Carmen Osorio
Carmen H. Osorio, Ph.D.
Senior Associate
Thermal Sciences
Los Angeles

Dr. Osorio’s professional experience includes nine years of significant work in the areas of chemical process safety, fundamental combustion research, reactive chemicals, fire safety, and incident investigation. Dr. Osorio uses her multidisciplinary background to identify the causes of hazardous incidents such as fires, explosions and leaking of flammable and toxic materials, and evaluate potential consequences that may arise from such events.

Prior to joining Exponent, Dr. Osorio worked at BP America as a Process Safety Engineer supporting day-to-day offshore operations in the Gulf of Mexico. During this period, Dr. Osorio worked on various elements of the Process Safety Management standards in placed including process safety information, Management of Change (MoC), Process Safety Analysis (PHAs), as well as regulatory compliance. She also worked as a Technical Process Safety Engineer Intern at Mustang Engineering and her responsibilities included fire risk assessments and consequence modelling.

Dr. Osorio earned her Ph.D. degree from Texas A&M University. During her time at A&M, she was a graduate research assistant in the Mary Kay O’Connor Process Safety Center, where she participated in several safety-related projects, including an LNG research conducted in Qatar. In this project, liquefied gases evaporation phenomena were studied in order to provide guidelines for future LNG consequence modelling improvements. Dr. Osorio has also experience in the examination of reactive chemicals and runaway reactions, as well as air quality control measurements, including the evaluation of a novel mercury removal technology.

As part of her doctoral dissertation, Dr. Osorio developed a fundamental combustion research approach to investigate flame inhibition mechanisms of chemically active fire suppressants. In her work, she proposed a systematic methodology to identify efficient and environmentally friendly fire suppressants using Halon 1301 (CF3Br) as a benchmark for novel alternatives. Dr. Osorio used model formulations and experimental designs to determine different combustion parameters such as ignition delay times and laminar flame speeds to examine the ability of a fire suppressant to modify both chemical and thermal properties of a reacting system. Dr. Osorio’s research has also been applied to validate state of art chemical kinetic mechanisms. Her work offers a path for identification of novel flame inhibitors, which similar properties to CF3Br but significantly less harmful to the environment.

CREDENTIALS & PROFESSIONAL HONORS

  • Ph.D., Materials Science and Engineering, Texas A&M University, 2013
  • B.S., Chemical Engineering, University Industrial of Santander, Colombia, 2006
  • Mary Kay O’Connor Process Safety Center, Texas A&M Scholarship, 2008 - 2013

    Competitive Historically Black Colleges & Universities / Minority Institutions (HBCU/MI) Award, 2007

LICENSES & CERTIFICATIONS

Fire Origin and Cause Determination Training 1A, State of California, Office of State Fire Marshal

Safety Engineering Certificate – Dwight Look College of Engineering, Texas A&M University

Helicopter Underwater Escape Training (HUET), Falck Safety Services

Hazardous Waste Operations and Emergency Response

Publications

Osorio C, Morones A, Hargis JW, Petersen EL, Mannan MS. Effect of C2HF5 and C3HF7 on methane and propane ignition and laminar flame speed: Experimental and numberical evaluation. Journal of Loss Prevention in the Process Industries 2017; 48:21-31

Morrison DR, Stern M, Osorio-Amado CH. Waste solvents to trash haulers: Lessons learned from hazardous waste accidents. 13th Global Congress on Process Safety, San Antonio, TX, March 26-29, 2017.

Osorio CH, Vissotski AJ, Petersen EL, Mannan MS. Effect of CF3Br on C1–C3 ignition and laminar flame speed. Comb and Flame 2013; 160(6):1044-1059.

Vechot TL, Olewski, Osorio C, Basha O, Liu Y, Mannan S. Laboratory scale analysis of the influence of different heat transfer mechanisms on liquid nitrogen evaporation rate. Journal of Loss Prevention 2013; 26(3):398-409.

