Curriculum Vitae

Todd A. Reeder, M.S., P.E., C.F.E.I.

Senior Engineer, Mechanical
Emphasis: Mechanical Engineering, Combustion, Fires and Explosions

As a registered professional engineer commanding a robust knowledge of thermodynamics, combustion, fluid dynamics, fire dynamics, energetics, and explosions, Mr. Reeder performs cause and origin analysis of failures and accidents in many areas.

  • Fire damage
  • Water losses
  • Carbon monoxide exposure
  • HVAC
  • Pressure vessels
  • Hydraulics
  • Gas systems
  • Plumbing systems
  • Material handling
  • Mechanical Failure

Having spent more than eight years in the solid rocket and aerospace industry prior to joining Palmer Engineering and Forensics, Mr. Reeder has led and participated in a variety of failure investigations and root cause analyses. Mr. Reeder has expertise in analyzing fluid flow and heat transfer for a wide array of situations and materials, including insulative and ablative materials. He has also developed proficiency in anisotropic heat transfer with composite materials.

Mr. Reeder possesses a Master of Science degree in mechanical engineering. His graduate research was in the field of combustion—measuring and understanding the exhaust gas species of multiple combustible materials under different stoichiometric conditions. Related to this effort, he also developed expertise in radiative heat transfer, diffusion and premixed flames, and spectral measurements of gas species. Mr. Reeder has authored or coauthored five journal and conference publications.

A registered Professional Engineer (P.E.) in the state of Utah and a Certified Fire and Explosion Investigator (C.F.E.I.), Mr. Reeder has hands-on and real-world experience needed to perform effective analysis on scene, in the lab, and in the court room.

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