Electrical & Forensic Engineer
BS Electrical Engineering – 2005
New Mexico State University
Nic is an electrical engineer with ten years of experience investigating fires in electrical components that occurred in air or oxygen-enriched atmospheres including hyperbaric and hypobaric conditions. He has developed expertise in electrical forensic analysis of both low-voltage and high-voltage consumer electronics and industrial electrical components. Through years of service with WHA, Nic has developed skills useful in identification of arc-tracking development and fire propagation in printed circuit boards, cables/wiring, switches, connectors, AC outlets, and other electrically energized components. He has specialized in propagation of fires in Positive Temperature Coefficient (PTC) heating products such as electric blankets, heating pads, and mattress pads; fire development in oxygen handling equipment such as ventilators, concentrators, and Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP) devices; and Electrostatic-Discharge (ESD) ignition.
He is an experienced forensic engineer specializing in many types of electrical fire ignition sources, product safety and reliability, fault tree analysis, failure modes and effects analysis (FMEA), and statistical analysis of fires.
Nic has worked as an independent electrical failure analysis expert for many manufacturers of consumer products and has expertise in reconstructing, studying, and reproducing failure modes and sources of ignition in laboratory testing. At WHA’s Test Facility, he is responsible for designing the data acquisition and electrical controls of test systems, and oversees electrical maintenance and calibration activities.