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Old Iron Innovation LLC

Old Iron Innovation LLC

9891 Montgomery Rd Suite 286
Cincinnati, Ohio 45242

Phone(513) 310-6202

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BRIAN M. DAVIS, MSME, PE has over 28 years of cross-functional experience in:
 Gas turbines:
o Aircraft propulsion systems/aircraft (jet) engines
o Marine/ship and transportation turbine systems
o Power generation/land-based turbine systems
 Automotive engineering
 Forensic engineering including:
o Component failure and forensic analysis
o Fatigue and fracture mechanics
o Failure investigations
 Mechanical engineering/machine design:
o Medical device design including ultrasonics
o Manufacturing processes
o Composite materials
 FAA certification and FDA 510(k) approval


Product design, development, verification and validation
Failure analysis
Intellectual property
Government contracting
Expert witness and forensic engineering services
Contract engineering services

Litigation Support Services

Provide expert witness opinion on engineering matters, have opined on both gas turbine/marine and automotive matters for both defense and plaintiff.

Areas of Expertise


I am a mechanical engineer with 28 years experience as a gas turbine/jet engine, aviation, automotive and marine expert with experience at 3 world-­wide OEMs in the gas turbine industry. Qualified as US Navy Engineering Duty Officer. I am a licensed
PE with BSME & MSME degrees, internationally-­registered with Model Law designation. Holder of six patents.

Experience with military & commercial engine certification and FAA regulations. Significant experience with component design, testing, forensic investigation, failure analysis and field investigations/warranty claims. Lead investigator on claims from foreign navies and conducted on-­site investigations.

Experience with laparoscopic & ultrasonic medical devices and FDA 510k approval as team leader at a world-­leading Fortune 500 OEM. Conducted pre-­clinical & hospital trials and successful component testing at CSA labs. Six Sigma Greenbelt, graduate of GE Advanced Course in Engineering and prior holder of USG security clearances. Have opined in gas turbine and automotive personal injury cases.

Consulting Practice

All States

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Professional Experience

Old Iron Innovation LLC, Cincinnati, OH Forensic Engineering & Consulting
General Electric Aviation (Aircraft Engines), Cincinnati, OH Aviation (Gas Turbines/Jet Engines)
Allison Advanced Development Company (Rolls-Royce), Indianapolis, IN Aviation (Gas Turbines/Jet Engines)
Pratt and Whitney (Aircraft Engines), West Palm Beach, FL Aviation (Gas Turbines/Jet Engines)
Ethicon Endo-Surgery Inc., Johnson & Johnson, Blue Ash, OH Medical Devices
Lieutenant & Engineering Duty Officer, US Navy (Reserve) Military Marine Engineering
GE Marine and Industrial Systems Engineering, Cincinnati, OH Marine and Industrial Engineering


Licensed Professional Engineer in Ohio and Florida


 National Society of Professional Engineers (NSPE)
 American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME)
 American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA)
 American Society for Metals (ASM)
 Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE)
 International Association of Marine Investigators (IAMI)
 National Academy of Forensic Engineers (NAFE) – affiliate


BSME (University of Florida) cum laude
 MSME (University of Cincinnati) cum laude
 Certified Six Sigma Greenbelt graduate
 TOPS8D root cause investigation trained
 Licensed professional engineer in OH, license no. 68061& FL, license no. 79103
 Holder of NCEES Record with Model Law Engineer designation
 NCEES International Registry member
 US Naval Engineering Duty Officer qualified
 Prior holder of three (3) DoD security clearances
 6,076,835 “Interstage vane seal apparatus”
 6,217,283 “Composite fan platform”
 6,354,780 “Eccentric balanced blisk”
 6,914,215 “Real time laser shock peening quality assurance by natural frequency analysis”
 8,061,975 “Slipring bushing assembly for moveable turbine vane”
 8,197,196 “Bushing and clock spring assembly for moveable turbine vane”

Awards & Honors

o Pi Tau Sigma, Mechanical Engineering Honor Society
o Tau Beta Pi, Engineering Honor Society
o National Defense Service Medal
o Navy Achievement Medal
o Global War on Terror Service Medal

Seminars & Training

 Lecturer and course developer for 6.5hr professional engineer CE course “Introduction to Vibrations,” Halfmoon Education Inc., Cincinnati, OH March 21, 2017.
 Lecturer and course developer for 6.5hr professional engineer CE course “Introduction to Vibrations,” Halfmoon Education Inc., Indianapolis, IN August 16, 2017.
 SEAK course, “How to be an Effective Expert Witness,” 2017.


 Davis et al., “Performance of GenIV LSP for Thick Section Airfoil Damage Tolerance,” GE Aircraft Engines, 45th AIAA SDM Conference, April 2004.
 Above paper also presented at AeroMat 2005 conference, Orlando FL, June 2005.

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