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Lawrence J. Kashar
Kashar Technical Services, Inc.
5117 S. Corning Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90056

Telephone: (310) 645-4404
Facsimile: (310) 645-9859

Areas of Expertise

Materials analysis, failure analysis and material trade-off evaluation for a wide range of clientele in the areas of patent and product liability investigations; extensive experience in arbitration, deposition and trial testimony, including, Grimshaw v. Ford, Ellsworth v. Beech, and the Pepcon explosion in Henderson, Nevada. Formed the Consultants Bureau™, a group of highly reputable and experienced experts with diverse areas of specialization, providing additional resources to meet clients' needs.

Ph.D. (Metallurgy and Materials Science), Carnegie-Mellon University (1970)
Thesis title: "Deformation Criteria in the Cold Extrusion of Metals"
M.S. (Metallurgical Engineering), Carnegie Institute of Technology (1961)
M.S. (Metallurgy), Stevens Institute of Technology (1959)
B.Met.E. (Metallurgical Engineering), Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (1955)

Work Experience

1991 - present



Kashar Technical Services, Inc.


Los Angeles, CA



1982 - 1991

Vice President – Technology


SEAL Laboratories


El Segundo, CA



1979 - 1982

Director, Technical Services


SEAL Laboratories


El Segundo, CA



1973 - 1979

Director, Metallurgical Services


SEAL Laboratories


El Segundo, CA




Staff Engineer


Martin-Marietta Aerospace


Orlando, FL



1971 - 1972

Member of Technical Staff


North American Rockwell, B-1 Division


Los Angeles, CA



1964 - 1970

Senior Research Metallurgist


U.S. Steel Applied Research Laboratory


Monroeville, PA



1955 - 1959

Associate Metallurgist


American Metal Climax R&D Laboratory


Carteret, NJ

Teaching Experience

University of Southern California, 1993 to 1995, Lecturer, "Structural Failure Analysis" for short course entitled "Aviation Accident Investigation," at the U.S.C. Safety Center
University of Southern California, 1975 to 1985, Lecturer, "Fracture, Fractography and Failure Analysis," graduate metallurgy course.
California State University at Long Beach, 1973, undergraduate metallurgy.
ASM International four-day course, "Electron Microscopy in Failure Analysis," taught approximately two times per year since 1983 (on both the East & West Coasts).

Professional Memberships / Registrations

Member, ASM International (formerly The American Society for Metals)
Chairman, Los Angeles Chapter (1990 – 1991)
Chairman of the Program Committee for 1979 WESTEC Conference
General Chairman 1982 WESTEC Committee
International Society for Testing and Failure Analysis
Co-Founder and Vice Chairman (1979 – 1987)
Member, American Society for Testing and Materials
Member, National Association of Corrosion Engineers
Member, American Welding Society
Member, Society of Automotive Engineering
Member, Independent Metallurgical Engineering Consultants of California

Honors and Awards

Dow Chemical Company Fellow
Member, Tau Beta Pi, Engineering Honor Society
Member, Sigma Xi, Scientific Honor Society