An automotive drivetrain expert witness typically has expertise and a background in electrical engineering, mechanical engineering, product design, and/or automotive engineering. Representing the plaintiff or defendant, Cahn Litigation is often called upon to locate an expert witness to support automotive industry matters including cases involving drivetrain technology.
A drivetrain is a group of components that work with the engine to rotate the wheels; these components commonly consist of the transmission, differential, driveshaft, axles, CV joints, and the wheels. Cahn Litigation Services has dealt with drivetrain matters involving heavy equipment, commercial vehicles, diesel mechanics, vehicle design, as well as four wheel drive ATV off road vehicles, to name a few.
Often, matters requiring drivetrain expert witness services involve intellectual property, such as patent infringement litigation, inter partes review in the PTAB, or trade secret disputes. A forensic expert can reverse engineer components to prove (or disprove) intellectual property infringement or theft. A specialist in drivetrain technology might also provide testimony in a torts matter like personal injury or a product liability case involving vehicle failure analysis, or to assist in collision reconstruction.
Litigation support by an automotive expert with drivetrain expertise could include reverse engineering, accident reconstruction, expert reports, expert opinion, and expert witness testimony at a trial. In a high-profile case, or litigation involving a significant financial stake, a law firm may request a professional with prior expert witness experience. An expert witness needs to not only have expertise, an automotive expert witness must possess the ability to explain evidence to a jury. In addition, clients may seek an industry expert for pre-litigation consulting work.
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The below expert witness bios represent a small fraction of those Drivetrain experts known by Cahn Litigation Services. These bios are provided to give attorneys a sense of the Drivetrain landscape.
This expert's career encompasses many years of service to an automobile manufacturer's powertrain engineering and general management functions. This expert has held various engineering positions was appointed Chief Engineer, and ultimately held the position of Director, Transmission Engineering. This expert is now President of the Transmission Division. This expert consults with the automotive industry in the powertrain and alliances areas. This expert has been a member of SAE International for many years and is an SAE Fellow.
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 an Electrical Engineer with direct experience in automotive noise, vibration and harshness, including design, testing, and development of related automotive components. Analyses and testing of these components has included dynamometer testing, burke porter testing, test track testing, rough-road and off-road testing, and durability cycling. This expert's analysis was not merely to identify noise and vibrations, but also included testing, modeling, and simulations to best mitigate the NVH concerns. This expert has worked on NVH projects for steering wheel, and steering column components, as well as powertrain, body (such as body mounts), and engine/drivetrain systems. This expert's experience runs the gamut from military to commercial automotive, and has worked as a design engineer for automobile manufacturers and suppliers. This expert has significant intellectual property expert witness experience, having given depositions and trial testimony (as warranted) in PTAB, ITC and District Court proceedings.