Dr. McCarthy has personally investigated many of the major disasters of modern times, including the loss of the Amoco Cadiz, the collapse of the Kansas City Hyatt walkways, the grounding of the Exxon Valdez, and the bombing of the Murrah Federal Building in Oklahoma City.In 1996, Dr. McCarthy testified for multiple days in the second Menendez brother's murder trial on the crime reconstruction he performed for the prosecution, which ended in their conviction. In 1992, then President Bush appointed Dr. McCarthy to a two-year term on the President’s Commission on the National Medal of Science. Dr. McCarthy gave the Commencement Address for the University of Michigan's College of Engineering in April 2008. Most recently Dr. McCarthy was one of the participants in the National Academy of Engineering's investigation of the Macondo Well blowout and spill in the Gulf of Mexico, and one of the coauthors of its final report.
Dr. Roger L. McCarthy, P.E.
Dr. McCarthy is one of the ~165 mechanical engineers in the nation elected by his peers to the National Academy of Engineering. He specializes in mechanical, machine, and mechanism design analysis, including issues related to fabrication, manufacturing, fire and explosion, warnings, risk analysis, and hazards evaluation. His research has focused on the safety and risk analysis of mechanical designs, and the engineering of the man/machine interface, particularly on issue related to information transfer, such as on-product warnings. He also has experience in the intellectual property issues associates with these areas.
Dr. Roger L. McCarthy is the founder and owner of McCarthy Engineering. Dr. McCarthy serves on the Board of Shui on Land (SOL), Ltd., (瑞安房地产) which is publicly traded (stock code 0272) on the Hong Kong Exchange. SOL won the Hong Kong Corporate Governance Excellence Award in 2007.
Dr. McCarthy is a Registered Mechanical Engineer in the states of California, Arizona, Ohio, and Georgia. He was a commissioned officer in the U.S. Army Ordnance Corps, trained at Aberdeen Proving Ground, and was honorably discharged as a Captain in 1980. He has written scores of scientific papers and served for more than 20 years on the Visiting Committee of MIT’s Mechanical Engineering Department and four years on the Department of Materials Science and Engineering Advisory Group at Stanford University. He has served on the External Advisory Board of the Department of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Michigan since 1990. He was formerly Chairman of the Safety Engineering and Risk Analysis Division of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) and served on the ASME’s Board of Safety Codes and Standards from 1998–2008. Dr. McCarthy is a former member of the Army Science Board.
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