Kenneth M. Smith, Jr.

Kenneth M. Smith, Jr., P.E.

Senior Managing Consultant

Mr. Ken Smith has over 35 years of experience designing and analyzing mechanical systems, managing technical projects, and providing professional consulting services. He has been a project manager for ship design and construction, and has led teams developing shipboard waste processing equipment from concept to product manufacturing. He has audited and assisted in the development of quality assurance programs, and has provided process control and safety audits at industrial and manufacturing facilities. His career has included operations, design, manufacturing, project management, and consulting.

He has performed failure analysis of a variety of processes, mechanical systems, and equipment.  Failure scenarios have included unexpected or premature equipment failures, failures associated with an accident or major property loss, or associated with damage incurred during transport (ocean, highway and rail) or delivery. Equipment failures have involved manufacturing equipment, marine and power plant engines, ship machinery, industrial machinery, cranes, elevators, rigging, and a variety of consumer products. Mr. Smith has provided written and verbal reports of findings, and has testified as an expert in both state and federal courts.

Mr. Smith has investigated personal injuries associated with consumer products, industrial accidents, marine cargo and crew claims, specialty vehicle accidents, and aircraft accidents. He has participated in product development, evaluated new products prior to manufacturing, and consulted and approved warnings for on-product marking, as well as for technical manuals. He has investigated and reconstructed accidents attributed to fitness equipment, consumer products, and workplace (OSHA) accidents.

In addition to accident investigation, Mr. Smith has performed industrial consulting including laboratory analysis, field-testing, scene surveys, material handling design, and product testing. He has provided process and equipment design and safety recommendations to facilities operators, and litigation related reports and expert testimony. The general categories of his expertise include commercial and recreational marine, admiralty issues, vessel operation and safety, product liability, work place safety, project contract dispute resolution, and material handling. His product-related cases have included factory equipment, ships and boats, appliances, consumer products, exercise equipment, weight-handling equipment, and elevators.


  • The Role of Investigation - Moving toward accident-free operations, The Changing Ferry Accelerating Innovation, July 2015
  • Free-Floating Object Trajectory Analysis in the Gulf of Mexico, 2013 SNAME Annual Meeting & Expo & Ship Production Symposium, November 2013
  • The Sinking of the Tour Boat ETHAN ALLEN - Accident Reconstruction and Human Factors Methodology , International Marine Forensics Symposium , April 2012
  • A Marine Forensic Analysis of the Loss of DKM BISMARCK, International Marine Forensics Symposium, April 2012
  • Failure Analysis of the Estonia, Advanced Materials & Processes
  • Minimizing the Risks of Litigation in the Construction and Repair of Yachts, Society of Naval Architects and Marine Engineers, October 2006
  • Marine Accident Investigation Techniques: Finding the Root Causes, Society of Naval Architects and Marine Engineers. Republished as a part of Marine Forensics Handbook, January 2012
  • Marine Forensics - Historic Shipwrecks, Oceans Technology Conference, September 2005
  • Investigation of a Boiler Explosion Caused by Natural Gas Detonation, Technical paper, ASME Pressure Vessel and Piping Conference, August 1999

ESi's expertise spans dozens of industries and specializations organized across several practice groups, each staffed by dozens of in-house experts with the technical knowledge, hands-on expertise, and courtroom experience required to execute projects for and with our clients from start to finish.

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