Our multidisciplinary organization of scientists, physicians, engineers, and regulatory consultants performs in-depth investigations in more than 90 technical disciplines. We analyze failures and accidents to determine their causes and to understand how to prevent them. We evaluate complex human health and environmental issues to find cost-effective solutions.
Our integrated approach offers a multifaceted perspective that leads to insight, revelation, and innovative solutions that produce bottom-line results. By introducing a new way of thinking about an existing situation, we assist clients to overcome seemingly insurmountable obstacles.
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The Atmospheric Sciences staff at Exponent provides consulting services in air quality and atmospheric sciences. Our staff specializes in air quality and meteorological modeling, permitting, and licensing. We investigate accidental releases of chemicals to the atmosphere, simulate transport and fate of chemical substances, and develop measures of prevention and control, such as emergency preparedness and response. Areas of air quality modeling include: industrial plumes, dense gases, photochemical reactions, mobile sources, forest fires, explosions, radioactive releases, and odors. Our atmospheric scientists work closely with chemical engineers, combustion specialists, atmospheric modelers, and thermal and process engineers to predict and evaluate the dispersion of air emissions. We also work with Exponent’s risk assessors to evaluate health risks posed by atmospheric releases to the ambient air and to indoor environments, as well as the health effects of air pollution.
Exponent's biomechanics staff use engineering and biomedical science to solve complex problems at the intersection of biology and engineering. Our expertise is used to understand and evaluate the interaction between the human body as a biological system and the physical environment to explore the cause, nature, and severity of injuries. We also draw on our expertise in bioengineering, biomaterials, biotransport and medicine to address questions related to medical devices, pharmaceuticals and biotechnology.
The Biomedical Engineering practice at Exponent applies engineering principles to the medical field, including the evaluation of designs and performance of medical devices and biotechnology. Our engineers and scientists assist clients with characterization of biomaterials, biological tissues, and medical devices. As part of regulatory compliance, we can perform preclinical testing and formulate a related regulatory strategy, conduct design verification and validation, as well design and manufacturing failure analyses, recall management, and medical device explant analysis. In addition, our staff can perform analysis of clinical outcomes for medical devices using administrative claims databases. Our expertise is also utilized in product liability and intellectual property litigation and technology acquisition and due diligence matters.
Buildings & Structures
The basic function of a building is to provide structurally sound and environmentally controlled spaces to house and protect occupants and contents. If this basic function is not achieved, some aspect of the building has likely failed to meet its intended purpose. Exponent's architects, engineers, and scientists have a broad range of expertise with failures in the built environment and provide clients with in-depth investigations of individual components, as well as evaluations of these components' interdependence with the entire building system.
Chemical Regulation & Food Safety
Exponent’s Center for Chemical Regulation and Food Safety specializes in timely, high-quality, creative, and practical solutions to problems that affect our clients' ability to conduct business globally. Our experienced staff includes both technical and regulatory consultants who are experienced in dealing with foods, food safety, and nutrition, and with pesticide and non-pesticide products, including conventional chemicals, biochemicals, agrichemicals, microbials, antimicrobials, consumer products, and products of biotechnology.
Chemical Regulation & Technical Support
Food Safety, Nutrition & Regulatory Support
To address the diversity of geo-related challenges faced by our clients, Exponent provides its clients with uniquely broad expertise in geotechnical engineering, geology and engineering geology. Exponent’s team addresses a host of geo-failures including landslides, foundation and retaining-wall failures, underground pipeline distress, floods, and earthwork construction claims. In the area of water resources, Exponent’s expertise includes the application of proven hydrologic, hydraulic, hydrodynamic, and sediment transport principles and practices. Our engineers and scientists have an exceptionally deep range of expertise in failure analyses that provides our clients with in-depth investigations of geo-failures, mitigation of their effects, and measures to prevent recurrence. We leverage this expertise in the evaluation of failures, to analyze systems and recommend measures to prevent failures, and through in-depth third-party reviews and risk assessments. Exponent also serves the design and construction industries by providing project consulting, risk analysis, claim evaluation, strategic planning, and dispute resolution services.
