Senior Engineer – Complex Failures/Fires/Explosions


He is a practicing Professional Engineer, LEED Accredited Professional, Certified Fire and Explosion Investigator, and consultant, with 35 years of experience in the responsible charge of planning, designing and constructing facilities for manufacturing, commercial, chemical and heavy industrial use. His experience as a design principal and project executive includes project development, facility siting and design, building/process design and construction, code compliance, high pressure piping and vessels, energy and utility systems, ventilation, air pollution control, HVAC, structural engineering, and bulk material handling. These activities have involved all phases of conceptual planning, design engineering and procurement, construction and erection, safety and OSHA compliance.

In addition to his direct engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) background, he also maintains expertise in complex systems and equipment failure analysis, accident reconstruction, process hazard and risk assessment, thermal and stress analysis, fire and explosion investigation and construction claims consulting. His investigations include boiler, piping and pressure vessel failures and explosions, structural failures and collapses, and equipment fires and explosions.

Academic Background

• University of Dayton, Dayton, OH, Bachelor of Science, Mechanical Engineering – 1975
• University of Dayton, Dayton, OH, Master of Science, Mechanical Engineering – 1976


Continuing Professional Education

• International Building Code
• International Mechanical Code
• Ohio Building Code
• Ohio Fire Code
• Chemical Plant Safety
• Construction Contracts and Claims
• Soils Engineering
• Forensic Structural Engineering
• LEED/Sustainable Design
• Geothermal Heating and Cooling
• Alternative Power Systems (Wind/Solar)
• Industrial Ventilation
• Air Pollution Control
• OSHA Industry and Construction Standards
• NFPA Standards
• ASHRAE Standards
• ASME/API Standards


Registrations and Licenses

Registered Professional Engineer
• Ohio 
• Pennsylvania 
• Indiana 
• New Jersey 
• Maryland 
• Kentucky 
• Illinois 
• West Virginia 

US Green Building Council
• LEED Accredited Professional (LEED AP BD+C)

National Association of Fire Investigators
• Certified Fire and Explosion Investigator (CFEI)


Professional Associations and Activities

• Member, American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME)
• Member, National Society of Professional Engineers (NSPE)
• Member, American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE)
• Member, American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE)
• Member, National Fire Protection Association (NFPA)
• Member, American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE)
• Member, National Society of Professional Insurance Investigators (NSPII)
• National Association of Fire Investigators (NAFI)
• Member, American National Standards Institute (ANSI)
• Member, American College of Forensic Examiners (ACFEI)
• Member, American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM), E58 Committee on Forensic Engineering Standards
• Board Member – Unified Board of Building Appeals, Dayton/Montgomery County, OH


Professional Experience

• RTI Group, LLC, Annapolis, MD, Senior Engineer - Complex Failures/Fires/Explosions, 2017 - present.

• Private company; Principal & Managing Partner 1996 – present

• Ferguson – QEI, Ltd., Limited Liability Design-Build Partnership
Ferguson Construction, Inc./QEI Engineers, Inc., Sidney, Ohio
Vice President, 1996 – 2006

• HOK/K Industrial (LLC Venture –Kajima, Inc. /HOK Architects)
Miamisburg, Ohio, President and Chief Operating Officer, 1994 – 1996

• QSource Engineering, Inc., Miamisburg, Ohio
President and Chief Executive Officer, 1984 – 1994

• Bruce Menkel and Associates, Inc., Franklin, Ohio
Chief Engineer,1979 – 1984

• University of Dayton Research Institute, Dayton, Ohio
Applied Physics Division/Impact Physics Group,
Research Engineer, 1976 – 1979

• University of Dayton Research Institute, Dayton, Ohio
Aero-thermal Research Group,
Graduate Research/Teaching Assistant to Dr. Louis I. Boehman, PE
Emphasis – Thermodynamics, Combustion, Gas Dynamics, 1975-1976


Codes and Standards Experience

• International Building Code (IBC)
• International Fuel Gas Code (IFGC)
• International Mechanical Code (IMC)
• International Plumbing Code (IPC)
• International Fire Code (IFC)
• International Property Maintenance Code (IPMC)
• ASHRAE 90.1 – Energy Standard for Buildings
• ASHRAE 62.1 – Ventilation for Acceptable Indoor Air Quality
• NFPA 13 – Standard for the Installation of Sprinkler Systems
• NFPA 30 – Flammable and Combustible Liquids Code
• NFPA 30A – Standard for Motor Fuel Dispensing Facilities
• NFPA 30B – Standard for the Storage of Aerosol Products
• NFPA 53 – Recommended Practice on Materials, Equipment, and Systems Used in Oxygen-
• Enriched Atmospheres
• NFPA 54 – National Fuel Gas Code
• NFPA 55 – Compressed Gases/Cryogenic Fluids Code
• NFPA 68 – Guide for Deflagration Venting
• NFPA 70/79 – National Electric Code/Electrical Standard for Industrial Machinery
• NFPA 85 – Boilers and Combustion Systems Hazards Code
• NFPA 86 – Standard for Ovens and Furnaces
• NFPA 86C – Standard for Ovens and Furnaces/Special Processing Atmospheres
• NFPA 86D – Standard for Ovens and Furnaces/Vacuum Processing
• NFPA 91 – Standard for Exhaust Systems/Vapors, Gases, Mists, Particulates
• NFPA 654 – Standard for Fire/Dust Explosion Prevention From Particulate Solids
• NFPA 921 – Guide for Fire and Explosion Investigations
• UL 1278 – Standard for Moveable and Wall-or-Ceiling-Hung Electric Room Heaters
• OSHA 1910/1926 – Industrial/Construction Safety Rules
• ASME Section I – Rules for the Construction of Power Boilers
• ASME Section VIII – Rules for the Construction of Pressure Vessels
• ASME B30.5 – Mobile and Locomotive Cranes
• ASME B31.1 – Pressure Piping Code
• ASME B31.3 – Process Piping Code
• ISO 4414 – Pneumatic Fluid Power
• API 570, API RP 574 – Refinery Piping Inspection
• API 941 – Steels for Hydrogen Service
• API 936 – Refractories
• ASSE A10 – Construction and Demolition Safety Standards
• Ohio School Design Manual