Exponent Expands Engineering Presence and Opens State-of-the-Art Laboratory in Seattle

December 18, 2020

When we started out in the San Francisco Bay Area over 50 years ago, Exponent pioneered the study of how and why failures occur. Today, we are proud to announce the expansion of our engineering team and the opening of a new laboratory facility in Seattle, Washington, led by experts in the now flourishing fields of failure analysis and safety research. Dr. Bryan Templeton, Mr. Shannon Ramey, and Dr. Robert Scheibe join the over 900-person consulting staff that span the globe as well as more than 90 technical disciplines.

From those early days of the company to today, the systematic application of engineering and scientific principles to real-world challenges remains our firm's focus. Our newly opened, state-of-the-art laboratory facility in Seattle supports the investigation of complex systems failures, as well as issues related to product reliability, quality, and performance in the Pacific Northwest and across the globe.

Our new facility will support fractographic examination, corrosion analysis, materials characterization, and defect detection for a large variety of materials, including metals and plastics, across a range of structures, components, and devices. The new lab features a scanning electron microscope, a differential scanning calorimeter, Fourier-transform infrared spectroscopy, a metallographic lab, and an evidence warehouse.

These tools will support seasoned experts like Dr. Templeton, who has investigated failures in nearly every sector of society, from the roads we drive on to the energy we depend on. Dr. Templeton is joined by Mr. Ramey, who has specialized expertise in building mechanical systems and machinery, and Dr. Scheibe, a specialist in product safety and performance from the standpoint of design, operation, and manufacturing.

These experts complement our established Pacific Northwest team of environmental, health, human factors, polymer science, and civil engineering experts, and the new laboratory augments Exponent's growing integrated global network of research facilities.