Brett holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Metallurgical Engineering from the University of Missouri-Rolla and a Masters Degree in Materials Engineering from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. He also holds an MBA and a Masters degree in Management from the Florida Institute of Technology.
Brett has over twenty years of metallurgical engineering and failure analysis experience. He has performed thousands of metallurgical failure analysis investigations and material evaluations. Primary projects are typically for manufacturing support and process troubleshooting, but Brett also has substantial litigation project experience.
In 2014, Brett was awarded the title of Curtiss-Wright Technical Fellow. Brett earned this achievement because of his wealth of knowledge and experience puts him in the top 1-2% of his peers. He is a recognized expert in analytical services and a valuable member of the IMR and Curtiss-Wright team.
In October of 2015, Brett was recognized as a Fellow of the Society by ASM International for his distinguished contributions to materials science and engineering.
In his free time Brett enjoys photography, long distance running, and time with his family.
Licenses / Certifications:
- Professional Engineer License – Metallurgical Engineering – State of Kentucky
- Professional Engineer License – Metallurgical Engineering – State of Wisconsin
- American Welding Society Certified Welding Inspector
- In 2013 Brett served as editor for the 3rd edition of Understanding How Components Fail by Donald J. Wulpi and ASM International. In addition to his preface to the edition, Brett also co-wrote the introduction, and reviewed and revised Chapter 6 on Basic Single-Load Fracture Modes. This volume is universally considered one of the standard reference texts for failure analysts.
- Published papers on failure analysis in several journals, published book chapters: “Materials Selection for Failure Prevention”, and “Overload Failures” in ASM Metals Handbook Volume 11, and published an article entitled “Wire Ropes” in the Elsevier Encyclopedia of Materials Science and Technology (Netherlands)
- Taught numerous courses and/or seminars on failure analysis, metallurgy, welding, welding defects, heat treatment, fracture, fatigue, steels, stainless steels, aluminum alloys, corrosion, brazing, and mechanical testing
- Gave technical presentations at conferences and numerous technical meetings
- ASM International
- ASM International Failure Analysis Committee