Keith E. Wagner is a Senior Materials Scientist at RJ Lee Group, Inc. with over 25 years of experience in failure analysis of materials and electronics used in a wide variety of applications. His supervisory and technical responsibilities include industrial problem solving, materials investigations and failure analysis for commercial, legal and governmental clientele. Areas of expertise include evaluations in material manufacturing and fabrication associated with the automotive, aviation, micro-electronics and biomedical industries. Investigations have included component operational and service issues on devices used in the Trident Missile navigation system; and compositional and structural evaluations of polymeric, ceramic and metallic alloy systems.
His environmental analysis work includes multiple corrosion impact studies, including extensive field investigations on corrosive damage to industrial and residential properties as a result of chlorine release due to transportation system accidents. After the World Trade Center (WTC) event, he developed protocols in support of evaluation of WTC dust and its impact on mechanical, electrical and plumbing (MEP) systems in surrounding buildings. During the post-Katrina rebuilding and residential housing boom of the mid-2000s, Mr. Wagner contributed to investigations of corrosion and remediation issues associated with reduced sulfur gases purportedly emitted from imported Chinese-manufactured drywall.
Mr. Wagner has published in peer-reviewed literature on materials processing and failure analysis in the areas of engineering and structural materials, nanotechnology, CO2 sequestration and permeability in coal. He works routinely in particle and residual materials analysis, corrosion, wear and protocol development for the selection of materials characterization techniques. Mr. Wagner has testified as an expert in state and federal court.
• Evaluation and failure analysis of metallic joining techniques including welding, brazing, and soldering
• Extensive knowledge in mechanical properties testing and analytical techniques for materials characterization
• Evaluation of environmental and material effects on system components
• Evaluation of corrosion and the effects of chlorine gas on various materials including metals, ceramics and plastics
• Evaluation of corrosive and wear properties of World Trade Center (WTC) dust and effects on mechanical, electrical, computer, communications and plumbing systems
• Involved with nuclear weapon effects testing and post mortem analysis of mission-critical electronic devices and material components
AREAS OF EXPERTISE
• Failure analysis
• Materials characterization
• Corrosion evaluation
Areas of Expertise
- Accident Reconstruction & Safety
- Analytical Testing Labs
- Consumer Products
- Failure Analysis
- Materials Engineering
- Occupational/Environmental Health
- Plumbing & HVAC
- Products Liability
References upon request.