David Anderson
David M. Anderson, Ph.D., P.E., CFEI
Senior Engineer
Thermal Sciences
Atlanta

Dr. Anderson applies mechanical and chemical engineering principles to solve clients' complex technical problems across a broad range of industries, including consumer products, textiles, manufacturing, industrial chemical processes, heating and cooling systems, and heavy earthmoving equipment. Dr. Anderson specializes in accident evaluation and prevention, failure analysis, fire and explosion investigation and analysis, industrial process evaluation, product development and validation, and intellectual property disputes. He has both academic training and industry experience in the design, analysis, and validation of thermal systems; in modeling complex systems involving simultaneous species transport, chemical reaction, and heat transfer; in experimental instrumentation and data acquisition; and in design, manufacturing, and field support of heavy construction equipment.

Prior to joining Exponent, Dr. Anderson completed a Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering at the Georgia Institute of Technology. In his doctoral dissertation research, Dr. Anderson developed a novel reaction-separation approach to low temperature hydrogen production via the steam methane reforming process with in situ carbon dioxide capture. He also completed a thesis-based M.S. degree at Georgia Institute of Technology, investigating the use of nanostructured surfaces with patterned gradients in surface energy and wettability to enhance the rate of condensation heat transfer. During his tenure as a graduate research assistant, Dr. Anderson conducted research as a visiting scholar in the Center for Energy Technology at RTI International and in the Thermal Sciences Division of Air Force Research Laboratory. He participated in the Sam Nunn Security Fellows Program, where he explored the public policy and energy security dimensions of the recent surge in domestic shale gas production. He also held a fellowship in Paper Science and Engineering, developing expertise in pulp and paper manufacturing processes.

Before his graduate studies, Dr. Anderson worked for 5 years as a machine cooling system design and development engineer for Caterpillar, Inc. on a variety of products including skid steer loaders, backhoe loaders and track-type tractors. While at Caterpillar, he developed both active and passive cooling systems, including demand-based fan speed algorithms, oil cooling of hydraulic implements and drive transmissions, underhood thermal management of exhaust after-treatment components, and radiators and turbocharger aftercoolers for engine systems. He was involved in all phases of the design process, ranging from conceptualization to performance modeling to prototype design/fabrication to testing/validation. Dr. Anderson is certified by Caterpillar as a Six Sigma Green Belt and has applied that skill to numerous Six Sigma projects involving Failure Mode and Effects Analysis (FMEA), Design of Experiments (DOE), and Design for Six Sigma (DFSS).

CREDENTIALS & PROFESSIONAL HONORS

  • Ph.D., Mechanical Engineering, Georgia Institute of Technology (Georgia Tech), 2015
  • M.S., Mechanical Engineering, Georgia Institute of Technology (Georgia Tech), 2013
  • B.S., Mechanical Engineering, North Carolina State University, 2005, summa cum laude
  • Georgia Institute of Technology Leadership Fellow, 2013–2015

    Sam Nunn Security Fellow, 2013

    National Defense Science and Engineering Graduate Fellowship, 2012

    IPST Paper Science and Engineering Fellowship, 2011

    G.W. Woodruff School of Mechanical Engineering Presidents’ Fellowship, 2010

    North Carolina State University John T. Caldwell Scholarship, 2001

LICENSES & CERTIFICATIONS

Licensed Professional Engineer, Georgia, #PE041588

Certified Fire and Explosion Investigator, #20958-12905

Six Sigma Green Belt

Certified LabVIEW Associate Developer

Publications

Anderson DM, Fessler JR, Pooley MA, Seidel S, Hamblin MR, Beckham HW, Brennan JB. Infrared radiative properties and thermal modeling of ceramic-embedded textile fabrics. Biomedical Optics Express 2017; 8(3):1698-1711.

Anderson DM, Yun TM, Kottke PA, Fedorov AG. Comprehensive analysis of sorption enhanced steam methane reforming in a variable volume membrane reactor. Industrial & Engineering Chemistry Research 2017; 56(7):1758–1771.

Pooley, MA, Anderson DM, Beckham HW, Brennan JB. Engineered emissivity of textile fabrics by the inclusion of ceramic particles. Optics Express 2016; 24(10):10556-10564.

Anderson DM, Nasr MH, Yun TM, Kottke PA, Fedorov AG. Sorption-enhanced variable-volume batch-membrane steam methane reforming at low temperature: Experimental demonstration and kinetic modeling. Industrial & Engineering Chemistry Research 2015; 54(34):8422-8436.

Yun TM, Kottke PA, Anderson DM, Fedorov AG. Theoretical analysis of hydrogen production by variable volume membrane batch reactors with direct liquid fuel injection. International Journal of Hydrogen Energy 2015; 40(25):8005-8019.

Yun TM, Kottke PA, Anderson DM, Fedorov AG. Experimental investigation of hydrogen production by variable volume membrane batch reactors with modulated liquid fuel introduction. International Journal of Hydrogen Energy 2015; 40(6):2601-2612. 

Yun TM, Kottke PA, Anderson DM, Fedorov AG. Power density assessment of variable volume batch reactors for hydrogen production with dynamically modulated fuel introduction. Industrial & Engineering Chemistry Research 2014; 53(47):18140-18151. 

Anderson DM, Kottke PA, Fedorov AG. Thermodynamic analysis of hydrogen production via sorption-enhanced steam methane reforming in a new class of variable volume batch-membrane reactor. International Journal of Hydrogen Energy 2014; 39(31):17985-17997.

