Nicolaus S. Faino

Nicolaus S. Faino, P.E., MS, CFEI

Senior Staff Consultant

Nicolaus Faino is a Senior Staff Consultant and mechanical engineer who investigates incidents ranging from personal injuries to fires and explosions. He provides technical analysis, litigation support, and expert testimony to law firms, insurance companies, and industries.

Mr. Faino’s personal injury and product liability case work includes the evaluation of automatic doors, material handling equipment, furniture failures, and other products and machines. He specializes in product failure analysis, load and stress testing, and design analysis of mechanical systems and components. He has investigated mechanical equipment and component failures and has experience in the design and fabrication of mechanical components. Prior work experience includes design and operation of high temperature systems, material processing, Finite Element Analysis (FEA) stress modeling, safety protocols, and the design, fabrication, operation, and analysis of instrumented test systems.

Mr. Faino is a Certified Fire and Explosion Investigator and has performed a variety of fire investigations related to vehicles, machinery, and equipment. He is experienced with compressed gases, machinery components, and other mechanical systems, and has previous experience with installation of gas piping systems in laboratories. He is also experienced in applying 3D scanning technologies for scene preservation, computational stress modeling, and dimensional analysis.

In addition, Mr. Faino also has extensive experience with water losses and appliance failures. Mr. Faino investigates residential and commercial domestic water plumbing, hydronic piping, and drain, waste, vent (DWV) failures related to water loss damage and construction defects in locations ranging from agricultural irrigation to high profile condo high-rises.

Mr. Faino holds an M.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Colorado School of Mines. His research and development background includes renewable energy applications, advanced aerospace energy system development, hydrogen and oxygen system design, alternative energy systems research, and ceramics processing for fuel cell applications.


  • Three-Dimensional (3D) Scanning in Forensics Investigations, Defense News, Washington Defense Trial Lawyers, June 2018
  • Progress Toward Inkjet Deposition of Segmented-in-Series Solid-Oxide Fuel Cell Architectures, SOFC XII Conference, Montreal, Canada, May 2011

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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