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Ken Pytlewski is a licensed metallurgical and corrosion engineer specializing in materials failure analysis. With nearly 35 years of practical experience, Ken has performed hundreds of metallurgical failure analyses and corrosion evaluations for clients in a range of industries including electrical power production, refining, transportation, manufacturing, and construction. Ken has substantial experience in microstructural and fractographic evaluation of metals, plastics, and ceramics. He also provides litigation support, including expert witness services and testimony in his areas of expertise. 

Prior to joining Anamet, Ken was employed as a Materials Engineer at The Dow Chemical Company in Pittsburg, California and DuPont in Aiken, South Carolina. 



M.S., Materials Engineering, Drexel University, Philadelphia, PA, 1987

B.S., Metallurgical Engineering, Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN, 1983

M.B.A., Finance, California State University, East Bay, Hayward, CA, 1997


Licenses and Certifications

Licensed Professional Corrosion Engineer, California, #1056

Licensed Professional Metallurgical Engineer, South Carolina, #13211


Professional Affiliations

Member, National Association of Corrosion Engineers (NACE)

Past Chairman, ASM International, San Francisco Section

Member, ASTM International Committee E58 on Forensic Engineering

Member, The Independent Metallurgical and Materials Engineering Consultants of California (IMECA)


Publications and Papers

C. Kinney, I. Yi, K. Pytlewski, A.G. Khachaturyan, N. Kim, J.W. Morris Jr. The microstructure of as-quenched 12Mn steel. Acta Materialia. Feb. 15, 2017;125:442-454. 

C. Kinney, K. Pytlewski, L. Qi, A.G. Khachaturyan, J.W. Morris Jr. An investigation into 6-fold symmetry in martensitic steel. Metallurgical and Materials Transactions A. Nov. 2016;47A:5266-5270.

C. Kinney, K. Pytlewski, A.G. Khachaturyan, J.W. Morris Jr. The microstructure of lath martensite in quenched 9Ni steel. Acta Materialia. May 2014;69:372-385.

J.W. Morris Jr., C. Kinney, K. Pytlewski, Y. Adachi. Microstructure and cleavage in lath martensitic steels. Science and Technology of Advanced Materials. 2013;14:1-10.

Hydrogen Embrittlement Cracking of 16Cr-5Ni Martensitic Stainless Steel in Seawater, presented at Corrosion Conference, Houston, TX, 2001.

Microbiologically Influenced Corrosion of TP304L Stainless Steel Underground Piping with Tape Wrapped ER/E316L Welds, presented at Corrosion Conference, Houston, TX, 2001.


Project Experience

Recent projects in which Ken has been involved include:

  • Failure analysis of soldering defects in copper tubing and dezincification corrosion of brass alloys in potable water service
  • Inspection of metal and composite piping in manufacturing process wastewater pipe systems
  • Failure analysis of onboard components related to shipping containers and engine components on vessels in the marine shipping industry
  • Failure analysis of fasteners in automotive and energy generation applications


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