Peter Lillo
Peter Lillo, Ph.D., P.E., CFEI, CVFI
Senior Associate
Thermal Sciences
Menlo Park

Dr. Lillo specializes in the analysis of thermal and fire phenomena and vehicle issues. His professional background is in mechanical engineering and automotive technology. He investigates mechanical and thermal failures, claims of defect and issues of liability involving automobiles, trucks, buses, ATV’s, and watercraft. He has experience investigating the cause, origin and progression of fires, explosions, and other thermal events in a variety of environments including residential and commercial structures, vehicles and machinery.

Dr. Lillo carries out work relating to combustion, fluid flow, thermodynamic and heat transfer processes. He performs engineering analysis of power producing devices such as engines and turbines, as well as appliances, gas utilities and pipelines, consumer devices, hydraulic and pneumatic systems, boilers, and heating/cooling systems. Dr. Lillo has extensive experience designing and performing scientific tests, measurements and research. He has published peer-reviewed articles on the topics of engines, combustion strategies, fuel sprays, ignition processes and mechanical and optical diagnostics.

Dr. Lillo is trained in the field of automotive repair and he practiced as a master mechanic for more than five years. He has been solving automotive problems for more than fifteen years. He has expertise in the fields of engines, emissions control devices, automatic and manual transmissions, brakes, steering and suspension systems, HVAC systems, electrical and computer systems, driveability and best practices and procedures for automotive repair. He has performed smog related inspections and repairs in the state of California. He consults and performs investigations relating to best practices and standard of care issues in the field of automotive service and repair.

Prior to joining Exponent, Dr. Lillo completed his B.S. (U.C. Berkeley), M.S and Ph.D. (University of Michigan – Ann Arbor) in Mechanical Engineering. While at the University of Michigan, he used advanced laser based optical diagnostics to study flame, airflow and fuel spray development inside automotive engines. He has also worked in combustion laboratories at both Sandia National Laboratories and UC Berkeley.

CREDENTIALS & PROFESSIONAL HONORS

  • Ph.D., Mechanical Engineering, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, 2016
  • M.S., Mechanical Engineering, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, 2013
  • B.S., Mechanical Engineering, University of California, Berkeley, 2010
  • A.S., Engine Machining and Service, De Anza College, 2005
  • A.S., Automotive Engine Performance, De Anza College, 2005
  • A.S., Automotive Chassis Systems, De Anza College, 2005
  • Graduate Research Fellowship, National Science Foundation, 2011-2014

    Alternate Member: Technical Committee on Automotive and Marine Service Stations (AUV-AAA), NFPA 30A Code for Motor Fuel Dispensing Facilities and Repair Garages, National Fire Protection Association , 2018-present

    Alternate Member: Technical Committee on Internal Combustion Engines (INT-AAA), NFPA 37 Standard for the Installation and Use of Stationary Engines and Gas Turbines, National Fire Protection Association, 2017-present

LICENSES & CERTIFICATIONS

Licensed Professional Mechanical Engineer, California, #39287

ASE Master Certified Automobile Technician and Advanced Level Engine Performance Specialist, #1410-6834

Hazardous Waste Operations and Emergency Response Training, 29 CFR 1910.120

Fire Investigation: Cause and Origin Determination (1A), accredited by the California State Fire Marshall

Certified Vehicle Fire Investigator (CVFI), NAFI No. 22106-12680v

Certified Fire and Explosion Investigator, NAFI No. 22106-12680v

Publications

Lillo PM, Zhuang H, Sick V. Topological development of homogeneous-charge and spray-guided stratified-charge flames in an internal combustion engine. International Journal of Engine Research 2017; 1468087417727192.

Lillo PM. Topological development of homogeneous-charge and stratified-charge flames in an internal combustion engine. Ph.D. dissertation., University of Michigan, 2016.

Chen H, Lillo PM, Sick V. Single-shot 3D imaging of fuel injection in a spark-ignited direct-injected gasoline engine. International Journal of Engine Research in press.

Lillo PM, Greene ML, Sick V. Plenoptic single-shot 3D imaging of in-cylinder fuel spray geometry. Zeitschrift für Physikalische Chemie (Journal of Physical Chemistry), 2015.

Lillo PM, et al. Diesel spray ignition detection and spatial/temporal correction. No. 2012-01-1239. SAE Technical Paper, 2012.

Polonowski CJ, Mueller CJ, Gehrke CR, Bazyn T, Martin GC, Lillo PM. An experimental investigation of low-soot and soot-free combustion strategies in a heavy-duty, single-cylinder, direct-injection, optical diesel engine. (No. 2011-01-1812). SAE Technical Paper, 2011.

Prior Experience

Graduate Student Researcher, Quantitative Laser Diagnostics Laboratory, University of Michigan, 2011-2016

Combustion Research Intern, Sandia National Laboratories, 2010-2011

Student Researcher, Combustion Analysis Laboratory, University of California, Berkeley, 2008-2010

Master Automotive Technician, Dirks Automotive and Transmission Repair, Oroville, CA, 2006-2007

Master Automotive Technician, J.P. Automotive, San Jose, CA, 2002-2006

Professional Affiliations

National Fire Protection Agency

The Combustion Institute

Society of Automotive Engineers

Additional Information

Peer Reviewer

Combustion Institute

Society of Automotive Engineers

News & Events

CREDENTIALS & PROFESSIONAL HONORS

  • Ph.D., Mechanical Engineering, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, 2016
  • M.S., Mechanical Engineering, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, 2013
  • B.S., Mechanical Engineering, University of California, Berkeley, 2010
  • A.S., Engine Machining and Service, De Anza College, 2005
  • A.S., Automotive Engine Performance, De Anza College, 2005
  • A.S., Automotive Chassis Systems, De Anza College, 2005
  • Graduate Research Fellowship, National Science Foundation, 2011-2014

    Alternate Member: Technical Committee on Automotive and Marine Service Stations (AUV-AAA), NFPA 30A Code for Motor Fuel Dispensing Facilities and Repair Garages, National Fire Protection Association , 2018-present

    Alternate Member: Technical Committee on Internal Combustion Engines (INT-AAA), NFPA 37 Standard for the Installation and Use of Stationary Engines and Gas Turbines, National Fire Protection Association, 2017-present

LICENSES & CERTIFICATIONS

Licensed Professional Mechanical Engineer, California, #39287

ASE Master Certified Automobile Technician and Advanced Level Engine Performance Specialist, #1410-6834

Hazardous Waste Operations and Emergency Response Training, 29 CFR 1910.120

Fire Investigation: Cause and Origin Determination (1A), accredited by the California State Fire Marshall

Certified Vehicle Fire Investigator (CVFI), NAFI No. 22106-12680v

Certified Fire and Explosion Investigator, NAFI No. 22106-12680v