Michael Stern
Michael Stern, Ph.D., P.E., CFEI
Senior Engineer
Thermal Sciences
  • Natick

Dr. Stern received his Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering from MIT. He applies his chemical engineering knowledge to the investigation and prevention of accidents, and the optimization of chemical processes. Dr. Stern has experience simulating, analyzing, and designing chemical separation processes and electrochemical systems. Dr. Stern applies his skills to assess and demonstrate fire and explosion scenarios resulting from combustible dusts, flammable gases and vapors, and reactive materials for both accident investigations and process hazard analyses. He also uses his expertise in electrochemistry and chemical engineering to assess gas permeation and corrosion in biomedical devices and examine the failure severity of batteries.

Dr. Stern possesses expertise in electrochemistry, heat and mass transfer phenomena, thermodynamics, chemical reaction kinetics, and separations technologies including membrane separators, absorption and adsorption processes, and liquid-liquid separators. Since joining Exponent, Dr. Stern has evaluated membrane transport phenomena for biotechnology applications, investigated the consequences of battery failures, designed small-scale automated oil/water separators for the petroleum industry, and performed hazard analyses on processes with flammable liquids, reactive materials, and combustible dust ranging from large production plants to bench-top analytical equipment.

Prior to joining Exponent, Dr. Stern was a graduate research assistant in the Department of Chemical Engineering at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He developed a new electrochemically-mediated technology for carbon dioxide separations from post-combustion flue gases. Dr. Stern developed new analytical methods for modeling the complex mass transfer phenomena with non-linear electrochemical kinetic boundary conditions. He also has significant experience in numerical simulations having used both finite element and finite difference methodologies to simulate multiphysics problems combining mass transfer, reaction kinetics, and electrostatic phenomena. For his work, Dr. Stern received the AIChE Separations Division Graduate Student Research Award in 2013 and was awarded 2nd place at the ACS Industrial and Engineering Chemistry Graduate Research Symposium in 2013. He obtained his Masters in Chemical Engineering Practice in 2011 based on engineering consulting work performed at Mawana Sugars in Mawana, India and at General Mills in Minneapolis. Dr. Stern received the Edward J. Vivian award from MIT for his exemplary performance.

CREDENTIALS & PROFESSIONAL HONORS

  • Ph.D., Chemical Engineering, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), 2014
  • M.S., Chemical Engineering, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), 2011
  • B.S., Chemical Engineering, Lehigh University, 2008

LICENSES & CERTIFICATIONS

Licensed Chemical Engineer, California, #6730

Certified Fire and Explosion Investigator (CFEI) in accordance with the National Association of Fire Investigators National Certification Board per NFPA 921 Section 13.6.5.2

Blasting Certificate of Competency, Massachusetts, #BL-007223

Publications

Stern MC, Rosen JS, Ibarreta, AF, Myers TJ, Ogle RA. Unconfined deflagration testing for the assessment of combustible dust flash fire hazards. Proceedings, 11th Global Congress on Process Safety, Austin, TX, 2015.

Stern MC, Ibarreta AF, Myers TJ. Assessment and mitigation of combustible dust hazards in the plastics industry. Proceedings, 30th International Conference of the Polymer Processing Society, Cleveland, OH, 2014.

Ponchaut NF, Colella F, Somandepalli V, Stern MC. Thermal management modeling for thermal runaway avoidance in lithium-ion batteries. Proceedings, Battcon Stationary Battery Conference, Boca Raton, FL, 2014.

Stern MC, Braff W, Biteau H, Marr K, Somandepalli V. Fire safety with high energy batteries. Proceedings, 2014 AICHE Annual Meeting, Atlanta, GA, 2014.

Stern MC, Hatton TA. Bench-scale demonstration of CO2 capture with electrochemically-mediated amine regeneration. RSC Advances 2014; 4:5906–5914.

Eltayeb AO, Stern MC, Herzog HJ, Hatton TA, Energetics of electrochemically-mediated amine regeneration. Energy Procedia 2014; 63:595–604

Stern MC, Simeon F, Herzog HJ, Hatton TA. Post-combustion carbon dioxide capture using electrochemically-mediated amine regeneration. Energy and Environmental Science 2013, 6(8):2505–2517.

