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ROGER L. OWENS, P.E.
OWENS FORENSIC ENGINEERING, INC.
10215 Briar Drive
Houston, Texas 77042

Cell: 713-829-1113
Email: owenseng@att.net
Web site: www.owensforensic.com

Registered Professional Engineer.
Board Certified Diplomat in Forensic Engineering;
Council of Engineering Specialty Boards.
BSEE of Electrical Engineering with High Honors; NCSU 1968.
MEE of Electrical Engineering with major in Control Systems; NCSU 1969.
LCDR Retired, United States Navy; 1981.
Commanding Officer of two US Navy Warships; 1976 thru 1978.

Vice President of International Mechanical Engineering Service Company.

Senior Electrical Engineer Boiler Machinery Division of Travelers Insurance Company.

Practicing Forensic Engineer since 1986.

Primary areas of consultation: Electrical and electrical failure analysis; electric-mechanical product analyses; electrical personal injury; electrocution; heavy machinery
  Navigation: shipboard and marine machinery and equipment

Primary areas of consultation include: Electrical and Electronic Failure analysis, Electro-Mechanical Systems, Electrical Fire Analysis including Arc Fault Hazards

Specialties include Marine Occurrences and Failure Analysis of  Electro-Mechanical Shipboard Systems.

EMPLOYMENT HISTORY

February, 2000 – Present
OWENS FORENSIC ENGINEERING, INC.
Principal
Areas of consultation are failure, design and hazard analysis of electrical and mechanical systems, products and components. Specialty areas include the Forensic electrical analysis of fire scenes and electrical components. Extensive experience in the Forensic analysis of electrical personal injuries, electrical shock and electrocutions

1986 – February, 2000
McDOWELL OWENS ENGINEERING, INC.
Engineering Manager/Consulting Engineer
Areas of primary interest included electrical systems analysis, electrical fault analysis, electrical fires, protective devices and control systems. Special interests include Marine engineering and navigation. Consulting work includes electrical fault and/or fire investigation and evaluation, electrical component failure analysis, and heavy utility incident investigation.

1983 – 1986
FURMANITE AMERICA, INC.
Vice President of Engineering
Field Operations, Southern and Western U.S.A.
Responsible for design, manufacture and installation of emergency repair hardware, on-line safety valve testing, safety valve and valve repair, ultra-sonic and infrared testing. Additional responsibilities included project manager for new services development.

1980 – 1983
BOILER MACHINERY DIVISION of TRAVELERS INSURANCE COMPANY
Senior Electrical Consultant Southern and Eastern USA including the Caribbean
Responsibilities included investigation and analysis of large mechanical and electrical failures, training of field engineers in electrical systems and post-incident recovery assistance to industrial utility accounts. Also, responsible for risk management and evaluations of large industrial accounts.

1961 – 1981
UNITED STATES NAVY
Lieutenant Commander (Retired)
Assignments included Commanding Officer, U.S. Navy & Marine Corps Center, Charlotte, North Carolina. Commanding Officer at Sea, USS NIPMUC (ATF-157), Commanding Officer USS Beacon (PG-99), Commanding Officer NROTC/NESEP, North Carolina State University, Chief Engineer, USS Pensacola (LSD-38), Chief Engineer of Construction, USS McCandless (DE-1084), Damage Control Officer, USS Sample (DE-1048), Senior Electrical Instructor, USS Tubilee Nuclear Prototype, Electrician USS Grouper (AGFSS-214). National Science Scholarship. Senior electrician through 1968.

