Randy Clarksean, PhD, PE, CFEI, CFII

Perham, Minnesota

General Specialty

Mechanical Engineering

Specialty Focus

Battery Fires
Chemical Reactions
Coal Storage Facilities
Commercial and Residential Fires
Fluid Mechanics
Gas Turbines
Grain Bin Failures
HVAC Systems
Irrigation Systems
Natural / Forced Convection
Natural Gas Explosions
Pyrophoric Material Fires
Radiation Heat Transfer
Solar Photovoltaic Structures
Solar Thermal Plants
Steam Turbines
Submarine Pipeline Failure
Vehicle Fires

Randy Clarksean, PhD, PE, CFEI, CFII, is a Mechanical Engineer with over 30 years of engineering experience on a wide range of Mechanical and Thermal Systems. Specializing in Failure Analysis and Forensic Engineering, he has over 40 engineering conference and journal publications.

Dr. Clarksean is a Certified Fire and Explosion Investigator (CFEI), registered Professional Engineer (PE Idaho), and Certified Fire Investigation Instructor (CFII). He has extensive experience in the application of engineering analysis techniques for new designs or the analysis of system failures. Analysis experience includes hand calculations and spreadsheets all the way to complex three-dimensional heat transfer, fluid mechanics, and structural analysis.

Litigation Support – Dr. Clarksean offers expert witness services to attorneys for plaintiff and defendant. Services include thorough review, depositions, and trial testimony as needed. Types of cases have included personal injury, design defects, patent infringement, trade secrets, and insurance subrogation. Forensic investigations have included the review and application of engineering standards to numerous different systems (pipelines, irrigation systems, pressure vessels, HVAC systems, lithium-ion battery fires, etc.).



  • Doctor of Philosophy in Mechanical Engineering, University of Utah, Salt Lake City, UT.
    Dissertation Topic: The Spectral-Compact Finite Difference Technique for Direct Numerical
    Simulation of Turbulent Flows. December 1990.
  • Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering, South Dakota School of Mines and Technology,
    Rapid City, SD. December 1983, Graduated with Highest Honors.


Certifications/ Licenses: 

  • Registered Professional Engineer, State of Idaho, License No. 7548.
  • Certified Fire and Explosion Investigator, NAFI, No. 21180-12061i.
  • Certified Fire Investigation Instructor, NAFI, No. 21180-12061i.


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