Dr. / Professor J. Rasty, Ph.D., PE, CFEI, CFII, President & CEO

Real World Forensic Engineering
1500 Broadway, Ste. 1117
Lubbock, TX 79401
Web Site
Phone: 806-368-9811
Fax: 806-368-9812

Since 1988, Real-World Forensic Engineering, LLC (“RWFE”) has provided engineering services to industries and government labs, as well as litigation support to both plaintiff and defense attorneys practicing in areas of law including: Products Liability, Premises Liability, Intellectual Property and much more.

RWFE Expertise Includes:

Components & Machinery -- Electrocution & Switch Malfunction
Metallurgy & Corrosion -- Grounding & Lightning Protection
Dynamics of Impact & Collisions -- Lightning Impulse Testing
Friction Analysis / Slips, Trips and Falls -- Products and Premises Liability & Safety
Intellectual Property & Patent Review -- High-Voltage & Current Power Systems
Accident Reconstruction / Animation -- Bridge Design and Safety
Computer Aided Design -- Fire & Explosion Cause and Origin
Education & Training -- And Much More…

WHY US?

At RWFE, we proudly distinguish ourselves by our Four C’s:

CREDENTIALS:
Ph.D., J.D., M.Eng, M.S., and M.B.A. Degreed
Licensed Professional Engineers in Mechanical, Electrical, and Civil Engineering
Tenured University Professors and Professionals
NAFI Certified Fire and Explosion Investigators (CFEI)
Licensed Master Electricians

COMPETENCE:
Over 80 Combined Years of Experience in Engineering R&D, Industry, Academia,Consulting, and Expert Witness Litigation Support
Over 120 Combined Deposition and Court Testimonies

CREDIBILITY:
Internationally Recognized in Our Areas of Expertise
More Than $19 Million in Peer-reviewed and Funded Research Grants
Over 200 Combined Scientific Publications and Journal Articles

COMMUNICATION:
Over 30 Different Undergraduate and Graduate-level University Courses
Over 30 Invited Short Courses, Talks, and Lectures Taught

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Background

Q: Please list your professional accreditations, degrees, licenses, and certificates granted:
A: Ph.D., 1987, Department of Mechanical Engineering, Louisiana State University (LSU).

MBA, 1999, College of Business Administration, Texas Tech University.

M.S., 1984, Department of Mechanical Engineering, Louisiana State University (LSU)

B.S., 1981, Department of Mechanical Engineering, Louisiana State University (LSU)

LICENSE: Registered Professional Engineer, State of Texas, Certificate No. 71689.


Certifications:

2007: Successfully completed the Vetronix/Bosch approved standardized 8-hour Crash Data Retrieval (CDR) Technician Certification Course, September 9, 2007, North Las Vegas, NV.

2007: Successfully completed the Vetronix/Bosch approved 32-hour Crash Data Retrieval (CDR) Data Analyst Course to qualify for individual CDR System Operator Certification, September 10-13, 2007, North Las Vegas, NV.

Q: Please list your affiliations or memberships in any professional and/or industry organizations:
A: PROFESSIONAL AFFILIATIONS:

• The American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) – member
• Society for Experimental Mechanics (SEM) – member
• National Academy of Forensic Engineers (NAFE) – senior member
• American Society of Materials (ASM International) – member
• The Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE International) – member
• Electronic Device Failure Analysis Society (EDFAS) – member
• Texas Society of Professional Engineers (TSPE) - member
• National Society of Professional Engineers (NSPE) - member
• National Association of Fire Investigators (NAFI) - member
• National Association of Professional Accident Reconstruction Specialists, Inc. (NAPARS)

Q: Please list any teaching or speaking experience you have had, including subject matter:
A: TEACHING EXPERIENCE:

1988-1993: Assistant Professor, Department of Mechanical Engineering, Texas Tech,
1993-Present: Associate Professor, Department of Mechanical Engineering, Texas Tech.

Taught and Developed (**) the Following Undergraduate and Graduate Courses:

1) Mechanics of Solids (ME 3464, Mechanics II)
2) Failure Analysis & Forensic Engineering (**), TTU-ME 4342
3) Mechanical Metallurgy (**), TTU-ME 4343,
4) Materials Science, TTU-ME 2311,
5) Statics, TTU-ME 2464
6) Measurements & Instrumentation Laboratory – ME 3218
7) Materials and Mechanics Laboratory, TTU-ME 3328
8) Materials in Design (**), TTU-ME 4341,
9) Manufacturing Processes (**), TTU-ME 4344,
10) Dynamics, TTU-ME 3331,
11) Introduction to Machine Design, TTU-ME 3364,
12) Machine Component Design, TTU-ME 3365,
13) Mechanical Systems Laboratory, TTU-ME 4252,
14) Applied Mechanics (**), TTU-ME 4362,
15) Senior Design-I, TTU-ME 4370,
16) Senior Design-II, TTU-ME 4371,
17) Individual Studies, TTU-ME 4331,
18) Fracture and Failure Analysis (**), TTU-ME 5342 (graduate)
19) Foundations of Solid Mechanics (**), TTU-ME 5352 (graduate),
20) Plasticity and Viscoelasticity (**), TTU-ME 5353, (graduate),
21) Theory of Thermal Stresses (**), TTU-ME 5344, (graduate),
22) Deformation Mechanics (**), TTU-ME 5331, (graduate).
23) Dislocation Mechanics (**), TTU-ME 5343, (graduate).


