An aeronautical engineering expert witness typically has extensive experience in mechanical engineering, electrical engineering, aircraft maintenance, structural engineering, and/or has a degree in aeronautical engineering or aerospace engineering. An expert witness must not only have the appropriate substantive expertise but should also possess the ability to explain evidence and technology to lay people, including a judge and jury.
Aeronautical engineering is a team effort consisting of engineering discipline specialists in the areas of aerodynamics, propulsion, avionics, materials science, structural analysis and manufacturing.
Example cases requiring aeronautical engineering expert witness service involve intellectual property, such as patent infringement litigation, inter partes review in the PTAB, or trade secret disputes. Forensic engineering of components can prove (or disprove) intellectual property infringement or theft. An aeronautical engineering expert might also provide expert testimony in a product liability case involving failure analysis, or be called upon to testify in an aviation accident investigation or personal injury case.
Litigation support by an aviation expert witness could include reverse engineering, an expert report, expert opinion, deposition testimony, and expert testimony at deposition and at trial. In a high-profile case, or litigation involving a significant financial stake, a law firm may request a specialist with prior expert witness experience. In addition, clients may seek an aviation industry expert for pre-litigation consulting work.
Cahn Litigation Services is skilled and experienced at identifying aviation experts to provide services for aeronautical engineering litigation matters. The firm is frequently called upon by attorney clients to locate an expert witness, representing either the plaintiff or defendant, with specific knowledge in aviation systems and technology.
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The below expert witness bios represent a small fraction of those Aeronautical Engineering experts known by Cahn Litigation Services. These bios are provided to give attorneys a sense of the Aeronautical Engineering landscape.
This expert is a licensed professional engineer and expert witness who holds a Ph.D. in mechanical engineering. This expert has many years of professional experience in mechanical engineering, consumer product design, research and development, forensic investigation and litigation support. Additionally, this expert holds over twenty patents.
Prior to focusing on work as a forensic mechanical engineer and serving as an expert witness, this expert led an accomplished engineering career designing and developing innovative mechanical components and high-pressure equipment and conducting failure analyses over a broad variety of situations, most of which led to patents. This included designing and developing high-volume machined metal and injection-molded plastic parts, low-pressure seals, springs and stampings as well as manufacturing processes for composites, plastics and adhesive bonding. Working in research and development for major corporations in the aeronautical, petroleum, fluid power and automotive industries, as well as serving for over a decade as a forensic expert witness, this expert draws on a comprehensive background of diverse engineering experience to assist clients with cases involving evaluations of consumer products and commercial, industrial and agricultural equipment for products liability issues and patent disputes, including significant deposition and courtroom testimony experience.
This expert is a consultant and expert witness to the aviation industry. During this expert's accomplished naval career, this expert earned two advanced degrees in Aeronautical Engineering. This expert has experience with drag, turbulence, and wind tunnels and the attendant measurements and calculations associated with their analysis. This expert has deep experience in commercial airliners, having been Senior Vice President of Operations, Director of Maintenance Administration, and having run the engine and component repair facility at a major airport, among other positions.
This expert has served as an active duty helicopter pilot conducting a variety of operational missions nationwide and served as a helicopter flight instructor, aeronautical engineer and maintenance test pilot. During military service, this expert specialized in aircraft operations, maintenance, sustainability, engineering and logistics. This expert brings to the table many years of experience as a Pilot/Aeronautical Engineer/Logistician/Acquisition Officer directing operations and maintenance, leading advanced technology upgrades, directing/developing people, and implementing/managing complex large-scale systems and logistics infrastructures for operations, security, maintenance and production. This expert led two of the largest acquisition programs in helicopter fleet history as the Chief Systems Engineer/Logistician. As Director of Aircraft Maintenance and Logistics, this expert led a multi-million dollar fleet engine upgrade program of helicopters; scheduled and maintained a 22-helicopter annual depot maintenance, throughput while re-engineering an average of 38 helicopters per year. This expert developed and implemented a logistics infrastructure to support continuous aircraft deliveries and maintenance inductions, coordinated superior engineering support and technical services to sustain the operational fleet, and developed operational requirements, obsolescence studies, reliability and cost data to extend the service life of a helicopter an additional 20 years. This expert has served as the lead aviation engineering investigator on a fatal helicopter crash and served as a subject matter expert on two additional mishaps.
This expert received a BSEE, MSEE, and Ph.D. This expert is a Communication Systems Engineer where this expert's interests include aviation communications, cosite interference analysis and mitigation, antennas and RF propagation. This expert serves as the lead RF systems engineer for a Data Comm program, which is a nationwide, digital communication network connecting air traffic controllers and pilots. This expert attends meetings of the Aeronautical Frequency Committee, and was responsible for developing the frequency plan for VHF Datalink mode 2 that was adapted by the committee for use by DCNS. This expert was an Associate Professor of Electrical Engineering where this expert also served as the Associate Director of a Wireless Center. This expert has held a variety of industry positions, has many published papers, holds five patents and has authored a text book. This expert has been a licensed professional engineer, is a senior member of the IEEE, a licensed private pilot, and a part 107 UAV pilot.
This expert has many years' experience in the aviation industry and has spent many as a consultant. Aerodynamics, and Aircraft Design are two areas of specialization. This expert has published university papers on wind tunnels, wind tunnel testing and investigations, drag reduction and other aerodynamics subject matter. This expert regularly consults to manufacturers and to simulator developers as well as the FAA and NASA. This expert is well published in the field (over 50 publications)
This expert is an International Standards committee member for the development of DO-178C Software Considerations in Aeronautical Systems and Equipment Certification, the worldwide standard for airworthiness certification for software systems in civil airspace. This expert is a key author of DO-332, the Object-oriented Technology and Related Techniques supplement to DO-178C, and is a contributor to three international standards for airborne security: DO-326 (Airworthiness Security Process Specification), DO-355 (Information Security Guidance for Continuing Airworthiness) and DO-356 (Airworthiness Security Methods and Considerations). With many years of industry experience as a professional software engineer, this expert has trained senior software developers at a major aerospace company on exception handling as used in Ada, Java, Modula-3 and C++. This expert is a published author and presenter at many conferences. This expert has prior litigation support experience (including on a matter related to DO-178B, Software Considerations in Airborne Systems and Equipment Certification), being deposed and providing testimony in court.