The main strength of our Civil Engineering practice is the experience and knowledge of our engineers and geologists. Our consultants have earned master’s- and doctorate-level degrees in various engineering fields, including geology, civil and environmental, geotechnical, ocean, and water resources. Our team includes registered professional civil engineers, professional geotechnical engineers, professional geologists, and certified engineering geologists. Additionally, our team has extensive publication records and speaks on various university campuses and at industry-focused events. We operate from offices throughout the United States and also serve international clients and locales.
Exponent services the construction and aerospace & defense industries by providing project advisory, risk analysis, strategic planning, dispute resolution, and financial damages services. Our multi-disciplined staff, which includes engineers, architects, construction managers, accountants, and technical specialists, provides these services to both the public and private sectors on projects ranging from complex construction projects to the development and production of aerospace & defense systems.
Dispute Resolution Services
Defense Technology Development
Exponent’s Technology Development practice helps our Department of Defense clients stay current with and benefit from rapidly evolving civilian technologies. Drawing on our multidisciplinary engineering, testing, and failure analysis and prevention expertise, we identify and leverage the best in COTS (commercial off-the-shelf) technologies to create integrated combat systems and modules cost-effectively, without sacrificing reliability. Our engineers and scientists work in the field alongside Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen, and Marines to ensure we understand your problems and to rapidly deliver solutions.
Ecological & Biological Sciences
Exponent's ecological scientists, biologists, toxicologists, and natural resource analysts provide scientifically defensible solutions and strategic support on complex environmental issues related to contaminated land and water, industrial and other development, and sustainability and restoration of resources, and technologies and products. The practice is nationally and internationally recognized for its expertise in environmental risk and impact assessment, ecotoxicology, natural resource damage assessment (NRDA), and ecological restoration.
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Exponent’s economic consultants apply objective economic, statistical, financial, and quantitative methods to complex issues faced by corporations, non-profits, trade associations, and governments. We specialize in science-based economic damages analysis, risk assessment, litigation support and other advisory services with a focus on energy, environmental, health impacts, and intellectual property. Exponent’s economics team is unique relative to traditional economics consulting firms because our team draws upon in-house scientific, engineering, and regulatory expertise to bring an integrated, scientific point of view to economics consulting services.
Electrical Engineering & Computer Science
Exponent's team of electrical engineers performs a wide array of investigations ranging from electric power systems to semiconductor devices. We operate laboratories for testing both heavy equipment and light electronic equipment. Computers and specialized software are used to analyze electric power systems, circuits, and other equipment configurations.
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Exponent combines unparalleled technical expertise with the ability to respond rapidly and to focus this knowledge in extremely short time frames. We provide our clients with a team of engineering, construction, environmental, risk, and health specialists that is unique in the energy industry. We offer a range of services—from in-depth research and analysis to rapid-response evaluations, providing our clients with the critical information required for day-to-day or long-term strategic decisions.
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Coal, Gas & Oil
Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG)
Engineering Management Consulting
Exponent provides multi-disciplinary expertise and rapid response to assist clients with technical and management consulting services, often in extremely short time frames. Our consultants cover asset strategy and planning, project management, engineering, construction, maintenance, operations, environmental, risk, and health disciplines.
Environmental & Earth Sciences
Exponent's scientists and engineers provide proven, cost-effective, scientifically defensible, and realistic assessments and solutions to complex environmental issues. Our services include: environmental forensics, particularly advanced chemical fingerprinting; chemical transport and fate analyses in air, soil, surface water, sediments, and groundwater; technical support for regulatory compliance; real estate transactions and brownfields development; economic analyses; sustainability assessments; site remediation; product liability evaluations; and human health and ecological risk assessments. We also provide consulting and expert services for a variety of legal disputes such as source identification, cost apportionment, insurance coverage, and toxic tort actions.
