified to provide expert medical opinions regarding medical malpractice as it applies to psychiatry--especially in the areas of adolescents and young adults, addiction, and psychopharmacology. He can offer consultation regarding psychiatric regulatory issues, especially related to hospital or clinic surveys by Joint Commission or state agencies. He has additional expertise in psychiatric hospital administrative issues, including medical staff, risk management, and certificate of need problems. Dr. Nowels is licensed to practice medicine in Florida and North Carolina.
*RICHARD PADGETT, PE - SENIOR ENGINEER
A professional engineer with over twenty years experience as an environmental engineer. He has been responsible for all wastewater compliance at a major naval manufacturing facility, including a plating shop, multiple manufacturing buildings, and an industrial wastewater treatment plant with associated collection system. He was responsible for all storm water and wastewater compliance at Langley Air Force Base. He has provided multi-media environmental support and technical assistance. He has also provided technical assistance for storm water compliance issues.
*WILFRED S. PICKLES, PE - SENIOR ENGINEER
(CONSTRUCTION & MECHANICAL)
A Senior Engineer with extensive experience in the design, manufacture, construction and environmental industries. He is accustomed to handling projects from the design stage, to manufacture and fabrication, through construction to the hand over and acceptance. Projects have been many and varied including industrial, commercial, and environmental and their related infrastructure. He is conversant with all engineering design disciplines, manufacturing functions and construction activities. The scope and size of projects have varied, having values up to five hundred million dollars. Has an engineering degree and is a registered professional engineer. He is accustomed to using the latest project management procedures, computer applications and communications systems. He is also adept in communications (written and verbal) and possesses good people and team building skills.
*R. LEE ROBINETTE, ASA - SENIOR CONSULTANT
Experienced as an appraiser of large and small machinery and equipment. He has been called upon to appraise large industrial warehouses damaged by natural disasters. He can provide current appraisals and replacement estimates.
*WILLIAM R. SESSOMS, PE - SENIOR ENGINEER
A professional engineer with 30 years experience in electro-mechanical engineering. Has expertise in new product design and development, project management, engineering administration, and forensic engineering. He served as a technical expert in 20 personal injury lawsuits. He investigated numerous accidents involving alleged failure of industrial machines and has provided documents pursuant to requests for production. He is knowledgeable in ANSI and OSHA machine safety regulations. Expert in controls for mechanical power presses. He has testified in depositions and examinations before trial, as well as in trials themselves. Provided answers to hundreds of interrogatories.
*WAYNE M. SLAGLE, PE - SENIOR ENGINEER
A licensed professional mechanical engineer with over twenty-four years of experience in the industry. He has significant experience in accident reconstruction, product defect, and structural failure analysis. He has authored numerous publications in the area of forensic analysis and has provided expert witness testimony.
*DENNIS D. SMITH, AMS/SMS - CONSULTING SPECIALIST
(PROFESSIONAL MARINE SURVEYOR)
Professional marine surveyor specializing in yachts, commercial fishing boats and passenger vessels. He can provide thorough condition and valuation surveys for insurance coverage and renewals. Has extensive background in automotive and equipment manufacturing and repair. He has covered countless nautical miles as a professional delivery skipper of both workboats and yachts. He has provided expert witness testimony in over 200 cases since 1976 on marine related matters in Federal, State, Family and Probate courts in Hawaii, Florida, California and American Samoa. Also has expert trial preparation work with attorneys on pre-trial research and investigation. Court appointed arbitrator in vessel accidents and court appointed receiver in admiralty actions.
*ROBERT WARREN, Ph.D., PE - SENIOR ENGINEERING CONSULTANT
(NAVAL ARCHITECT & SYSTEM FAILURES)
A retired US Army War College instructor of Logistic Support & Operations. Has over thirty years of system design and operational analysis experience. He has acted as a consultant to the legal and insurance communities for over the past six years in matters involving equipment and system failures as well as marine vessel operational issues.
*JEFF WILLIAMS, PE - PRINCIPAL FIRE ORIGIN & CAUSE INVESTIGATOR AND ACCIDENT RECONSTRUCTIONIST
Educated in both mechanical and electrical engineering, Jeff has worked cases in Alabama, California, Florida, Nevada, Louisiana, Georgia, Pennsylvania, Guatemala, and the Bahamas in his twenty-five year career specializing in fire and accident reconstruction. Jeff has trial experience in accident reconstruction, and in fire origin & cause (criminal & civil) in both state and federal courts.
*MATTHEW K. WILLIAMS, PE - SENIOR ENGINEER
(MECHANICAL & MATERIALS)
Professional engineer with more than twenty years experience in mechanical failure analysis. He has experience in a wide variety of mechanical engineering analysis including stress, fatigue and fracture mechanics of machinery and pressure vessels; fluid system engineering; machine design; vibrations, acoustics, and shock. He is knowledgeable and experienced in the selection of appropriate materials, fabrication processes, non-destructive testing, manufacturing methods and tolerances. He has expertise in the application of the Scientific Method and in investigation of pioneering technology.
*WOODROW L. WILLIAMS, JR., CFI, CFEI - FIRE ORIGIN AND CAUSE INVESTIGATOR
Certified fire investigator and fire inspector in the state of Virginia. He worked for the City of Danville Fire Department for thirty one years. He has been a fire fighter, assistant fire inspector, city fire inspector, and ultimately the Fire Marshal. He had the responsibly of investigating all fires of suspicious origin, and fire where a death or injury occurred. He also had the responsibility for reviewing the plans of all construction projects in the city, including testing of all fire suppression equipment installed and the proper maintenance of the existing buildings and fire equipment that was installed under the State of Virginia Fire Code. He was in charge of all public education programs. One of the most successful programs was the city fire detector program. The fire department installed, without cost, a smoke detector in every home that made a request. In one year, over 2500 detectors were installed in homes in Danville, Virginia. In the two years that this program was in effect, five lives were saved because of these installed smoke detectors.
*DAVID R. WILLMOTT, PE - SENIOR ENGINEER
Civil engineer with over twenty years experience in geotechnical, environmental, pavement, and field engineering design and analysis services. He has provided emergency post-hurricane structural damage assessments to national insurance companies. He has also performed non-destructive inspections and evaluations of welded connections, construction details, and testing systems.
*JEFFERY S. WINSHIP - ACCIDENT SIMULATION SPECIALIST
Over twelve years of professional experience in graphic software applications with particular expertise in mechanical applications. Primary areas of consultation include mechanical system and vehicular accident reconstruction graphics and animation productions based on forensic engineering analysis. He provides technical assistance in the acquisition, translation, and graphical representation of field and test data. He is court qualified in factual representation and graphical; depictions of vehicular accidents.
*HERBERT WOLFF - SENIOR CONSULTANT
(VIDEO & GRAPHICS)
Over twenty years experience as an expert analyst and witness for both plaintiff and defense on disputed video evidence. He is a consultant on video systems and the uses of video in legal proceedings. He has been a producer, director, and editor of over 300 video programs for business, government, and education.
*MICHAEL L. WOODHOUSE, PH.D. - CONSULTING SPECIALIST
Over 27 years experience in Rehabilitation and Biomechanical fields, specializing in injury mechanics and causation relating to impacts. Has additional expertise in orthopedic and industrial biomechanics and medical records review. Specific expertise in analyzing injuries related to high and low speed motor vehicle impacts, occupational injuries, lifting, pushing, and pulling injury, slip-trip-fall injury, and injuries related to sports and sports equipment. Also has expertise in research methods and statistical evaluation and has provided expert testimony in courts of law.
* Indicates Consulting Associate