Experience

A Professional Engineer and certified roofing expert with with RCI, Haag and RICOWI, Mr. Cissell has more than 30 years of experience in civil, structural, and mechanical engineering. He is an expert in premise liability, construction defects, roofing systems, building envelope and product liability. His engineering expertise also encompasses human factor considerations, slip resistance testing, building and safety code and standards analysis, corrosion analysis, materials testing, and thermal imaging. As a forensic specialist, Mr. Cissell has performed more than 5,000 investigations, including those involving first- and third-party claims submitted to insurers. Over the years, he has honed his research and investigation skills, starting with Synthetic Fuel Research, troubleshooting a multitude of process systems at a nuclear power facility during startup. The primary scope of Mr. Cissell’s investigations pertains to residential, commercial and industrial properties, determining why the loss happened and its extent. Mr. Cissell strives to uncover the reasons that a loss occurred to help his clients decide the best strategy to achieve a fair outcome.

Credentials

• Licensed Professional Engineer in Connecticut and Rhode Island; New York and Massachusetts pending
• Haag Roofing Expert: Commercial and Residential Roofs, Wind Damage
• Roofing Consultants Institute – Roof Consultant
• Accident Reconstruction Expert, Northwestern University
• MS, Civil and Environmental Engineering, Utah State University, 1981
• BS, Civil Engineering, Utah State University, 1979
• AAS, Construction Technology, Alfred State College, 1976

Affiliations/Awards

  • American Society of Civil Engineers, Member
  • American Wood Council, Member
  • Human Factors and Ergonomics Society, Member
    • Forensics Professional, Article Reviewer, Seminar Reviewer
    • Environmental Design Technical Group
    • Safety Technical Group
    • Surface Transportation Technical Group
  • International Code Council, Member
  • National Association of Fire Investigators, CFEI, CFII, Instructor
  • National Society of Professional Engineers, Member
  • Roofing Consultant Institute, Member
  • Roofing Industry Committee on Weather Issues, Member
    • Hail Investigation Program
    • Wind Investigation Program

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