PROFILES OF OUR PROFESSIONAL STAFF


Michael E. Shanok is a mechanical, electrical, and structural engineer and is registered as a Professional Engineer in Connecticut and Massachusetts. He received his bachelors degree from the U.S. Naval Academy in 1960. Following five years of service as a Navy Line Officer on active duty, he returned to civilian life, while remaining a reservist. Before founding his consulting firm in 1973, he served as a powerhouse supervisor at United Illuminating, a project engineer and project manager at Farrel Corporation in Ansonia, CT., the Plant Engineer of the Miller Company's brass mill in Meriden, CT., and a Senior Engineer at the General Products Division of B.F. Goodrich Co., in Shelton, CT. He has been trained and authorized by OSHA as an instructor in general industry and construction safety, is approved by the CT. Dept. of Education as a CEU Provider and has lectured and conducted courses in safety for a number of industrial companies, universities, governmental agencies and professional societies. In 1991, he was recognized by the American Society of Safety Engineers as "Safety Professional of the Year" for the New England and eastern New York State region. In addition to having written a number of articles for national safety journals, he has been session chairman for two national engineering conferences and has contributed to a number of professional handbooks on the subject of safety. He is a member of a number of professional societies and recently concluded service as First Vice-Chairman of the Main Committee on Occupational Safety and Health for the American Society of Testing and Materials.

 


Gilbert E. Nicholls is a mechanical, electrical and structural engineer. He is registered as a Professional Engineer in Connecticut and Missouri. He attended S.U.N.Y Maritime College and transferred to the University of Kansas from which he received his Bachelors Degree in 1961. After serving in the U.S. Navy as a Line Officer for two years, he spent ten years as Maintenance Engineer and Engineering Supervisor for the Monsanto Company in its St. Louis, MO, and Deep River, CT, facilities. He subsequently became Plant Engineer of Pratt-Read Corporation's Ivorytown, CT., facility before joining the staff of Forensic Engineering in 1987. He is a member of a number of engineering societies and was recognized by the American Society of Safety Engineers as "Safety Professional of the Year" for the New England and eastern New York State region in 1994. He served as President of the Nutmeg Chapter and is currently Assistant Regional Vice-President for the New England and eastern New York state region of the American Society of Safety Engineers.

 


Kay McCarthy is our paratechnical assistant. In her position, she provides support to the engineers which includes: communicating with clients; researching various regulations, standards and other data; preparing preliminary diagrams; reading and summarizing depositions, reports, etc.; and managing the day-to-day operation of the office. Before coming to Forensic Engineering, Kay had 20 years experience in the construction industry where, among other duties, she acted as liaison with insurance companies and OSHA regarding worker compensation claims and safety issues.