Meet The Team



The founder of DNFM, Dr. David N. French, has served on several industry related committees affiliated with A.S.M.E., E.P.R.I. and The Steam & Power Panel-American Institute of Metallurgical Engineers etc. He has served as an instructor for courses sponsored by A.S.M.E. and E.P.R.I. as well as authoring the two editions of “Metallurgical Failures in Fossil Fired Boilers” published by John Wiley & Sons Inc.

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In his leisure time Dr. French enjoys playing golf, tennis, woodworking, and creating furniture for his children and grandchildren. He is also an avid reader and enjoys walking.




  Rama has several years of industrial experience emphasizing failure analysis and life estimation of boiler tubes/pipes. He has directed numerous metallurgical projects to determine the root cause of failures, utilizing microstructural examination, electron microscopy, mechanical, non-destructive and other test methods. His specialties include failure analysis, fracture mechanics, material selection, mechanical and corrosion testing. He graduated from the University of Nevada at Las Vegas (UNLV), with a PhD in Materials & Mechanical Engineering. His dissertation relates to the tensile deformation, corrosion and crack growth characterization of Ni-base alloy for use in heat exchangers for nuclear hydrogen generation. He has published numerous papers in the international conferences and journals.   

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Rama's hobbies are playing and watching cricket, exploring new places, and spending time with family and friends.





Erik Riker, Metallurgical Lab Technician, is originally from Memphis, TN. He earned his Associate Degree in Graphic Arts from State Technical Institute at Memphis in the 1990s and received his B.A. in Anthropology from the University of Memphis in 2001. Erik joined the DNF metallurgical team in 2008. He completed the “Practical Joint Approach to Boiler Tube Failure Prevention” course and  is a  Level I Certified Boiler Assessor (CBA) through the American Association of Boiler Assessment, Inc. (AABA) having met all the requirements for education as well as field experience for certification. He is a member of ASM.

When not processing boiler tubes, Erik enjoys playing and writing music, writing fiction, and watching horror and comedy films. He is a member of the United States Aikido Federation.




Laurie came onboard in 2019 in our Metallurgical Lab where she supported our Metallurgists & lab staff and studied tube failure analysis procedures. Laurie holds a degree in Business Management from Southeast FL University and brings 20+ years of Human Resources and small business management experience to UDC. She was promoted to Human Resources Manager in 2021 and has made it a priority to recruit the highest caliber employees available to accommodate our clients’ inspection needs.

Laurie’s outside interests include a passion for painting, photography, her 3 dogs and spending time with her family, friends.