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T.Kim Parnell, PhD, PE

Parnell Engineering & Consulting (PEC) is a high-tech consultancy located in the Heart of  Silicon Valley.  PEC is ready to help solve your project challenges!

Dr. Kim Parnell is the Principal & Founder of PEC.  Dr. Parnell is a Mechanical Engineering consultant with strong experience in multiple technology areas. Dr. Parnell frequently serves as a testifying Expert Witness in patents, reliability, product failure, and personal injury litigation cases.  For full details see the
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His practice includes expertise in:

  • Expert Witness & Litigation Consulting
  • Patents and Intellectual Property
  • Medical Devices
  • Robotic & Laparoscopic Surgical Tools
  • Medical Equipment
  • Nitinol Shape Memory Materials
  • Composite Materials
  • Finite Element Analysis (FEA) & Simulation; Digital Twins
  • Cell Phones, personal electronic devices
  • Heavy Truck Crashworthiness
  • Consumer Products
  • Product Design Refinement
  • Piping, Pressure Vessels
  • Gas Leaks, Pipe Failure, Blasts, Vapor Cloud Explosions
  • Failure Analysis
  • Reliability
  • Alternative Energy – Wind, Solar
  • Personal Injury & Accident Investigation
  • Manufacturing Technology: food processing, metal forming, vehicle assembly, telecommunications, composites

Dr. Parnell holds Mechanical Engineering Ph.D. and MSME degrees from Stanford University.  He has a Bachelor of Engineering Science (BES, Highest Honors) degree from Georgia Tech.  Dr. Parnell is a registered Professional Mechanical Engineer in the State of California, an ASME Fellow, a Life Senior Member of IEEE, and a Member of SAE and ASM International.  He is Chair of the SAMPE Northern California Chapter.  Dr. Parnell served on the Mechanical Engineering faculty at Santa Clara University (SCU) as a full-time Adjunct Professor and was a Visiting Associate Professor at Stanford University.

Professional Memberships & Registration:

Registered Professional Engineer (Mechanical), California  Parnell_PE_Stamp
ASME (American Society of Mechanical Engineers),
IEEE (Institute of Electrical & Electronics Engineers),
Life Senior Member

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SAE (Society of Automotive Engineers),
SAE International ®
ASM International, Member
SMST (Shape Memory and Superelastic Technologies),
* FAS (Failure Analysis Society),
* EDFAS (Electronic Device Failure Analysis Society)
SAMPE, Member
Chair, Northern California Chapter
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NAFEMS, Member
NAFEMS Composites Working Group (CWG), Vice-Chair