Sean Dee
Sean J. Dee, Ph.D., P.E., CFEI
Managing Engineer
Thermal Sciences
  • Warrenville

Dr. Dee applies the fundamentals of chemical engineering to help clients mitigate the risk associated with accidents, losses and injuries. Dr. Dee specializes in the areas of incident investigation, green manufacturing, clean energy, and high purity oxygen systems. Dr. Dee also has project experience in a variety of industries including chemical manufacturing, industrial refining, agricultural and food processing, utilities, and consumer goods, green manufacturing and clean energy.

Dr. Dee provides consulting services for the investigation of fires, explosions, chemical releases, and other thermal failures. Dr. Dee has led or assisted investigation teams on over 75 fires, explosions and chemical releases impacting residential, commercial and industrial facilities. He has also advised clients as they navigate product liability issues involving dozens of consumer goods and electronic components. He sits as a principal voting member on NFPA 53 - Recommended Practice on Materials, Equipment, and Systems Used in Oxygen-Enriched Atmospheres and an alternate committee member on NFPA 30B - Code for the Manufacture and Storage of Aerosol Products.

Dr. Dee applies his investigation experience to technology development and process safety consulting. He provides independent engineering evaluations for clients considering investment in new technologies at various stages of the engineering project development cycle. He also performs risk assessments, and assists with hazard analysis including hazard and operability studies (HAZOP).

Dr. Dee earned his doctorate in Chemical Engineering at the University of California, Berkeley. His thesis focused on the production of biofuels from biomass. Dr. Dee studied the conditions necessary to use catalysts to break apart complex biomaterials into smaller building block molecules. At Exponent, Dr. Dee characterizes catalyst designs, and optimizes industrial catalytic processes. Dr. Dee also provides kinetic and thermal modeling services.

In addition to his chemical engineering degrees, Dr. Dee also received an undergraduate degree in Sociology focusing on deviant behavior, criminology, and law. He has earned certificates during his studies in entrepreneurship and new product development. He also previously worked in the polymer and specialty chemical industries.

CREDENTIALS & PROFESSIONAL HONORS

  • Ph.D., Chemical Engineering, University of California, Berkeley, 2012
  • B.S., Chemical Engineering, Case Western Reserve University, 2007, magna cum laude
  • B.A., Sociology, Case Western Reserve University, 2007, magna cum laude

LICENSES & CERTIFICATIONS

Licensed Professional Engineer, Illinois, #062.065967

Certified Fire and Explosion Investigator (CFEI), #18311-10103

Hazardous Waste Operations and Emergency Response (HAZWOPER) training in accordance with OSHA 29 CFR 1910.120

Publications

Dee SJ, Cox BL, Ogle RA. Development of a slip hazard: partially wetted floors and film formation. Materials Performance and Characterization 2016; 5(1): 272-287.

Dee SJ, Cox BL, Ogle RA. Process safety in the classroom: the current state of chemical engineering programs at US universities. Process Safety Progress 2015; 34(4): 316-319.

Ogle RA, Dee SJ, Cox BL. Resolving inherently safer design conflicts with decision analysis and multi-attribute utility theory. Process Safety and Environmental Protection 2015; 97: 61-69.

Dee SJ, Cox BL, Hart RJ, Farina R, Morrison DR. Effects of cooking on the thermal ignition behavior of vegetable oil. Proceedings, 2015 Fire and Materials Conference, San Francisco, CA, Interscience Communications Limited, London, February 2015, pp. 889–904.

Cox BL, Dee SJ, Hart RJ, Morrison DR. Development of a steel component combustion model for fires involving pure oxygen systems. Process Safety Progress 2014; 33(3): 299–304.

Dee SJ, Cox BL, Ogle RA. Using near misses to improve risk management decisions. Process Safety Progress 2013; 32(4):322–327.

Ogle RA, Carpenter AR, Dee SJ. Promoting commitment to process safety. Process Safety Progress 2013; 32(4):319–321.

Ogle RA, Morrison DR, Dee SJ. Using assessments to improve process safety culture. Process. Safety Progress 2013, Published in Early View. doi: 10.1002/prs.11629.

Dee SJ, Bell AT. Effects of reaction conditions on the acid catalyzed hydrolysis of miscanthus dissolved in an ionic liquid. Green Chemistry 2011; 1467–1475.

Dee SJ, Bell AT. A study of the acid-catalyzed hydrolysis of cellulose dissolved in ionic liquids and the factors influencing the dehydration of glucose and the formation of humins. ChemSusChem 2011; 4:1166–1173.

Presentations


Morrison DR, Dee SJ. Combustible dust – a forensic incident investigation. 2016 Archer Daniels Midland Sponsored Faculty Workshop. Safety and Chemical Engineering Education. July 28, 2016.

Dee SJ, Fecke M, Morrison DR, Ogle RA. Becoming “wiser” in management of change. American Institute of Chemical Engineers, 2016 Spring National Meeting, 12th Global Congress on Process Safety, Houston, TX, April 10-14, 2016.

Dee SJ, Ogle RA. Lessons learned when evaluating the feasibility of emerging green technologies. American Institute of Chemical Engineers, 2016 Midwest Regional Conference, Chicago, IL, March 3-4, 2016.

Dee SJ, Ogle RA, Lakhiani SD. Procedural safeguard reliability. American Institute of Chemical Engineers, 2015 Spring National Meeting, 11th Global Congress on Process Safety, Austin, TX, April 27–April 29, 2015.