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Epidemiology & Computational Biology
Exponent health scientists apply epidemiologic methods to examine and solve complex health issues in a variety of settings. Through the principles of epidemiology, we analyze the interaction of host, agent, and environment to reach conclusions about the causes and occurrence of disease in human populations.
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Exposure assessment is the science of estimating human exposure to chemical, physical, and biological agents, accounting for the frequency, magnitude, and duration of the exposure events. Exposure estimates can be compared to toxicity benchmarks or guidelines to assess potential risks to human health, and are used for many purposes, including in epidemiology, risk assessment, and regulatory compliance.
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Exponent scientists evaluate human performance and safety in product and system use. Consultants study how the limitations and capabilities of people, including memory, perception, reaction time, judgment, physical size and dexterity, affect the way they use a product or participate in an activity.
Identity & Security
Exponent is a recognized leader in the testing and evaluation of technology and products used for identification, identity management, and security. We provide a wide range of services to improve the capability and reliability of identification devices, smartcards, equipment, and processes. We offer testing, design analysis, reliability studies, performance assessment, failure analysis, and engineering support. Our multidisciplinary team has the capabilities needed to serve industries such as airlines, banking, gaming, government, health care, hotels, retail, travel and entertainment, and vending.
The Information Resources team assists Exponent consultants in understanding the scientific puzzles they are working to solve, and extends this technical research expertise directly to our clients by providing a focused survey of peer-reviewed and authoritative technical literature indexed by leading commercial publishers, both in print and online.
We have a library of technical publications; materials not readily available in the collection are obtained via interlibrary loan (using national and international libraries as needed), specialized document providers, or direct contact with authors. Specific document-related research can be applied to those materials not easily identified because of cryptic bibliographic data or limited distribution.
Materials & Corrosion Engineering
At Exponent, our in-depth knowledge of materials, combined with unparalleled breadth of collective expertise in virtually all areas of engineering and science, is used to understand how and why materials fail in medical, automotive, construction, recreational, and other applications.
Exponent provides clients with a thorough comprehension of current or potential designs to determine vulnerabilities before failures occur, develop appropriate mitigation methods, and provide post-failure investigations. Consultants review the reliability of processes and products for a variety of industries, including transportation, heavy industry, energy, and consumer products.
Exponent provides the highest quality technical, regulatory, safety assessment, epidemiological, and health economics services to assist our clients with issues related to traditional and combination medical devices. We specialize in pre-clinical strategy and evaluation, design verification and validation, risk management, recall management, and medical device retrieval analysis. In addition, our staff can perform analysis of clinical outcomes for medical devices using administrative claims databases. Our unique range of skills and experience helps our clients maximize the value of their research and development efforts in bringing innovative medical devices to the market. Exponent provides a matrix of multidisciplinary services to the medical device industry and we can help you navigate the complex product development process in the most efficient and cost-effective manner, providing expertise across all facets of the product realization continuum, from idea to regulatory submission. Our expertise is also utilized in technology acquisition and due diligence matters. We specialize in providing rapid, focused, market-sensitive solutions to complex medical device issues.
Medical Devices Services Matrix / Exponent’s Medical Device Industry Services Handout
Philadelphia Medical Device Seminar Series Information
Medical Device Bulletin
Occupational & Environmental Health
We have scientists, engineers, physicians, and industrial hygienists, with specialized training in the anticipation, recognition, evaluation, risk assessment, and control of human health hazards. At Exponent, our professional staff conducts workplace, community, and food and water exposure measurements, and evaluates risk to human health.
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Pharmaceutical & Biotechnology Industry
Exponent’s Healthcare Analytics & Solutions staff has experience with helping large and small pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies find solutions to their problems by combining innovative technologies and methods with deep bio-pharmaceutical understanding and technical and strategic expertise. Whether you need expertise to support a core business function or solve a highly complex and specific problem, we know the fundamentals and possess the ability to go beyond conventional approaches as needed to solve your hardest problems and generate maximum value for your enterprise. Exponent scientists have extensive experience in analytics methods and the application of these methods to a wide range of applied and research health studies. Our team members hold advanced degrees in quantitative and healthcare related fields and draw from a wealth of expertise to apply innovative analytic techniques that solve our clients’ hardest problems.
