James F. Lane, P.E.

Director, Materials Science Practice and Laboratory Services

Forensic Services



Mr. James Lane earned a B.S. degree in Materials Engineering and an M.S. degree in Materials Science and Engineering. He is a registered professional engineer in 27 states.

Mr. Lane consults from a materials engineering perspective, having extensive experience with failure analysis and engineering investigations. His focus is generally on metallurgy, materials of construction, property/structure relationships, and corrosion of both ferrous and non-ferrous materials. Mr. Lane also has experience evaluating polymeric and ceramic components and coatings.

Mr. Lane’s characterization and failure analysis experience began with evaluating failed helicopter components while a cooperative education intern with Sikorsky Aircraft and transitioned to advanced materials research and microelectronics at the Georgia Tech Research Institute. He has now accumulated over 30 years of expertise in the determination of root cause and dispute resolution, with extensive experience designing and conducting field and laboratory testing. His background extends to the fields of materials characterization, fractography, metallography, and mechanical testing. He has supported a broad range of industries, including, but not limited to, construction, facilities, aerospace, railroad, automotive, recreational equipment, pharmaceutical, petrochemical, pulp and paper, food services, power generation, building systems, light manufacturing, insurance, and the legal community.

Mr. Lane is actively involved in ASM International, currently serving as President of the Failure Analysis Society (FAS), of which he was a founding member. He also is an active member of ASTM, serving on Committees A01, A05, E04, E08, E26, E30, E58, and G01 and various subcommittees; TMS, serving on the Professional Development Committee; and AWS. In addition to his society and committee work, Mr. Lane also peer reviews submitted articles for the Journal of Failure Analysis and Prevention.


• Materials Engineering, B.: Georgia Institute of Technology (1993)

• Materials Science and Engineering, M.S.: Georgia Institute of Technology (1999)

• Licensed Professional Engineer: Alabama, California, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Louisiana, Maryland, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Nebraska, Nevada, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, Washington, and Wisconsin