Curriculum Vitae

Frederick F. (Rick) Franklin, P.E.





  • Building fires
  • Vehicle defects
  • Vehicle fires
  • Electrical/mechanical machinery and equipment failures


Litigation Support Experience

  • 83 trials since 1973
  • Qualified as a forensic engineering expert regarding fires and accidents of all types, usually involving electrical and mechanical equipment and machinery
  • Never disqualified for any reason
  • More than 250 depositions



The Ohio State University
Bachelor of Electrical Engineering (B.E.E.), 1964

  • Five-year program included mechanical engineering and physics courses
  • 18 graduate credit hours in Electrical Engineering
  • 99th percentile on Graduate Record Examination (GRE) in Advanced Engineering, 1964


Professional Experience

1974-Present – President, PACE, Inc., Cincinnati, Ohio

  • 2,500 cause and origin (C & O) investigations of residential, commercial, and vehicle fires. Developed and published methods to prevent most short circuit arcing fires in buildings and vehicles, now accepted.
  • 1,000 vehicle accident investigations, involving (computerized) accident reconstructions and reported vehicle defects.
  • 400 industrial accidents involving electrical and mechanical machinery of all types.

1970-1974 – Systems Engineering Associates, Columbus, Ohio

  • Forensic engineering investigations (162).

1971-1973 – Capital Elevator, Columbus, Ohio

  • Superintendent of elevator construction and service. Design of electrical elevator controllers.

1970-1971 – OSU Radio Astronomy Observatory, Columbus, Ohio

  • Chief Resident Engineer in charge of microwave receiver systems and electrical and mechanical technicians. Designed improvements for radio telescope systems.

1968-1969 – Battelle Memorial Institute, Columbus, Ohio

  • Mechanical design of a microwave system used to measure the effects of a simulated Aurora Borealis on microwaves.

1964-1968 – OSU Department of High Energy Physics and Electroscience Laboratory, Columbus, Ohio

  • Designed two digital computer systems.


Professional Affiliations

  • Fellow, National Academy of Forensic Engineers (NAFE)
  • American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME)
  • Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE)
  • National Society of Professional Engineers (NSPE)
  • Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE)



  • Registered Professional Engineer in Ohio, Kentucky, Michigan and Pennsylvania.
  • Ohio Licensed Private Investigator No. 59-74-0379 (1974 to 2005)
  • Licensed Ohio Electrical Inspector (1974-1976)

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