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Chris W. Korinek, PE, CQE

Sr. Principal Forensic Electrical and Mechanical Engineer


Materials, Metallurgy & Engineering Lab
N144 W6466 Pioneer Road
Cedarburg, WI






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  • Professional summary

    Chris provides forensic engineering analysis in the disciplines of electrical and mechanical engineering. His clients include insurance and legal companies, manufacturers, real estate groups, and construction and defense companies. Chris conducts fire investigations involving electrical systems, fireplaces and chimneys, appliances, vehicles, and structures. He analyses explosions, lightning damage, and injuries. Chris has spoken about electrical and mechanical fires, explosions, and failure analysis extensively in the United States and abroad. He has testified over 60 times in cases involving both State and Federal Courts. As an industry expert, Chris is involved in ongoing research and development in the areas of recreating, studying, and documenting electrical and mechanical failure modes for use in scientific forensic analysis. He is also involved with testing and designing products using his engineering skills.

    Chris previously founded and operated a successful forensic engineering firm for over 27 years. In his previous role as a project engineer for a manufacturer, Chris assisted in building the engineering department, which resulted in a $100 million increase in sales in less than a decade. He promoted the use of AutoCAD and Pro-Engineer software and oversaw the testing laboratory. As the lab manager, he was responsible for safety, tooling, fixturing, gauging and all engineering aspects for successful operation. As the wire connector product manager, Chris obtained UL/CSA listing, developed new products/systems, and implemented the Pro-Engineer computer aided drafting (CAD) and computer aided management (CAM) systems. He was also a member of Underwriters Laboratories (UL) Industrial Advisory Council (IAC) for 486C -Splicing Connectors.

    As a product design engineer, Chris was involved in innovative automotive battery design, which included product design, CAD modeling, performance testing in electrical connectivity and mechanical structural integrity, design for manufacturing, safety, and cost analysis. In another project engineer role for a plumbing manufacturer, Chris developed new products and supervised drafters and lab test technicians. He was responsible for the design and manufacturing process, which included testing, creating drawings and operational manuals, and organizing efforts across the organization. As part of the testing procedures, Chris initiated the use of failure mode and effects analysis.

    In another project engineer role, Chris designed a new product line of systems for the spa industry including directing test lab technicians to perform function, life cycle, safety, and UL tests. He wrote manuals and safety warnings for systems consisting of pumps, heaters, blowers, filters, and controls in a pre-plumbed and pre-wired configuration. He was a member of UL IAC for 1563 - Standard for Spas and Hot Tubs. He also coordinated sales, production, engineering, safety, and quality efforts concerning existing and new products.

    Chris’s areas of expertise include:

    • Electrical Fire and Mechanical Failure Analysis
    • Electrical Shock and Mechanical Injury Analysis
    • Training, Research for Failure Modes
    • Product and Process Design
    • Quality Assurance and Reliability
  • Education

    Bachelor of Science, Electrical Engineering, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, Milwaukee, WI, 2002

    Bachelor of Science, Mechanical Engineering, Marquette University, Milwaukee, WI, 1979

  • Certifications

    Professional Engineer, Wisconsin, #30414

    Professional Engineer, Illinois, #062-056692

    Professional Engineer, Michigan, #6201050939

    Professional Engineer, Minnesota, #43174

    Professional Engineer, Iowa, #16902

    Professional Engineer, Indiana, #PE10403231

    Professional Engineer, Florida, #87281

    Certified Quality Engineer, ASQ. 30197

    Certified Fireplace Inspector, F.I.R.E. Service, FP-175L


  • Disciplines
    • Engineering - Forensic Engineering
    • Engineering - Mechanical
    • Engineering - Electrical
    • Fire Investigations
    • Engineering - Mechanical Engineering
    • Engineering - Electrical Components
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