Over 25 years of relevant experience
Ten years recent experience investigating electrical fires, failures, faults and damage in numerous types
of electrical and electro-mechanical equipment.  Approximately 250 investigations completed to-date.
Identified origins and causes including defects in design or manufacturing; improper installation,
maintenance or repairs; lightning and power surges; water intrusion, age, misuse and abuse.

Eight years experience in design, development, manufacturing and repair of electronic, electro-
mechanical, pneumatic and thermodynamic equipment, specializing in simulation systems, instrumentation
and controls.

More than ten years experience in electrical and general construction, electrical and mechanical repairs.

Equipment expertise includes all standard residential consumer appliances, commercial cooking
equipment, industrial machinery and process controls, premises wiring in residential, commercial and
industrial buildings, DC systems in personal and commercial vehicles, AC/DC/LPG systems in personal
and commercial trailers.

Research expertise includes, forensic process standards, the National Electrical Code and other fire
protection and fire prevention codes and standards, life safety codes, building construction codes, local
code adoption and violation history, consumer product design standards, failure and recall history,
business entity status and history.

  • Licensed Professional Engineer, Florida #53872
  • Licensed Professional Engineer, Tennessee #110686
  • Licensed Professional Engineer, Kentucky #27186
  • Certified Fire and Explosion Investigator (CFEI), National Association of Fire Investigators (NAFI)
  • Certified Vehicle Fire Investigator (CVFI), NAFI #14929-8242V
  • Registered Professional Engineer, National Council of Examiners for Engineering and Surveying
    (NCEES) #40816

2012-Present      Forensic Electrical Engineering Consultant
                 Independent Contractor, Inverness, Florida

2009-2012          Senior Forensic Electrical Engineer  
    EFI Global, Lexington, Kentucky and Orlando, Florida

2006-2009          Forensic Electrical Engineer
    Donan Engineering Company, Nashville, Tennessee.

2000-2006         Electrical Engineering Consultant
    Self-Employed, Inverness, Florida
    Residential and commercial construction and design analysis; military electronics design.

1993-1999         Construction Contractor
    Self-Employed, West Palm Beach, Florida
    Construction and troubleshooting of residential and commercial building systems.

1989-1993         Configuration Control Engineer
    Bechtel Power Corporation, Palm Beach Gardens, Florida
    Engineering analysis of electrical power, instrumentation and control system designs.  

1985-1989         Project Engineer
    Dynalantic Corporation, Deer Park, New York
    Design of power, instrumentation and control circuits for electrical, electromechanical, electronic,
    pneumatic and thermodynamic systems.

1984-1985         Field Engineer
    Westinghouse Combustion Controls, Hillside, New Jersey
    Startup and troubleshooting of instrumentation and control systems in industrial applications.

Bachelor of Science, Electrical Engineering
University of Florida, Gainesville, Florida

  • Explosion Investigation, Florida State Fire College (FSFC), 40 Professional Development Hours
  • Engineering Ethics, National Society of Professional Engineers (NSPE), 4 PDH
  • Arson Investigation, FSFC, 40 PDH
  • Latent Evidence, FSFC, 40 PDH
  • Legal Issues for Investigators, FSFC, 40 PDH
  • Fire Investigation: Origin and Cause, FSFC, 40 PDH
  • Fire Chemistry, FSFC, 40 PDH
  • Engineer’s Duty to Report, NSPE
  • Vehicle Fire, Arson & Explosion Investigation, National Association of Fire Investigators (NAFI), 28
  • Building Construction for the Fire Service, FSFC, 40 PDH
  • Fire Prevention Practices, FSFC, 40 PDH
  • Private Fire Protection Systems, FSFC, 40 PDH
  • Fire Prevention and Life Safety Codes and Standards, FSFC, 40 PDH
  • The Fire Investigator & the 2011 changes to NFPA 921, International Association of Arson
    Investigators (IAAI), 4 PDH
  • Explosion Dynamics, IAAI, 4 PDH
  • Fundamentals of Witness Interviewing, IAAI, 4 PDH
  • Ethics for Fire Investigators, IAAI, 4 PDH
  • General Requirements of the National Electrical Code, Mike Holt Enterprises, 8 PDH
  • Investigating Motor Vehicle Fires, IAAI, 4 PDH
  • Electrical Safety, IAAI, 3 PDH
  • Ignitable liquids, IAAI, 4 PDH
  • Cigarette Gasoline Ignition, IAAI, 2 PDH
  • Fire Investigation Reviews: How it Looks From the Other Side, IAAI, 4 PDH
  • Motor Home & RV Fire Investigations, IAAI, 4 PDH
  • Vehicle Fire Investigations, IAAI, 4 PDH
  • Marine Vessel Fire Investigations, IAAI, 8 PDH
  • Fires Caused by Energized Gas Lines, IAAI, 4 PDH
  • Critical Thinking Solves Cases, IAAI, 4 PDH
  • Documenting the Event, IAAI, 4 PDH
  • Evidence Examination: What Happens at the Lab? IAAI, 4 PDH
  • Fire Investigation Fundamentals, Volunteer State College, 40 PDH
  • Fire Investigator Scene Safety, IAAI, 3 PDH
  • Fire and Explosion Investigations Utilizing NFPA 921 and 1033, IAAI, 4 PDH
  • The Scientific Method for Fire and Explosion Investigation, IAAI, 3 PDH
  • Introduction to Evidence, IAAI, 4 PDH
  • Physical Evidence at the Fire Scene, IAAI, 4 PDH
  • Arc Mapping Basics, IAAI, 4 PDH
  • Understanding Fire through the Candle Experiments, IAAI, 4 PDH
  • Digital Photography and the Fire Investigator, IAAI, 4 PDH
  • Vacant and Abandoned Buildings: Hazards and Solutions, IAAI, 4 PDH
  • A Ventilation-Focused Approach to the Impact of Building structures and Systems on Fire
    Development, IAAI, 4 PDH
  • Post Flashover Fires, IAAI, 4 PDH
  • Fire Dynamics and Modeling, IAAI, 4 PDH
  • Motive, Means and Opportunity: Determining Responsibility in an Arson Case, IAAI, 4 PDH
  • Investigating Fatal Fires, IAAI, 4 PDH
  • MagneTek: A Case Study in the Daubert Challenge, IAAI, 2 PDH
  • Investigation of Electrical and Appliance Related Fires: A Technical and Scientific Approach,
    American Home Appliance Manufacturers Association, 20 PDH
  • Investigating Residential Dryer Fires, Fire Findings Laboratories, 12 PDH
  • Vehicles 101: Basic Automotive Technology, Donan Engineering Company, 8 PDH
  • Understanding Air Conditioning and Refrigeration Systems, American Trainco, 16 PDH
  • Hazardous Classified Locations, National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), 7 PDH
  • Basics of the National Electrical Code, NFPA, 21 PDH
  • Grounding and Bonding In accordance with the National Electrical Code, Mike Holt Enterprises, 20
  • Electrical Construction and Contracting, Penn Foster Career School, 100+ PDH
Engineering & Fire Investigations
August Mennella, PE, CFEI, CVFI

Licensed Professional Engineer (PE), Certified Fire and Explosion Investigator (CFEI)
and Certified Vehicle Fire Investigator (CVFI)