EDUCATION

POST MASTERS, Nuclear Engineering; 1976
North Carolina State University, Raleigh, North Carolina

MASTERS OF ELECTRICAL ENGINEERING; 1969
North Carolina State University, Raleigh, North Carolina

BACHELOR OF SCIENCE, ELECTRICAL ENGINEERING; High Honors, 1968
North Carolina State University, Raleigh, North Carolina

CONTINUING EDUCATION

National Academy of Forensic Engineers Annual Meeting, Hollywood Beach, FL. January 2015

National Academy of Forensic Engineers, St. Louis, MO, July 2009

National Academy of Forensic Engineers, Austin, TX, January 2009

Adobe Photoshop, Houston, TX, January 2009

National Academy of Forensic Engineers, Portland, OR, July 2008

Fire and Materials Conference, San Francisco, CA, January 2007

Arc Flash Hazard Analysis Seminar, New York , NY , March 10 – 11, 2005

Fire and Materials Seminar, San Francisco, California, January 27-28, 2003

National Academy of Forensic Engineers Annual Meeting and Training Sessions in conjunction with NSPE, Detroit, Michigan, July 2001; Washington, D.C, January 2002; Chicago, IL July 2005, Washington, D.C January 2006, Boston, MA July 2006

ASTM Technical & Professional Training, Statistics in Standards and Standards Development Getting To Precision and Bias, Orlando, Florida, November 14-15, 2000

American Academy of Forensic Sciences Annual Meeting and Training Sessions,
1990 through 1999, 2001, 2002

National Academy of Forensic Engineers Annual Meeting and Training Sessions in conjunction with NSPE, Tulsa, Oklahoma, July 1998

Investigation of Electrical Injuries and Death  in conjunction with AAFS, New York, New York, February 1997

National Academy of Forensic Engineers Annual Meeting and Training Sessions in conjunction with NSPE, Nashville, Tennessee, 1995

Fire Sciences, University of Maryland, 1991-1992

Grounding, Bonding, Shielding & Transient Protection, George Washington University, 1990

The 1987 National Electrical Code, George Washington University, 1988

Safety and Safety Relief Valve Testing and Repair, 1984

Ultra-Sonic Measurement, 1983

Pressurized Systems, Emergency Repair, 1983

Pressure Vessel Design and Repair, 1982

General Electric, Power Maintenance, 1982

Transformer Maintenance and Controls, 1981

Commanding Officer School, Newport, Rhode Island, 1976

Gas Turbine Operations and Maintenance, 1976

Advanced Navigation, 1976

Boiler Construction, 1972

Engineering School, department head, 1971 (six months)

Damage Control School 1969 - 10 weeks

Fire Fighting on eleven occasions

Nuclear Power School, 1962/1963 (one year)

U.S. Navy Submarine School, 1961 (eight weeks)

Electrical Mate Class A School, 1961 (16 weeks)

TEACHING AND INSTRUCTOR POSITIONS

Associate Professor, George Washington University, Applied Mathematics, 1973-1974

Assistant Professor, North Carolina State University, Electrical/Mechanical Rotating Equipment, 1969

Senior Instructor, Combustion Engineering, Nuclear Power Prototype, 1964

PRESENTATIONS

Guest Speaker, NAFE, St. Louis MO, July 2009, Forensic Engineering Critique of the Methodology of Eliminating Fire Cause Possibilities

Guest Speaker, NAFE, Austin TX , January 2009, Forensic Engineering Analysis of the Potential for Hydrogen Gas Ignition While Charging Golf Car Batteries

Guest Speaker, University of Houston, Center for Entrepreneurship & Innovation

Guest Speaker, NAFE, July 2006, Forensic Engineering Analysis: Daubert Challenges to Prosthetic Fastener Failure

Guest Speaker, NAFE, July 2003, Forensic Engineering:  Testing of Hostile Electrical Connections in a Residential Clothes Dryer

Guest Speaker, American Academy of Forensic Sciences, Atlanta, Georgia, February 2002, Point Source Electrocution in Swimming Pools and Spas

Guest Speaker, National Academy of Forensic Engineers, Detroit, Michigan, 2001, Electrical Failures Involving Copper to Brass Contact

Guest Speaker, National Association of Marine Surveyors, Forensic Examination of Shipboard Fires and Incidents Clear Lake, Texas, 1996

