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Timothy J. Myers, Ph.D., P.E., CFEI, CFI

Principal Engineer

Thermal Sciences

Professional Profile


Dr. Myers applies chemical engineering principles to analyze industrial processes and to investigate and prevent incidents involving chemical releases, fires, and explosions. His investigations include incidents involving chemical, agricultural and industrial facilities, the warehousing and transport of hazardous chemicals, commercial and residential structures, vehicles, energy storage systems, consumer products, and burn injuries. Dr. Myers has investigated incidents involving a wide range of combustion equipment including candles, torches, heaters, ovens, furnaces, and boilers. His work in these investigations has included determining origin and cause, experimentally measuring properties of materials, numerical modeling, and evaluation of products and facilities with current and historical regulations, codes, and guidelines. Dr. Myers has conducted engineering analysis and experimental testing involving chemical reactions, heat and mass transfer, fluid mechanics, thermodynamics, fires, and dust and gas explosions. He has testified as an expert witness in state and federal courts.

Dr. Myers has investigated several catastrophic dust explosions that have occurred throughout North America. He audits new and existing facilities for dust explosion hazards, and assists clients in developing mitigation methods. Dr. Myers is a principal member of six NFPA technical committees responsible for standards related to the prevention and mitigation of dust fires and explosions. He is the vice-chairman of the ASTM committee responsible for the development of standards to determine the ignition and flammability properties of gases, vapors, and dusts clouds and 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. Dr. Myers has developed test methods for assessing self-heating and the hazards of reactive chemicals. He has 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.

  • Ph.D., Chemical Engineering, University of California, Berkeley, 1999
  • B.S., Forest Resources—Pulp and Paper Science, University of Washington (magna cum laude), 1993
  • Golden Key National Honor Society; University of Washington Kyosti V. Sarkanen Scholarship, 1992
  • Technical Association of the Pulp and Paper Industry (TAPPI) Engineering Division Scholarship, 1992
  • TAPPI Paper and Board Manufacture Division Scholarship, 1992

    • Registered Professional Chemical Engineer, California, #CH6329
    • Registered Professional Chemical Engineer, Maine, #12065
    • Registered Professional Engineer, Ohio, 74253
    • Registered Professional Engineer, Georgia, PE036505
    • Blasting Certificate of Competency, Massachusetts, BL 7189
    • Certified Fire and Explosion Investigator (CFEI) in accordance with the National Association of Fire Investigators
    • Certified Fire Investigator (CFI) in accordance with the International Association of Arson Investigators
    • Fire Origin and Cause Investigation Training, California State Fire Marshal
    • Confined Space Entry Certification, 29 CFR 1910.146
    • Hazardous Waste Operation and Emergency Response Certification, 29 CFR 1910.120