Patrick J. Hudson

Senior Consultant / Ph.D., P.E. / San Diego


Dr. Hudson is a graduate of the United States Naval Academy, where he earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Naval Architecture.  Dr. Hudson earned a Master of Science degree in Civil Engineering from The Johns Hopkins University.  He earned a Doctor of Philosophy degree in Ocean Engineering from Johns Hopkins.  Dr. Hudson is a licensed Professional Mechanical Engineer in the State of California and a licensed Professional Engineer in the States of Maryland, Texas, and Virginia.

Dr. Hudson’s areas of forensic engineering expertise include vessels, marine facilities, seawalls, mechanical failures to machinery, water losses, injuries to personnel, and admiralty cases. He has over 16 years of experience teaching undergraduate and graduate-level university courses in naval architecture, marine propulsion, ports & harbors, and offshore and coastal engineering.

Representative engagements include:

  • Vessel collisions and groundings
  • Damage to and loss of marine cargo
  • Ship and boat intact and damaged stability
  • Shipboard injuries to employees and passengers
  • Ship seaworthiness and design evaluations
  • Vessel structural damage and corrosion
  • Marine propulsion evaluations
  • Shipyard facilities and operations
  • Seawall and breakwater failures
  • Shoreline and beach erosion remediation
  • Pier, wharf, and dock failures
  • Mechanical failures of residential appliances and commercial machinery
  • Water losses in commercial and residential buildings
  • Premises liability investigations
  • Post-catastrophic damage evaluations of buildings and facilities

Education and Registrations

  • B.S. Naval Architecture, U.S. Naval Academy
  • M.S.Eng. Civil Engineering, The Johns Hopkins University
  • Ph.D., Ocean Engineering, The Johns Hopkins University