Nicolas Cunningham, Ph.D., P.Eng.

Practice Leader, Materials Science

Forensic Services

Toronto, Canada


Dr. Nicolas Cunningham is a registered professional engineer with extensive experience in materials engineering, corrosion, materials testing, and research and development. He has spent over 15 years in the fields of chemical and materials engineering working in markets spanning from education and research to industrial and military. Specifically, his experience extends to diversified industries such as oil and gas, petrochemical, mining, pulp and paper, water/wastewater, and power and energy.

Dr. Cunningham has worked extensively on the development of innovative materials and processes, materials selection, field failure analysis, emergency repairs, and redesign of existing large industrial equipment. He is highly knowledgeable of most electrochemical tests and thermo-mechanical tests and has evaluated the reliability of materials and products using accelerated life tests. Furthermore, he is a subject matter expert on the welding of complex steel alloys and high-temperature materials used in highly regulated industries.

His familiarity with a variety of methods used to analyze and characterize materials aligns with his extensive knowledge of a range of materials (polymers, ceramics and glasses, refractory materials, composites/FRP, stainless steels, high-nickel alloys, brasses and bronzes, titanium, aluminum alloys). In addition, he has performed independent consulting third-party reviews for modifications related to pressure vessels (ASME BPVC Div I, III, V, and IX; API, NACE; and ERPI requirements). Dr. Cunningham also has in-depth knowledge of many materials, chemicals, and material characterization techniques used in the production and troubleshooting of electrochemical power sources and storage systems such as fuel cells and capacitors, as well as primary and secondary batteries.


• Materials and Energy Sciences, Ph.D.: Université du Québec, Institut National de la Recherche Scientifique (2005)

• Materials and Energy Sciences, M.Sc.: Université du Québec, Institut National de la Recherche Scientifique (2001)

• Chemical and Materials Engineering, B.Eng.: Royal Military College of Canada (1999)

• Licensed Professional Engineer: Ontario, Québec, British Columbia, Nova Scotia, Northwest Territories, and Nunavut Canada