Forensic Engineers and Consultants

Tom Kelly

Tom Kelly

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Tom Kelly

M.S.E.E., P.E., CFEI Phone: 803.732.6600 vCard LinkedIn Download CV

Expertise

  • Electrical Equipment Failures
  • Electrocution and Electric Shock Accidents
  • Fires and Explosions
  • Industrial Electrical Accidents
  • Lightning Strike Analysis
  • Scope of Damage - Estimate of Repair
Biography

Senior Consulting Engineer Thomas Kelly is a licensed professional engineer in South Carolina, North Carolina, Alabama, Georgia, Florida, and Maryland and an NCEES Model Law Engineer. He has both a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering and a Master of Science in Electrical Engineering from Florida Atlantic University, Boca Raton, Florida, along with a Master of Business Administration, with an emphasis in strategic leadership, from Winthrop University, Rock Hill, South Carolina.

Tom’s 25-year career in electrical engineering includes forensic engineering investigation involving industrial electrical accidents, electrical equipment failure analysis, control system failures, including robotics and automation components and scope of damage assessments. He has conducted investigations for arc flash incidents, electrocution and electric shock accidents and lightning strike evaluations.

From his large facilities management, Tom has a depth of knowledge in building envelope performance, lighting system performance and compliance, low and medium voltage electrical distribution systems, and automated production control systems. Critical data infrastructure systems are a special area of interest including emergency and standby power systems. His experience also includes the design and analysis of alternative energy systems utilizing both solar and fuel cell technologies.

A Certified Fire and Explosion Investigator, Tom is experienced in fire and explosion analysis, origin, and cause investigations. Drawing from prior product design work, he has a wide range of experiences with product defect analysis and evaluating the workmanship of installed electrical systems.

Qualifications
B.S., and M.S. in Electrical Engineering
Licensed Professional Engineer
Certified Fire and Explosion Investigator
Experience in Robotics and Automation Systems
Experience in High Energy Laser Design
Recent Posts
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Ready, Set, Fly! – Understanding Another Technology for Forensic Investigations

This is the first blog in a series on integrating new technologies into the process of forensic investigations.  Documenting the scene of an incident accurately, efficiently, and safely is a key step in every investigation.  Busy roadways and unstable structures present hazards to the investigator during the investigation process. The use of remote sensors can […]

Ground rod installed in the earth with clamp.

Grounding versus Bonding – Understanding the Difference in Building Electrical Systems

While a teenager might be very familiar with being “grounded”, there is confusion over the meaning of the word in the electrical sense. In building electrical systems, “grounding” and “bonding” are two terms that are often misunderstood. Improper application of the concepts of grounding and bonding may create lethal shock and fire hazards. “Earthing” is […]

Senior Consulting Engineer Thomas Kelly is a licensed professional engineer in South Carolina, North Carolina, Alabama, Georgia, Florida, and Maryland and an NCEES Model Law Engineer. He has both a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering and a Master of Science in Electrical Engineering from Florida Atlantic University, Boca Raton, Florida, along with a Master of Business Administration, with an emphasis in strategic leadership, from Winthrop University, Rock Hill, South Carolina.

Tom’s 25-year career in electrical engineering includes forensic engineering investigation involving industrial electrical accidents, electrical equipment failure analysis, control system failures, including robotics and automation components and scope of damage assessments. He has conducted investigations for arc flash incidents, electrocution and electric shock accidents and lightning strike evaluations.

From his large facilities management, Tom has a depth of knowledge in building envelope performance, lighting system performance and compliance, low and medium voltage electrical distribution systems, and automated production control systems. Critical data infrastructure systems are a special area of interest including emergency and standby power systems. His experience also includes the design and analysis of alternative energy systems utilizing both solar and fuel cell technologies.

A Certified Fire and Explosion Investigator, Tom is experienced in fire and explosion analysis, origin, and cause investigations. Drawing from prior product design work, he has a wide range of experiences with product defect analysis and evaluating the workmanship of installed electrical systems.

B.S., and M.S. in Electrical Engineering
Licensed Professional Engineer
Certified Fire and Explosion Investigator
Experience in Robotics and Automation Systems
Experience in High Energy Laser Design
Figure-1-Drone-in-use-2

Ready, Set, Fly! – Understanding Another Technology for Forensic Investigations

This is the first blog in a series on integrating new technologies into the process of forensic investigations.  Documenting the scene of an incident accurately, efficiently, and safely is a key step in every investigation.  Busy roadways and unstable structures present hazards to the investigator during the investigation process. The use of remote sensors can […]

Ground rod installed in the earth with clamp.

Grounding versus Bonding – Understanding the Difference in Building Electrical Systems

While a teenager might be very familiar with being “grounded”, there is confusion over the meaning of the word in the electrical sense. In building electrical systems, “grounding” and “bonding” are two terms that are often misunderstood. Improper application of the concepts of grounding and bonding may create lethal shock and fire hazards. “Earthing” is […]

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