Stern MC, Simeon F, Herzog H J, Hatton TA. An electrochemically-mediated gas separation process for carbon abatement. Energy Procedia 2013; 37:1172–1179.

Stern MC, Simeon F, Hammer T, Landes H, Herzog HJ, Hatton T A. Electrochemically mediated separation for carbon capture. Energy Procedia 2011; 4:860–867.

Oral Presentations


Stern MC, Myers, TM. Mitigating safety and regulatory risk in a chemical project effort. American Institute of Chemical Engineers, 2015 Annual Meeting, Salt Lake City, UT, November 9, 2015.

Stern MC, Rosen JS, Ibarreta, AF, Myers TJ, Ogle RA. Quantification of the thermal hazard of metallic and organic dust flash fires. Mary K O’Connor Process Safety Symposium, College Station, TX, October 27, 2015.

Stern MC, Rosen JS, Ibarreta, AF, Myers TJ, Ogle RA. Unconfined deflagration testing for the assessment of combustible dust flash fire hazards. 11th Global Congress on Process Safety, Austin, TX, April 28, 2015.

Stern MC, Braff W, Biteau H, Marr K, Somandepalli V. Fire safety with high energy batteries. American Institute of Chemical Engineers, 2014 Annual Meeting, Atlanta, GA, November 20, 2014.

Stern MC. Electrochemically-mediated amine regeneration for carbon dioxide scrubbing. ACS Fall Meeting, Industrial and Engineering Chemistry Division, Graduate Student Award Symposium, Indianapolis, IN, September 2013. Awarded 2nd Place.

Stern MC. Electrochemically-mediated amine regeneration for CO2 separations. ACS Spring 2013 Meeting, New Orleans, LA, April 7, 2013.

Stern MC. Electrochemically-mediated amine regeneration for CO2 scrubbing systems. AIChE Fall 2012 Conference, Pittsburgh, PA, October 29, 2012. Was recognized as a ‘Best Paper’ for session.

Stern MC. CO2 separation using electrochemical regeneration of amine sorbents. AIChE Fall 2011 Conference, Minneapolis, MN, October 20, 2011.

Stern MC. A graduate student’s perspective on carbon mitigation. Separations Technology VIII, Kona, HI, December 10, 2010.

Patents

Stern MC, Simeon F, Hatton TA. Methods and systems for carrying out a pH influenced chemical or biological reaction, USA Patent Application No.: 20130058857, Published 03/17/2013.

Professional Affiliations

American Institute of Chemical Engineers—AIChE (Senior Member)

American Chemical Society—ACS

National Association of Fire Investigators—NAFI (Member, CFEI)

American Society for Testing and Materials—ASTM (Member of Committee E27 Hazard Potential of Chemicals)

National Fire Protection Association—NFPA

– Alternate Member of the Committee on Electrical Equipment in Chemical Atmospheres responsible for NFPA 496 Standard for Purged and Pressurized Enclosures for Electrical Equipment, NFPA 497 Recommended Practice for the Classification of Flammable Liquids, Gases, or Vapors and of Hazardous (Classified) Locations for Electrical Installations in Chemical Process Areas, and NFPA 499 Recommended Practice for the Classification of Combustible Dusts and of Hazardous (Classified) Locations for Electrical Installations in Chemical Process Areas

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CREDENTIALS & PROFESSIONAL HONORS

  • Ph.D., Chemical Engineering, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), 2014
  • M.S., Chemical Engineering, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), 2011
  • B.S., Chemical Engineering, Lehigh University, 2008

LICENSES & CERTIFICATIONS

Licensed Chemical Engineer, California, #6730

Certified Fire and Explosion Investigator (CFEI) in accordance with the National Association of Fire Investigators National Certification Board per NFPA 921 Section 13.6.5.2

Blasting Certificate of Competency, Massachusetts, #BL-007223