Guest Speaker, Marine Surveyors, Southwest Territory, Forensic Examination of Shipboard Fires and Incidents New Orleans, Louisiana, 1995

Guest Speaker, Law Education Institute, Inc. and The Bureau of National Affairs, Inc., The Effective Use of Technical Experts, Vail, Colorado, 1993

American Academy of Forensic Sciences: Golf Car Fires, 1992

Electrical Ignition of LP Gas Vapors, Ranger Insurance Company, 1989

Guest Lecturer, Exxon, Amoco, Phillips, Dupont: Stress Measurement, 1986

Guest Lecturer, American Petroleum Institute: Pressurized Systems and Safety Devices, 1985

REGISTRATION

Registered Professional Engineer, States of:

Texas (61674)
Virginia (14476)
North Carolina (11202)
Arkansas (8328)
Alabama (25696)

Association of Professional Engineers of Ontario;
Certification of Authorization (1984), License No. 127-84

PROFESSIONAL MEMBERSHIPS

National Academy of Forensic Engineers, Fellow, Board Certified Diplomat

American Society of Testing and Materials (ASTM) - Past Member
    ASTM - Committee E-30.05: Engineering- Past Chairman/Member
    ASTM - Committee E-30.92: Terminology Sub Committee -- Member
    ASTM - Committee E-30.00: Forensic Sciences -- Main Committee Member

Directors
    ASTM - Committee E30.11: Interdisciplinary Forensic Science Standards
                - Past Chairman

National Golf Car Manufacturers Association - Guest Member

Review Committee B ANSI Z-BO.1, Safety and Performance Requirements for Golf Cars

Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers

International Association of Arson Investigation (IAAI)

IEEE Power Engineering Society

IEEE Dielectrics and Electrical Insulation Society

National Fire Protection Association (NFPA)

National Association of Fire Investigators

NFPA; Member of Architects, Engineers & Building Officials Section

NFPA; Member of Electrical Section

National Society of Professional Engineers

Texas Society of Professional Engineers

Virginia Society of Professional Engineers

North Carolina Society of Professional Engineers

North Carolina Society of Boiler Inspectors, past member

National Registry of Who’s Who - 1999

Phi Kappa Phi, Pi Eta Sigma, Eta Kappa Nu

PUBLICATIONS

Forensic Engineering Critique of the Methodology of Eliminating Fire Cause Possibilities, Journal of the National Academy of Forensic Engineers

Forensic Engineering Analysis of the Potential for Hydrogen Gas Ignition While Charging Golf Car Batteries, Journal of the National Academy of Forensic Engineers

Evidence Collection and Handling, Fire and Arson Investigation, October 2008

Forensic Engineering Analysis and Daubert Challenges to Prosthetic Fastener Failure, Journal of the National Academy of Forensic Engineers, December 2006

Forensic Engineering: Testing of Hostile Electrical Connections in a Residential Clothes Dryer, Journal of the National Academy of Forensic Engineers, December 2003

Forensic Engineering Analysis of Copper/Brass Contacts, Journal of the National Academy of Forensic Engineers, December, 2001

Toxicological Investigation of Combustion Products from Polyvinyl chloride, Chloroprene Rubber, Polyethylene-Propylene and Treated Wood Relative to the Clark Street Tunnel Fire in New York City Transit Authority System,@ Journal of Forensic Sciences (Accepted for Publication - 1993)

The Effective Use of Technical Experts,@ Fifth Annual Civil Litigation Conference, 1993

Toxicological Investigation of LP Gas Explosion: Human Model for Propane/Ethyl Mercaptan Exposures, Journal of Forensic Sciences, 1990

Ultra-Sonic Tensioning of Threaded Fasteners, Furmanite America, Inc., 1985

Safety and Safety Relief Testing, American Petroleum Institute, 1985

Casualty Control Manual for LSD-36 Class Amphibious Ships, 1974

Casualty Control Manual for DE-1052 Class Frigates, 1972

OTHER INTERESTS

Mentor for University of Houston CEI Students

 
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