Brett Pond, PhD, PE, CWI

Omaha, Nebraska

General Specialty

Failure Analysis
Forensic Engineering
Mechanical Engineering

Specialty Focus

API Fitness for Service (FFS) Evaluation
AREMA Rail Testing
Certified Welding Inspector (CWI)
Derailment Investigation
Expert Witness
Failure Analysis (Metallurgy)
Forensic Engineering
Forensic Metallurgy
Materials Testing
Mechanical Engineering
Mechanical Testing
Metallurgical Engineering
Metallurgical Failure Analysis
Metallurgical Fracture
Metallurgical Testing
Metallurgy and Materials
Professional Engineer (PE)

Primary Areas of Expertise

Failure Analysis and Metallurgy

Brett has over 16 years of experience as a mechanical engineering and metallurgical consultant specializing in forensic metallurgy (failure analysis). He has a strong background in the rail industry, having participated in hundreds of derailment investigations and rail related failure analyses. Brett has earned international recognition for his failure analysis capabilities and has a wide range of experience, including: API Fitness for Service (FFS) Evaluations, field testing, mechanical/metallurgical laboratory management, legal expert witness services, and failure analysis for Rail, Food, Manufacturing, Oil and Gas, Medical, and Transportation industries.

Brett obtained his Doctor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering from Washington University in St. Louis, has obtained Professional Engineering (PE) licensure in 48 states, and is an AWS Certified Welding Inspector (CWI). He is an active member of National Academy of Forensic Engineers (NAFE), ASM International, American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME), National Society of Professional Engineers (NSPE), American Welding Society (AWS), and the American Railway Engineering and Maintenance of Way Association (AREMA) Rail committee.

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Doctor of Science - Mechanical Engineering, Washington University in St. Louis

Master of Science - Mechanical Engineering, Washington University in St. Louis

Bachelor of Science - Mechanical Engineering, Washington University in St. Louis

Bachelor of Arts - Biology, Washington University in St. Louis

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