Mechanical Forensic Engineering
Registration: 8:00 – 8:30 am
Morning Session: 8:30 am – 12:15 pm
Lunch (On your own): 12:15 – 1:15 pm
Afternoon Session: 1:15 – 5:00 pm
Forensic Engineering Overview
General causes and consequences of mechanical failures
Legal and consumer definition of defective design
Relevance of codes and standards
The NSPE Canon of Ethics and The Safety Hierarchy
Written warnings and owner’s manuals
Warning vs. training
Forming Defensible Opinions
Techniques of documenting the failure
Conducting investigation and research
Determining causation and responsibility
Test protocols and testing
Preparing the Forensic Engineering Report
Identifying the report’s purpose and its audience
Example report analysis
Material Causes of Failures with Case Studies
Single force overload
Processing and heat treatment
Non-Material Causes of Failure with Case Studies
Consensus driven absence
Design for failure
Accidents, Murphy’s Law, and foreseeable misuse
Conclusions; Forensic Engineering as a Profession
Finding your niche
Building your credibility
This seminar offers 7.0 PDHs (Ohio CPD Hours) to professional engineers.
Continuing Education Credit Information
This seminar is open to the public and offers 7.0 PDHs (Ohio CPD hours) to professional engineers in all states. Educators and courses are not subject to preapproval in Ohio.
HalfMoon Education is an approved continuing education sponsor for architects in Florida and is deemed an approved sponsor in New York. HalfMoon Education is an approved continuing education sponsor for engineers in Florida, Indiana, Louisiana, Maryland, New Jersey (Approval No. 24GP00000700), New York (NYSED Sponsor No. 35), North Carolina, and North Dakota.
Attendance will be monitored, and attendance certificates will be available after the seminar for most individuals who complete the entire event. Attendance certificates not available at the seminar will be mailed to participants within fifteen business days.
Stephen Batzer, Ph.D., P.E.Batzer Engineering
Batzer EngineeringDr. Batzer is a mechanical engineer who consults with clients regarding patent infringement, intellectual property (IP), and the forensic analysis of mechanical devices and manufacturing processes. With over 25 years of experience he is an expert on manufacturing and forensic engineering, providing intellectual property, patent infringement, technological and product liability analysis. He has also served as an assistant professor in the Mechanical Engineering Department of the University of Arkansas. Dr. Batzer is a member of the National Academy of Forensic Engineers, the Society of Automotive Engineers, the American Society of Mechanical Engineers, and the American Scientific Association. He earned his Ph.D. degree in Mechanical Engineering – Engineering Mechanics from Michigan Technological University.