Michael Cundy
Michael E. Cundy, Ph.D., P.E.
Managing Engineer
Thermal Sciences
  • Phoenix

Dr. Cundy is a licensed Mechanical Engineer with expertise in the fields of combustion, heat transfer, thermodynamics, fluid mechanics, and measurement systems. He has utilized these skills extensively in the analysis and investigation of mechanical and electrical vehicle systems, in both prototype and production versions. He has coordinated and participated in testing which has involved automotive refrigerant flammability, mechanical stress due to thermal expansion, electrical fault energy dissipation, exhaust system temperature testing, insulation flammability, circuit resistive fault testing, systems response to induced failures, burst testing of tubes, fire propagation, module-to-module communication via controller area networks, smoke detector operation, and more. He also has considerable experience with instrumentation and measurement systems. 

Additional work has included evaluation of the condition of a powder coating operation post-fire, heat transfer testing of winter jackets, and the determination of air conditioner capacity needed for a mobile laboratory to be used in specific geographical locations. Dr. Cundy also has extensive experience in fire cause and origin investigations involving vehicles, houses, and larger structures. He has worked in areas of product development, third-party validation, and product safety.

Prior to joining Exponent, he was a member of the Quantitative Laser Diagnostics Laboratory in the Walter E. Lay Automotive Laboratory at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, Michigan, where he developed and applied various laser diagnostic tools to study combustion in internal combustion engines. His work included developing and applying temperature field diagnostics to evaluate heat transfer from hot gases to the engine block, utilizing particle-image velocimetry to study flow patterns in engines, and developing and applying fuel concentration diagnostics to study combustion stability, including misfires and partial burns, in an advanced internal combustion engine.

While at the University of Michigan, Dr. Cundy was an instructor for a laboratory course which focused on experimental data collection, analysis, and data presentation, with an emphasis on error analysis.

Dr. Cundy also performed fluid mechanics research in the Non-equilibrium Thermodynamics Laboratory at The Ohio State University in Columbus, Ohio. He worked on a project funded by the U.S. Air Force where he developed a laser diagnostic tool to measure density fluctuations in the boundary layer of a supersonic flow.

CREDENTIALS & PROFESSIONAL HONORS

  • Ph.D., Mechanical Engineering, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, 2012
  • M.S.E., Mechanical Engineering, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, 2008
  • B.S., Mechanical Engineering, The Ohio State University, 2005, with distinction, with honors
  • Alternate – National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) Technical Committee on Recreational Vehicles, 2012–2014

LICENSES & CERTIFICATIONS

Licensed Professional Mechanical Engineer, Arizona, #55526

Fire Investigation 1A: Fire Origin and Cause Determination; accredited by the California State Fire Marshal

Fire Investigation 1B: Techniques of Fire Investigation; accredited by the California State Fire Marshal

Publications

Colwell JD, Cundy M. Full-scale burn test of a 1992 compact pickup truck. SAE Paper 2013-01-0209, 2013.

Cundy ME. Development of high-speed laser diagnostics for the investigation of scalar heterogeneities in engines. Ph.D. dissertation, University of Michigan, 2012.

Cundy ME, Trunk P, Dreizler A, Sick V. Gas-phase toluene LIF temperature imaging near surfaces at 10 kHz. Experiments in Fluids 2011, DOI 10.1007/s00348-011-1137-8.

Cundy ME, Sick V. Hydroxyl radical imaging at kHz rates using a frequency quadrupled Nd:YLF laser. Applied Physics B 2009; 96(2):241–244.

Cundy ME, Schucht T, Thiele O, Sick V. High-speed laser-induced fluorescence and spark plug absorption sensor diagnostics for mixing and combustion studies in engines. Applied Optics 2009; 48(4):B94-B104.

Cundy ME. Detection and measurement of density fluctuations induced by a magnetohydrodynamic force in a supersonic boundary layer. Undergraduate Honors Thesis, The Ohio State University, 2005.

Meyer R, Nishihara M, Hicks A, Chintala M, Cundy M, Lempert WR, Adamovich IV, Gogineni S. Measurements of flow conductivity and density fluctuations in supersonic nonequilibrium MHD flows. AIAA Journal 2005; 43(9):1923.

Conference Presentations

Cundy M, Schucht T, Thiele O, Sick V. Novel optical diagnostics for mixing and combustion studies in engines. Poster presented at the University of Michigan Graduate Student Symposium, Ann Arbor, MI, November 2008.

Cundy M, Sick V. Misfire analysis techniques in a direct injection engine. Presented at the Gordon Conference on Laser Diagnostics in Combustion, Oxford, UK, August 2007.

Cundy M, Lempert W. Study of the effect of electromagnetic fields on density fluctuations in a supersonic boundary layer. Presented at the Denman Undergraduate Honors Research Forum, Columbus, OH, May 2004.

Cundy M, Sick V. Hydroxyl radical imaging at kHz rates using a frequency quadrupled Nd:YLF laser. Presented at the University of Michigan Graduate Student Symposium, Ann Arbor, MI, November 2009.

Drake MC, Fansler TD, Cundy M, Sick V. High-repetition-rate Mie scattering and particle-image-velocimetry for flow and combustion diagnostics in a direct-injection gasoline engine. Presented at the 6th U. S. National Combustion Meeting, Ann Arbor, MI, May 2009.

Cundy M, Schucht T, Thiele O, Sick V. Novel optical diagnostics for mixing and combustion studies in engines. Presented at the University of Michigan Graduate Student Symposium, Ann Arbor, MI, November 2008.


Knowledge

CREDENTIALS & PROFESSIONAL HONORS

  • Ph.D., Mechanical Engineering, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, 2012
  • M.S.E., Mechanical Engineering, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, 2008
  • B.S., Mechanical Engineering, The Ohio State University, 2005, with distinction, with honors
  • Alternate – National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) Technical Committee on Recreational Vehicles, 2012–2014

LICENSES & CERTIFICATIONS

Licensed Professional Mechanical Engineer, Arizona, #55526

Fire Investigation 1A: Fire Origin and Cause Determination; accredited by the California State Fire Marshal

Fire Investigation 1B: Techniques of Fire Investigation; accredited by the California State Fire Marshal