Academic Credentials
  • Ph.D., Chemical Engineering, Michigan Technological University, 2009
  • M.S., Chemical Engineering, Michigan Technological University, 2008
  • B.S., Chemical Engineering, University of Minnesota, 1999
Licenses & Certifications
  • Professional Engineer Chemical, California, #6520
  • 40-Hour Hazardous Waste Operation and Emergency Response Certification (HAZWOPER)
  • Certified Corrosion and Materials Professional (API 571)
  • Certified Fire and Explosion Investigator (CFEI)
  • Fire Investigation: Origin and Cause Determination (1A)
  • OSHA 29 CFR 1910.146 - Confined Space Entry Training for General Industry
Professional Honors
  • GAANN Fellowship, Michigan Technological University, 2005-2008
Professional Affiliations
  • American Institute of Chemical Engineers
  • Society of Petroleum Engineers

Dr. Ott uses his expertise as a chemical engineer to analyze chemical processes in the petroleum refining and petrochemical industries. He has experience conducting investigations of refinery incidents and performs analyses related to the prevention of future failures.  

Dr. Ott performs hazard and regulatory compliance analyses with an emphasis on implementing and improving asset integrity strategies, risk based inspections, and integrity operating windows (IOWs). Dr. Ott is a certified Corrosion and Materials Professional (API 571) and has extensive experience in analyzing chemical manufacturing practices and standards in the context of API, ASTM, ASME, OSHA, NFPA, CFR and DOT standards and regulations; and federal, state, and local regulations.

Dr. Ott has field experience at chemical processing facilities, including refineries, and inspects crude distillation, vacuum distillation, FCC, coker, hydrotreaters and isomerization units. He analyzes process data including temperature, pressure, composition, and flow rate and Process Safety Information (PSI) to simulate chemical processes using HYSYS/AspenOne.

Dr. Ott performs flammability and explosion testing of flammable consumer liquids and refined petroleum products. He recreates large scale fires and explosions, including recreational vehicles and lithium ion battery systems and analyzes chemical hazards via the analysis of ARC, DSC, explosivity testing, and additional, supplemental analyses, including GC-MS, FTIR, SEM, and analytical chemistry techniques.

Prior to joining Exponent, Dr. Ott was a Research Assistant at Michigan Technological University's (MTU's) Center for Environmentally Benign Functional Material (CEBFM), where he conducted research on polymerization reactions and polymer/solvent interactions. In addition, Dr. Ott researched biological devices as a research scientist at Diametrics Medical, Inc., specializing in the development and improvement of blood analysis sensors.