Preston Scarber, Jr., Ph.D., P.E.


3320 McLemore Drive
Pensacola, FL 32514

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Dr. Preston Scarber is a Forensic Engineer who specializes in the investigation and analysis of failures in consumer products, aviation, automotive, and mechanical systems and components. Dr. Scarber is also experienced in the field of accident reconstruction, such as cases involving pedestrian impacts, and passenger and heavy vehicles. He also knowledgeable in the field of risk management, and conducts research on forensic investigation and accident prevention for construction and industrial industries. Dr. Scarber analyzes how engineering design, technology, standards, instructions, and warnings were used, or should have been used, to manage a hazard. Dr. Scarber’s engineering design analysis experience includes boiler systems, crane lift systems, hydraulic systems, lockout/tagout procedures, corrosion failures, durable medical equipment failures, and consumer products.

Dr. Scarber holds a Bachelor’s degree, Master’s degree, and Ph.D. in Materials Engineering from the University of Alabama at Birmingham. His research and teaching background include the mechanical properties of materials, material strengthening mechanisms, failure modes of composites, and fracture mechanics. As a former industrial consultant, Dr. Scarber has experience designing production experiments to resolve anomalies, equipment failures, quality assurance, and production safety. He is a Registered Professional Metallurgical Engineer in Alabama and Mississippi. Dr. Scarber is a member of the National Society of Professional Engineers, the National Association of Professional Accident Reconstruction Specialists, Inc., ASM International, the National Society of Black Engineers, and the American Foundry Society.

Education & Certification

  • Ph.D. in Materials Engineering at the University of Alabama at Birmingham
  • M.S. in Materials Engineering at the University of Alabama at Birmingham
  • B.S. in Materials Engineering at the University of Alabama at Birmingham
  • Registered Professional Metallurgical Engineer in the State of Alabama (P.E.# 36351) and Mississippi (P.E. #28301)
  • Bosch Full CDR Technician
  • Accessing and Interpreting Heavy Vehicle Event Data Recorders, Society of Automotive Engineers
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