Senior Solid Mechanics and Materials – Aerospace Engineer

This expert has a Ph.D. and entered his professional career as a Mechanical and Aerospace engineering student at the University of Dayton where as an undergraduate took advance graduate level aircraft materials courses at the United States Air Force Materials Institute at Wright Patterson Air Force base.  Subsequently he conducted doctoral research, at the Johns Hopkins University, on next generation aircraft materials through the 1990s. He followed his passion for materials science and mechanical engineering along an academic research path of success, balanced by the practical use of applied science to forensic investigations on a variety of subjects.
He earned his Doctoral and Master’s degrees (Materials and Solid Mechanics Thesis) from the John Hopkins University Mechanical Engineering department. Subsequently, he completed his Post-Doctoral work at the University of Cambridge, U.K. the Micromechanics Centre.   As a Fulbright Scholar (Portugal) and National Science Foundation International Research Fellow (United Kingdom), he has proven international enabling skills. He has over 40 indexed peer-reviewed scientific publications with more than 900 citations. He also routinely presents at technical science conferences and is an active reviewer of journal manuscripts. He has more than 25 years of experience teaching and researching materials, metallurgy, solid mechanics and global engineering.

He has considerable expert witness experience with numerous appearances at depositions, trails and has testified in 29 civil actions from May 2014 to October 2018.


Academic Background
• Post Doctorate, Micromechanics Centre, University of Cambridge, UK, 2000-2003
• Ph.D., Mechanical Engineering, Johns Hopkins University, 2000
• M.S., Mechanical Engineering, Johns Hopkins University, 1997
• B.E., Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, University of Dayton, 1995
      o Graduate courses at the Air Force Materials Institute at Wright Patterson Air Force base

Experience Outside Higher Education
• Consulting Director, Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, RTI Group LLC, Fall 2018 - Present
• Director of Science, Private Company, August 2011 – Present
• Forensics Consultant, Private Company, Summer 2007 – 2016
• R&D Eng. Co-op, Nordson Corp., Jan.1992 – Aug. 1994

Areas of Expertise
• Computed Tomography (CT), X-ray analysis
• Corrosion and Environmental Degradation
• Electron and Optical Microscopy
• Fracture, Fatigue, Hardness, Stress Failure Analysis
• Mechanics of Materials and Solids
• Numerical and Analytical Modeling
• Testing (Tension, Compression, Bending)
• Ceramics and Glass
• Composites, Polymers, Plastics and Elastomers
• Materials Deformation, Degradation and Failure
• Material Selection, Materials Design
• Material Processing casting, welding
• Materials Process and Manufacture Cost Analysis
• Metals (Steel, Aluminum, Titanium, Copper, etc)
• Physical characterization of Materials
• Sandwich Plates and Hybrid Materials

• Fulbright Scholar, Aug. 2012 - Present
• Visiting Professor, FEUP, Porto Portugal, January 2012 – Present
• Associate Professor,  June 2009 – Present
• ONR Research Fellow, American Society for Eng. Education, Summer 2008
• Research Fellow, Army Research Lab, Summer 2004
• Assistant Professor, UMBC, Sept. 2003 – May 2009
• Academic Associate, Pembroke College, University of Cambridge, U.K., Sept. 2002 – Aug 2003
• PostDoc / Research Fellow, Micromechanics Centre, University of Cambridge, Dec. 2000 – Aug. 2003

Key University Leadership Experience
• Graduate Program Director, Dept. of Mechanical Engineering, Jan. 2017 – Present
• International Field Research Committee, Jan. 2016 – Present
• Mobile +Project International Scholar Mentor / Facilitator. Jan 2016 – Present
• University of Kessel, Germany and UMBC STEM Program, Jan. 2016 – Present
•  National Academy of Engineering Grand Challenges Committee, Sept. 2015 – Present
• Center for Women in Technology CWIT Advisor, Sept. 2015 – Present
• Mechanical Engineering Faculty Search Committee, June 2015 – June 2016
• College of Engineering Dean Search Committee, Sept. 2013 – Sept. 2014
• Faculty Executive Committee to the UMBC University President and Provost – Graduate Council Representative (Appointed Position), Aug. 2009 – Jan. 2012
• Graduate Program Director UMBC, Dept. of Mechanical Engineering, Aug. 2011 – Jan. 2012
• UMBC – FEUP Universidade do Porto Faculty Mentor / Facilitator, June 2009 - Present
• UMBC – UMB Graduate School New Courses Committee (Chair 2007) , Aug. 2006 – May 2009
• UMBC – UMB Graduate School Council (Elected Position), Aug. 2006 – Jan. 2012
• Undergraduate research award advisor / reviewer, Jan. 2005 – Present
• Faculty Advisor: UMBC – SAMPE Student Chapter (founded the UMBC student chapter in 2004), Jan. 2004 – Present
• Faculty Advisor: Sailing Racing Team, Aug. 2004 – Present

Honors and Awards
• 2017 UMBC Alumni Outstanding Faculty, Fall 2017
• Presidential Teaching Professor, Winter 2017
• NASPA Best Practices in International Education Award – Global Partnership, Winter 2013
• Fulbright Scholar, Fall 2012
• Scipta Materialia Manuscript Reviewer Award, Spring 2010
• Kauffman Entrepreneurial Teaching Innovation Funding, Summer 2009
• American Society for Engineering Education Fellowship, Summer 2008
• UMBC Scientific Photography Contest 1st Place with H. Malecki, Spring 2008
• Scipta Materialia Manuscript Reviewer Award, Spring 2006
• Faculty Research and Engineering Program Fellowship, Summer 2004
• NSF International Research Fellowship, May 2002
• MRS “Ordered Intermetallics VIII”, Best Poster Award, Dec.1998
• NSF Engineering Education Scholars Program, July 1998
• Second Int. Symposium on Structural Intermetallics, best poster award, Sept 1997


A listing of his Publications, Conference Presentations, and Testimony History is available upon request.