Yang X, Dinh L, Castellanos D, Osorio Amado CH, Ng D, Mannan S. Common lessons learned from an analysis of multiple case histories. Process Safety Progress 2011; 30(2):143-147.

Select Conference and Technical Publications

Osorio CH, Morones A, Plichta D, Petersen EL, Mannan S. Influence of C2HF5 and C3HF7 on CH4 and C3H8 Combustion. 8th U. S. National Combustion Meeting, Park City, UT, 2013.

Osorio CH, EL Petersen, Mannan MS. Can fire suppressants promote ignition? A study of HFC-125 and HFC-227. 9th Global Congress on Process Safety, San Antonio, TX, 2013.

Olewski T, Vechot L, Osorio C, Liu Y, Gao X, Mannan S. Validation of liquid-nitrogen vaporization rate by small-and medium-scale experiments. Research and Industry Partnership Showcase: Building on Success, Qatar, 2013.

Osorio CH, Petersen EL, Mannan MS. Understanding Halon 1301 properties. Fire and Safety Magazine Fall Edition 2013.

Osorio CH, Vissotski A, Petersen EL, Mannan S. A kinetic modeling and experimental evaluation of un-stretched freely expanding flames in Halon 1301- alkane-air mixtures. Technical Meeting of Combustion Fundamentals and Applications, Dayton, OH, 2012.

Osorio C, et al. Search of suitable Halon 1301-like fire suppressants based on flame inhibition mechanism understanding. AIChE Spring Meeting & 8th Global Congress on Process Safety, Houston, TX, 2012.

Osorio C, T Olewski, Vechot L, Mannan S. Influence of different heat transfer mechanisms on liquid nitrogen evaporation rate: A laboratory scale analysis. Mary Kay O’Connor Process Safety Center International Symposium, College Station, TX, 2011.

Osorio CH, Petersen EL, Mannan S. Kinetic modeling and experimental study of CF3Br effect on methane and ethane oxidation behind reflected shock waves. 7th U.S National Technical Meeting of the Combustion Institute, Atlanta, GA, 2011.

Osorio C, et al. Analysis of CF3Br inhibition mechanism on methane premixed combustion. Hazards XXII Process Safety and Environmental Protection, Liverpool, U.K., 2011.

Osorio C, Martinez A. Experimental design for hg0 removal using enhanced oxidation and absorption. Annual A&WMA Conference, Portland, OR, 2008.

Prior Experience

Process Safety Engineer, Upstream Operations, BP America, 2013-2016

Technical Process Safety Engineer Intern, Wood Group Mustang, 2012

Graduate Research and Teaching Assistant, Mary Kay O’Connor Process Safety Center, Texas A&M University, 2008-2013

Graduate Research Assistant, Turbomachinery Laboratory, Department of Mechanical Engineering, Texas A&M University, 2010-2013

Graduate Researcher Intern, Process Safety Research Group, Texas A&M University at Qatar, 2011

Graduate Research Assistant, Department of Environmental Engineering, Texas A&M Kingsville University, 2007-2008

Professional Affiliations

American Institute of Chemical Engineers—AIChE

News & Events

CREDENTIALS & PROFESSIONAL HONORS

  • Ph.D., Materials Science and Engineering, Texas A&M University, 2013
  • B.S., Chemical Engineering, University Industrial of Santander, Colombia, 2006
  • Mary Kay O’Connor Process Safety Center, Texas A&M Scholarship, 2008 - 2013

    Competitive Historically Black Colleges & Universities / Minority Institutions (HBCU/MI) Award, 2007

LICENSES & CERTIFICATIONS

Fire Origin and Cause Determination Training 1A, State of California, Office of State Fire Marshal

Safety Engineering Certificate – Dwight Look College of Engineering, Texas A&M University

Helicopter Underwater Escape Training (HUET), Falck Safety Services

Hazardous Waste Operations and Emergency Response