Optics Expert: Analytical Instrument Design, Applied Optics, Accident Reconstruction and Quantitative Analysis of Evidence

Technical Consultant #661


Expertise

Applied sciences expert, interdisciplinary problem solver. Principal expertise includes:

  • Analytical instrument design and system integration.
  • Optical metrology, optical signal detection, optical waveguide sensors, and planar waveguide optics.
  • Holographic and diffractive optics.
  • Thin film science.
  • Nondestructive testing.
  • Laser cutting.
  • Biomedical measurements.
  • Magnetic resonance.
  • Cell and photobiology and radiation biology.
  • Heavy ion interactions in solids.
  • Vehicle collision reconstruction and analysis; quantitative analysis of evidence.

Educator: Classes

  • SPIE Tutorial short-course instructor
  • Optical Techniques for the Medical Diagnostic Laboratory
  • The Optics of Chemical and Biological Analysis
  • Photonic Technologies for Biomedical Diagnostics
  • Optical Fundamentals of Clinical Instrumentation
  • Clinical Diagnostic Instrumentation
  • In Vitro Diagnostic Instrumentation
  • Guided Wave Chemical and Biochemical Sensors
  • Planar Guided Wave Chemical/Biochemical Sensors
  • Holographic Nondestructive Testing in Medical Manufacturing

Expert Witness

  • Testified on traffic accident analysis and reconstruction, instrument science and technology, personal injury and intellectual property in Illinois, Wisconsin, California, North Dakota, and West Virginia.
  • Quantitative analysis of evidence in these areas for cases in these states plus New York, Minnesota, Ohio, Florida, Pennsylvania, Missouri, Michigan, Texas, and Indiana.

Experience

Undisclosed Company, President and Consultant, 1993 - Present

  • Project planning and negotiation, staff and budget decisions, research and development from inception through market introduction or final report.
  • Instrumentation system research, development and integration.
  • Accident reconstruction and analysis. Analyzed and led teams to reconstruct mishaps across a broad spectrum of areas.
  • Evaluated numerous vehicle collisions with regard to determining cause.
  • Devised methods of employing standard spreadsheet software to collision analyses.
  • Optical metrology.
  • Applied optics for instrumentation.
  • Instrumentation and metrology tutorials.
  • Technical education and course leader.
  • Authored extensive sets of notes for courses on clinical instrumentation and on guided wave sensors and biosensors.
  • Developed and brought to market a low cost monitoring detector for radon gas in homes and other buildings and structures for the consumer market

Abbott Laboratories, Diagnostics Division, Abbott Park, IL, 1979 - 1993

  • Senior Research Instrument Scientist, 1989 - 1993
  • Instrument Scientist, 1979 - 1989
  • Originated, planned, conducted, and managed projects in instrumentation and applied physical optics from initial research through product development and market entry.
  • Installed improvements on high-speed laser cutting system for pilot manufacturing operation.
  • Developed technique for characterizing photon counting detectors in clinical instruments.
  • Investigated coherent optical correlation as a potential method of optical detection and testing.
  • Manager and Lead Scientist of research program to devise analytical instruments for clinical applications which employed only holographic optical elements for light processing.
  • Demonstrated feasibility of multilayer thin film biosensors for high sensitivity immunoassay detection.
  • Started thin film optics research program with responsibility for project management and design, fabrication, analysis, and application of devices.
  • Led project which developed prototype holographic non-destructive testing system to examine disposable reagent packages for integrity.
  • Developed prototype blood bank positive patient identification system for hepatitis screening immunoassays.
  • Developed automated immunoassay system prototype for new reagent system by interfacing clinical analyzer to desktop computer.
  • Designed, fabricated and verified performance of optical detecting system for high precision immunoassay spectrophotometer.

Illinois Institute of Technology, Chicago, IL, Assistant Professor of Physics, 1973 - 1979

  • Established research program in cell membrane photobiophysics, supervised thesis research and undergraduate research assistants, taught and developed courses.
  • Manager and Lead Scientist for implementation of biophysics laboratory including high sensitivity electron spin resonance equipment and yeast cell culture facilities.
  • Installed facilities for quantitative measurement of yeast photobiological inactivation.
  • Developed quantitative molecular probe analysis of membrane involvement in yeast cell inactivation.
  • Supervised graduate research and undergraduate participation of numerous students successfully employed in academics and industry.
  • Developed new components for upper level undergraduate physics and graduate chemistry courses.

Argonne National Laboratory, Molecular and Biological Sciences, Argonne, IL, 1978 - 1979

  • As a Consultant, investigated development of yeast mutagen screening analogous to Ames test.
  • Demonstrated difficulty of yeast mutagenicity screen for coal combustion products.

Pennsylvania State University, Department of Biophysics, University Park, PA, 1971 - 1973

  • As Postdoctoral Scholar/Fellow, conducted research on cell membrane and radiation biophysics using physical techniques.
  • Demonstrated relationship of impurity diffusion to hydrocarbon matrix structure by means of molecular probe analysis.

Honors & Publications

  • Research: Energetic Heavy Ion Interactions in Solids
  • Thesis: Ranges and Range Straggling of 150-Sm in Cu and Ag

Publications

  • Seven journal articles, twenty-five contributed papers, co-author (text book and hand book), co-editor, and an invited paper.

Education

  • Ph.D. Experimental Nuclear Physics, University of Wisconsin, Madison, WI
  • M.A. Applied Physics, University of Wisconsin, Madison, WI
  • A.B. Physics, Columbia University, New York, NY
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