Metallurgy, Engineering, Railroad, Diesel Engine, Automotive Expert Consultant Resume
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  • Railroad
  • Diesel Engine
  • Metallurgy
  • Engineering
  • Automotive
  • Education


University of Minnesota Institute of Technology, Bachelor of Science – Metallurgical Engineering

Graduate Metallurgical Engineering, University of Minnesota, Graduate MBA Coursework, Gannon University


University of Minnesota Institute of Technology, Bachelor of Science – Metallurgical Engineering

Graduate Metallurgical Engineering, University of Minnesota, Graduate MBA Coursework, Gannon University

Consultant, Kevin Kennedy Associates, Inc.
Providing expertise in railroad litigation, failure analysis, accident reconstruction and metallurgical engineering to a wide variety of clients.
A major metallurgy & railroad engineering company
An engineering consulting practice focused on expert witness consulting in railroad litigation and product liability, metallurgical engineering and failure analysis, accident reconstruction, railroad engineering, and new product development.
Professional Engineer and Consultant
Assignments and litigation cases include:
o FELA and OSHA injury investigations involving component failure analysis and event recorder download analysis, as well as locomotive/equipment operation evaluation, including inspection, maintenance, and overhaul procedures.
o Accident reconstruction analysis involving: railroad equipment, trucks, automobiles, motorcycles, and pedestrians (determine the root cause and supporting evidence)
o Performing train derailment investigations
o Product liability investigations on a wide variety of system / component designs and materials including: locomotives / railcars (handbrakes, bearings, engines, wheels, axles, horns, shocks/coil springs, welds) and non-transportation equipment.
o Metallurgical engineering of components in the steel, automotive, truck, and railroad industries. Analysis includes: material selection, mechanical properties, chemistry, heat treatment, and failure analysis.
o Diesel-electric locomotive design and operation analysis, including: fuel consumption analysis, event recorder / fault log / data pack analysis, and rough-riding locomotive analysis.
o Locomotive fuel consumption testimony before the Surface Transportation Board (STB) on a number of occasions, including analysis, calculations and fuel consumption.
o Railroad equipment (locomotives, railcars, MOW) design and failure analysis including design drawing evaluation, as well as adherence to design specifications and maintenance/repair procedures.
o Failure Analysis performed on a wide variety of transportation equipment as well as other components made out of metal materials.
o Analysis of FRA, CFR, and GCOR rules and regulations and interpretation to determine adherence to these regulations.
Horton Inc., Minneapolis, MN
A $90 MM, privately held company with almost 500 employees in three states. Divisions included Horton Industries Inc., a leading supplier of semi-truck fan clutches, and Horton Manufacturing Company Inc., a manufacturer of pneumatic clutches and brakes for industrial applications.
Vice President – R&D, Horton, Inc.
Vice President – Engineering, Horton Industries
Led product engineering efforts for current and new products for Horton Industries, then a $60 MM division.
Worked closely with the sales organization and customer accounts; orchestrated successful effort to reduce warranty problems through improved product design.
Managed budgets up to $3.5MM; oversaw up to 30 people in Minnesota and South Dakota.
GE Transportation Systems, Erie, PA
(A $1 billion manufacturer of railroad locomotives; Division of General Electric.)
Manager – Component Design and Product Engineering
Reported to Manager, Diesel Engine Operation, with dual responsibility for engine
component design and product engineering.
Direct reports included six design engineers, reliability engineer, senior material engineer, test lab supervisor, and 12 associates, fuel/lubrication specialist and five product engineers.
Manager – Product Engineering
Reported to Manager of Engine Engineering, responsible for all aspects of diesel engine product engineering, reliability, and quality.
Oversaw product change staff of 12 including engineering, manufacturing, purchasing supplier, quality, and drafting.
Conducted new component design reviews before Division Chief Engineer, including reviews of FEA models, strain gauge testing, prototype bench testing and field testing.
Technical Leader – Component Design
Reported to the Manager of Engine Engineering. Supervised three design engineers in two locations. Conducted failure investigation of reliability issues; coordinated design improvement through all stages of development.
Senior Metallurgist
Worked closely with vendors, purchasing, and supplier quality, involved in all manufacturing processes and material specification writing. Conducted materials analyses of failed components, in cooperation with customer service, marketing and railroad management.
Senior Metallurgist – Engineering Development – Materials Department
The Bendix Corporation – Southfield, MI
A supplier of automotive components such as brakes and fuel pumps.
Materials Development Engineer – Cast Metal Laboratory and Steel Development Group, The Chrysler Corporation, Highland Park, MI
A major automotive manufacturer.
Instructor- Metallurgy and Testing Lab Classes, St. Paul Technical Vocational Institute, St. Paul, MN
A community and technical college.
Project Metallurgist – Quality Control, North Star Steel St. Paul, MN
A supplier of raw structural steel. Subsidiary of Cargill, Inc.

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Peter specializes in welding and metallurgical engineer with 40 years industry experience in commercial nuclear power plant construction.


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