ROBERT L. CARGILL - BIOGRAPHY
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 successful investigations.
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 pending).
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.