Structural engineering expert witness candidates are typically professional engineers with extensive experience in construction management, mechanical engineering, civil engineering, geotechnical engineering, building codes, forensic engineering, and/or structural design. In a high-profile case, or litigation involving a significant financial stake, the lead attorney may request a structural engineer or construction expert with prior expert witness testimony experience. The chosen expert witness may be a member of an industry organization such as the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE), National Council of Structural Engineers Associations (NCSEA), and/or the International Structural Engineering and Construction Society (ISEC).
Structural engineering, a sub-discipline of civil engineering, is the engineering design and structural analysis of man-made structures. Structural engineers need to understand and calculate the stability, strength and rigidity of structures. A structural engineer typically works together with architects to design and construct buildings and other structures. Structure specialization areas include buildings, bridges, pipelines, industrial, tunnels, vehicles, ships, aircraft, and spacecraft. Projects that require the expertise of a structural or civil engineer for litigation support include building reconstruction, forensic structural engineering, structural failure, and construction defect cases. Equipped with specialized knowledge of construction materials, industry standards, code compliance, structural engineers are sought after for construction ethics issues, accident reconstruction, contract disputes, product liability cases, personal injury, warranty disputes, and related regulatory issues. In addition, a law firm may request a structural or forensic engineer for pre-litigation consulting service. Representative matters that Cahn Litigation has searched for expert witnesses for include:
Litigation support by a structural engineering expert witness could include failure analysis, building inspection and condition assessment, forensic engineering, accident reconstruction, an expert report, and courtroom testimony. In addition, a law firm may utilize a structural engineer for pre-litigation engineering services. Cahn Litigation Services has many years of experience placing structural engineering professionals to provide expert witness services.
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The below expert witness bios represent a small fraction of those Structural Engineering experts known by Cahn Litigation Services. These bios are provided to give attorneys a sense of the Structural Engineering landscape.
This expert brings to the table many years of experience as an independent investigator in the field of safety. This expert holds Bachelors and Masters degrees in Mechanical Engineering and a Doctoral Degree in Biomedical Engineering. This expert's doctoral studies included a number of courses and projects concerning gait analysis, musculoskeletal modeling, trauma, and human factors. This expert's dissertation topic concerned the role that size and gender play in the probability of injury. This expert has been a scientific researcher working in a Neuroscience Research Facility. This expert's work involves the analysis of the causation of human injury with an emphasis on the forces that result in head, neck, spine, and extremity trauma.
This expert has been involved in the analysis of hundreds of gait disruption accidents. They have included falls due to slips, trips, and stumbles due to flooring defects as well a stairway and elevated platform defects. Additionally, this expert has consulted on a number of guardrail accidents including geometric and structural faults and is highly trained in both USA and International building codes.
This expert has extensive prior litigation experience.
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This expert serves as Associate Professor of Construction Science and previously held positions as Associate Professor of Construction Management, Assistant Professor of Civil Engineering (Construction), and Assistant Professor of Construction Technology. This expert obtained a Ph.D. in Civil Engineering (specializing in Construction Engineering and Management) and a M.Eng. degree in Construction Engineering and Management. This expert has several years of boots on the ground in the construction industry working as field engineer and quality inspector in projects ranging from commercial to high-rise buildings.
This expert's research has evolved over the past several years and encompass artificial intelligence (AI), adaptive simulation, and advanced sensing and visualization with applications in urban informatics, smart health and ergonomics, disaster resiliency, and safety and productivity. This expert's work includes grants for:
This expert has conducted research on challenging problems faced by the construction industry including the design and development of one of the first full-scale mobile augmented reality (AR) apparatus capable of visualizing georeferenced construction processes in outdoor environments. This expert has designed and tested several AR applications for construction. This expert's research portfolio also includes state-of-the-art work in artificial intelligence (AI) with applications in the built environment, natural hazards mitigation, and human-technology partnership. This expert has authored 35 peer-reviewed journal articles, 5 books/book chapters, 52 refereed conference papers, 7 technical reports, and 24 poster/oral presentations. This expert has served on national committees associated with the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE).
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.
This expert is a Professional Engineer with Mechanical Engineering, Structural Engineering, and Civil Engineering degrees and certificates. This expert has a good deal of ladder logic experience within the context of Programmable Logic Controllers (PLC) and Computer Numerical Controls (CNC). This expert was engaged in the design, manufacture, installation and startup of robotic pick and place machinery, performing all engineering calculations necessary in the design of these robotic machines and programming the PLCs during the initial installation period. This expert has also dealt with the design and construction of industrial material handling systems, such as conveyors, piping systems, crane, monorails, robotics, PLCs, hydraulics, pneumatics and electrical controls. This expert had sole responsibility for designing, installing, programming and startup of CNC for manufacturing machine equipment, including selection of components, ladder logic programming, modification of machinery, and machine design. This expert holds two U.S. Patents and is working on two others. This expert has been engaged as an expert witness in a number of cases.
This expert holds a PhD in Mechanical Engineering and is a Professor Emeritus. This expert taught undergraduate, masters and PhD classes in Mechanical Engineering and Software Development. Typical classes were Machine Design, Design of Machine Elements, Software Engineering, Human Computer Interface, and Introduction to Artificial Intelligence. This expert developed and taught the university’s first robotics program. This expert also provided consulting to industry giants and has continued to be active as an industry consultant.
This expert has published over 60 papers, and is the author of the a publication relating to machine safety. This expert was elected to a National Materials Advisory Board Committee that analyzed how improvements could be made to Structural Components. This was in response to the Challenger Space Shuttle Disaster.
This expert has been hired by both Plaintiffs and Defendants, roughly (70 % plaintiff and 30% defendant).