Control system expert witness candidates are typically licensed professional engineers, with backgrounds in electrical engineering, mechanical engineering, robotics, human factors, embedded systems, and/or control systems engineering. Legal cases involving control system technology that Cahn Litigation Services locates expert witnesses for often involve intellectual property, such as a patent infringement case or trade secret dispute. Forensic engineering of components can prove (or disprove) intellectual property infringement or theft. A control systems expert might also provide expert testimony in a product liability case, or be called upon to testify in an industrial control system accident investigation. Expert witness services could include forensic engineering, failure analysis, patent invalidity and validity arguments, expert opinion, expert reports, and expert testimony at a trial.
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The below expert witness bios represent a small fraction of those Control Systems experts known by Cahn Litigation Services. These bios are provided to give lawyers a sense of the Control Systems landscape.
This expert is an electrical engineering expert with many years of hands-on experience in industrial controls, automation, machinery, equipment, industrial safety and machine safeguarding. This expert applies expertise to forensic casework involving industrial controls, machine safeguarding, workplace safety, industrial/commercial/residential electric power systems, electrical related fires, electric shocks, and electrocutions. This expert is proficient in the National Electrical Code, National Electrical Safety Code, Electrical Safety in the Workplace, OSHA Standards for General Industry, and OSHA Electrical Safety Standards.
For many years this expert was a controls engineer for a control system integrator, where this expert was involved in control panel design, industrial automation, machine control, electrical design, software programming, installation, electrical contractor supervision, machine safeguarding, commissioning, project management, electrical power distribution and workplace safety. This expert was a corporate engineer performing electrical engineering in 4 different manufacturing facilities, including industrial controls, automation, process control, process engineering, quality control, robotics, industrial safety, machine safeguarding manufacturing supervision, and product development.
This expert is a licensed Professional Engineer in more than 20 states and a member of the National Academy of Forensic Engineers (NAFE), National Society of Professional Engineers (NSPE), American Association of Safety Engineers (ASSE) as well as the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE).
This expert provides technical investigations, analysis, reports, and testimony toward the resolution of commercial and personal injury litigation involving design, construction, operation, maintenance and training of electrical systems, equipment and devices.
This expert’s areas of expertise include:
Automation, controls, automated manufacturing, automated assembly lines, conveyors, robotics, material handling, packaging, robotic cells, automated storage and retrieval systems (ASRS), test cells, gantries, cranes, elevators, conveyors, lifts, turn tables, pumps, fans, scales, instrumentation, motion control, process control, boiler control, steam control, speed control, industrial controls, HVAC systems, air conditioners, air handling, boilers, compressed air, exhaust, centrifugal and absorption chillers, heaters, ovens, presses, grinders, cutting, broaching, stamping presses, hydraulics, pneumatics, vision, inspection, weighing, RFID, barcode, RF Radios, recipe/batch management, gas analyzers, motor controls, motion control, electrical control panels, control panel design/build (UL certified), PLC, HMI, MES, SCADA and software development, industrial communications (wired and wireless), information systems, data collection, data reporting, alarming, and industrial safety.
This expert’s expertise also extends to:
Industrial control software, programmable logic controllers (PLC), human machine interface (HMI), graphical user interface (GUI), supervisory control and data acquisition (SCADA). Other software Visual Basic, C++, Microsoft SQL. PLC Software, Allen Bradley/Rockwell RSLogix/5/500/5000/IPDS, Siemens S5/S7/TIA Portal, Mitsubishi MEDOC/GX Developer/GX Works, Omron, Telemechanique, Modicon,B+R, Opto22, Steeplechase VLC, PC Worx, Wago, Automation Direct, Koyo HMI / GUI / SCADA Software, Rockwell RSView, Rockwell FactoryTalk, Allen Bradley Panelbuilder, Siemens WinCC, Mitsubishi GOT, Mitsubishi GX Worx, Wonderware, Intellution, Iconics, Cimplicity, Proficy iFix, Indusoft, Automation Direct C-more, Industrial Communication Networks, Ethernet, Profibus, Profinet, Ethernet I/P, DeviceNet, ControlNet, Interbus, and ASi-Bus.
