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Expert Witness #214975

This expert is the founder and CEO of a highly successful consultancy specializing in plastics. This expert has spent many years in the Plastics Industry as a leading authority on plastic and composite part failure. This expert worked for a plastics product manufacturer as a leading Principal Scientist. This expert is a world-renowned scientist and author as evidenced by many awards. This expert is a member of ASM International (a society of Material Scientists), the American Chemical Society Polymer Chemistry and Polymeric Materials Divisions, the International Association of Plumbing and Mechanical Officials, the National Association of Subrogation Professionals, the Society of Fire Protection Engineers, the Failure Analysis Division of the Society of Plastics Engineers, the Institute of Packaging Professionals, and the Society of Automotive Engineers. This expert has provided expert services in over 150 litigations involving plastics and composites. This expert is one of the top plastic failure experts in the world having analyzed hundreds of plastic and composite parts including, pipes, food packages, bottles, tanks, latches, toys, medical devices, exercise equipment, automotive parts, pulleys, chairs, and stools. This expert has authored >100 scientific papers, >60 US Patents, a book, and several encyclopedia articles on chemicals and plastics.

CONSULTANT AND EXPERT WITNESS ON CHEMICALS AND PLASTICS

  • Forensic analysis/testing of plastic and composite parts
  • Manufacturing processes for plastic bottles including extrusion blow-molding, injection blow-molding, and stretch
  • Blow-molding
  • Root cause analysis of CPVC fire suppression system failures
  • Exercise equipment failure
  • Plastic piping products including ABS, PVC, CPVC, PEX, PP, PVDC, and HDPE
  • Additives for plastics including antioxidants and UV stabilizers
  • Design of plastic parts to meet the requirements of the application
  • Fracture mechanics of plastic materials and composites
  • Chemical resistance/degradation of plastics and elastomers
  • Discoloration and loss of clarity of plastics
  • Plastic part and package design and stress analysis
  • Polymer blends and compounding
  • Polyolefin based resins and applications
  • Additives for improved adhesion in polymer blends and composites
  • Chemicals and Plastics R&D
  • Monomer stabilization and polymerization
  • Molding and extrusion of plastics including foams and films
  • UV, thermal, and environmental degradation of chemicals and plastics
  • Plastic flammability and plastic flame retardant formulations
  • Migration of chemicals and additives from plastics
  • Chemicals and plastics for medical use
  • Composite and nanocomposite materials including carbon fiber composites
  • Permeability (vapors and odors) of plastics
  • Plastics used in medical applications
  • Abrasion resistance of plastics and elastomers
  • Material Selection (choosing the right plastic for the application)

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Expert Witness #257042

This expert is a full professor of Mechanical Engineering and Materials Science. This expert has had significant experience in patent litigation matters, having given trial testimony over forty times. This expert is an expert in thin film adhesion and has a recent patent in this area. This expert has expertise in (1) applied mechanics: deformation and stress/strain behavior of particulate composites and how it is affected by particle volume fraction, thermal stresses and geometrical deformation; (2) thin films and multilayers and interface mechanics, including adhesion; (3) scanning electron microscopy to characterize products with respect to particle geometry and volume fraction; (3) polymer manufacturing and thin film manufacturing with focus on adhesion science; (4) tribology: how the multilayers are deformed both elastically and plastically, including particle uprooting at their interfaces with polymer matrix due to rubbing against recording surfaces, friction forces especially with nanoparticle surfaces; (5) Nanomechanics: role of small particle size in controlling the mechanical properties.  


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Expert Witness #231361

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.


