Gregory Haussmann
Gregory J. Haussmann, Ph.D., P.E., CFEI
Principal Engineer
Thermal Sciences
  • Houston

Dr. Haussman is experienced in the investigation and failure analysis of products and systems in the consumer, industrial, and transportation environments. He specializes in mechanical engineering and engineering analysis of the cause, origin, and propagation of fires and explosions. His research includes design and performance evaluation of combustion devices and systems, with special experience in thermal performance evaluation, carbon monoxide formation, and waste fuel firing. He also designs and evaluates instrumentation and testing programs involving gas and particulate sampling, air pollution, and indoor air quality issues.

Dr. Haussmann has investigated several hundred fire and explosion incidents, including boiler explosions, chemical plant incidents, dust explosions, gas explosions, burn injuries, and residential, commercial, and industrial fires. His investigations have included incidents ranging from residential (small appliances, HVAC equipment, water heaters, consumer products) to larger systems (boilers, oil and gas processing equipment, vehicles, agricultural equipment, and pipeline accidents). Dr. Haussmann has testified as an expert witness in various state and federal courts. 

Prior to joining Exponent, Dr. Haussmann was a Research Assistant in the High Temperature Gas Dynamics Laboratory at Stanford University and also held the position of Design Engineer in the Environmental Quality Laboratory of the California Institute of Technology.

CREDENTIALS & PROFESSIONAL HONORS

  • Ph.D., Mechanical Engineering, Stanford University, 1990
  • M.S., Mechanical Engineering, Stanford University, 1984
  • B.S., Engineering and Applied Science, California Institute of Technology (Caltech), 1983, with honors
  • Tau Beta Pi National Engineering Honorary Society

    Sigma Xi Scientific Research Honor Society

LICENSES & CERTIFICATIONS

Licensed Professional Mechanical Engineer, California, #M028328

Licensed Professional Engineer, Texas, #84193

Licensed Professional Engineer, Alabama, # 28050

Licensed Professional Engineer, Louisiana, #33439

Licensed Professional Engineer, Arkansas, #14603

NAFI Certified Fire and Explosion Investigator (CFEI)

Hazardous Waste Operations and Emergency Response Training, 29 CFR 1910.120

Confined Space Operations Training, 29 CFR 1910.146

Publications

Matta LM, Haussmann GJ. Pipe explosion during pigging procedure. Pipeline and Gas Journal 2008; 82–86.

Haussmann G, Matta L. Flammable vapor ignition by engine exhaust systems. Journal of Applied Fire Science 2002–2003; 11(4).

Ross B, Noakowski P, Haussmann G. Investigation of refractory disintegration in a glass melting furnace and repair remedies. Technology, Law and Insurance, Vol. 1, 1996.

Haussmann G. Fire development and fatality analysis of the 19 April, 1993 fire at the Branch Davidian Mt. Carmel Center, Waco, Texas. Very Large Scale Fires, ASTM STP 1336. Keltner NR, Alvares NJ, Grayson SJ (eds), American Society for Testing and Materials, 1998.

Haussmann G. Fire development and fatality analysis of the 19 April, 1993 fire at the Branch Davidian Mt. Carmel Center, Waco, Texas. Very Large Scale Fires, ASTM STP 1336. Keltner NR, Alvares NJ, Grayson SJ (eds), American Society for Testing and Materials, 1998.

Haussmann G. Evolution and reaction of fuel nitrogen during the early stages of pulverized coal pyrolysis and combustion. Ph.D. Thesis, Stanford University, 1990.

Haussmann G, Kruger CH. Evolution and reaction of fuel nitrogen during rapid coal pyrolysis and combustion. 23rd International Symposium on Combustion, The Combustion Institute, 1990.

Haussmann G, Kruger CH. Rapid pyrolysis and combustion of pulverized Montana rosebud subbituminous coal. 22nd International Symposium on Combustion, The Combustion Institute, 1989.

Presentations and Published Abstracts

Buehler C, Ogle R, Haussmann G. Flash fire from a fractionator overflow. 2014 Mary Kay O’Connor Process Safety Center International Symposium, College Station, TX, October 28, 2014.

Haussmann G. Design for fire prevention. Association of Equipment Manufacturer’s Product Safety Seminar, San Antonio, TX, April 2006.

Haussmann G. Fire and explosions—Analysis and investigative techniques. Invited Lecture, Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics, Stanford University, May 1994, April 1995, April 1997.

Haussmann G. Indoor air quality and chemical exposure. Presentation to the Alameda County Bar Association continuing education seminar, Oakland, CA, May 1994.

Haussmann G, Kruger CH, Krewson S. The interplay between chemistry and fluid mechanics in the oxidation of fuel nitrogen from pulverized coal. Joint Symposium on Stationary Combustion NOx Control, New Orleans, LA, 1987.

Haussmann G, Kruger CH. A comprehensive kinetics model for CO oxidation during char combustion. American Chemical Society, New York City National Meeting, 1986.


Prior Experience

Research Associate, High Temperature Gasdynamics Laboratory, Stanford University, 1985–1990

Design Engineer, Environmental Quality Lab, California Institute of Technology, 1983

Engineer, Garrett AiResearch Industrial Division, 1982

Professional Affiliations

The Combustion Institute (member)

National Society of Professional Engineers (member)

National Fire Protection Association (member)

National Association of Fire Investigators (member) 

CREDENTIALS & PROFESSIONAL HONORS

  • Ph.D., Mechanical Engineering, Stanford University, 1990
  • M.S., Mechanical Engineering, Stanford University, 1984
  • B.S., Engineering and Applied Science, California Institute of Technology (Caltech), 1983, with honors
  • Tau Beta Pi National Engineering Honorary Society

    Sigma Xi Scientific Research Honor Society

LICENSES & CERTIFICATIONS

Licensed Professional Mechanical Engineer, California, #M028328

Licensed Professional Engineer, Texas, #84193

Licensed Professional Engineer, Alabama, # 28050

Licensed Professional Engineer, Louisiana, #33439

Licensed Professional Engineer, Arkansas, #14603

NAFI Certified Fire and Explosion Investigator (CFEI)

Hazardous Waste Operations and Emergency Response Training, 29 CFR 1910.120

Confined Space Operations Training, 29 CFR 1910.146