RNA Consulting, Inc.

RNA Consulting, Inc.

Robert N. Anderson, PhD, PE, PI

27820 Saddle Court Los Altos Hills, CA 94022

About the Expert

Robert N. Anderson, PhD, PE, PI, is an expert witness in Engineering Forensic Disciplines, Failure Analysis, Fire & Explosion Investigation, Metallurgy and Materials Science, and Firearms & Ballistics, Corrosion.

Areas of Expertise

  • Engineering Forensic Disciplines
  • Fire & Explosion Investigation
  • Firearms and Ballistics
  • Metallurgy

Expert's Profile

Dr. Anderson is a testifying expert in metallurgical and materials engineering, and has 30+ years of experience serving courts in the U.S. and Canada. His specialties include corrosion and thermodynamics, failure analysis, engineering design, and accident analysis. He is an emeritus professor of materials engineering.

In the forensic sciences area, his clients include legal firms and insurance companies. He has both plaintiff and defense experience in civil and criminal matters; he is experienced as a court appointed expert. He has designed and led workshops in presentation of evidence to the jury.
Dr. Anderson is certified by IIFES Board, specialty in Forensic Engineering Sciences.

• Failure of materials - metals, wood, glass, ceramic, rubber, composites, plastics.
• Systems and product design failure analysis, and reliability evaluation.
• Investigations involving paint, adhesives, chemicals, and asbestos.
• Failures due to construction accidents or building materials failures including system design, materials selection, manufacture, and/or maintenance.
• Accident analysis involving materials and metallurgical failures, including industrial, vehicular accidents, aircraft, recreational and sports equipment.
• Fire cause determination involving materials and high temperature analysis.
• Corrosion, including metals interface or piping, materials analysis.
• Materials failures of medical devices and implants.
• Materials and metallurgical expert in firearms, ballistics, and explosions.

* Check out Dr. Anderson's CV for more information

Personal Achievements


  • Registered Metallurgical Engineer, California No. 1490
  • Registered Nuclear Engineer, California No. 91
  • Private Investigators License, CA No. 14033
  • Pilot license: 1577209: Amateur Radio License: KC6ZWG, general.


  • National Society for Professional Engineers (NSPE)
  • Forensic Expert Witness Association (FEWA)
  • National Associate of Corrosion Engineers (NACE)
  • The Materials Research Society (MRS)
  • American Institute of Chemical Engineering (AIChE)
  • Society of Plastics Engineers (SPE)
  • Society for the Advancement of Material and Process Engineering (SAMPE)
  • Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE)
  • Society of Wood Science and Technology (SWST)
  • And: American Society for Metals (ASM); American Chemical Society (ACS); American Ceramic Society (ACS); American Welding Society (AWS).

Listed in the Following States

RNA Consulting, Inc. is listed with ExpertPages in the following jurisdictions: All US Regions and States, Canada (all Provinces).