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

Technical Consultant #661


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.


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


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


  • 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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