Dr. Myers applies chemical engineering principles to analyze industrial processes and to investigate and prevent incidents involving chemical releases, fires, and explosions. His investigations have included incidents involving chemical and industrial facilities, the warehousing and transport of hazardous chemicals, commercial and residential structures, consumer products, and burn injuries. Dr. Myers has investigated incidents involving combustion equipment ranging from hand held torches fueled by propane, to residential heating systems fueled by natural gas or oil, to industrial boilers fueled by coal. He has conducted engineering analysis and experimental testing involving chemical reactions, heat and mass transfer, fluid mechanics, thermodynamics, fires, and dust and gas explosions. Dr. Myers is the vice-chairman of the ASTM committee responsible for the development of standards to determine the thermal stability of liquid and solids and the ignition and flammability properties of gases, vapors, and dusts clouds.
Dr. Myers has investigated several catastrophic dust explosions that have occurred throughout North America. His work in these investigations has included determining the origin and cause of the explosions, experimentally measuring the dust explosion properties of materials, modeling explosion dynamics, and determining compliance of the facility with current and historical regulations, codes, and guidelines for the prevention of dust explosions. Dr. Myers audits new and existing facilities for dust explosion hazards, and assists clients in developing approaches to mitigate dust explosion hazards, including assistance with OSHA’s Combustible Dust National Emphasis Program (NEP). He is a principal member of six NFPA technical committees responsible for standards related to the prevention and mitigation of dust fires and explosions. Dr. Myers oversees testing in Exponent’s Combustible Dust Testing Laboratory.
Dr. Myers has a particular interest in the stability of chemicals and chemical mixtures and their reactivity hazards. He has investigated incidents involving self-heating or thermal runaway of chemicals, the unintentional reactions of incompatible chemicals, and analyzed the effects of specific chemicals on the integrity of materials including plastics, composites, and metals.
Prior to joining Exponent, Dr. Myers was a Graduate Student Researcher at the University of California, Berkeley and Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. He has also worked in process engineering and process control in the pulp and paper industry.