As an independent Electrical Engineering consultant and expert witness with an emphasis on forensics, I provide claims investigations, litigation support and expert opinions to attorneys, insurance companies, fire investigators, and private parties for evaluation and analysis of electrical systems, components and products. I have 25 years of engineering experience including supervision of electrical design work for commercial, industrial, governmental and petrochemical projects including: medium-voltage up to 69 kV, 480Y/277V, and 208Y/120V power distribution systems; switchgear; motor control centers (MCCs); dry-type and liquid-immersed transformers; motors; high-bay, low-bay, and office lighting systems; telecom systems; CCTV systems; lightning protection systems; and grounding systems. I'm also well-versed with the National Electrical Code (NEC) and have a substantial amount of direct field and inspection experience.

My forensics-related assignments have included reported losses and incidents such as:
  • Fires and accidents associated with electrical appliances such as microwave ovens, coffee makers, dehydrators, plug-strips, surge-suppressors and battery chargers.
  • Electrical utility substations, transformers, and diesel generator fires and explosions.
  • Electrical arc-flash and shock injuries from electrical equipment, systems, and appliances.
  • Stored data losses associated with failures of electronic equipment such as computers, network server components, uninterruptible power supplies (UPS's) and surge protectors.
  • Automobile and farm equipment fires, including semi-trailer trucks, RV's, delivery trucks, golf-carts, farm tractors and oil-drilling rigs.
  • Electrical switchgear and bus-duct fires and explosions at a variety of facilities and business, including a substantial loss at a major shipping port.
  • Building fires including shopping centers, apartment buildings, restaurants and hotels.
  • Electrical switchgear reportedly damaged while in transit from the manufacturer.
  • Construction defects claims where wiring, equipment and appliances were reportedly specified and/or installed improperly.
  • Water-related damage to electrical equipment that failed as a result of it.
  • Electrical Power system anomalies such as short-circuits, surges, and spikes on utility lines that caused equipment failures and business losses.
  • Lightning strikes that damaged electrical installations, equipment and appliances.
  • Losses associated with telecommunications equipment failures and radio transmitters.
Licensed in Electrical Engineering in the following states:

  • Alabama Lic # 21930

  • Arizona Lic # 35633

  • California Lic # E16273

  • Colorado Lic # PE-44045


  • Georgia Lic # PE024322

  • Nebraska Lic # E-8132

  • Nevada Lic # 014825

  • Washington Lic # 46702

Memberships:

  • International Association of Electrical Inspectors (IAEI)
  • National Association of Fire Investigators (NAFI)
  • Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE)
  • IEEE Power & Energy Society (PES) - 2014 & 2015 Vice Chair
  • IEEE Industry Applications Society (IAS) - 2014 & 2015 Vice Chair
  • IEEE Product Safety Engineering Society (PSES)
  • National Fire Protection Association (NFPA)

    Resides in Orange County, CA only minutes from Santa Ana's John Wayne airport.

    CV and rates available upon request. 

    Email me at: expertengineer@cox.net

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