For crash or incident emergencies call
604.270.2722

Investigators

Elvis Cepus
Dr. Elvis Cepuš
 
 

Dr. Cepuš joined R.J. Waldron & Co. in 2012 after 7 years of experience in general failure analysis. He has conducted approximately 500 investigations spanning many fields - including aviation. He brings a strong academic background in mechanical engineering, metals and materials engineering (metallurgy) and composite materials, design, fracture mechanics, fatigue analysis, and computer simulation/modeling. His considerable multi-disciplinary background is a valuable tool-set in pursuit of root cause determination. He has received specialized training from the Southern California Safety Institute and Lehigh University, among others.

Qualifications

  • Society for the Advancement of Material and Process Engineering (SAMPE), since 2000
  • Company Membership with American Society for Metals (ASM) International, since August 2005
  • Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of British Columbia (APEGBC), License No. 32605, 2008
  • International Society of Air Safety Investigators (ISASI), since 2010
  • Canadian Society of Air Safety Investigators (ISASI), since 2010
  • Helicopter Association of Canada (HAC), since 2012

Education

  • 2003 - Doctor of Philosophy, Metals and Materials Engineering, University of British Columbia
  • 1995 - Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering, University of Manitoba
  • 1992 - Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering, University of Manitoba
  • In addition to the above several aviation and materials related courses have been completed
Dave Rupert
Dave Rupert
 
 

Dave Rupert joined R.J. Waldron & Co. in 1984 after 13 years of experience in aircraft accident/incident investigation and failure analysis with the Canadian Department of Transportation Aviation Safety Bureau (now the Transportation Safety Board of Canada). He has conducted over 600 accident and incident investigations and has had indirect involvement in several hundred other aviation investigations in the form of performing laboratory tests and examinations or by acting in an advisory capacity to other investigators. Over fifty non-aviation related failure analyses have also been conducted.

Qualifications

  • Certified Applied Science Technologist (AScT) as a member of the Applied Science Technologists and Technicians of British Columbia
  • Member - International Society of Air Safety Investigators
  • Member – ASM International

Education

  • 1970 - Diploma in Mechanical Engineering 1982
  • 1971 - Basic Aircraft Accident Investigation - NTSB
  • 1977 - Crash Survival Investigators Course - ASU
  • 1981 - Helicopter Accident Investigation - USC
  • Many other short courses relating to aircraft accident investigation, failure analysis and metallurgy
Alec Moffat
Alec Moffat
 
 

Alec Moffat joined R.J. Waldron & Co. in 2006, after working 5 years as an Aircraft Accident Investigator for the Transportation Safety Board of Canada. Since 1993, he has worked as an Aircraft Maintenance Engineer as an Avionics Specialist. He has been directly involved with over 250 aircraft accidents.

Qualifications

  • Investigator; Appointed by the Chairman of the Transportation Safety Board of Canada by the authority of the CTAISB act (2002-2006)
  • Full member of the International Society of Air Safety Investigators (ISASI)
  • Aircraft Maintenance Engineer License, valid for category E – all aircraft, and endorsed for Boeing 737-200, -300 and -500, Airbus A319, A320 and A321

Education

  • 1993 - British Columbia Institute of Technology, Graduated Aircraft Maintenance Engineer, Avionics Diploma
  • 2002 - Aircraft accident investigation course, University of Southern California
  • 2003 - Integrated Safety Investigation Methodology and Human Factors in Investigations, Transportation Safety Board of Canada
  • 2004 - Rotorcraft accident investigation, United States Transportation Safety Institute
  • 2006 - Currently pursuing fixed wing private pilots license
Sepehr Gerami
Sepehr Gerami
 
 

Sepehr Gerami joined RJ Waldron & Co. in 2017 after 6 years in consulting, where he focused on failure analysis, metallurgy and welding, and weld inspection. He has extensive experience working in a wide range of industries including construction and infrastructure, marine, defense, transportation, power generation, oil and gas, and renewable energies, which he has now brought to the forensic field. Since joining RJ Waldron & Co., Sepehr has carried out or participated in both aviation and non-aviation investigations including water escapes, fire/smoke incidents, and machinery and structural failures.

Qualifications

  • Professional Engineer (PEng) - British Columbia (APEG-BC)
  • Canadian Welding Bureau Approved Welding Engineer
  • CSA W178.2 Certified Welding Inspector

Education

  • 2007 - University of British Columbia - Bachelor of Applied Science in Materials Engineering
  • 2010 - University of British Columbia - Master of Applied Science in Materials Engineering
  • In addition to the above, several materials/metallurgy, welding, and fracture mechanics courses have been completed.