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Neff, Michael
Michael Neff Associates
10833 Braddock Drive
Culver City, California 90230

Telephone: (310) 612-0222


Areas of Expertise 

Expertise in analysis of engineered materials, systems, and design. Specialized competence in Scanning Electron Microscopy and associated X-ray analysis. Experience in metal, cementitious, and polymeric materials specification, failure analysis, and contamination/corrosion control, as well as data acquisition and evaluation in process engineering. Specific expertise in failure analysis of engineered materials, including investigation and interpretation of test results. Experience in a wide range of disciplines, including the research, industrial, and legal sectors. Command of a broad range of hardware and software tools. 

M.S. (Materials Engineering, Specializing in Solidification Science), Massachusetts Institute of Technology (1977)
B.S. (Materials Science & Engineering), Massachusetts Institute of Technology (1977)

Work Experience 

2000 - present



Michael Neff Associates


Culver City, CA



2000 - present



Chemistry of Concrete


Goleta, CA



1984 - 2000

Senior Member Technical Staff, Materials Science


Seal Laboratories


El Segundo, CA



1980 - 1983



Stoody Company


Los Angeles, CA



1980 - 1985

Instructor, Mechanical Engineering & Materials Science


University of Southern California


Los Angeles, CA



1977 - 1980

Research Associate & Metal Crystal Growth Laboratory Manager


Massachusetts Institute of Technology


Cambridge, MA

Teaching Experience 
University of Southern California, Los Angeles, 1980 - 1985
Mechanical engineering and materials science
Electron Microscopy in Failure Analysis, 1984 - 1998
One-week intensive course has been conducted bi-annually. Attendees come from across the U.S.
Materials Engineering Institute, Materials Park, OH, 1998 - present
Principles of Failure Analysis

Professional Memberships / Registrations 
Member, ASM International
Chapter Advisory Committee, 1989-1991
National Chapter Operations Committee, 1989-1991
Los Angeles Chapter Chairman, 1988-1989
Member, American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM)
Voting Member of Committee C09-65, Petrography
Member, American Concrete Institute (ACI)
Member, Microprobe Analysis Society (MAS)
Member, Independent Metallurgical Engineering Consultants of California
Member, International Metallographic Society (IMS)