Jessica Morris

Jessica M. Morris, Ph.D.

Senior Associate
Thermal Sciences
Warrenville
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Dr. Morris specializes in the analysis of atmospheric dispersions, fires, and explosions in an industrial setting with an emphasis on flammable and toxic materials. Her expertise stems from her chemical engineering background with extensive experience with hazardous chemicals, equipment modification and fabrication, programming, data analysis, modeling, and experimental research. Dr. Morris leverages her knowledge of atmospheric dispersion and the Process Hazard Analysis Software Tool (PHAST, licensed by DNV-GL) to consult on hazardous material releases. With her modeling experience, Dr. Morris has assisted in multiple Consequence Assessments, Building Siting Studies, and Quantitative Risk Assessments (QRAs). Dr. Morris has aided in the review of Process Safety Management (PSM) programs at industrial facilities regarding process safety information, operating procedures, management of change (MOC), and other elements of PSM programs. Dr. Morris has contributed to the chemical process safety community as a contributor, session chair and symposium chair for the Process Safety Management Mentoring Symposium (PSMM). Her current professional interests include Process Safety and Risk, Oil and Gas, Product Safety and Performance, and Alternative Energy and Safety Performance.

Prior to joining Exponent, Dr. Morris completed her Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering at the University of Arkansas at the Chemical Hazards Research Center. Her work focused on the experimentation and modelling of the effects of along-wind dispersion of finite duration contaminant releases in the atmosphere. Her work provided original validation data and improved DNV GL PHAST models, with respect to along-wind dispersion. In addition to her background in hazardous chemicals, she continues to develop her hands-on skillsets with experience in welding, equipment fabrication, equipment specifications and modification, metal and wood shop experience, laser setup, industrial gasses, safety standards, automation of machines, and more. While at the University of Arkansas, Dr. Morris was able to develop and teach an original graduate course on technical communication both for academia and industry. She also served as an advisor for Tau Beta Pi – the national engineering honor society. With her passion for safety, she pioneered an Engineering Safety club for both undergrad and graduate students in engineering. In addition to her graduate work, Dr. Morris was the Chief Technology Officer for a technical startup company in the field of medical devices utilizing fluid flow.

CREDENTIALS & PROFESSIONAL HONORS

  • Ph.D., Chemical Engineering, University of Arkansas, 2018
  • B.S., Chemical Engineering, University of Minnesota, Duluth, 2014

LICENSES & CERTIFICATIONS

40-Hour OSHA Certification, Hazardous Waste Operations and Emergency Response (HAZWOPER)

Phast Advanced Modeling

25-Hour Fire Investigation for Fire Officers Multi-Program, IAAI

67-Hour Principles of Fire Investigation Multi-Program, IAAI

Publications

Morris, J.M., Hart, R.J., Morrison, D.R. (2020) Vapor Dispersion: How Safe is your Safety Factor?, 16th Global Congress on Process Safety, Houston, TX.

Morris, J.M. and Spicer, T.O. (2019) Improved Modeling of Continuous Gas Releases of Finite Duration. 15th Global Congress on Process Safety, New Orleans, LA.

Hart, R.J., Morris, J.M., Morrison, D.R. (2019) Sensitivity Analysis of Transport Conditions on Liquefied Gas Hazards. 15th Global Congress on Process Safety, New Orleans, LA.

Morris, J.M. and Spicer, T.O. (2018). Improved along-wind dispersion coefficient model from field and wind tunnel data. Annual Meeting for the Global Conference of Process Safety (GCPS), Orlando, FL.

Morris, J.M. and Spicer, T.O. (2017). Improvement of along-wind dispersion coefficient equation through experimental finite duration releases in a wind tunnel. Biannual Meeting for the Chemical and Biological Defense Science and Technology (CBD S&T) Conference, Long Beach, CA.

Morris, J.M. and Spicer, T.O. (2017). Generalization of modeling along-wind dispersion. Annual meeting for the Global Conference of Process Safety (GCPS), San Antonio, TX.

Presentations

Morris, J.M., Hart, R.J., Morrison, D.R. (2020) Vapor Dispersion: How Safe is your Safety Factor?, 16th Global Congress on Process Safety, Houston, TX.

Morris, J.M. and Spicer, T.O. (2019) Improved Modeling of Continuous Gas Releases of Finite Duration. 15th Global Congress on Process Safety, New Orleans, LA.

Hart, R.J., Morris, J.M., Morrison, D.R. (2019) Sensitivity Analysis of Transport Conditions on Liquefied Gas Hazards. 15th Global Congress on Process Safety, New Orleans, LA.

Morris, J.M. (2019) Building Siting Evaluations: Who put that there? 2019 AIChE Midwest Regional Conference, Chicago, IL.

Morris, J.M. and Spicer, T.O. (2018). Improved along-wind dispersion coefficient model from field and wind tunnel data. Annual Meeting for the Global Conference of Process Safety (GCPS), Orlando, FL.

Morris, J.M. and Spicer, T.O. (2017). Improvement of along-wind dispersion coefficient equation through experimental finite duration releases in a wind tunnel. Biannual Meeting for the Chemical and Biological Defense Science and Technology (CBD S&T) Conference, Long Beach, CA.

Morris, J.M. and Spicer, T.O. (2017). Generalization of modeling along-wind dispersion. Annual meeting for the Global Conference of Process Safety (GCPS), San Antonio, TX.

Morris, J.M. (2017). Showcase of Chemical Engineering Research. University of Arkansas, Fayetteville, AR.

Morris, J.M. (2016). Lunch and learn: Effects of Along-wind Dispersion. DNV GL Software office, London, U.K.

Professional Affiliations

10th Process Safety Management Mentoring (PSMM) Forum at the 2021 Global Congress of Process Safety – 2021 Symposium Chair

American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE) Loss Prevention Symposia (LPS) – Committee Member

American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE) – Member and Young Professional

Society of Women in Engineering (SWE) – Member

Tau Beta Pi, Engineering Honor Society (TBP) – Member

Omega Chi Epsilon, Chemical Engineering Honor Society (OCE) – Member

9th Process Safety Management Mentoring (PSMM) Forum at the 2020 Global Congress of Process Safety – 2020 Symposia Vice-Chair

Tutorials in Process Safety I - Loss Prevention Symposium, 2019 Process Safety Management Mentoring (PSMM) Forum – Session Co-Chair

Tutorials in Process Safety II - Loss Prevention Symposium, 2019 Process Safety Management Mentoring (PSMM) Forum – Session Co-Chair

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CREDENTIALS & PROFESSIONAL HONORS

  • Ph.D., Chemical Engineering, University of Arkansas, 2018
  • B.S., Chemical Engineering, University of Minnesota, Duluth, 2014

LICENSES & CERTIFICATIONS

40-Hour OSHA Certification, Hazardous Waste Operations and Emergency Response (HAZWOPER)

Phast Advanced Modeling

25-Hour Fire Investigation for Fire Officers Multi-Program, IAAI

67-Hour Principles of Fire Investigation Multi-Program, IAAI