Roger L. McCarthy
Roger L. McCarthy
Treasurer, National Academy of Engineering
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Dr. Roger L. McCarthy is the founder and owner of McCarthy Engineering.   Dr. McCarthy serves on the Board of Shui on Land (SOL), Ltd., (瑞安房地产) which is publicly traded (stock code 0272) on the Hong Kong Exchange, where he is a member of the Audit and Risk Committee (ARC) and the Sustainability Committee.  He is an officer and Treasurer of the National Academy of Engineering (NAE), a Governing Board member of the National Research Council (NRC), and a Director of The National Academies Corporation (TNAC)

Dr. McCarthy was formerly employed by Exponent, Inc., (NASDAQ symbol “EXPO”), headquartered in Menlo Park, California. Dr. McCarthy was the founder and Chairman of Exponent Science and Technology Consulting Co., Ltd. (Hangzhou) 毅博科技咨询(杭州)有限公司, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Exponent, Inc., which expanded Exponent’s services to China.  Dr. McCarthy joined Exponent, then Failure Analysis Associates, Inc., (FaAA) in 1978, and retired in 2009 where, during his 30+-year tenure, he was variously CEO, Chairman, and Chairman Emeritus.  When Dr. McCarthy retired from Exponent it employed more than 750 full-time staff, including more than 500 degreed professionals, of which 250 held doctorates in their fields, and maintained eighteen offices in the U.S. and three international offices. 

Dr. McCarthy has published extensively on vehicle accidents, using large-scale vehicle accident databases to address questions of automotive design. His most recent research has focused on autonomous vehicle (AV) crash involvement.

In 1992, then-President Bush appointed Dr. McCarthy to a two-year term on the President’s Commission on the National Medal of Science.

Dr. McCarthy holds an A.B. degree in Philosophy and a B.S.E. (M.E.) degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Michigan, and the S.M. (Science Masters), Mech.E., and Ph.D. degrees from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) all in Mechanical Engineering.

Dr. McCarthy has investigated some of the major disasters of the current age, including the explosion and loss of the Deepwater Horizon platform in the Gulf, the grounding of the Exxon Valdez, the explosion and loss of the Piper Alpha oil platform in the North Sea, the fire and explosion on the semi-submersible Glomar Arctic II, the rudder failure and subsequent floundering of the VLCC Amoco Cadiz, the bombing of the Murtaugh Federal Building in Oklahoma City, the collapse of the walkways at the Kansas City Hyatt, and most recently the collapse of the Arecibo Radio Telescope in Puerto Rico.  He has appeared on The History Channel, Myth Busters, Discovery, Modern Marvels, and the National Geographic Channel. 

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