Gittens RA, Olivares-Navarrete R, Cheng A, Anderson DM, McLachlan T, Stephan I, Fedorov AG, Rupp F, Geis-Gerstorfer J, Sandhage KH, Boyan BD, Schwartz Z. The role of titanium surface micro/nanotopography and wettability on the differential response of human osteoblast lineage cells. Acta Biomaterialia 2013; 9(4):6268-6277. 

Anderson DM, Gupta MK, Voevodin AA, Hunter CN, Putnam SA, Tsukruk VV, Fedorov AG. Using amphiphilic nanostructures to enable long-range coalescence and surface rejuvenation in dropwise condensation. ACS Nano 2012; 6(4):3262-3268. 

Proceedings and Presentations

O’Hern SC, Stern MC, Anderson DM, Ibarreta A, Myers TJ. Analysis of combustible dust flash fires on personal protective equipment. Proceedings, Hazards 27, Institute of Chemical Engineers, Birmingham, UK, May 2017.

Anderson DM. Heat Transfer in Textiles: Using fundamental principles to design better products. Industrial Fabrics Association International Expo 2016, Charlotte NC, October 2016. 

Anderson DM. Textiles and radiant heat: facts and misconceptions. American Association of Textile Chemists and Colorists Spring Meeting, May 2016.

Morrison DR, Anderson DM, Smyth SA, Hetrick TM. Understanding the fire risks of eCigarettes, vapes, and mods. Proceedings, DRI Product Liability Conference, New Orleans, LA, February 2016.

Anderson DM, Nasr MH, Yun, TM, Kottke PA, Fedorov AG. Sorption-enhanced CHAMP reactor for distributed steam methane reforming. 3rd International Education Forum on Environment and Energy Science, Perth, Australia, December 2014. 

Anderson DM, Kottke PA, Yun TM, Fedorov AG. Sorption-enhanced variable volume membrane reactor for hydrogen production from methane: modeling and experimental characterization. 2014 AIChE Annual Meeting, Atlanta, GA, November 2014. 

Anderson DM, Kottke PA, Fedorov AG. Sorption-enhanced CHAMP class reactor for low temperature, distributed hydrogen production from natural gas. 2nd International Education Forum on Environment and Energy Science, Huntington Beach, CA, December 2013. 

Anderson DM, Kottke PA, Fedorov AG. Hydrogen production from natural gas via sorption-enhanced variable volume batch-membrane reactors. 2013 AIChE Annual Meeting, San Francisco, CA, November 2013. 

Anderson DM, Fedorov AG. Improved CHAMP-class reactors enabling a sustainable route to hydrocarbon processing for mobile and distributed power generation. 1st International Education Forum on Environment and Energy Science, Waikoloa, HI, December 2012. 

Kottke PA, Anderson DM, Fedorov AG. Condensation enhancement with micro and nano-structured amphiphilic surfaces. 2012 Power MEMS Workshop, Atlanta, GA, December 2012. 

Anderson DM, Gupta MK, Voevodin AA, Hunter CN, Putnam SA, Tsukruk VV, Fedorov AG. Mechanisms of condensation on amphiphilic nanostructured surfaces. ASME 3rd Micro/Nanoscale Heat & Mass Transfer International Conference, Atlanta, GA, March 2012. 

Anderson DM, Gupta MK, Voevodin AA, Hunter CN, Putnam SA, Tsukruk VV, Fedorov AG. Controlling water condensation in energy systems using nanostructured surfaces. 4th International Forum on Multidisciplinary Research and Education in Energy Sciences, Honolulu, HI, December 2011.

Patents

U.S. Patent No. 20,150,274,524: Reactor for Steam Reforming and Methods of Use Thereof, October 1, 2015 (with AG Fedorov).

U.S. Patent Application No. 61/738,580: Sorption-enhanced CHAMP reactors for distributed fuel processing and power generation with integrated CO2 capture, filed 12/18/2012 (Anderson DM, Fedorov AG).

Prior Experience

Graduate Research Assistant, Georgia Institute of Technology, 2010–2015

Freshman Grand Challenges Facilitator, Georgia Institute of Technology, 2014–2015

Visiting Researcher, RTI International, 2013

Visiting Researcher, Air Force Research Laboratory, 2011

Product Development Engineer, Caterpillar Inc., 2005–2010

Professional Affiliations

American Society of Mechanical Engineers—ASME (member)

American Institute of Chemical Engineers—AIChE (member)

National Association of Fire Investigators—NAFI (member)

Knowledge

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CREDENTIALS & PROFESSIONAL HONORS

  • Ph.D., Mechanical Engineering, Georgia Institute of Technology (Georgia Tech), 2015
  • M.S., Mechanical Engineering, Georgia Institute of Technology (Georgia Tech), 2013
  • B.S., Mechanical Engineering, North Carolina State University, 2005, summa cum laude
  • Georgia Institute of Technology Leadership Fellow, 2013–2015

    Sam Nunn Security Fellow, 2013

    National Defense Science and Engineering Graduate Fellowship, 2012

    IPST Paper Science and Engineering Fellowship, 2011

    G.W. Woodruff School of Mechanical Engineering Presidents’ Fellowship, 2010

    North Carolina State University John T. Caldwell Scholarship, 2001

LICENSES & CERTIFICATIONS

Licensed Professional Engineer, Georgia, #PE041588

Certified Fire and Explosion Investigator, #20958-12905

Six Sigma Green Belt

Certified LabVIEW Associate Developer