This expert brings to the table many years of automotive industry and consulting experience in the design, development, testing, and analysis of domestic and foreign automotive products and components. This expert's experience gives a broad level of expertise, including the design, performance, testing, and manufacturing of vehicle body systems and components, energy absorbing frame elements, bumpers, roofs, closures (doors systems, hoods, trunk lids, folding tops), seats, trim and sealing systems. This expert has conducted and/or witnessed and analyzed the results from more than 200 full-scale vehicle crash tests in new product development, FMVSS and foreign certification, accident reconstruction validation, and research. This expert has also conducted numerous developmental and FMVSS certification tests on component-level items such as roofs, door beams and structures, door latches, door hinges, seat belt anchorages, and bumper systems.
This expert's experience with folding roof systems extends back many years when this expert was responsible for development and testing of a manual folding top system. This expert was responsible for the design and development of a luxury car manual folding top and a sports car manual folding top. This expert was contracted full-time as Director of Engineering to develop a power folding hardtop roof system. Sometime later, this expert was engaged as an expert in an IP matter involving the design of a folding roof system, including patent validity and infringement analyses and reports.
This expert has worked on several patent cases involving the design and function of mechanical systems on automotive products and vehicles.
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