Thomas Bress
Thomas J. Bress, Ph.D., P.E.
Managing Engineer
Mechanical Engineering
  • Bowie

Dr. Bress has particular expertise in manufacturing, quality methods, failure analysis, laboratory-based testing, and data acquisition hardware and software. His manufacturing background includes doctoral research in the fluid flow of polymer melts during injection molding, experience as an engine design engineer at Ford Motor Company, and experience with designing castings, die castings, injection molds and injection molded parts. He also has experience with statistical process control methodology, design and testing methods, measurement systems analysis and root cause analysis methods. He is a Certified Quality Engineer, Certified Reliability Engineer, and Certified Six Sigma Green Belt with the American Society of Quality.

In addition to his injection molding research, Dr. Bress has performed research on the effect of fluid flow on combustion in engine cylinders. His background in fluid mechanics has led to numerous pipeline investigations of explosions, hydrotesting practices, sprinkler pipe failures, fatigue analysis, burst pressure analysis and fitness for service. He has applied his expertise to the fluid flow of ink, plastics, drilling mud, hydrofracking solutions, hydrofracking proppant characterization, natural gas flows in transmission piping and in storage wells, water pumps, slurry pumps, and air compressors. He has also investigated mechanical failures involving engines, gasoline-powered generators, refrigerant compressors, die pre-heaters, threaded fasteners, and elevators. Dr. Bress has also investigated failures of consumer products and packaging. He also worked on intellectual property cases involving appliances, electomechanical devices, and adhesive systems.

Dr. Bress has extensive experience with laboratory-based testing and data acquisition hardware and software. Dr. Bress is a Certified LabVIEW Architect and a National Instruments Certified Professional Instructor. He has considerable experience designing customized data acquisition systems for analog sensors, signal conditioning, digital sensors, and instruments with serial, GPIB, and CAN bus communication. Dr. Bress has also served as a LabVIEW consultant. He is the author of Effective LabVIEW Programming published by National Technology & Science Press.

Prior to joining Exponent Dr. Bress served as a laboratory manager at the University of Michigan where he created a suite of LabVIEW codes for the mechanical engineering department’s undergraduate laboratory courses. Dr. Bress also served as an adjunct instructor and lecturer at the University of Michigan where he taught dynamics, thermodynamics, and laboratory courses.

CREDENTIALS & PROFESSIONAL HONORS

  • Ph.D., Mechanical Engineering, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, 2009
  • M.S., Mechanical Engineering, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), 1989
  • B.S., Mechanical Engineering, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), 1987
  • Fire Protection Research Foundation Medal for best exemplifying the Foundation’s fire safety mission and the collaborative approach to execution, 2014

    Robert Caddell Memorial Award for outstanding research in the areas of materials and/or manufacturing, 2010

    Ford Technology Intensity Award for work on the development of nylon intake manifolds, 1994

    DeVlieg Fellowship, 1997

    University Fellowship, 1994

LICENSES & CERTIFICATIONS

Professional Engineer, Virginia, #0402056157

Professional Engineer, Maryland, #39335

Professional Engineer, Michigan, #39999

Professional Engineer, New York, #092803-1

American Society of Quality Certified Reliability Engineer, #7348

American Society of Quality Certified Quality Engineer, #60669

American Society of Quality Certified Six Sigma Green Belt #12053

National Instruments Certified LabVIEW Architect, #100-514-647

National Instruments Certified Professional Instructor

Certified Six Sigma Black Belt, American Society of Quality

Certified Manufacturing Engineer, Society of Manufacturing Engineers (SME)

Publications

Bress T. Effective LabVIEW programming. ISBN 978-1-934891-08-7, NTS Press, 2013.

Long R, Blum A, Bress T, Cotts, B. Best practices for emergency response to incidents involving electric vehicle battery hazards. Report published by the Fire Protection Research Foundation, 2013.

Dowling DR. Simulations and measurements of in-mold melt flow during the injection molding of polystyrene. Polymer Engineering & Science 2013; 53(4):770–779.

Bress TJ, Dowling DR. Particle image velocimetry in molten plastic. Polymer Engineering and Science 2011; 51:730–745. Doi: 10.1002/pen.21881.

Bress T, Dowling D. Visualization of injection molding. Journal of Reinforced Plastics and Composites 1998; 17(15):1374–1381.

Presentations

Bress T, Kennedy E. Vehicle backover accidents – Technology for mitigating the risk. Presented at the 16th Professional Development Conference of The New England Area American Society of Safety Engineers, December 3, 2014.

Bress T. Effective LabVIEW programming, presented at the LabVIEW Developer Education Day in Huntsville, AL, 5/8/2014 and at the LabVIEW Developer Education Day in Columbia, MD, on 5/15/2014

Bress T, Kennedy E, Hubbard W, Wodin-Schwartz, S. Elevator safety: What goes up must come down…safely. Exponent webinar presented 5/1/2014, http://announce.exponent.com/webinar/elevators/

Bress T. Effective LabVIEW programming. Interview on the VI Shots podcast 10/7/2013. http://vishots.com/effective-labview-programming-new-book-by-thomas-bress-helps-you-pass-your-cld/

Bress T, Kennedy E. Getting to the root of root cause analysis. Lorman webinar presented 8/15/2013, https://www.lorman.com/training/392086EAU

Bress T, Dowling DR. Particle image velocimetry during injection molding. 65th Annual Meeting of the APS Division of Fluid Dynamics, Abstract: H7.00004, San Diego, CA, November 18–20, 2012.

Bress T. From spaghetti code to state machines. NI Week, Austin TX, 2009, 2008.

Bress T. Experimental measurement of melt velocity fields during injection molding. International Moldflow Users Group Meeting, Dearborn MI, 2008.


Prior Experience

Adjunct Instructor, University of Michigan, 2009–2010

Laboratory and Classroom Services Manager, University of Michigan, 2008–2010

Undergraduate Laboratory Coordinator, University of Michigan, 2000–2008

Component Engineer, Engine Division, Ford Motor Company, 1989-1994

CREDENTIALS & PROFESSIONAL HONORS

  • Ph.D., Mechanical Engineering, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, 2009
  • M.S., Mechanical Engineering, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), 1989
  • B.S., Mechanical Engineering, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), 1987
  • Fire Protection Research Foundation Medal for best exemplifying the Foundation’s fire safety mission and the collaborative approach to execution, 2014

    Robert Caddell Memorial Award for outstanding research in the areas of materials and/or manufacturing, 2010

    Ford Technology Intensity Award for work on the development of nylon intake manifolds, 1994

    DeVlieg Fellowship, 1997

    University Fellowship, 1994

LICENSES & CERTIFICATIONS

Professional Engineer, Virginia, #0402056157

Professional Engineer, Maryland, #39335

Professional Engineer, Michigan, #39999

Professional Engineer, New York, #092803-1

American Society of Quality Certified Reliability Engineer, #7348

American Society of Quality Certified Quality Engineer, #60669

American Society of Quality Certified Six Sigma Green Belt #12053

National Instruments Certified LabVIEW Architect, #100-514-647

National Instruments Certified Professional Instructor

Certified Six Sigma Black Belt, American Society of Quality

Certified Manufacturing Engineer, Society of Manufacturing Engineers (SME)