Vixar J. Patel, P.E., NAFI-CFEI

MEP Practice Leader

Forensic Services

Newark

BACKGROUND:

Mr. Vixar Patel received his B.S. degree in Electrical Engineering and an M.S. degree in Power & Energy Systems from the New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT). He is a registered professional engineer with 11 years of experience in electrical design, fire alarm, low-voltage systems, and construction administration of commercial, industrial, transit, and utility projects.

Mr. Patel is also a Certified Fire and Explosion Investigator through the National Association of Fire Investigators; and a Certified Marine Electrical Advisor through the American Boat & Yacht Council (ABYC).

Mr. Patel’s areas of expertise include electrical power system design and analysis, including protective device coordination studies, arc flash hazard analysis, and short circuit analysis. He has performed more than 30 power system analysis studies, including arc flash hazard analysis for commercial, industrial, transit, and utility clients.

Mr. Patel has provided arc flash and shock hazard training for various clients. He is also highly skilled in the interpretation and application of the National Electric Code (NFPA 70) and Standard for Electrical Safety in the Workplace (NFPA 70E).

Mr. Patel has participated in more than 750 forensic investigations. He has extensive experience investigating fire and equipment failure matter involving variety of solar power installations including residential commercials and industrial installations. He is proficient in the inspection of electrical systems, appliances, and consumer products powered with lithium and other batteries for the purpose of analyzing and evaluating potential electrical failure scenarios. He has provided technical assistance as well as expert opinions on matters involving residential, commercial, and industrial building fires, as well as marine and land vehicle fires, lightning damage, lithium battery fires, electrocutions, and arc flashes.

EDUCATION & CERTIFICATIONS:

• Electrical Engineering, B.S.: New Jersey Institute of Technology (2009)

• Power & Energy Systems, M.S.: New Jersey Institute of Technology (2012)

• Registered Professional Engineer: Connecticut, Delaware, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont, and Virginia

• Certified Fire and Explosion Investigator: National Association of Fire Investigators

• Certified Marine Electrical Advisor: American Boat and Yacht Council

• Memberships: National Fire Protection Association (NFPA); Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (IEEE); National Association of Fire Investigators (NAFI); American Boat and Yacht Council (ABYC)

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