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C. Charles Jackson Leadership Lecture: Tom Crane

Photo of Tom CraneAn Expert Look at Forensic Engineering

Speaker:Tom Crane, P.E.
Principal Emeritus, Crane Engineering, Part of ESi

TV shows like CSI and NCIS have popularized the idea of forensic investigations. In reality, forensic engineering, known as “the investigation of failures,” is a complex, rapidly changing, high-level area of expertise. Forensic investigations engage multiple engineering disciplines in situations like the use of data analytics to determine the cause of vehicle crashes; infrastructure failures, investigations of explosions and fires and much more. The need for collaborative work in field investigations by engineers across disciplines is essential in forensic engineering.

Crane will share case studies and perspective on the future of forensic engineering based on more than 45 years in the field. He founded Crane Engineering in 1978 (part of ESi since 2019), a consulting engineering firm specializing in Forensic Engineering. He has extensive experience in mechanical systems, machine design analysis, safety and hazard analysis of mechanical systems, machine guarding, combustion mechanics, fuel gas systems and components.

Crane has been a member of the technical committee for the National Fuel Gas Code, NFPA 54 for nearly 25 years and is the immediate past chairman of that committee. He was a contributing editor for both the Seventh and Tenth Editions of the National Fuel Gas Code Handbooks.

About the First Thursday Jackson Leadership Lecture Series:

Hosted by the Dunwoody Alumni Association, the Jackson Leadership Lecture series is a breakfast lecture featuring key executives from the business community speaking about a range of leadership topics. It is held the first Thursday of the month for alumni, friends, and students of Dunwoody.


7:00 a.m. – Registration & Breakfast

7:30 a.m. – Leadership Lecture

8:00 a.m. – Q&A Session

8:30 a.m. – Program Concludes



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