“Geoff’s knowledge and expertise was invaluable and helped the client reach an equitable settlement.”


  • Light and heavy-duty industrial fans
  • Commercial fans
  • Products or processes incorporating a fan


  • Intellectual property
  • Product design
  • Product liability
  • In-service product failure
  • Failure analysis

Over 30 Years of Engineering Experience

If you are involved in a legal dispute, a failure analysis or forensic engineering investigation that may or already has resulted in legal action, you require technical expertise and knowledge of the engineering or mechanical fault as well as clear and concise communications during the pre-legal and legal proceedings.

Geoff Sheard has extensive experience providing expert witness services and working alongside engineering companies and their law firms. Geoff can clearly explain the precise reasons for failure in laymen’s terms and provide:

  • independent analysis;
  • reviews of technical evidence and documentation; and,
  • provision of both written and oral testimony to courts, arbitrations and mediations.

Geoff Sheard has provided expert witness services across engineering sectors for engineering companies both within and outside the USA. Geoff is an experienced mechanical design engineer and is familiar with most types rotating equipment – from fans intended for home use to tunnel ventilation fans and those used in power plants.

By partnering with Geoff Sheard, his background and expertise provide you with assurance that his expert witness support and consulting will meet your unique requirements – no matter how small or large the issue.

Education & Experience

Geoff’s academic achievements are unparalleled and, along with the noteworthy professional accomplishments below, will secure a positive outcome for you.

  • Awarded Doctor of Science (DSc) degree in 2015, the highest honor a university can bestow in recognition of a scientist’s or engineer’s contribution to knowledge. Aston University Senate recognized distinguished, substantial, and original contributions to knowledge in adapting and applying technology originally developed in the aerospace community to the design of low-noise, high efficiency fans intended for air movement application.
  • Granted E11 immigrant classification in the U.S., having met the requirements of: extraordinary ability in the sciences, arts, education, business, or athletics. The individual must demonstrate that they have sustained national or international acclaim and that their achievements have been recognized in the field of expertise, indicating that they are one of that small percentage who has risen to the very top of their field of endeavor.
  • Vice President of Fan Technology with Fläkt Woods Group (2001-2014), a world leader in air movement technology for commercial building and industrial applications (3,700 employees in 65 countries with a $800 million turnover). Led teams of 270 engineers in five countries, with responsibility for all strategic, operational, and statutory research, development, and design engineering activities associated with rotating machinery.  Key member of the senior management team contributing to policy, strategy direction, budgets, and performance.
  • Chief of Turbomachinery Engineering with the Rolls-Royce industrial business (1998-2001), a world leader in aero-derivative gas turbine technology for industrial applications (5,000 employees with a global presence and a $630 million turnover). Led and motivated a team of 75 engineers, allocating and committing resources including sub-contract to all company product development and support programs. Identified and implemented turbomachinery-related technology acquisition programmes with partner companies and universities.