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Expert Witness #252765

This expert is an FAA Consultant DER (Designated Engineering Representative) specializing in multiple aspects of helicopter design (including gearbox). In addition to work in design and test, this expert has many years of experience as an aircraft stress analyst, specializing in Static, Fatigue & Damage Tolerance, Materials and Processes (Metal and Composites) for damage tolerance repairs for transport aircraft. This expert is qualified at the Expert level proficiency in Finite Element Analysis and Fatigue/Damage Tolerance analysis. This expert has a proven track record of developing and approving repairs to high dollar value flight safety critical members, including helicopter swashplate and other rotor head components which had been considered beyond economic repair. This expert's experience with helicopter transmissions include:

-  static and fatigue and damage tolerance evaluation and testing of the drive system components for the AW609 tiltrotor.
-  Alternate Means of Compliance (AMOC) for an airworthiness Directive(AD) for the aft upper vertical driveshaft for the Model 107 heavy lift helicopter.
-  resolving cracking problems in the bevel gear attach bolts for the two-piece Model 234 Aft Gearbox Sun Gear.
-  gearbox thermal analysis to resolve problems arising from 2nd Stage Main Rotor Planetary Gear Carrier cracking
-  Worked on repairs to the following fatigue critical powertrain components
 AS 365 Reduction Gearbox Housing
 S76 Gearbox Upper Housing
 Bell 204 Main Rotor Transmission Housing
 Bell 212 Main Rotor Mast


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Expert Witness #260531

This expert is an AIA certified Architect with many years of architectural design and construction administration experience with all building types, including educational, medical, R&D, corporate, commercial, custom residential, multi-family housing, military and industrial projects. Emphasizing use of durable, low maintenance materials including stainless, copper, bronze, zinc, cement-fiber, plastics, composites, specialty sealants & industrial paints. This expert heads a building reconstruction and forensic investigation consultancy that provides visual inspection, intrusive testing, defect analysis, repair recommendations and forensic expert services for both plaintiff and defense parties. This expert brings to the table specialized knowledge of construction materials, industry standards, code compliance, waterproofing, vapor transmission, exterior finishes, corrosion, condensation, ventilation, mold, wood rot, suspended ceilings, interior partitions, and structural issues. This expert's experience includes thousands of visual inspections and hundreds of intrusive tests for construction defect cases, including institutional, commercial and retail structures, housing developments and private homes. This expert also provides reconstruction design, details and specifications focused on solving complex construction problems and developing effective repairs for commercial and institutional buildings.

This expert has served as a third-party neutral construction expert for mediators, arbitrators and courts, and retained jointly by both plaintiff and defense parties. Specializing in complex construction disputes where resolution can be facilitated through clarification of technical issues and extensive case documents. Experience includes complex, multi-party commercial and institutional cases.


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Expert Witness #261404

This expert holds a PhD in Materials & Structures (Interdisciplinary Engineering). This expert has many years of experience in marketing, management, engineering, and manufacturing technical roles within the composite structures and propulsion industry. This expert has expertise and skills developed in export control regulations, materials evaluation, and broad range of composite structures manufacturing processes, design and analysis methodology, non-destructive testing (NDI), testing and market research. This expert is recognized as a key technical expert internationally with services on critical U.S. Government and industry committees, and professional society advisory boards, in areas of commercial and aerospace composites design and manufacturing technology.

This expert's experience in aramid fibers is extensive with both thermoset and thermoplastic resin materials, as well as having conducted significant "impact damage" studies and creep (time-dependent deformation) on these materials. This expert has a lot of experience with the largest suppliers of recognized aramid quality products. Further, as a Global Technical Director of the society which covers all advanced materials (aramid fibers included) and process engineering (manufacturing), this expert is involved heavily in the technology and programs in China, Japan, Europe, North America, Mexico, and Brazil.

This expert has significant prior litigation experience.


