Eric Fordan


Eric Fodran, PhD
Metallurgical Engineer

Efodran@vglabs.com


TECHNICAL AREAS OF SPECIALIZATION:
• Material Failure Analysis
• Metallurgical Failure Analysis
• Fracture and Failure Analysis
• Water System Component Failure Analysis

EDUCATION:
Doctor of Philosophy in Materials Science & Engineering
University of Florida, Gainesville, FL (2002)

Master of Science in Materials Engineering
California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo, CA (1997)

Bachelor of Science in Metallurgical and Materials Engineering
California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo, CA (1994)

Associate of Science in Materials Science
Don Bosco Technical Institute, Rosemead, CA (1990)

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE:
Staff Engineer, Vollmer-Gray Engineering Laboratories, Inc. (July 2011 to present); Material and metallurgical engineering failure analysis including metals, plastics, and water system components.

Materials & Process Engineer, Northrop Grumman, El Segundo, CA (December 2006 to present): Manage advanced metallics materials and processes, Contract Research and Development, Non-Contractual Technical Activity, and Cooperative Research and Development Agreement programs. Develop white papers. Manage ongoing metallics R & R activities. Author R & D reports and present findings/developments to customer.

Lecturer, College of Engineering, Mechanical Engineering Department, California Polytechnic State University Pomona, CA (September 2006 to present): Instruct all lecture and laboratory sessions for junior and senior level materials engineering courses. Develop coursework and exam materials.

Materials & Process Engineer, Specialty Engineering, Northrop Grumman, El Segundo, CA (September 2003 to December 2006): Material selection and process development in support of all phases of air vehicle design and production. Support all design and manufacturing efforts with the identification, development, review, and authoring of materials and process specifications.

University Professional Staff, Major Analytical Instrumentation Center, Materials Science and Engineering Department, University of Florida, Gainesville, FL (September 2000 to October 2002): Operation of JEOL 35CF, 6400, 6335F Scanning Electron Microscopes, Philips 420EM, JEOL 200CX Transmission Electron Microscopes, and Philips APD 3720 X-Ray Diffraction apparatus for the characterization of metals, polymers, semiconductors, and biomaterials to support ongoing research programs and engineering customers. Failure analysis of metals and composite materials.

Graduate Research Associates, University of Florida, Gainesville, FL (September 1998 to September 2002): Characterized and optimized the solidification and microstructural stability of the Al-Ce-Ni ternary eutectic system of elevated temperatures. Participated in the development of non-ferrous, lightweight alloys for elevated temperature service, processed via spray forming techniques.

Research Scientist Team Member, Los Alamos National Laboratory, Los Alamos, NM (May 1998 to August 1998): Performed initial research on the solidification and phase equilibrium in TaX2 binary compounds. Evaluated the effect of inclusion distribution on the performance of uranium in hydrogen environments.

Graduate Teaching Associate, University of Florida, Gainesville, FL (September 1997 to May 1999): Instructed all laboratory sessions and conducted study sessions for graduate level Transmission Electron Microscopy course.

Research Engineer Team Member, Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, CA (June 1996 to September 1996): Conducted materials selection and evaluation of protective coatings for polymer thin films. Researched and developed processes for the optimization of thin film protective coatings for airborne systems.

Teaching Associate, California State University San Luis Obispo (September 1995 to June 1996): Instructed all classes and laboratory sessions for two undergraduate level courses, introduction to Materials Engineering and Principles of Corrosion.

Engineering Technician, Vio-Shan, Fairchild Fastener Group, Chatsworth, CA (June 1990 to November 1990): Conducted quality assurance of various fastener systems. Performed engineering tests on all configurations of titanium and steel fasteners.

Engineering Technician, Northrop Corporation, Hawthorne, CA (December 1988 to August 1989): Evaluated alternative materials for chromate elimination programs. Performed physical testing on fiber and honeycomb composite materials. Performed engineering evaluations in environmental atmospheric conditions. Applied computer aided testing apparatus for materials physical evaluation.

PUBLICATIONS:
Fodran E., Menon, U., and Koch, M., “Mechanical and Dimensional Characterization of Fused Deposition Modeling Build Styles”, Solid Freeform Fabrication Symposium Annual Proceedings, August 1996.

O’Donnell, T., and Fodran, E., “Composites Use and Standardization”, 4th NASA M&P Working Group Meeting, Kennedy Space Center, July 9, 1996.

Amateau, M.F., Galbraith, J.M., Fodran, E.J., and Kaufman, M.J., Microstructure and Mechanical Properties of a Spray Formed Al-Fe-V-Si Alloy, The Third Pacific Rim International Conference on Advanced Materials and Processing (PRICM 3), Minerals, Metals & Materials Society, 1998.3

Chu, F., Thoma, D., McClellan, K., Peralta, P., Fodran, E., and Li, F., “Physical Properties and Mechanical Behavior of Mo3Si3-Based Silicides”, 1999 TMS Annual Meeting, San Diego, CA, March 1999.

Eden, T., Kaufman, M., Galbraith, J., Fodran, E., and Baker, R., “Spray Metal Processing of Al-Ce-Co-Cr Alloys”, 1999 TMS Annual Meeting, San Diego, CA, March 1999.

PROFESSIONAL AFFILIATIONS:
ASM Executive Committee Chair: Los Angeles Chapter
NSF Fellow
University of Florida Volunteer Guide for Outdoor Experiential Education