About Firm

Herbert Roberts provides forensic engineering & litigation support, expert witness testimony, and engineering services to investigate a wide variety of mechanical and structural failure issues, including workplace injuries involving machinery, engines, and structural failures.

Mr. Roberts holds Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering and Masters of Business Administration in International business, and holds 17 US patents related to advanced materials and component designs.

For over 25 years Mr. Roberts worked in the automotive design, manufacturing & repair industry, the aircraft design, manufacturing & repair, industry, and the marine design, manufacturing & repair industry, specializing in engines design and testing, airframe, marine, and automotive structures, including impact analysis and accident recreation and root cause analysis.

Mr. Roberts is a skilled teacher and has trained thousands of professionals in advanced engineering skills, six sigma quality methods, and systematic innovation skills in various global venues.

Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering, Mississippi State University, 1987
Masters of Business Administration with International Business Specialization, University Miami, Coral Gables, FL, 1999
Ph.D. in Engineering Management, Walden University, Baltimore, MD, (ABD Status)
Dissertation Title: Precedents to developing and sustaining innovative organizations.

Pi Tau Sigma – International Mechanical Engineering Honor Society
Tau Beta Pi – Engineering Honor Society

Herbert Roberts Consulting, Middletown, OH 2009 – Present
Failure analysis, repairability assessment, and product design evaluation of industrial machinery, office equipment/furnishings, household appliances, ladders & platforms, engines, and automotive, aviation, & marine structures and mechanical systems. Advanced problem solving analysis, and new product fabrication and prototyping. Specialist in automotive and truck based trailer accidents.

GE Aviation, Cincinnati, OH July 2013 – Present
Principal Engineer of engine repair, specializing in composites materials and coatings. Failure analysis, repairability assessment, and product design evaluation of engines, structures, and mechanical systems. Developed and demonstrated Ceramic and Polymer Matrix Composite structural repairs. Non-Destructive Evaluation of new make and repaired CMC and PMC based components and structures.

GE Energy, Greenville, SC September 1999 – July 2013
Principal Engineer of engine design and analysis, specializing in composites materials and coatings. New technology introduction, new product introduction, design for manufacturing, field testing of new technology and products, failure analysis, repairability assessment, and product design evaluation.

Six Sigma Black Belt – Innovation Development. Trained over 300 engineers in advanced problem solving methods under GE’s global innovation training initiative. Taught advanced problem solving and was a technical consultant with GE Appliances, GE Healthcare, and GE Wind Turbine divisions for new product introductions.

Engineering Tools and Information Technology integration Program Manager – Managed the expansion of the engineering computing infrastructure and the development of engineering tools for high-end computing and develop automated analysis tools for analysis methods standardization and reduced design cycle time.
Technical Leader – Leader of six engineers focused on the design and analysis of engines, field testing, root cause analysis, and repair.

Pratt & Whitney Aircraft, West Palm Beach, FL September 1987 – August 1999
Program Technical Leader – Technology leader for engine component manufacturing. Lead root cause analysis teams focused on non-conformances and off-schedule deliveries.
Technical leader – Leader of four engineers focused on the design and analysis of engine components, field testing, root cause analysis, and repair.

Lead Engineer – designer and structural analysis of advanced materials based engine components. Analysis methods including bird-strike impact analysis, material fatigue, and mechanical impact containment.

Development Engineer – Individual contributor focused on the design and analysis of gas turbine engine inlets, fans and high compressors for military development engines.

Compositech Engineering, Riviera Beach, FL July 1989 – December 1997
Private business owner focused on the repair of marine structures and marine related new product introductions. Services offered included root cause analysis and the repair of marine structures and the design, analysis, and filed testing of marine related prototypes.

Palm Beach Community College, West Palm Beach, FL September 1989-1995
Adjunct Professor – Algebra
Taught evening classes in College Algebra and Tutored in Math Lab

Raspet Flight Research Center, Starkville, MS September 1985-1987
Technician and fabricator of aircraft and drone prototypes. Lead tooling design and component fabrication projects leading to prototype construction. Supported pre-flight structural testing. Supported flight tests, root cause analysis, and the repair of aircraft and drone structures. Layup, consolidated, and static tested the graphite spars and glass skins assembly for Honda R&D empennage for the MH01, a single-engine, turboprop, composite airplane.

Dave Bean Engineering, Santa Barbara, CA 1982-1985
Technician and fabricator of race cars and custom car prototypes. Fabricated car engines, transmissions, frames, and bodies for production and custom race cars. Supported racing and road tests, root cause analysis, and the repair of automotive engines, frames, and bodies.