Polymer Science & Materials Chemistry
Exponent has a wide range of expertise in chemistry and macromolecular science. Our scientists and engineers provide technical expertise in organic, inorganic, surface and polymer science, and related products and manufacturing systems. Our expertise in natural and synthetic plastics, rubbers, adhesives, textiles, coatings, and composite systems includes a fundamental understanding of all aspects of chemistry, structure, processing, properties, and uses. Our engineers and scientists provide technical expertise that spans a variety of polymeric materials, product forms, formulations, and manufacturing processes across a broad array of industries.
Our expertise in materials chemistry includes electrochemistry, plasma chemistry, transport properties, nanomaterials, MEMS, thin film technologies, battery science, and the optimization of high value chemically-based processes. Our engineers and scientists solve problems involving various battery cell technologies, semiconductors, metal films, dielectrics, polymers, materials processing, catalysis, trace contaminant identification, pharmaceutical process chemistry, and interfacial chemistry.
Statistical & Data Sciences
Our Statistical & Data Sciences staff comprise the company’s core capabilities in statistical methodology and offers its expertise to serve clients at any and all stages of the empirical research process. Through analysis and synthesis of client-supplied data, combined with information from public sources, we help clients measure their own risk in the context of similar risks and determine appropriate courses of action.
Exponent's team of Thermal Sciences engineers provides services in a wide array of engineering applications and problem-solving ranging from residential and vehicle fire analysis to the investigation of fires and explosions at chemical processes, petrochemical, manufacturing and other industrial facilities.
Toxicology & Mechanistic Biology
Toxicology involves characterizing and quantifying the relationship between exposure to a substance and the nature and magnitude of effects on human health and the environment. Exponent’s comprehensive experience in toxicology, along with our global regulatory knowledge in chemicals, pesticides, pharmaceuticals, cosmetics, and medical devices, allows us to provide critical insight in resolving important issues of toxicity and risk for a wide variety of substances and products. We evaluate the mechanisms by which a substance may affect biological systems, provide perspectives on potential effects at realistic or intended human and environmental exposure levels, and technically support strategies to mitigate risks. We develop and implement strategies to evaluate the nonclinical safety of pharmaceuticals and related products.
Exponent’s Center for Toxicology and Mechanistic Biology is recognized for our decades of experience advancing the fields of toxicology, mechanistic biology, risk assessment, drug development, and related scientific disciplines. Our breadth of experience in this field is represented by nine board-certified toxicologists among our professional staff of more than twenty in the field, most of whom have published extensively and served on various expert panels convened by professional societies, industry coalitions, and regulatory agencies. This expertise is supplemented by national and international support from Exponent’s Health Sciences Group, including professionals in general and environmental toxicology, occupational medicine, clinical toxicology, epidemiology, biostatistics, dose response and pharmacokinetic modeling, public health, and regulatory safety.
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Exponent has performed thousands of investigations for the automotive, trucking, marine, aviation, aerospace, and rail industries. Information gained from these analyses has assisted clients in assessing preventive measures related to the design of their products as well as evaluating failures. Exponent’s Test and Engineering Center (TEC) located in Phoenix, Arizona, is the setting for Exponent’s most exciting and complex tests, along with rigorous analysis of results. We have gained a worldwide reputation for our ability to mobilize resources expeditiously and efficiently, integrate a broad array of technical disciplines, and provide valuable insight that is objective and withstands rigorous scrutiny.
Exponent's visual communications staff combines art and science to help clients create compelling, fact-based visual displays that communicate complex subject matter, conveying important information to audiences unfamiliar with the matters at hand. Specific components include animation, graphics, multimedia, video and photography.