Joe R. Maseda, P.E.
Vice President, Forensic and Industrial Division
Mr. Maseda is a graduate of the University of Florida with a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering. He also has an M.B.A. from the Florida Institute of Technology. His professional background consists of over 20 years experience in power plant engineering, project management, and quality control and 10 years in failure analysis and accident reconstruction.
Mr. Maseda has reconstructed accidents involving: commercial vehicles (tractor-trailers), car-bicycle and car-motorcycle accidents, daytime and nighttime pedestrian accidents, vehicle rollovers, and low-speed collisions for biomechanical analysis. He has also worked on product liability cases involving multiple types of vehicles and related systems (brakes, suspensions, steering, tires, seat belts and air bags). Several evaluations were completed with respect to OSHA standards as they relate to workplace working environments and equipment (ladders, scaffolding, lifts, and other machinery). He has qualified and testified as an expert in Florida, Alabama, and North Carolina.
Mr. Maseda's areas of expertise also include feasibility studies, economic analysis, engineering design and equipment selection, construction, operations, maintenance and safety programs. Specific areas of experience include the utility power industry and the design and modification of mechanical plant systems such as pumps, heat exchangers, diesel generators, turbines, piping, piping supports, and analysis. He is also experienced in non-destructive examination and testing. Mr. Maseda has worked on various projects related to mechanical design analysis, product design and safety analysis related to personal and commercial equipment such as chairs, plumbing systems, HVAC, water heaters and various sizes and types of rotating equipment, conveyor systems, process equipment, and automated packaging systems.
Representative engagements include:
- Vehicle accident investigation and reconstruction
- Failure analysis of mechanical equipment
- Commercial product failure investigations
- Safety evaluations for compliance with OSHA and other standards
- Damage assessments (hurricanes, flooding, etc.)