Dr. Gibbs specializes in failure analysis of engineering systems by combining his expertise in mechanical engineering, nuclear engineering, materials science, and metallurgical engineering. Dr. Gibbs has performed failure analysis of a wide variety of applications related to maritime, corrosion, pipeline, power generation, automotive, aerospace, structural, and plumbing. He has experience working as a field engineer for technology development in Afghanistan focusing on rapid prototyping and engineering for military related applications. Additionally, Dr. Gibbs has experience with engine room operations and maintenance practices onboard commercial shipping vessels and is Lieutenant Commander in the U.S. Navy Reserve.
Dr. Gibbs studied at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology where he received a Ph.D. in nuclear science and engineering and an M.S. in materials science and engineering. His research interests have focused on mechanical testing and a multi-tiered approach to analyzing stress corrosion cracking of Ni-base superalloys in boiling water nuclear reactor environments and high temperature corrosion in supercritical CO2 of various engineering alloys. While at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Dr. Gibbs used scanning electron microscopy, energy dispersive x-ray spectroscopy, stereo-optical microscopy, focused ion beam microscopy, and atom probe tomography to evaluate metallurgical failure processes.
Dr. Gibbs received a B.S. in Marine Engineering Systems from the United States Merchant Marine Academy. He also has a Third Assistant Engineer’s License for motor, steam, and gas turbine vessels of unlimited horsepower.