Webinar: Professional & Forensic Engineering and Expert Witness Career Progression




Presenter: Robert O. Peruzzi, PhD, PE
Date Recorded: 12 November 2020

Overview

This webinar will discuss electrical engineering career paths, specifically paths leading to independent consulting, forensic engineering, and expert witnessing.

A good career starting point is for an undergraduate senior electrical engineering student to obtain Engineer in Training (EIT) certification. Because of the “Industrial Exemption,” some electrical engineers never need to be fully licensed, but unexpected career changes (layoffs, for instance) can make Professional Engineering (PE) licensure valuable, and necessary for one to go into business and declare oneself an engineering consultant.

Of the many paths an electrical engineering consultant can choose, one fascinating choice is forensic engineering and serving as an expert witness. If that path is chosen, the National Academy of Forensic Engineers (NAFE) provides advantages in specialized certification, continuing education, and networking.

ABOUT THE PRESENTER

Robert Peruzzi is a Licensed Professional Electrical Engineer (PE) and Expert Witness practicing forensic and technical consulting. He is president and sole employee of R. Peruzzi Consulting, Inc.

Robert moved to Pennsylvania’s Lehigh Valley in 1990 to work as an Automated Test Equipment (ATE) test developer for AT&T Bell Labs, where he took advantage of their tuition assistance plan and earned his Ph. D. in 2005 after what seemed like an eternity of part time study. He stayed on as that company evolved through Lucent, Agere, LSI and Infineon. As opportunities arose, he crossed between departments and product lines, working in analog and mixed signal design for hard disk drive and mobile phone electronics.

He has been an independent consultant since Infineon’s late 2008 layoffs, and in the past few years has expanded his practice from design and verification to include forensic and expert witness practice.

Robert served as Chair of IEEE Philadelphia Consultants Network (CONET) and serves on the board of IEEE Affiliation of Independent Consultants Networks Coordinating Committee (AICNCC). He is the founder, and past Chair IEEE Lehigh Valley Chapter Solid-State Circuits Society (SSCS). He is a member of National Academy of Forensic Engineers (NAFE) and Associate Editor of the NAFE Journal.

Robert lives in Bethlehem PA with his wife, Esther. They are the parents of two adult children, and grandparents of three.

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