Envista Welcomes Eleven Experts in May
Last month, Envista saw its largest onboarding group of 2023, welcoming nine new experts across the US, one expert in Canada, and one expert in Australia. We are joined by three fire and explosion investigators, five civil/structural engineers, one electrical engineer, one mechanical engineer expert, and a building consultant.
Meet Envista’s Newest Additions!
Principal Consultant, Fire & Explosion (Washington DC)
Curt Alvis is a Principal Consultant with over 42 years of wide-ranging experience in public safety services and law enforcement. For 32 years of his career, Curt has been directly engaged in fire and explosion investigations in both the private and public sectors. Curt is a Certified Fire Investigator (CFI), Certified Fire & Explosion Investigator (CFEI), and Certified Vehicle Fire Investigator (CVFI). He has conducted and supervised investigations into residential, commercial, industrial, and vehicular fires and explosions, including multiple fatalities, major explosions, serial arsonists, insurance fraud, complex subrogation, and multi-million loss incidents. Curt has also testified in court and qualified on multiple occasions as an expert witness in state and federal court proceedings and depositions involving fire/explosion origin and cause investigations.
Fun Fact: The most interesting loss I've worked on was a fire in the chemical biological laboratory in Ft. Detrick, Maryland. The fire rapidly engulfed a portion of the laboratory while it was under construction. As the lead investigator, I coordinated the fire scene examination with state, local, and federal investigative agencies along with multiple forensic disciplines. The fire loss dollar loss was over 30 million dollars.
Project Engineer, Civil/Structural (Columbus, OH)
Dan Reyes is a Project Engineer with over 10 years of experience in civil/structural engineering. Dan is a licensed professional engineer (PE) in Ohio and graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering from the Ohio State University. He specializes in structural engineering design with vibration-isolation and seismic-restraint manufacturing experience and is proficient in AutoCAD and RAM software.
Fun Fact: My favorite part about being an engineer is problem-solving and using engineering principles and judgement to determine what contributed to the structural deficiency or failure of the structural element/structural framing system.
Project Engineer, Civil/Structural (Toronto, ON)
Daw Ghanim is a professional electrical engineer with 10 years of experience as Project Manager, primarily within industrial plants. He has extensive hands-on experience maintaining, installing, commissioning, and testing various electrical equipment and systems, including MV/LV switchgear, substations, switchboards, power transformers, protective relays, electric motors, generators, power quality meters, soft starters, ATSs, UPSs, MCCs, and VFDs.
Fun Fact: As a child, I always aspired to be an Engineer.
Senior Project Engineer, Civil/Structural (Dallas, TX)
Ian Cranston is a Senior Project Engineer with over 19 years of experience in engineering and construction. He has facilitated design and assessment of structural systems for a broad range of residential and commercial multidisciplinary projects, including forensic investigations of structures and non-structural building systems. Ian has provided litigation support for property loss and builder’s risk files and assessed conditions related to design errors and omissions, potential deficiencies associated with original design and construction, as well as maintenance.
Fun Fact: When I was a child, I wanted to be a comedian.
Project Engineer, Civil/Structural (Orlando, FL)
Jason Cárdenas is a Project Engineer with over eight years of experience in civil/structural engineering. His areas of expertise include storm damage assessments, masonry, stone, steel, and concrete structures. Jason is native bilingual in Spanish and English. He is a licensed professional engineer (PE) in six states and received a Master’s degree in Structural Engineering from the University of Central Florida.
Fun Fact: I enjoy problem-solving and asking the question "How?" Part of being an engineering consultant requires me to investigate the cause of certain issues.
Regional Technical Leader - South, Civil/Structural (Nashville, TN)
Justin DeAngelis is the Regional Technical Leader in the southern US with more than 15 years of experience in civil and structural engineering. He is a licensed professional engineer (PE) in nine states and received his Bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering from Florida State University. Justin specializes in residential, commercial, and industrial structures, including roofs, exteriors, interiors, foundations, and structural damage assessments from storms, and construction-related defects.
Fun Fact: I investigated a haunted maze once... severed limbs, scary clowns, and Texas chainsaws all hanging off the ceilings made for some interesting photographs!
Senior Building Consultant, Building Consulting (Sydney, AUS)
Matthew Calleja is a Senior Building Consultant with over 15 years of experience in the building and construction industries. Matthew has a diverse background in construction, estimating, and project management. He has a strong foundation in carpentry and extensive knowledge of building codes and requirements and possesses a comprehensive understanding of the construction industry. He effectively coordinates residential and commercial construction projects, delivering accurate cost estimations, and creating detailed scope of work.
Fun Fact: I wanted to be an Entomology/Biologist as a kid.
Principal Consultant, Fire & Explosion (Charleston, SC)
Rick Anewalt has 29 years of experience in the fire service, 18 of which were devoted to fire investigation. He is a Certified Fire Investigator (CFI) and instructor (CI) with the International Association of Arson Investigators (IAAI), as well as a licensed private investigator (PI) in South Carolina, North Carolina, and Georgia. He has extension fire code knowledge and has obtained Certified Fire Inspector II and Fire Code Plans Reviewer through the International Code Council (ICC). Rick has investigated over 1700 fires in the public and private sectors and was previously responsible for the technical review of over 2000 fire investigation reports as Deputy Fire Marshal, Regional Manager, and Deputy Director. Rick has a strong electrical and mechanical background which contributes to the success of determining the origin and cause of fires. He has testified as an expert witness in fire and explosion cases in both state and federal court.
Fun Fact: As a fire investigator, I simply love figuring out what happened. The most interesting investigations usually involve human behavior, which is unfortunately sometimes the darkest part of the job.
Project Consultant, Electrical (Charlotte, NC)
Stephen Josu is an Electrical Project Consultant with over six years of experience in the electrical power industry. He specializes in electrical power generation, transmission, and distribution. Stephen has experience performing electrical designs, transmission planning protective relay coordination, microprocessor relay programming, PLC programming, HV testing at substation and powerhouse equipment, NERC standards, and traction power.
Fun Fact: My favorite part of being an Electrical Project Consultant is the ability to combine my investigation, troubleshooting, and engineering skill together to get a single result. This really helps me to task my brain daily.
Consultant, Fire & Explosion (Minneapolis, MN)
Steven Cash is a Fire and Explosion Consultant with over 23 years of experience in the fire service, with over eight years dedicated to fire investigations. He has specialized experience in fire and explosion investigations including residential and commercial structures, vehicles, heavy equipment, and wildland and urban interface fires. Steven is also a Certified Fire Investigator (CFI) through the International Association of Arson Investigators and a Certified Fire and Explosion Investigator (CFEI) with the National Association of Fire Investigators. He possesses expertise in fire and building codes, hazard materials, fire suppression systems, fire alarm systems, and fire and life safety systems.
I always wanted to be a Firefighter.
Senior Project Engineer, Mechanical (Nashua, NH)
Steven Day is a Senior Project Engineer with over 20 years of experience. He is a licensed professional engineer in Maine with a proven history of success in forensics, manufacturing, hydroelectric power consulting, pulp and paper, and OEM industries. He received his Bachelor of Science in both Electrical Engineering and Mechanical Engineering.
Fun Fact: I love the technical detective work and the variety of being a fire investigator. Forensics is the most cerebral of any engineering job I've ever had. I know of no other job that today requires you to be an expert in microwave ovens, tomorrow you're an expert in oil-fired boilers, and by the end of the week, it's MRI machines in a medical clinic. That kind of variety and challenge is what makes the job so interesting.