James M. Orosz, P.E. Electrical Engineer & Electric Utilities Expert

James M. Orosz, Electrical Engineer & Electric Utilities Expert

As a Major in the U.S. Army Reserve, a graduate of electrical engineering at West Point, and an accomplished Professional Engineer in the private sector, Jim is uniquely qualified to investigate matters pertaining to electrical engineering. Jim provides investigations, reports, and testimony in a variety of injury and loss claims that involve electrical products and systems. He has distinctive expertise involving electrical utilities, including the design, inspection, and management of overhead and underground distribution and transmission systems.

For more than ten years Jim worked in engineering and engineering management positions with Consolidated Edison Incorporated. During this time Jim was responsible for the safety and reliability of the electrical distribution system, which included conducting inspections of the distribution system, development of test specifications for underground cables, and managing maintenance on the network. As area manager in Manhattan Substation Operations and a manager in Transmission System Planning, Jim was responsible for the performance, operation, and safety of electric power delivery.

In addition to his experience with electrical utilities, Jim worked as a supervisor of maintenance, operations, and safety for General Motors; he also served in a variety of functions with the United States Army Corps of Engineers. In these roles Jim gained extensive practical experience with industrial and heavy equipment.

During his time at West Point, Jim was a four-year member of the USMA Sport Parachute Team. He is also a Black Belt in Tae Kwon Do. Jim's forensic casework extends to include these areas of expertise.

Jim is a professional engineer, licensed in New York State. He achieved the rank of Captain during his active duty with the United States Army Corps of Engineers and continues his military involvement as a Major in the Army Reserve. Jim earned his degree in electrical engineering from West Point and has earned graduate degrees from New York University and the University of Missouri.

Professional Experience

Robson Forensic, Inc.

Associate

2007 to present

Provide technical investigations, analysis, reports, and testimony towards the resolution of commercial and personal injury litigation involving various aspects of electric power including, but not limited to:

  • The National Electric Code and National Electric Safety Code, OSHA and industry safety practices
  • Underground and overhead transmission and distribution cables, transformers, circuit breakers, contactors, relays, fuses, capacitors, inductors, short circuit analysis, protection coordination, system load flow, grounding, substation design and operation, transmission and distribution design, tower and pole design, system reliability and failure analysis
  • Distribution and cogeneration plant design and utility interconnection including solar, tidal turbine, micro-turbine, fuel cell, and internal combustion
  • Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition (SCADA) to include power line carrier, wireless, and digital technologies
  • Electrical design and operation of manufacturing equipment, robots, conveyors, programmable logic controllers (PLC’s), automated tooling, automated guided vehicles (AGV’s), electric motors, variable frequency drives, automated spot and MIG welding machines
  • Safety of electrical systems including, engineering controls, lock out tag out procedures, Personal Protective Equipment (PPE), shocks, electrocutions, electrical arcing, fires due to electrical faults, and public safety

Consolidated Edison Incorporated

2001 to 2012
Section Manager, Transmission System Planning 2010-2012

Responsible for Con Edison’s high voltage transmission system’s performance analysis and short term planning.

Area Manager, Manhattan Substation Operations 2007-2010
Responsible for the operation, maintenance, and safety of 10 Manhattan, NY 138kV to 13.8kV and 69kV to 13.8kV substations supplying Manhattan distribution networks.

Assistant to the President and CEO of Consolidated Edison Summer 2006
Provided technical assistance to the company’s senior executives for the summer’s high electrical load period.

Senior Engineer 2006
Lead engineer for distribution reliability studies. Responsible for load flow and short circuit studies for all NYC networks.

Department Manager (Acting) 2005-2006
Department Manager of Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition
Responsible for the control and monitoring system for all electrical distribution equipment in NYC and Westchester County, New York.

