Aerospace Contamination Control and Yield Improvement Expert

Technical Consultant #1872



Manufacturing processes for critical, precision, and industrial cleaning.

Specific Focus

  • Evaluate, optimize surface quality of manufactured objects and subassemblies (hard surfaces).
  • Evaluate, downselect and implement process equipment and chemistries.
  • Understanding of solvent, aqueous, and "non-chemical processes."
  • Cleaning process design, cleaning process validation.
  • Cleanroom optimization.
  • Set up product monitoring program.
  • Design analytical test program and assess analytical test results.
  • Develop and test cleaning agents and cleaning processes.
  • Expedite, facilitate resolution of safety and environmental regulatory issues.
  • Review, assess intellectual property issues.
  • Market research, applications of products to diverse applications.
  • Recommendations of process options for stringent regulatory climates.
  • Intellectual property assessment, U.S. and international.
  • Assistance to litigants in patent disputes.
  • Research in environmental policy.
  • Training, education, tutorials, presentations and publications emphasizing practical applications of the physics of cleaning to production and surface quality.

Expert Witness Experience

  • Patent disputes - national and international. Review patents relating to cleaning process. Demonstrated novel aspects of patent to EU international patent office.
  • Wording of patent, new cleaning products. Provided language for patent teaching unique attributes of groundbreaking cleaning product.
  • Patents for military and aerospace industries and applications. Coordinated with legal counsel to develop clear, rugged, defensible patents.


Undisclosed Company, Vice and Treasurer President, 1999 - Present

  • Supplying clients with expert consulting in manufacturing process development, process modification with emphasis on critical cleaning, surface preparation, process design, and failure analysis/resolution.

Northrop Grumman, Navigation Systems Division, Woodland Hills, CA, 1969 - 2005

Senior Member of the Technical Staff

  • Designed, developed and transitioned to production precision instruments, particularly inertial navigation instruments. In-house expert on gyroscope design.


  • Application of physics and engineering to diverse inertial instrument design.
  • Disciplines include laser physics, fiber optics, acoustics, and magnetic resonance.
  • Plan, coordinate and supervise developmental testing.
  • Train production engineers and technicians.
  • Transition the design from the engineering lab to the factory.
  • Coordinate instrument qualification program for major product line.
  • Principal Investigator, several development programs.
  • Trusted advisor to senior management.
  • Chief Editor, final reports, multiple major programs.
  • Key presentations to military and government program managers.

Honors & Publications


  • German, written, limited spoken
  • French, written, limited spoken

Academic and Professional Affiliations

  • Institute for Interconnecting and Packaging Electronic Circuits - IPC
  • Surface Mount Technology Association - SMTA
  • American Society of Mechanical Engineers - ASTM
  • National Association for Surfacing Finishing - NASF
  • JS3 (Joint Services Solvent Substitution Working Group)
  • Member of the Continuing Education and Outreach Faculty at the UCLA/UC Irvine


  • Multiple awards for "Company Private" inventions


  • Ph.D. Physics, Rutgers University, Camden, NJ
  • M.S. Physics, Rutgers University, Camden, NJ
  • B.S. Physics, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, MA
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