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James Whelan, P.E.

Mechanical Engineer


Washington D.C. Service Center
4515 Daly Drive, Ste. M



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  • Professional summary

    Mr. Whelan is a Licensed Professional Engineer and United States Patent Agent. His work is performed in support of accident reconstruction, litigation, intellectual property disputes, product recalls, insurance investigations, and industrial problem solving. He has investigated, analyzed and reconstructed accidents involving vehicles, machines, mechanical systems and industrial equipment. He has also critiqued product infringements within the scope of patent protection. Mr. Whelan has provided expert testimony in numerous legal jurisdictions. He is a member of several professional organizations including the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME), Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE), American Society for Testing Materials (ASTM), National Association of Professional Accident Reconstruction Specialists (NAPARS), and American Society of Heating, Refrigerating, and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE). He earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering from Lehigh University. He has worked on projects in the Americas, Europe and Asia. Mr. Whelan is a passport holder for the United States and the Republic of Ireland. He speaks basic German and Spanish.

    Trucking and Vehicle Accident Reconstruction
    Accident reconstruction experience includes analysis of accident causation, avoidance opportunity, visibility, conspicuity, heavy truck ECM and “black box” electronic data retrieval and interpretation, vehicle dynamics, speed-time-distance analysis, occupant kinematics, light bulb filament analysis, photogrammetry, vehicle inspections, cargo securement and low speed impact analysis. Casework has involved automobiles, tractor-trailers, trucks, buses, armored vehicles, emergency response vehicles, forklift trucks, trains, motorcycles, bicycles, construction equipment, farm equipment and pedestrians.

    Mechanical Systems Analysis
    Mechanical systems experience includes completing analysis on the design, installation, maintenance and failure of systems in multiple application areas including transportation, heavy industry, food industry, exercise equipment, medical equipment, agricultural equipment, home appliances and office equipment. The analysis is performed with the aid of product research, standards research, product testing and computational modeling. Examples of transportation includes heavy and light vehicles, car haulers, motorcycles, motorized carts, steering systems, brake systems, fifth-wheels, axles, drivelines, suspensions, restraint systems, lift gates, combustion motors, superchargers and turbochargers. Examples of heavy industry includes forklift trucks, street sweepers, electric and combustion motors, generators, compressors, industrial pumps, industrial fans, conveyors, crushers, shaker screens, spindles, grinders, industrial peelers, chippers, gearboxes, hydraulic systems, dust collectors, ladders, automated doors and gates, heavy gears, roller bearings, slewing rings, seals, machine guarding, mechanical and powered tools, machining centers, industrial racks, industrial chains, roustabouts, man lifts, elevators, cold forming equipment, forging equipment, safety devices and safety clothing. Examples of the food industry include can seamers, industrial water purifiers, mixers and processing equipment. Examples of exercise equipment include stability balls and weight lifting equipment.

    HVAC and Plumbing Systems Failure Analysis
    HVAC and plumbing systems experience include failure analysis of commercial and residential climate control systems, boilers, chillers, humidifiers, commercial cooling towers, radiators, underground piping, frozen pipes, valves, meters and sprinklers.

    Intellectual Property
    Intellectual property experience includes reviewing patents and subject products, analyzing the design or performance of the product within the scope of its associated claims, and creating visual aids to demonstrate the conclusions. Experience also includes patent drafting and prior art searches. Specific product examples include home goods, agricultural equipment, industrial equipment and toys.

    Three-Dimensional Data Capture and Modeling
    Three-dimensional data capture experience includes scanning accident scenes and reproducing them as three-dimensional computer models. Casework has included buildings, roadways, vehicles, boats, machinery and other structures.


  • Education

    Bachelor of Science, Mechanical Engineering, Lehigh University, Bethlehem, PA, 2001

  • Certifications

    Patent Agent, United States Patent and Trademark Office, #69459
    Professional Engineer, CA, #40383
    Professional Engineer, DC, #PE907777
    Professional Engineer, FL, #75956
    Professional Engineer, IL, #062-060136
    Professional Engineer, IN, #PE11012095
    Professional Engineer, IA, #20175
    Professional Engineer, KS, #25786
    Professional Engineer, MD, #45624
    Professional Engineer, MI, #6201056772
    Professional Engineer, MN, #50934
    Professional Engineer, MO, #2015003022
    Professional Engineer, NC, #041614
    Professional Engineer, NY, #093646
    Professional Engineer, NE, #E-14390
    Professional Engineer, NM, #20468
    Professional Engineer, OH, #PE.88895
    Professional Engineer, PA, #PE074374
    Professional Engineer, TN, #120527
    Professional Engineer, VA, #0402053853
    Professional Engineer, WI, #41368-6
    Professional Engineer, WV, #024086
    Certified Instructor (Powered Industrial Trucks), 29 CFR 1910.178 OSHA, Scott Lift Truck OSHA 40-Hour Hazardous Waste Operations, Occupational Training and Supply, Inc.
    FAA 107 Drone Pilot



  • Disciplines
    • Engineering - Mechanical
    • Engineering - Accident Reconstruction
    • Engineering - Mechanical Engineering
    • Engineering - Mechanical Equipment, HVAC
    • Engineering - Mechanical Equipment, Machinery
    • Engineering-Accident Reconstruction
    • Engineering - Mechanical/Electrical Automotive
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