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Daniel W. Mattison, Ph.D., P.E.

Senior Managing Engineer

Thermal Sciences

(650) 688-7309 tel
(650) 328-2990 fax

Menlo Park

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Dr. Mattison applies mechanical engineering principles to the analysis of thermal and flow processes, and the investigation and prevention of accidents with an emphasis on fires, explosions, carbon monoxide exposures, and burn injuries. Dr. Mattison has conducted numerous fire origin and cause investigations from small residential fires to large industrial incidents. He has project experience with a range of combustion equipment (residential, commercial, and industrial) including: boilers, generators, furnaces, gas turbines, pool heaters, cooking equipment, torches, welding equipment, and internal combustion engines. He has provided consultation to the automotive, utilities, oil and gas, consumer appliance, consumer products, consumer electronics, medical equipment, HVAC, renewable energy, power generation, railroad, transportation, semiconductor, and chemical industries. He is knowledgeable on fire and building codes, and industrial standards and recommended practices intended to reduce the risks associated with fires. Dr. Mattison has conducted numerous root cause investigations and consumer product risk assessments with respect to potential product recalls (appliances, consumer electronics, solar panels, automobiles). He also has provided consultation in disputes involving intellectual property and trademarks.

Specializing in combustion, his background includes a strong foundation in thermodynamics, heat transfer, gas dynamics, combustion chemistry, laser-diagnostics, spectroscopy, optics, environmental chemistry, experimental methods, and data acquisition and processing. Dr. Mattison routinely conducts experimental test programs to evaluate combustion equipment performance and material flammability characteristics.

Prior to joining Exponent, Dr. Mattison was a Research Assistant in the High Temperature Gas Dynamics Laboratory at Stanford University, where his research focused on the development and application of laser-based sensors for harsh combustion environments such as advanced rocket engines and internal combustion engines. As a part of his graduate studies, he collaborated with and conducted experiments at Sandia National Laboratories (Livermore, CA), The Naval Postgraduate School (Monterey, CA), Wright-Patterson Air Force Base (Dayton, OH), and The University of Michigan (Ann Arbor, MI). Dr. Mattison also has also taught engineering courses at both the undergraduate and graduate level. Before joining Stanford, he conducted research at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign on solid propellant combustion instabilities and fuel-droplet vaporization in internal-combustion engines.

  • Ph.D., Mechanical Engineering, Stanford University, 2006
  • M.S., Mechanical Engineering, Stanford University, 2002
  • B.S., Mechanical Engineering, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign (with highest honors), 2000
  • National Science Foundation, Graduate Research Fellowship, 2000–2003
  • O.A. Leutwiler Award for Outstanding Senior, UIUC ME Department, 2000
  • Thiokol Award for Outstanding Senior Design Project, UIUC ME Department, 2000

    • Registered Professional Mechanical Engineer, California, #35808
    • Fire Investigation Training (1A—Cause and Origin) State of California, Office of State Fire Marshal; Hazardous Waste Operations and Emergency Response Training, 29 CFR 1910.120
    • Confined Space Entry Training