Academic Credentials
  • Ph.D., Mechanical Engineering, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, 2019
  • M.S., Mechanical Engineering, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, 2016
  • B.A., Physics, Bates College, 2008
Licenses & Certifications
  • Professional Engineer Mechanical, California, #40299
  • 40-Hour Hazardous Waste Operation and Emergency Response Certification (HAZWOPER)
  • Certified Fire and Explosion Investigator (CFEI)
Professional Affiliations
  • ASTM International
    • Metrology subcommittee member (E11.50)
  • National Fire Protection Association
  • National Association of Fire Investigators
  • Society of Petroleum Engineers
    • SPE NYNE board member

Dr. Davies is a licensed professional mechanical engineer who specializes in solving failure analysis and design problems related to fluid flow and heat transfer. He has expertise in two-phase flow, industrial heat exchangers, and pipeline systems for liquids and gases.

Dr. Davies has designed and built experimental systems for the analysis of consumer electronics, utility piping, and power-plant components. His project experience includes the investigations of fires and explosions, pipeline failures, HVAC systems, consumer products, and power plants. He also has modeled natural gas systems using the Synergi Gas software. In addition, Dr. Davies has experience in the upstream oil and gas industry as a wireline field engineer.

Prior to joining Exponent, Dr. Davies was a research assistant in the Air Conditioning and Refrigeration Center (ACRC) at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC). His work focused on reducing water use in energy generation. He designed and built experimental facilities to analyze air-cooled condensers for power plants. The facilities included diabatic and adiabatic visualization of two-phase flow, as well as measurements of heat transfer, pressure drop and two-phase void fraction. He also designed and built an anemometer calibration facility. 

Prior to graduate school, Dr. Davies was a General Field Engineer for Schlumberger Wireline. As a General Field Engineer, he led crews in acquiring petrophysical well and geotechnical reservoir data on both land and offshore rigs in Mexico and New Zealand. He designed and led data-acquisition operations using seismic, pressure-testing, coring, and other well-testing equipment. He was certified and led operations with radiation and explosives for international clients. 

Dr. Davies' additional experience includes analysis of water hammer using the AFT Impulse software, analysis of flow-induced vibration in both single- and multi-phase flows, analysis of automotive radiators, analysis of injection wells, pressure testing, analysis of plate heat exchangers, and analysis and testing of kitchen blenders.