This expert holds a Ph.D. in electronics engineering and control systems and has a very strong background in embedded systems, both hardware and software, which is what the IoT is built upon. This expert has been working on and designing microcontroller based systems for many years. This expert has design experience in digital, analog and RF electronic hardware and understands the hardware aspects of IoT based system. This expert has also designed and developed the software to run many embedded systems, including systems that tied into the internet. This expert is working with the Air Force researching, designing and developing the control of UAVs (Unmanned Aerial Vehicles or drones). This project involves going from sensor inputs to control of the UAV and coordinating control over wireless networks between multiple UAVs and a ground station. Additionally, this expert is working on a control system for a wheelchair to make it possible for quadriplegics to drive and control the wheelchair through head movement controls. This project involves electronic hardware design of the system, and all the software design and development to go from sensor inputs to control of the chair. The system uses wireless network interfaces to get sensor data from the head to a computer control system and tie in remote computer monitoring. This expert has extensive litigation experience including multiple depositions and trial testimony.
This expert has many years of experience in Computer Science, Security network communications, Remote control, and monitoring systems. This expert has specialized in wireless and cloud based security applications monitored from mobile applications, and device controls configured by user profiles.
This expert has been an expert for over 25 cases including 12 remote control and security network communications and patent litigation cases. This expert has provided Expert Reports, IPR, CBM, Deposition, and Trial Testimony. This includes testifying in a technology patent suit for remote authorization from a mobile device, where the judge found for this expert’s client and cited this expert on all points of contention. This expert’s analysis also contributed to a $35 million settlement in a Network Transaction systems patent litigation.
Sample of Professional Experience
Designed computer control systems and user control panels for remote control of manufacturing equipment.
Implemented remote monitoring of telephone facilities including central office switch buildings. Application included remote control of X10 monitoring devices and alarm activation operating on local secure networks and external networks.
Development of remote monitoring applications for monitoring of utility buildings including powerline monitoring utilizing Network alarm notification. Also implemented system for remote meter reading and remote control of appliances.
Development of mobile applications (iPhone and Android), high speed wireless communications, WiFi security mesh networks, and performed evaluation of secure networks and telecommunication system.
This expert is a Professional Engineer with an MS in Electrical Engineering. This expert has extensive experience in industrial controls, including developing ladder logic and source code. This expert has designed processing machinery, material handling systems, tooling, industrial controls, data acquisition systems, and safety interlocks for manufacturing lines. This expert has created mechanical drawings, electrical wiring diagrams, electrical schematics, and control logic. This expert has led seminars and continuing education workshops related to designing analog block logic, digital ladder logic for process control applications, human-machine interface (HMI) graphics, wiring, and hardware for distributed control system (DCS) applications. As a Consulting Engineering Manager, this expert managed intellectual property and regulatory compliance matters, and developed, designed, and tested digital and analog electronics, embedded systems, industrial control system logic, and mechanical components for the food, consumer product, medical device, transportation, utility, HVAC, and agricultural equipment industries. As Plant Engineer, this expert designed machine elements, tooling, and automated control systems for food production lines. This expert is the author of numerous technical and programming publications, is a patent holder, and has provided expert witness services for over 15 years, testifying in depositions and in the courtroom.
This expert is a nationally recognized expert in the field of telecommunications and information technology. This expert’s expertise encompasses a broad range of technical and managerial disciplines including voice communications, data networking, carrier services for public/private switched & dedicated networks, image processing, wireless and cable transmission systems, security systems including intruder detection, access control and video surveillance as well as operational and strategic planning. As co-founder and President of a highly sought-after consultancy, this expert is responsible for overseeing corporate operations and providing executive level direction on strategically significant projects. This expert has worked for various organizations in a consultative, design/engineering and managerial capacity. This expert has supported numerous clients with respect to technology consulting in the financial services, high technology, legal, corporate, health care and education sectors. This expert’s technical practice encompasses strategic planning and expert witness litigation support. This expert worked in the military aerospace industry developing strategic and tactical command and control systems for various agencies in the defense and intelligence communities. In addition to litigation experience, this expert and firm have performed an extensive patent portfolio review for a large company working with their in-house Intellectual Property group. In that project this expert evaluated 2 portfolios comprising over 120 patents. The team is highly knowledgeable about the Switched Ethernet and Optical networking marketplace.