Morrison, DR, Kumar V, Dee SJ, Cox BL, Al-Shamary M, Al-Qabandi A. Fire from the cascading failure of an oxygen supply system. American Institute of Chemical Engineers, 2015 Spring National Meeting, 11th Global Congress on Process Safety, Austin, TX, April 27–April 29, 2015.

Dee SJ, Cox BL, Ogle RA. Ignition of flammable vapors in partially filled containers. American Institute of Chemical Engineers, 2015 Midwest Regional Conference, Chicago, IL, March 13–14, 2015.

Cox BL, Dee SJ, Ogle RA. Hazards inherent to batch processing: Lessons learned from case studies. American Institute of Chemical Engineers, 2015 Midwest Regional Conference, Chicago, IL, March 13–14, 2015.

Ogle RA, Cox BL, Dee SJ. Scaling analysis for confined dust flame propagation. American Institute of Chemical Engineers, 2015 Midwest Regional Conference, Chicago, IL, March 13–14, 2015.

Dee SJ, Cox BL, Hart RJ, Farina R, Morrison DR. Effects of cooking on the thermal ignition behavior of vegetable oil. 14th International Conference, Fire and Materials, San Francisco, CA, February 2–4, 2015.

Dee SJ, Cox BL, Ogle RA. Process safety in the classroom: the current state of chemical engineering programs at US universities. American Institute of Chemical Engineers, 2014 Spring National Meeting, 10th Global Congress on Process Safety, New Orleans, LA, March 30–April 3, 2014.

Ogle RA, Carpenter RA, Dee SJ, Cox BL. Inherently safer design: lessons learned about the principle of simplification. American Institute of Chemical Engineers, 2014 Spring National Meeting, 10th Global Congress on Process Safety, New Orleans, LA, March 30–April 3, 2014.

Cox BL, Dee SJ, Ogle RA. Using near misses to improve risk management decisions. American Institute of Chemical Engineers, 2014 Midwest Regional Conference, Chicago, IL, March 10–11, 2014.

Dee SJ, Ogle RA, Morrison DR. Applying game theory to understand process safety culture. American Institute of Chemical Engineers, 2014 Midwest Regional Conference, Chicago, IL, March 10–11, 2014.

Viz MJ, Ogle RA, Dee SJ, Cox BL. Hydrogen sulfide exposure from molten sulfur—A forgotten hazard? American Institute of Chemical Engineers, 2013 Spring National Meeting, 9th Global Congress on Process Safety, San Antonio, TX, April 28–May 2, 2013.

Cox BL, Dee SJ, Hart RJ, Morrison DR. Development of a steel component combustion model for fires involving pure oxygen systems. American Institute of Chemical Engineers, 2013 Spring National Meeting, 47th Annual Loss Prevention Symposium, San Antonio, TX, April 28–May 2, 2013.

Dee SJ, Cox BL, Ogle RA. Using near misses to improve risk management decisions. American Institute of Chemical Engineers, 2013 Spring National Meeting, 28th Center for Chemical Process Safety International Conference, San Antonio, TX, April 28–May 2, 2013.

Ogle RA, Morrison DR, Dee SJ. Using assessments to improve process safety culture. American Institute of Chemical Engineers, 2013 Spring National Meeting, 28th Center for Chemical Process Safety International Conference, San Antonio, TX, April 28–May 2, 2013.

Ogle RA, Carpenter AR, Dee SJ. Promoting commitment to process safety. American Institute of Chemical Engineers, 2013 Spring National Meeting, 15th Process Plant Safety Symposium, San Antonio, TX, April 28–May 2, 2013.

Dee SJ, Hart RJ, Hetrick TH, Morrison DR. Hot surface ignition of bearing grease in horizontal and vertical orientations. National Association of Fire Investigators, International Symposium on Fire Investigation Science and Technology, College Park, MD, October 2012.

Dee SJ, Bell AT. Effects of reaction conditions on the acid catalyzed hydrolysis of miscanthus dissolved in an ionic liquid. American Institute of Chemical Engineers, 2011 Annual Meeting, Minneapolis, MN, October 20, 2011.

Dee SJ, Bell AT. A study of the acid-catalyzed hydrolysis of cellulose dissolved in ionic liquids and the factors influencing the dehydration of glucose and the formation of humins. North American Catalysis Society, 2011 North American Meeting, Detroit, MI June 9, 2011.

Dee SJ, Bell AT. Depolymerization of cellulose using mineral acids in ionic liquids. American Chemical Society Annual Spring Meeting, San Francisco, CA, March 24, 2010.

Dee SJ, Chidambaram M, Bell AT. Biomass dissolution and conversion to transportation fuels in ionic liquids. American Institute of Chemical Engineers Annual Meeting, Nashville, TN, November 11, 2009.

Professional Affiliations

American Institute of Chemical Engineers

National Association of Fire Investigators

National Fire Protection Association

  • Principal member of NFPA 53 Committee on Oxygen Enriched Atmospheres
  • Alternate member of NFPA 30B Committee on Aerosol Products

National Association of Subrogation Professionals

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CREDENTIALS & PROFESSIONAL HONORS

  • Ph.D., Chemical Engineering, University of California, Berkeley, 2012
  • B.S., Chemical Engineering, Case Western Reserve University, 2007, magna cum laude
  • B.A., Sociology, Case Western Reserve University, 2007, magna cum laude

LICENSES & CERTIFICATIONS

Licensed Professional Engineer, Illinois, #062.065967

Certified Fire and Explosion Investigator (CFEI), #18311-10103

Hazardous Waste Operations and Emergency Response (HAZWOPER) training in accordance with OSHA 29 CFR 1910.120