Automotive transmission expert witness candidates typically have industry experience and backgrounds in mechanical engineering, electrical engineering, and/or automotive engineering. Representing the plaintiff or defendant, Cahn Litigation Services is often called upon by law firm clients to locate an expert witness to support automotive industry matters including cases involving transmission technology.
Often, matters requiring transmission expert witness service involve intellectual property, such as patent infringement litigation in court, inter partes review in the PTAB, or trade secret disputes. Forensic engineering of components can prove (or disprove) intellectual property infringement or theft. A specialist in transmission technology might also provide expert testimony in a torts matter like personal injury or a product liability case involving vehicle failure analysis, or be called upon as an auto accident reconstruction expert. Cahn Litigation Services has even placed a four wheel drive transmission design expert in a contracts disputes matter.
Litigation support by automotive transmission technical experts could include analysis, reverse engineering, accident reconstruction, expert opinions, deposition, an expert report, 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 qualified expert with prior expert witness experience. In addition, clients may seek an automotive industry expert for pre-litigation consulting work. An automotive expert witness must have expertise in the subject and the ability to explain evidence to a judge and jurors.
Cahn Litigation Services has completed numerous searches for an expert witness in the automotive area, providing candidates for each case to the specifications provided by the attorney in charge. Whether it’s for a patent case or for pre-litigation reverse engineering work, Cahn Litigation Services has the experience required to turn the search around quickly, providing the right balance of expertise and testimony for the job at hand.
Please Note: All Cahn Litigation expert witness searches are customized to attorneys' precise specifications and preferences. Attorneys are encouraged to discuss search parameters with a Cahn search specialist.
The below expert witness bios represent a small fraction of those Transmission experts known by Cahn Litigation Services. These bios are provided to give attorneys a sense of the Transmission landscape.
This expert has spent an entire career working with transmissions and gear systems and had design and development responsibility for various types of transmissions including a new electronic controlled transmission targeted for class 8 trucks and a 6-speed electronically controlled transmission family. This expert's responsibilities included design changes and new features for OEMs and customers. This expert has direct experience supporting OEMs and distributors with the application and installation of transmission products. This expert also served as coordinator of an automobile manufacturer's litigation support team and testified numerous times as internal expert witness for transmission products.
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 an internationally recognized expert in the field of Mechanical Power Transmission design, test, manufacture, and failure analysis. This expert is Founder and Chief Engineer of a highly successful Mechanical Power Transmission consulting company. This expert leads a team of highly skilled and experienced Senior Engineers including metallurgists, gear and bearing and drive specialists. This expert also has a full-service forensic laboratory for gear system failure investigation.
This expert and team have an extensive gear/bearing system background which spans both high and low speed, heavily loaded, extremely critical gear systems for a variety of applications ranging from helicopters to space craft and from mine to mill. This includes complete design, manufacturing and quality control support for geared systems of all types and sizes as well as gear/bearing system failure analyses and root cause determination.
Prior to establishing a consultancy, this expert spent decades with an aircraft manufacturer's Helicopter Division and retired as Senior Technical Fellow - Gear Technology. This expert specialized in applied mathematics, kinematics, analytical gear system design and synthesis, finite element analysis, and computer programming. This expert was also responsible for the continued development and operation of the company's computer aided gear design systems as well as many related computer programs, including a complete Gear Finite Element Method Analysis System.
This expert is an active participant in the American Helicopter Society (AHS), American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME), Society of Tribologists and Lubrication Engineers (STLE), the American Gear Manufacturers Association (AGMA), and the Association of Iron and Steel Engineers (AISE).
This expert has provided consulting services in field failure analysis and patent and trade secret litigation by detailing the State-of-the-Art in mechanical power transmission systems and interpreting technical information for the legal staff. This expert has also served as an expert witness in Federal Court.
This expert has worked with all types of gear and transmission systems for the better part of this expert's career, with transmissions and All Wheel Drive systems the dominant focus. This expert is well versed in the recently introduced 9- and 10-speed transmissions, particularly: additional degree of difficulty in calibration and testing, optimization of friction clutch size and number of plates, the introduction of dog clutches and the corresponding challenges in transmission calibration, system optimization / duty cycle and other technology challenges. Besides Automatic Transmissions (used mostly in North America) this expert also has extensive experience with dual clutch transmissions used in Europe and continuously variable transmissions used primarily in Asia.
This expert has served as an independent consultant and expert witness in the Automotive engineering arena for many years. This expert's specific areas of focus are in Vehicle Powertrains, Vehicle Electronics, Throttle Controls, Shift Controls, and Braking Systems across primarily Passenger Vehicles, but also Heavy Duty Trucks, Off-Road Construction Vehicles, and Military Equipment. This expert's senior engineering positions allowed this expert to cross technology and product boundaries while performing field performance assessments, engine management system evaluations, and powertrain technical investigations. This expert is a member of the IEEE Standards Association and the Society of Automotive Engineers VEDI Standards Committee.
This expert is the founder and owner of a successful automotive consulting firm that focuses on all aspects of Powertrain and Safety systems and their applicable certification on both domestic and imported automobiles. This expert's experience includes a strong focus on electronic powertrain control systems, powertrain application engineering, diagnostics and test system engineering. This expert also serves as the firm's testifying expert (in conjunction with subject matter experts on staff) when called upon to support law firms in litigation and arbitration actions.
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.
This expert has worked with all types of driveline, gear and transmission systems for the better part of this expert's career. During this expert's time as a Chief Engineer, this expert was responsible for the development and integration of transfer cases in light truck applications. The slip joints are integral components of such transfer cases, typically providing propshaft length adjustment to the driveline and sealing to the transfer case. Vehicle integration requires careful layout of slip joints regarding their adjustment capacity, lubrication and venting to maintain smooth operation over the lifetime of a vehicle this expert has worked with solid axles requiring large displacement capacities for slip joints. This expert has served as an Expert Witness on one case, providing an expert report before the case settled.
This expert is a full professor in a Department of Mechanical and Civil Engineering. This expert is a licensed engineer and has been actively involved in the design and evaluation of advanced power producing systems for many years. This expert is the director of an Automotive Research Center and the head of a graduate Automotive Engineering program.
This expert has been involved in advanced throttle control fuel injection/combustion systems and was funded by NASA in advanced gas turbine engine fuel injection and combustion systems. Since that time, this expert has also been involved in optimizing fuel, throttle and fuel injection and combustion systems for transportation automotive and trucking applications along with racing 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 has chaired technical sessions for the Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE) in exhaust and particulate emissions systems, direct injection spark and compression ignition engines, fuel injection and sprays, HCCI combustion, hybrid electric vehicle powertrains, high efficiency engine concepts, multidimensional engine modeling, on-board diagnostics, fuels and fuel additives, cold start characteristics, engine boosting systems, dual fuel combustion, spark assisted compression ignition combustion and heady duty lubricants.
Areas of interest are jet and rocket propulsion systems, advanced low pollutant emission, high efficiency combustions systems for advanced aircraft and automotive applications, alternative fuels and renewable energy systems.
This expert has been deposed and testified in court over 60 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, including cases with related to engine control and throttle systems.