Michael Barry
Michael Barry, Ph.D., P.E., CFEI
Managing Engineer
Thermal Sciences
Natick

Dr. Barry specializes in the engineering analysis of thermal and fluid flow systems. He has broad expertise in experimental analysis of flow systems, including bio-fluids, fluid-structure interactions, and microscale flows. He possesses expertise in fluid mechanics, heat transfer, and thermodynamics, and he has applied this expertise to projects involving lithium-ion battery failures, assessments of burn injury risk, testing of consumer products, medical devices, structural fires, vehicle fires, HVAC systems, industrial equipment (heaters, pumps, valves, compressors, furnaces, boilers) and intellectual property matters.

Dr. Barry applies his expertise to the investigation of fires, equipment failures, accidents, and burn injuries. Dr. Barry has conducted origin and cause investigations of structural fires in storage facilities, commercial facilities, and residences. His project work includes the investigation of vehicle fires such as post-collision automobile fires and lawnmower fires. Dr. Barry has also investigated equipment failures such as pumps and heaters as well as struck by hazards related to the operation of industrial equipment. He has conducted investigations of product safety that included testing in accordance with UL and ASTM standards. He employs analytical and experimental techniques to assess the risk of burn injury in consumer products such as electronics and household appliances as well as in industrial processes.

Dr. Barry performs testing and assessments related to the safety of batteries, particulary related to catastrophic failures such as thermal runaway of lithium-ion cells and batteries. His project work related to battery safety has included testing the integrity of cell container components, the measurement of gas quantity and gas species evolved during various abuse conditions, quantifying the explosibility of battery vent gases, as well as involving those measurements in toxicological assessments of the releases during battery failure. Dr. Barry has experience in experimentally measuring the thermal properties of battery cells in order to generate thermal models to assesss heat propogation that can affect performance, safety and reliability of battery pack assemblies.

Dr. Barry applies his engineering expertise to intellectual property disputes. He has worked on multiple aspects of intellectual property including validity/invalidity, infringement/non-infringement, Markman hearings, trade secrets, and copyright. His intellectual property work is varied and has involved issues such as fluid flow in toys, the fire safety properties of building materials, and medical devices.

Prior to joining Exponent, Dr. Barry used engineering tools to research biological questions, such as the swimming of micro-organisms and the mechanics of human phonation. He has experience with a range of experimental techniques including particle image velocimetry, digital holography, particle segmentation and tracking, and the design and fabrication of microfluidic devices. Prior to his work at MIT, Dr. Barry worked as an eighth grade mathematics teacher in Brooklyn, New York as a member of the New York City Teaching Fellows. Prior to that, he designed HVAC systems for large commercial buildings at Jaros, Baum, and Bolles in New York City.

CREDENTIALS & PROFESSIONAL HONORS

  • Ph.D., Mechanical Engineering, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), 2014
  • M.S., Mechanical Engineering, Rutgers University, 2005
  • M.S., Teaching, Pace University, 2008
  • B.S., Mechanical Engineering, Rutgers University, 2004
  • B.A., English, Rutgers University, 2004
  • National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship, 2009–2012

LICENSES & CERTIFICATIONS

Licensed Professional Mechanical Engineer, California, #38065

Licensed Professional Engineer, Connecticut, #PEN.0032929

Certified Fire and Explosion Investigator

40 Hour HAZWOPER certified

Blasting Certificate of Competency, Massachusetts, #BL-007235

Publications

Barry MT. Shear-induced orientational dynamics and spatial heterogeneity in suspensions of motile phytoplankton. Journal of the Royal Society Interface 2015; 12(112).

Barry M. Mechanisms of reorientation in phytoplankton: fluid shear, surface interactions, and gravitaxis. Ph.D. Thesis, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2014.

Molaei M, Barry M, Stocker R, Sheng J. Failed Escape: Solid Surfaces Prevent Tumbling of Escherichia coli. Physical Review Letters 2014; 113:068103.

De Lillo F, Cencini M, Durham WM, Barry M, Stocker R, Climent E, Boffetta G. Turbulent fluid acceleration generates clusters of gyrotactic microorganisms. Physical Review Letters 2014; 112(4):044502.

Durham WM, Climent E, Barry M, De Lillo F, Boffetta G, Cencini M, Stocker R. Turbulence drives microscale patches of motile phytoplankton. Nature Communications 2013; 4.

Krane MH, Barry M, Wei T. Dynamics of temporal variations in phonatory flow. The Journal of the Acoustical Society of America 2010; 128:372–383.

Krane MH, Barry M, Wei T. Unsteady behavior of flow in a scaled-up vocal folds model. The Journal of the Acoustical Society of America 2007; 122:3659–3670.

Conference Proceedings


Spray, R, Barry M, Brown C, Marr K. Understanding downstream risks from battery thermal runaway and designing for safety. IEEE Symposium on Product Compliance Engineering. Boston, MA, November 6-7, 2017.

Barry M, Durham WM, Chengala A, Sheng J, Stocker R. Characterization of gyrotactic swimmers using digital holographic microscopy. 65th Annual Meeting of the APS Division of Fluid Dynamics, San Diego, CA, November 18–20, 2012.

Barry M, Durham WM, Climent E, Stocker R. Shaken, but not stirred: how vortical flow drives small-scale aggregations of gyrotactic phytoplankton. 64th Annual Meeting of the APS Division of Fluid Dynamics, Baltimore, MD, November 20–22, 2011.

Barry M, Krane M, Wei T. Design of apparatus for studying aerodynamics of voice production. American Society of Mechanical Engineers International Mechanical Engineering Congress and Exposition, Anaheim, CA, November 2004.

Barry M, Krane M, Wei T. Flow in a scaled-up vocal folds model. International Conference on Vocal Fold Biomechanics and Physiology, Marseilles, France, August 2004.

Barry M, Krane M, Wei T. Measurements of scaled-up glottal flow: experiment design. 56th Annual Meeting of the APS Division of Fluid Dynamics. East Rutherford, NJ, November 23–25, 2003.

Professional Affiliations

American Society of Mechanical Engineers (2014–present)

National Association of Fire Investigators (2014–present)

National Fire Protection Association (2014–present)

ASTM International (2015–present)

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CREDENTIALS & PROFESSIONAL HONORS

  • Ph.D., Mechanical Engineering, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), 2014
  • M.S., Mechanical Engineering, Rutgers University, 2005
  • M.S., Teaching, Pace University, 2008
  • B.S., Mechanical Engineering, Rutgers University, 2004
  • B.A., English, Rutgers University, 2004
  • National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship, 2009–2012

LICENSES & CERTIFICATIONS

Licensed Professional Mechanical Engineer, California, #38065

Licensed Professional Engineer, Connecticut, #PEN.0032929

Certified Fire and Explosion Investigator

40 Hour HAZWOPER certified

Blasting Certificate of Competency, Massachusetts, #BL-007235