AREAS OF EXPERTISE
This expert is an engineer and former public-company executive who consults in engineering, patents, and management. This expert’s long career spans industrial, oilfield, and medical interests, both domestic and international. This expert’s experience includes electrical and electronic engineering, pneumatic and hydraulic equipment, automated control systems, and construction.
This expert holds an M.S. in Engineering and is licensed in both electrical engineering and control systems engineering. This expert has been admitted to the National Academy of Forensic Engineers, and has been certified in Systems Integration as well as Computer Forensics. This expert is qualified as a Master Electrician and has been licensed as an electrical/instrumentation contractor. This expert was granted a patent for a nuclear medical device, has taught at two universities, and has qualified as an expert witness in US Federal Court.
As VP at an automation and controls company, this expert provided control system design and fabrication for a manufacturer and operator of heavy lift equipment. This expert was employed in an adjunct capacity as a Senior Consultant to help a new company with projects related to heavy lift and other applications.
This expert has many years of extensive experience in the power generation field. This expert's air pollution control system experience includes wet and dry FGD systems, low-NOx burners/combustion controls, SCRs, SNCRs, ESPs, and baghouses for boilers and SCRs for gas turbines. This expert has provided testimony to various legislative committee on the impact of air pollution control legislation. This expert has in-depth knowledge of combustion processes and the control of dioxins through combustion technologies and mercury control in power plants and waste-to-energy facilities. This expert is also experienced in project development, financing, conceptual engineering, evaluation of business ventures including feasibility and risk analysis, and contract negotiations. This expert has assisted in compliance strategies for current and emerging air pollution rules and regulations, technology transfer and acquisition of technologies. This expert is a recipient of numerous certifications and awards based on work in the waste-to-energy and fossil-fuel industries and has published over 100 technical papers on environmental issues.
This expert started working with activated carbon for mercury (Hg) control many years ago with mercury control on waste-to-energy plants. This expert was involved in research work that used both brominated and un-brominated activated carbon for coal-fired applications, and was importing activated carbons. This expert went to work leading a mercury control business unit. Part of this expert's responsibility was importing, marketing, and technical support for activated carbon products. This expert was involved in several DOE test programs evaluating various activated carbons. This expert is very familiar with many competitor's products and methods of injecting activated carbons.
This expert leads a highly respected energy consultancy, specializing in emission compliance strategies, business development as related to EPA regulations, and licensing of new technologies. This expert also provides strategic planning assistance with compliance strategies for current and emerging air pollution rules and regulations. This includes, among others, regulatory applicability analysis, control technology evaluations, and integrated compliance strategies and compliance options for viable long-term viability.
This expert has prior litigation experience.
This expert holds a PhD in Robotics and Automation, is a Professional Engineer, and brings to the table many years of experience in automation systems with specific expertise in instrumentation, control, and software related to electro-mechanical systems. This expert has successfully applied these core strengths in numerous industries including: manufacturing; medical and biomedical; nanotechnology and semiconductor. A former Chief Scientist of a robotics research group and technical architect of multi-million dollar projects with Fortune 500 companies and Federal agencies, this expert has written five copyrighted software systems. This expert has worked extensively with:
This expert has courtroom experience with analyzing software in theft of trade secrets and patent cases. This expert accepts a small number of litigation support engagements to complement regular work as a professional engineer designing automation and machine control systems.
