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Robert A. Leishear, PhD., P.E., PMP
I troubleshoot technical problems and have solved long misunderstood engineering problems by inventing new theory as required. In short, diverse experience as a tradesman and engineer, along with 24 years of night school and 7 years of additional, full time, PhD studies, were earned to design, build, and operate industrial systems, with a specialty in Fluid, Structural, Machinery Dynamics, and Explosions. As a lead research, design, and test engineer on many projects, I applied inventive solutions to engineering problems, and saved Savannah River Site (SRS) well in excess of $78,000,000 over twenty four years. As a consulting engineer, I have solved water hammer piping failures in nuclear weapons plant, a major industrial facility, and served as an expert court witness for water hammer failures. As the first to do so, I have determined the exact causes of nuclear power plant explosions and offshore, liquified natural gas rig explosions.
To document project successes, I wrote an ASME book along with Conference and Honors Journal papers, and also wrote articles in the Mensa World Journal and the ASME Magazine. Research topics included: nuclear reactors; pump and piping design; fluid mechanics; mixing; fluid transients; non-Newtonian fluids; mass transfer; explosions; machinery and structural failure analysis; vibrations; vacuums; structural dynamics; and stress analysis.
Skills include teaching experience, a sheet metal mechanic apprenticeship, welding and electrician training, a Bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from Johns-Hopkins University, membership in ASME piping committees, attendance in ASME piping courses, completion of two years of Process Engineer training for nuclear facilities, and Masters and Doctorate degrees in Mechanical Engineering from the University of South Carolina (USC), which targeted industrial and nuclear processes. A second Masters' Degree is complete for Nuclear Engineering . I also earned a dozen corporate awards in a DOE facility, an ASME Fellow appointment, several ASME awards, and a Mensa Intellectual Creativity Award.
LEISHEAR ENGINEERING, LLC, Aiken, S. C., 2016:
SAVANNAH RIVER NUCLEAR SOLUTIONS, SAVANNAH RIVER NATIONAL LABORATORY (SRNL), Savannah River Site, S.C., 2007 – 2015 (4 SRNL Awards)
Previous "L" clearance, DOE Secret.
Process Piping Engineer, Savannah River Nuclear Solutions (SRNS):
Calibrations Engineer / Quality Assurance Engineer, Savannah River National Laboratory (Metrology):
Research Engineer, Savannah River National Laboratory: Fluids and Pilot Scale Testing Laboratory:
Radioactive Packaging Engineer, Savannah River National Laboratory:
SAVANNAH RIVER REMEDIATION, LLC, Savannah River Site, S.C., 1991 – 2007 (1 SRS President’s Award, and 10 SRS Vice President’s Awards)
Shift Technical Engineer / Process Engineer:
Design Engineer / Plant Engineer / Pump Engineer / Systems Engineer / Test Engineer:
Westinghouse Defense and Electronics Systems Center, Md., 1982–1991 (Westinghouse President’s Award)
Previous clearance, DOD Secret.
TRAINING AND EDUCATION:
PROFESSIONAL SOCIETIES: (4 ASME Awards for Service, ASME Fellow, Mensa Award)