E. P. (Bill) Hamilton III, P.E.
Dr. E. P. (Bill) Hamilton III, P.E. is President of Hamilton&Associates, an Austin TX Architectural, Engineering and Technical Services firm that he started in 1982. He obtained his BS and MS degrees in electrical engineering from the Universityof Southern California, and his Doctorate from The University of Texas at Austin. He is a Licensed Professional Engineer in Texas, a member of numerous professional organizations including IAEI and APSP, and he is a Senior Member of IEEE.
Dr. Hamilton has worked in the areas of electrical design and failure analysis for over 40 years. He has been engineer-of-record on a number of electrical projects in Texas. He has also assisted numerous entities over the past 30+ years in the evaluation of electrical and electromechanical failures, has provided evaluation and assistance with warranty-related electrical product issues and recalls, and has represented parties in interactions with regulatory agencies such as CPSC. Dr. Hamilton has also worked for over 20 years in the design and analysis of aquatic electrical facilities, is a co-developer of bonding, grounding and stray current test procedures, protocols and related test equipment for use in aquatic environments. He has worked as an advisor to governmental entities in several states and private entities in three countries regarding electrical issues in aquatic facilities, as a consultant to pool/spa manufacturing companies.
Dr. Hamilton has taught on the engineering faculties of USC, The University of Texas at Austin, and Baylor University. Dr. Hamilton has co-authored an upper division/graduate text on electrical machinery, and has authored code commentary for International Code Council (ICC) handbook materials and IAEI and other industry publications. He has taught courses and seminars throughout the United States on various electrical issues including electrical fire causation, high voltage safety, Code issues, and electrical installations in aquatic environments.
Dr. Hamilton serves on the Technical Committee of APSP, and serves on Code Making Panel CMP-17 of the National Electrical Code.
Deborah R. Black
Ms. Black is the Vice President of Hamilton&Associates. Her educational background includes a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration from the University of Texas at San Antonio.
As a long-term employee of Hamilton&Associates, she has seen the firm evolve into a diverse, multi-disciplinary organization. Her duties include firm management and marketing, including client relationships as well as most human resource functions. In addition, she also serves on the Board of Directors for the Pflugerville Chamber of Commerce, is an active member of The Seton Circle, Professional Women of Williamson County, past Board Member and active Committee Member for the Society of Marketing Professional Services and a member of the Pflugerville Rotary.
Richard Friedrich is a registered professional engineer. He received a B.S. and a M.S. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Texas at Austin. Mr. Friedrich also received a B.B.A. and a M.B.A. He has taught full semester college level courses in Statics and Dynamics. He has also taught classes in industrial and vehicular accident reconstruction. Mr. Friedrich has taught and provided numerous training presentations to local Fire Departments and the Central Texas Fire Investigators Association (C.T.F.I.A).
Mr. Friedrich is currently the vice-president of the C.T.F.I.A. He has authored several refereed papers in both Mechanical Engineering and Fire Investigation. He is currently the Engineering Director and Testing Lab Director at Hamilton and Associates. In that capacity he provides forensic analysis and general engineering analysis on a wide range of processes and products. Mr. Friedrich also mathematically models physical systems ranging from electrical contacts to hardware for power distribution systems. In the lab he writes data acquisition and control software for instrumented testing of electrical and mechanical products. Mr. Friedrich is routinely hired by manufacturers to assist them in general failure analysis that may or may not involve litigation. He has been doing these types of analysis for over thirty years.
Jamie Milks, a native Arkansan and graduate of the University of Arkansas. Jamie is Senior Electrical Engineer at Hamilton & Associates, Inc. He is a Licensed Professional Engineer in the State of Texas. He brings significant work experience from the Power Industry and is a member of the IEEE Power & Energy Society (PES). He also brings over 30 years work experience from a wide variety of business sectors ranging from Freight Forwarding, U.S. Customhouse Brokering, Logistics, Transportation, to Aviation. Key areas of his work have been in Business Management, Project Management, Power Design, and Power Systems Maintenance. Jamie is a creative troubleshooter and has been able to quickly identify many failures associated in forensics work through root cause analysis. He enjoys mentoring others and teaches math and physics in his spare time.
Rogelio Ramirez has been involved in the electronic/electrical field for over 30 years (19 1/2 years at Hamilton & Associates). His education and training includes: AAS Electronics from TSTI-Waco, studied mechanical engineering at the University of Texas-Austin and has attended numerous fire investigation seminars. He has conducted presentations on 9 Volt Battery Study, Photography for Fire Investigations and Electrical Fire Investigation Tips to fire investigators and claims adjusters. Work experience includes engineering technician, origin and cause fire investigation, electronic technician, computer technician, electronic assembly QC inspector and ex-Doodlebugger (seismic exploration: land, offshore and overseas in Peoples Republic of China).
Donald J. Nichols
CVFI Fire Investigator
Mr. Nichols has 33 years experience in fire suppression and fire investigation, including 9 years as a Fire and Arson Investigator with the Austin Fire Department and several years as a Code Compliance Inspector for the Fire Marshal’s Offices of the Cities of Austin and Cedar Park, Texas. Mr. Nichols has performed more than 500 fire investigations, as well as numerous building inspections for Fire and Life Safety Code compliance. Mr. Nichols is commissioned as a Master Firefighter, Master Fire Investigator and Master Inspector through the Commission on Fire Protection and holds an Associate of Applied Science in Fire Protection Technology.
Michael Effland is a registered engineer in training. He received a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Texas at Austin. Mr. Effland has given presentations to local fire departments and the Central Texas Arson Investigators Association. He assists in all laboratory operations for Hamilton and Associates and is proficient in construction mathematical and three dimensional computer models.
Jamie Crawley AIA
LEED AP, Director of Architecture
David James Crawley (Jamie) is a naturalized Texan originally from Montreal, Quebec Canada. Jamie leads the architecture studio and brings significant experience in a variety of project sectors including civic, commercial, residential, non-profit, and industrial. His passion for design fosters both business development as well as connections to the community through probono service.
Jamie remains active in both the local and state components of the American Institute of Architects serving on a variety of committees and was honored in 2007 as the Texas Society of Architects Associate Member of the Year in part for his pro-bono efforts to a North East Austin Community through architectural advocacy. This effort was further recognized by Mayor Will Wynn and the Austin City Council by Mayoral Proclammation for service to the community. Formerly a Visiting Assistant Professor of Architecture, he continues to participate and lecture at industry conferences on sustainable design, architecture, advocacy, social media and education.