This expert is an electrical engineer with many years of experience as a testifying and consulting expert. This expert's background specific to programmable controllers began with early TV remote controls. This expert's experience includes analysis and programming of complex remotes that implement activities beginning with a Universal 850 and several generations of remotes. This Founder of a successful consulting firm providing advisement in the areas of system design and litigation support in patent cases, this expert served as an expert witness in a case involving the control of medical devices. This expert's design engineering experience includes, in addition to processor design, the design of computer peripheral controllers including communications control for medical apparatus, as well as units containing communications ports for IR and wired serial data. This expert is well versed in all forms of control systems, including Bluetooth and protocols for handshaking and communication, embedded systems and the related software. With a general background in computer communications, peripheral controllers and central processors, this expert has a particularly deep background in assisting counsel with claim construction, as well as providing deposition and trial testimony. This expert has worked on more than one hundred patent matters, having written reports, provided deposition testimony and has been to trial in over twenty, for and against the patent holder. These cases include embedded control of mechanisms and processes including medical equipment control. In addition to these hardware centered assignments, this expert has worked on software in the same embedded systems noted above, device drivers for computer peripherals and application programs including transaction processing systems.
This expert has been involved in robotics control systems research for many years, and has published significantly in the area. This expert has been teaching classes on intelligent robotic systems and computational vision and robotics. In addition, this expert was the founder of a company which has deployed more than 6,000 robotic systems worldwide. This expert’s litigation experience is extensive. This expert is currently a professor, as well as the director of a robotics institute, and is involved in the IEEE Robotics and Automation Society. This expert holds PhD and MS degrees in Electrical and Computer Engineering.
This expert is Director of the Advanced Vehicle Systems Research Program at a research university. This expert is an expert in automotive drivetrain technology and extensively studies, publishes and teaches on oscillation, vibration and flexure of drivetrains. This expert's primary focus is on electrical and mechanical systems including imbalance issues, and the attendant noise and vibrations that occur, specifically the dynamics and analysis of mechanical vibrations on rotating and linear devices. This expert is a member of the society of Automotive engineers (SAE) and is a registered Professional Engineer. This expert has experience as an expert witness, having testified approximately a dozen times in court, and providing upwards of twenty depositions, primarily in patent matters.
This expert is a professor of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering and the head of a graduate automotive engineering program. This expert has been involved in advanced throttle control fuel injection/combustion systems for many years and was funded for multiple years in advanced gas turbine engine fuel injection and combustion systems. This expert has also been involved in optimizing fuel, throttle and fuel injection and combustion systems for racing and transportation applications. This expert has hands-on experience in dyno testing of complex throttle and fuel injection systems along with track testing and advanced computational modeling on supercomputing clusters. This expert supervises and advises graduate students who utilize custom fuel injected motorcycle engines to compete annually in an international competition. This expert is the recipient of numerous national awards, is well-published, presents at academic and industry conferences and has chaired over fifty technical sessions for the Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE) in throttle and intake systems, direct injection spark and compression ignition engines, fuel injection and sprays, and other combustion fields of study. This expert has been deposed and testified in court over sixty times as an expert witness involving the design and analysis of advanced Mechanical Engineering systems. Further, this expert has been involved with numerous cases an expert related to intellectual property and patent litigation related to fuel injection systems, engine control and throttle systems.
This expert has many years of experience with control systems for electromechanical and mechatronic systems for a variety of applications, including robotics, industrial machines, and industrial processes. This expert’s experience encompasses embedded systems, microcontrollers, microprocessors, sensors, actuators, electronics, systems, algorithms, software, firmware, robotics, mechatronics, vision processing, artificial intelligence, and control philosophy. This expert’s Ph.D. thesis was related to advanced control algorithms for electromechanical systems. This expert’s Master’s thesis was for improving automated performance of remotely controlled mobile robots, and related work included mechanical, electrical, sensor, and computer hardware modifications along with advanced algorithm development. As laboratory manager for a Center for Automation and Intelligent Systems Mechatronics laboratory, this expert’s responsibilities included developing and maintaining hardware and algorithms for various industrial and research robots.
This expert is a named inventor on eight U.S. patents. With specific testimony on robotic systems, this expert has provided expertise for intellectual property matters that addressed claim construction, patent infringement, patent validity, and trade secrets in various venues including Inter Partes Reviews, U.S. court trials for patents and trade secrets, International Trade Commission, and Markman - Claim Construction. This expert holds a B.S. in Electrical Engineering, an M.S. in Electrical Engineering and Applied Physics, and a Ph.D. (electrical engineering). This expert also holds an MBA.