INVITED LECTURES:

1) "Principles of Failure Analysis and Solid Mechanics", Raytheon Corporation, October 4-5, 2007, Garland, Texas.

2) "Mechanics of Materials & Failure Analysis", Raytheon Corporation, October 13-14, 2006, Dallas, Texas.

3) “Foundations of Engineering Principles: Statics, Dynamics, Materials, Solid Mechanics”, Raytheon Corporation, October 14-15, 2005, Dallas, Texas

4) “Principles of Forensic Engineering”, 2005 Caprock Crime Scene Investigators (CSI) Camp. The Institute for the Development and Enrichment of Advanced Learners (IDEAL), June 30, 2005, Lubbock, TX.

5) “Principles of Forensic Engineering”, 2005 Caprock Crime Scene Investigators (CSI) Camp. The Institute for the Development and Enrichment of Advanced Learners (IDEAL), June 30, 2005, Lubbock, TX.

6) “Foundations of Engineering Principles: Statics, Dynamics, Materials, Solid Mechanics”, Raytheon Corporation, October 15-16, 2004, Dallas, Texas

7) “Foundations of Engineering Principles: Statics, Materials, Solid Mechanics”, Raytheon Corporation, October 16-18, 2003, Dallas, Texas

8) “Engineering Principles: Statics, Materials, Solid Mechanics”, Raytheon Corporation, October 17-19, 2002, Dallas, Texas.

9) "Materials Mechanics & Failure Analysis", Raytheon Corporation, October 11-13, 2001, Dallas, Texas.

10) "Design Through Failure Analysis", Raytheon Corporation, March, 20-22, 2000, Dallas, Tx.

11) "Design Through Failure Analysis", Raytheon Corporation, March, 17-19, 1999, Dallas, Tx.

12) "Failure Analysis Techniques", Raytheon Corportation, Nov. 7-8, 1998 Dallas, Texas.

13) "Design Through Failure Analysis", Texas Instruments, April 13-15, 1998, Dallas, Texas.

14) "Design Through Failure Analysis", Texas Instruments, Sep. 7-8, Oct. 10-11, Nov. 6-7, and Dec. 10-12, 1997, Dallas, Texas.

15) "Materials Research Issues in Aerospace Industry," Lockheed Martin Corporation, Oct. 11, 1996, Forth Worth Texas.

16) "Measurement of Residual Stresses Induced by Nonuniform Cooling of Aluminum Blocks," Alcoa Technical Center, August 21-22, 1991, Alcoa Center, Pennsylvania.

17) "Finite Element Analysis of Avionics Microelectronics Subjected to Thermal and Vibrational Environments," General Dynamics, December 11, 1990, Fort Worth, Texas.

18) "Effect of Friction on the Physical Modeling of Metal Forming Processes," ASME Winter Annual Meeting, November 25-30, 1990, Dallas, Texas.

19) "Finite Element Analysis of Avionics Microelectronics Subjected to Thermal and Vibrational Environments," General Dynamics, September 24, 1990, Fort Worth, Texas.

20) "Residual Stress Analysis via Experimental, Physical Modeling and Finite Element Techniques," Alcoa Technical Center, June 17-18, 1990, Alcoa Center, Pennsylvania.

21) "Current Research Activities in Residual Stress Analysis and Experimental Mechanics at Texas Tech University," Alcoa Technical Center, May 9-10, 1989, Alcoa Center, Pennsylvania.

22) "Analytical and Experimental Measurement of Residual Stresses in Nuclear Fuel Cladding," Pratt & Whitney Research and Development Center, United Technologies, July 11-12, 1987, West Palm Beach, Florida.

23) "Effective Computer Modeling and Experimental Measurement of Residual Stresses," Shell Oil Company, Westhallow Research Center, August 14-15, 1987, Houston, Texas.

24) "On the Applicability of the Finite Element Methods to the Simulation of Metal Forming Processes," Inland Steel Inc., Research & Development Division, November 17-18, 1987, West Chicago, Indiana.

Q: Have any of your accreditations ever been investigated, suspended or removed? (if yes, explain)
A: NO

Q: On how many occasions have you been retained as an expert?
A: More than 200 cases

Q: For what area(s) of expertise have you been retained as an expert?
A: Since 1988, we have provided engineering consulting to industry and government labs, as well as litigation support to both plaintiff and defense attorneys practicing in the following areas Products Liability & Intellectual Property.