Distribution Engineer, Cable and Network Systems Groups 2001-2005
Researched, designed, and proposed innovative battery and diesel power for distributed generation. Reviewed and tested multiple distributed generation projects of all types throughout NYC. Supported 1999 Washington Heights network outage litigation as lead engineer.

General Motors Corporation

Supervisor

1999 to 2001

Supervisor of maintenance, operations and safety of one-half of the plant’s light truck metal body assembly. Directly managed up to 12 UAW electricians per shift and was responsible for all skilled trade work in the area. Planned and executed maintenance on over $100 million worth of programmable logic controlled tooling and conveyors, and over 100 industrial robots.

United States Army Reserves

1999 to present
Emergency Preparedness Liaison Officer (EPLO), Major DOD Liason to FEMA 2006-present

Coordinate, analyze, and manage DOD support to FEMA during national emergencies in New York, New Jersey, Puerto Rico, or the US Virgin Islands. Assist Army engineers to help with debris removal, helicopters for medevac and damage assessment.

Observer Controller, Major 2004-2006
Evaluate and control training exercises of high-level staff sections for deployable units throughout New York and New Jersey.

Company Commander, Captain 2002-2003
Headquarters Commander for training battalion responsible for training troops bound for Operation Iraqi Freedom, mobilized for 2003.

Engineer Team Officer in Charge, Captain 1999-2002
Trained company level units for mobilization and deployment.

United States Army (Corps of Engineers)

1993 to 1999
Battalion Adjutant, Captain 1998-1999

Managed all personnel functional areas to include personnel accounting, strength reporting, personnel database management, finance, promotions, evaluations, morale support, awards, mail, and legal actions for a 568 soldier combat airborne engineer battalion.

Assistant Battalion Operations Officer, Captain 1996-1997
Developed and prepared all operations, plans, and orders for a 433-soldier combat engineer battalion with worldwide rapid deployment capabilities. Planned and executed quarterly training and monthly unit status briefs to the division headquarters. Presented engineer battalion field training reports to the brigade commander and staff.

Company Executive Officer, 1st Lieutenant 1996
Second in command of a 250 soldier headquarters and support company for a combat engineer battalion. Supervised maintenance of 140 heavy equipment engineer vehicles. Planned all company construction and training projects.

Platoon Leader, 2nd Lieutenant 1995-1996
Led a 54-soldier equipment support platoon for a combat (heavy) engineer battalion. Supervised and evaluated 14 non-commissioned officers and 40 enlisted soldiers. Responsible for over $10 million of heavy engineer equipment. Planned, managed, and executed a three square km drop zone clearance.

Platoon Leader, 2nd Lieutenant 1993-1994
Led a 24 soldier, immediate action combat engineer platoon stationed 20 km south of the DMZ line. Trained and motivated soldiers for combat under tense political conditions. Commanded 17 American and 7 Korean national soldiers.

Professional Credentials

Professional Engineer License: New York State

Education

MBA, New York University, Leonard N. Stern School of Business, New York, NY, 2012

M.S., Engineering Management, University of Missouri, Rolla, MO, 1998

B.S., Electrical Engineering, Dean’s List, United States Military Academy, West Point, NY, 1993

Professional Memberships

  • Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE)
  • National Fire Protection Association (NFPA)

Personal

  • Four-year member of the USMA Sport Parachute Team (three out of four year national champions).
  • Black belt in Tae Kwon do (karate)
  • Member of the Black Knights Sport Parachute Team, at the United States Military Academy (USMA), West Point
  • Graduate of the United States Army Airborne School
  • Member of the 37th Engineer Battalion (Airborne) performing regularly scheduled military parachute jumps
    • Completed over 650 skydives
    • Competed in the National Collegiate Parachute Competition for four years
    • Made demonstration parachute jumps into stadiums, parade fields, and other public events
    • Packed and inspected parachutes
    • Performed pre jump inspections of parachutes and skydiving equipment
    • Familiar with many types of parachute design, function, and maintenance

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Webinar

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