This expert is certified as a Professional Engineer, has many years of experience in automotive systems and provides consulting and expert witness services. As an expert witness this expert has provided testimony in a half dozen patent infringement cases as an expert in technical systems, and in other matters in State Courts as a mechanical and safety engineer. This expert has been Chief Engineer for a company that designed and tested fuel injection systems and electronic controls for those systems. This expert has held responsible positions in companies that provided fuel injection systems to automotive OEMs and understands the quality control and testing required in that role. Besides fuel injection and combustion, this expert is also an expert in ancillary systems like exhaust and electronic emission controls. This expert has published a dozen technical papers in scientific and technical journals and is the inventor on sixteen patents.
This expert has a background in electronics, software, and systems design. This expert’s career journey includes designing lab instrumentation, medical devices, smart battery systems, ultrasonic welding and cleaning, and semiconductors. This expert’s engineering consultancy worked in multiple industries with varied applications: including LED lighting, sensors and motor control, medical devices and consumer devices. Every job change has been an industry change: from lab instrumentation to medical devices, from ultrasonic plastics welding to smart batteries, from sensor design to semiconductors. This expert’s varied experiences and interests give a unique and valuable perspective on problem solving both technically and in business. This expert has spent most of a career in OEM product development, focused on embedded systems, experiencing the role of engineering in many different markets: from consumer electronics to industrial controls, from medical products to LED lighting, and much more. This expert is a named engineer on 5 patents and has done his masters work in Computer Science, holds a Six Sigma Black Belt, and is a certified Scrum Master.
This expert has been providing independent consulting, research and expert witness services, after having worked in industry engaged in software and instrument development. This expert’s primary focus is in gaming and phone input device architecture, standards and device drivers. As far back as the1980’s this expert was developing driver software for the leading manufacturers of joysticks at the time. That work also required a lot of engineering directed to drift that might result from variations in the outputs of the joystick sensors. Over the years this expert has worked on many input devices with joysticks or joystick-like inputs. This expert is quite familiar with the design issues surrounding joysticks both in terms of their internal design and when they are used in systems. This expert led the electronic and firmware design for a joystick used to control a cardiac endoscopy system (the same technology as a joystick control used in gaming but with much more stringent performance requirements). This expert has provided trial testimony on multiple occasions in front of juries, at bench trials, at the ITC, and in front of an arbitration panel.
This expert is an internationally recognized expert on the design, development and control of adjustable speed motor drives and generators over a wide range of applications, with more than 25 years of experience in this area. Current research interests include electromechanical energy conversion, design and control of power electronics converters/systems, numerical analysis of electromagnetic fields in energy conversion devices, and electric propulsion of electrified transportation. Among this expert’s funded work on all–electric drilling and hybrid hydraulic pumps includes the following:
• Experimental Development of LSRM Drive for Deep Well Pump
• Multi-Machine Control of Linear SRM Drives for Pump Applications
• Novel Low-Cost Method to Install Geophones for CO2 Monitoring
• Design of a Plunger System for Compressor Applications
• Design of Super High-Speed Motors for Drilling Applications
This expert holds 18 US patents with six more pending, and has co-authored over 300 scientific articles. This expert earned PhD, MS, and BS degrees in electrical engineering, and is currently a distinguished professor of engineering where this expert leads research and education in the area of motor drives and power electronics.
This expert’s education and research experience includes a vast array of aspects relating to electrical engineering, electric power, control systems, and electromechanical systems. An area of particular emphasis throughout this expert’s career has been a focus on electric power equipment, including transformers and electric machines and drives. This expert has taught principles of electromechanical energy conversion, power systems, power electronics, and power quality, and has authored over 20 journal and conference publications. This expert has a strong working knowledge of electric machinery and electromechanical energy conversion, as well as an understanding of internal combustion engines and a variety of types and sizes of pumping applications. With decades of forensic experience, this expert has developed the ability to analyze and understand complex machinery and systems. This expert has testified in a variety of litigation settings including patent litigation cases and has addressed matters of invalidity including both anticipation and obviousness, as well as issues of infringement. This expert holds Ph.D. and M.Eng degrees in Electric Power Engineering and a B.S. in Electrical Engineering.