Our expertise areas include:

Mechanical Engineering: Design of Mechanical Systems
Patent Review
Falls, Slips & Trips / Friction Analysis
Product liability / Reliability / Safety
Manufacturing & Assembly Defects
Metallurgical Engineering
Corrosion

Electrical Engineering:
Design of Electrical Systems
Electrocution cases
Component Failure Analysis
Electrical Fires Cause & Origin
Electrical Switch Malfunction
Component Failure Analysis
Grounding / Lightening Protection
High-Voltage/Current Power Systems


More specifically, I have worked on cases dealing with the following topics:

Accident Investigation/Reconstruction Equipment, Machinery, Airbags, All Terrain Vehicles, Athletics Equipment Design, Engineering, Maintenance, Defects, Boilers/Pressure Vessels, Brakes, Bulldozers, Cables/Chains/Hoists, Chain Saws, Charities, Angle Grinder, Computer Modeling/Graphics, Corrosion, Couplings, Cranes, Booms, Derricks, Lifts, Crash worthiness, Electrical/Electronic Engineering, Electro-Mechanical, Electrocution, Elevators, Escalators, Explosions, Explosives Devices, Engineering, Failure Analysis, Falls, Farm Equipment, Fatigue of Materials, Fire Cause and Origin, Forklifts, Tractors, Friction Analysis, Gears, Glass, Hand Tools, High Voltage, Hoisting Equipment, Human Factors, Hunting, Labels/Warnings, Lumber, Machine Design, Guarding, Machinery, Manufacturing, Mechanical Engineering, Medical Devices, Metal Fabrication, Metallography, Metallurgy, Metals, Nail Guns, Tires, Vehicles, Pipelines, Overhead Cranes, Patents, Trademarks, Copyrights, Paving/Pavements, Pipes/Pipelines, Plastics/Polymers, Plumbing/Piping, Pressure Vessels, Printing Equipment, Cordage, Wire, Safety Belts/Harnesses, Saws, Scaffolds/Ladders, Slips/Trips/Falls, Sports Equipment, Tanks, Tires/Rims, Power Tools, Pipelines, Tanks, Warnings/Labels, Wheels/Rims, Winches, Cable, Rope, Strand, Wood Science

Q: In what percentage of your cases were you retained by the plaintiff?
A: 60% Plaintiff

Q: In what percentage of your cases were you retained by the defendant?
A: 40%

Q: On how many occasions have you had your deposition taken?
A: More than 75

Q: On how many occasions have you been qualified by a court to give expert testimony?
A: A dozen

Q: On how many occasions have you testified as an expert in court or before an arbitrator?
A: a dozen

Q: For how many years have you worked with the legal industry as an expert?
A: 25+ years

Q: What services do you offer? (E.g.: consulting, testing, reports, site inspections etc.)
A: SERVICES:

Since 1988, we have provided engineering consulting to industry and government labs, as well as litigation support to both plaintiff and defense attorneys practicing in the following areas of law:

• Product Liability / Personal Injury Law: Component Defect and Safety

• Intellectual Property Law: Patent Review
Patent Infringement
Breach of Confidentiality
Trade Secret Violation

Q: What is your hourly rate to consult with an attorney?
A: Initial consultation is FREE.

Q: What is your hourly rate to review documents?
A: It varies for different activities. Please contact me for a complete rate schedule.

Q: What is your hourly rate to provide deposition testimony?
A: Please contact me for a complete rate schedule.

Q: What is your hourly rate to provide testimony at trial?
A: Please contact me for a complete rate schedule.

Q: Please list any fees other than those stated above (E.g.: travel expenses, copy fees, etc.)
A: It varies for different activities. Please contact me for a complete rate schedule.

References

Professional References

Jason Kim
Hunton & Williams LLP
550 South Hope Street, Suite 2000
Los Angeles, CA 90071
213.532.2114
kimj@hunton.com

Brett Danoff
Law Offices of Michael Danoff
& Associates, P.C.
1225 Rio Grande Blvd NW
Albuquerque, NM 87104
505.262.2382
Bdanoff@michaeldanoff.com

Jeremy Martin Beirne
The Law Offices of Malouf & Nockels
3811 Turtle Creek Blvd., Suite 800
Dallas, TX 75219
214.969.7373
jmartin@smalouf.com

Johnathon Nockles
The Law Offices of Malouf & Nockels
3811 Turtle Creek Blvd., Suite 800
Dallas, TX 75219
214.969.7373
jnockels@smalouf.com

Whitney Pesnell
Pesnell Law Firm
400 Travis Street, Suite 1100
Shreveport, LA 71101
318.865.4832
whitney@pesnelllawfirm.com

Jim Killion
Killion Law Firm
2521 74th Street
Lubbock, TX 79423
806.748.5501
jim@killionlaw.com

Professional References for Patent Infringement

Rex Sears
Maschoff Brennan
Intellectual Property & Complex Litigation
201 South Main Street, Suite 600
Salt Lake City, Utah 84111
423.575.1397
rsears@mabr.com

C.J. Veverka
Maschoff Brennan
Intellectual Property & Complex Litigation
201 South Main Street, Suite 600
Salt Lake City, Utah 84111
423.575.1397
cveverka@mabr.com

Mark D. Strachan
Sayles Werbner
4400 Renaissance Tower
1201 Elm Street
Dallas, TX 75270
214.939.8707
mstrachan@swtriallaw.com

Wesley Hill
Ward & Smith Law Firm
1127 Judson Road, Suite 220
Longview, TX 75601
903.757.6400