ROBERT L. CARGILL - BIOGRAPHY
As an accomplished forensic engineer, Robert Cargill brings different
skills to bear in order to gain the full benefit from available
evidence. In addition to technical and theoretical disciplines, his
practical knowledge and understanding are key elements in efficient and
In his engineering career, Mr. Cargill has had a substantial experience
in a variety of disciplines that span different industries, including
automotive mechanics, metal fabrication and welding, power plant
engineering, industry-funded research, medical ultrasound, biotechnology
instrumentation and magnetic data storage technology. In combination
with this industry background, his university education in materials
engineering, fracture mechanics and electron microscopy at U.C. Berkeley
has allowed Mr. Cargill to:
Be primarily responsible for laboratory failure analysis, nondestructive
examination, electron microscopy, materials property tests and chemical
assays in a large variety of litigation matters; these include numerous
defense cases for Volkswagen and BMW, accident reconstruction, passenger
restraint failures, potable water piping corrosion, orthopedic implant
device failures, slip and fall cases, and accelerated degradation of
Have extensive hands-on experience in metal fabrication and welding; as
the former owner of a service station, he also has a substantial
practical knowledge of automotive mechanics, including formal training
in several areas.
Become an expert in cracking and corrosion in nuclear power plant
systems, and was involved with repairs and upgrades at nuclear plants in
the U.S., Europe and Asia and consulted with the nuclear regulatory
authorities in three countries.
Conceive of and direct a multi-national research project for tension-leg
offshore platforms; the corporate sponsors of this program included
Chevron, Combustion Engineering, Kawasaki, Nippon Kokkan, and Sumitomo.
Have a lengthy involvement with the Electric Power Research Institute
program for the development of solar power devices; he made significant
contributions in several areas, including the design and fabrication of
the solar tracking array for standardized performance tests.
Have substantial experience with the design and manufacture of
phased-array responsibility for the ultraviolet optics system (patent
Mr. Cargill started his consulting engineering practice in 1984. Since
that time, he has provided high-quality engineering services to
attorneys, insurance companies, municipalities, the U.S. Navy and Air
Force, as well as high-technology companies in the Bay Area.