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Expert Witness #124243

This expert holds a PhD in Chemistry, has many years of experience in polymers and has extensive design, testing and evaluation experience in the absorption and dissipation of forces - polymeric materials. This expert is the named inventor on numerous U.S. patents involving plastics that have been commercialized, including numerous household products and energy absorbing protective headgear. This expert’s areas of specialty include new product development, voluntary standards, statutes, labeling, custom and practice, technology and cost in relationship to the hazards, and dangers and risks involved in the use and application of consumer products. An active member of the ASTM for many years, this expert has been involved in the creation of the standards and testing involved with polymeric products. This expert is a former member of the Advisory Board -World Congress on Industrial, Technical, and High Performance Textiles and the Advisory Board - American Board of Engineering and Technology. This expert is a member of:

American Chemical Society

The American Institute of Chemical Engineers (Senior Member)

Society of Plastics Engineers

American Association of Textile Chemists and Colorists (AATCC)

American Board of Forensic Examiners

… to name just a few and has earned among others, ASTM qualification in:

C-8 Refractories;

C-14 Glass & Glass Products;

D-1 Paint, Varnish, Lacquer & Related Products;

D-9 Electrical Insulating Materials;

D-13 Textiles;

D-13.52 Flammability

D-14 Adhesives;

D-19 Water;

D-20 Plastics;

D-26 Halogenated Organic Solvents;

D-30 High Modulus Fibers and their Composites;

E-7 Non-destructive Testing;

E-15 Analysis & Testing of Industrial Chemicals;

E-17 Skid Resistance;

E-20 Temperature Measurement, Chemicals;

E-27 Hazard Potential of Chemicals;

E-30 Forensic Sciences;

E-28 Mechanical Testing;

F-15 Consumer Product Safety;

F-23 Protective Clothing;

F24-10 Test Methods

F24-20 Specifications and Terminology

F24-24 Design and Manufacture

F15 Consumer Products

This expert has extensive litigation experience (testified 9 times, deposed 20+), and has authored and presented extensively.


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Expert Witness #220151

This expert holds an M.A.Sc. and Ph.D. degrees, both in electrical engineering. This expert's research interests include conformal antennas, reconfigurable antennas, broadband structural load bearing antennas, metamaterials and metasurfaces, aircraft antennas and their coupling reduction, MIMO antennas, and wireless power transfer and wireless sensors. This expert's specific research interests are in the fields of: new active device (MEMS, GAN devices, varactors, VO2) integration with antennas and phase shifting structures; novel materials (structural composites, fabrics, liquid metal) and their exploitation to design antennas, DC bias networks, and power supply routes; 3D printing of metamaterials for antennas as well as radomes; RF heating or energy focusing using both low and high frequency techniques; the application of magnetic materials into RF structures for antennas, co-site interference reduction, and metamaterials; beamforming/MIMO in the handheld and base stations for 5G and beyond. This expert is the author/coauthor of over 160 publications and 8 US patents.


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Expert Witness #239669

This expert is a highly educated mechanical/textile engineer with experience in industry and academia. This expert holds a Bachelor of Textile Engineering, a Master of Science in Textile Technology, and a Doctor of Science in the field of mechanical engineering. This expert has been a faculty member of a School of Textile Engineering, a senior engineering researcher, Dean of Engineering and Textiles, Executive Dean for Research and was Dean for Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM). This expert currently is Professor of Engineering and Director for Undergraduate Affairs in a College of Engineering.

This expert was a Principal Investigator for a military Laboratory for Engineered Human Protection where this expert led a research team in the development of a new class of chemical protective garments for soldiers. This expert testified to the US Senate Subcommittee of Consumer Protection, Product safety and Insurance on the subject of apparel product safety. This expert established an Institute for Textile and Apparel Product Safety, a Biomedical Textile Structures Laboratory, and a Composites Institute for Education and Research.

-  As textile researcher this expert conducted research on structures made from aramid fibers.
-  This expert currently serves as Senior Associate Dean of Engineering and Professor of Mechanical Engineering and has taught courses in engineering design.
-  This expert has 13 US patents dealing with a wide range of textile structures and manufacturing.
-  This expert is a Fellow of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers and a Fellow of the Textile Institute.
-  This expert has many years of experience serving as an expert witness in a wide range of litigation involving textiles, including on bullet proof ballistic vests.

This expert has extensive expert witness experience in all phases of patent litigation, including IPR, and is in very high demand.


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