Christopher J. Brand, P.E.
Chris Brand is a licensed professional engineer with extensive experience in research and development engineering. His in-depth understanding of mechanical systems and materials at the component level provides a strong base for failure investigations, including large machinery such as cranes, wind turbines and agricultural equipment. With expertise in computational fluid dynamics and finite element analysis–including ANSYS finite element software–he brings valuable insight to bear on failure investigations, particularly for pressure-bearing components, fasteners, and welded joints.
Prior to joining the firm, Chris worked in product design and development engineering at Emerson Process Management’s Rosemount Inc. business unit, a leading maker of process instrumentation, where he led project teams that developed flow meter products. He has also held engineering roles at a machining-modeling software firm and an automotive seating supplier.
His education includes a Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities and a Bachelor of Science in Engineering (B.S.E.) in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. Piping codes, ANSYS training as well as geometric dimensioning and tolerancing (GD&T) are among the continuing-education topics in which Chris keeps current.
Chris is a member of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) and is a Walkway Auditor Certificate Holder from the National Floor Safety Institute (NFSI). He has authored scholarly papers and holds multiple patents in the area of flow meter technology.
Download Chris’s co-authored paper “Simulation and Analysis of Chip Breakage in Turning Processes”.