Depending on the specific product or process involved in a case, an industrial engineering expert witness is typically a licensed professional engineer with extensive experience and expertise in mechanical engineering, civil engineering, structural engineering, biomechanics, human factors, industrial design, and/or earned an advanced degree in industrial engineering. An engineering expert witness must also possess the ability to explain technology and evidence to lay people, such as typical jurors. Cahn Litigation Services is often called upon to locate expert witnesses that can support industrial engineering matters and present evidence for a case on behalf of the plaintiff or defendant.
A professor at the University of Nebraska at Lincoln published a paper that eloquently describes industrial engineering:
“Industrial Engineers integrate combinations of people, information, materials, and equipment that produce innovative and efficient organizations. In addition to manufacturing, Industrial Engineers work and consult in every industry, including hospitals, communications, e-commerce, entertainment, government, finance, food, pharmaceuticals, semiconductors, sports, insurance, sales, accounting, banking, travel, and transportation.”
Often, matters requiring industrial engineering expert witness services involve intellectual property, such as a patent infringement case, copyright, trade secrets dispute, or a patent proceeding before the International Trade Commission (ITC). A forensic engineer can reverse engineer components to prove (or disprove) intellectual property infringement or theft. An industrial engineering expert witness can also be instrumental in a product liability case, such as those involving industrial machinery.
Litigation support by an industrial engineering expert witness could include forensic engineering, failure analysis, accident reconstruction, an expert report, expert opinion, and courtroom testimony. In a high-profile case, or litigation involving a significant financial stake, the attorney team may request a subject matter expert with prior expert witness experience. In addition, clients may seek an industrial engineer or mechanical engineer for pre-litigation consultant work. Whether the case involves product failure, design defect, or intellectual property, Cahn Litigation Services has the experience required to turn an expert witness search around quickly. The firm has an earned reputation for providing experts with the right balance of engineering experience and testimony to support each unique project and its nuances.
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The below expert witness bios represent a small fraction of those Industrial Engineering experts known by Cahn Litigation Services. These bios are provided to give attorneys a sense of the Industrial Engineering landscape.
This expert holds a BS and MS in Mechanical Engineering and is a Registered Professional Engineer (PE). Specializing in design engineering, development, and manufacturing, this expert brings to the table many years of industrial experience. This expert's prior litigation experience includes arbitrations, depositions, hearings (Daubert, Markman, and evidentiary), and trials (bench and jury).
This expert has designed and developed -- or assisted in litigation of -- products specifically for ophthalmic, uterine, prostate, and dental surgery. Related products include instruments and devices for laparoscopy, colonoscopy, vacuum therapy for the skin, razors, cardiac stents, cardiac pacemakers, and auto-injectors ("epi-pens"). This expert has designed or supervised the design of hundreds of products and prepared or reviewed thousands of design and manufacturing drawings. This expert has carried out product-development projects and managed a machine shop and a complete manufacturing department. Further, this expert has taught college courses in industrial design.
This expert has served as expert witness in more than 100 litigation cases, mostly patent-related. This expert has testified at deposition more than 30 times and at hearing or trial, including jury trial, more than 15 times. This expert has also supported several IPRs.
This expert is a Senior Consultant for a highly successful engineering systems consultancy. This expert's sweet-spot is in Human Factors and Engineering Psychology, experimental design, risk assessment, and the analysis of human error within complex and hazardous operational environments. This expertise includes human visual-perceptual processes, industrial applications including conspicuity, warnings, procedures and instructions, usability, driver distraction, night time vision, and crash avoidance.
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This expert has extensive prior litigation experience and testifies an average of 4-5 times each year.
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 has a Masters in Design (Terminal Degree) and a PhD in engineering with course work that spanned product design, safety, industrial systems design, robotics, kinematics and mechanical engineering. This expert's expert witness experience includes intellectual property (patents, trade secrets and trade dress), product design, product liability and mechanical failure analysis, manufacturing system failure, safety analysis, and automotive and motorcycle system failures. This expert is a recognized artist, award winning producer, interior designer, author of a robotics text, journal and conference papers that include automation systems, alternative fuels and automotive engine design, a racing car engine researcher and designer, and the holder of six US patents that include alternative automotive fuels and furniture design. This expert is an Associate Professor in a Department of Industrial Engineering and Management Systems and an Associate Professor in a School of Visual Arts and Design.
This expert brings to the table many years of experience as the principle investigator of a highly successful forensic consultancy specializing in the fields of Human Factors, Safety Engineering, Industrial Engineering. This expert holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Engineering (Mechanical), a Master's Degree in Safety, and a PhD in Industrial Engineering. This expert also serves as adjunct associate professor in a Systems and Industrial Engineering Department in a College of Engineering.
Throughout the years, this expert has been retained to investigate systems for probable potential incident causes due to oversights or mistakes due to design, manufacture, construction and/or maintenance of a product or premise. Using forensic methods coupled with the principles and practices for human factors/ergonomics, systems engineering, industrial engineering, and safety engineering to analyze incidents, these investigations are intended to result in recommendations for modifications of the existing system to reduce the probability of future occurrences. This expert's investigations generally include looking at human performance characteristics and the interaction with the other system components: other humans, the technology, the environment, and the interfaces that are intended to facilitate the interactions. The various human performance characteristics can include 1) the physical (anthropometry, kinematics, strength, joint range of motion), 2) physiological (the sensory systems, performance capacity), 3) psychological (decision making, risk identification, assessment, and aversion, perception, expectations, information processing, communications), and 4) biomechanics (injury causation, forces applied to the body, forces applied by the body).
This expert has served as an expert witness in hundreds of litigated matters. This expert's unique educational and experiential background, combined with meticulous attention to detail provide clients with exceptionally high-quality reports, qualified expert testimony, and effective technical case management.
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