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Dave Clayton

Senior Engineer

I specialize in the engineering investigation, analysis and prevention of fires and explosions in commercial, industrial and residential environments. This includes the origin, cause, and propagation of such events in terms of the ignition, chemical kinetics, heat transfer, and fluid mechanics...
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Part-Time Faculty Member  
University of Southern California, August 2012 to Present

Department of Aerospace & Mechanical Engineering; AME 577 - Energy and Power for a Sustainable Future

Senior Engineer  
Exponent, Inc., September 2007 to Present, Los Angeles, California United States

Licensed professional mechanical engineer; Technical Committees: NFPA 61 (Standard for the Prevention of Fires and Dust Explosions in Agricultural and Food Processing Facilities), NFPA 91 (Standard for Exhaust Systems for Air Conveying of Vapors, Gases, Mists, and Noncombustible Particulate Solids), NFPA 654 (Standard for the Prevention of Fire and Dust Explosions from the Manufacturing, Processing, and Handling of Combustible Particulate Solids), NFPA 655 (Standard for Prevention of Sulfur Fires and Explosions)

Visiting Researcher  
Korea Institute of Machinery & Materials, December 2005 to June 2007

Research Assistant  
University of Southern California, August 2000 to December 2005

Physics Lab Assistant  
Augustana College, September 1996 to May 1998


University of Southern California  
PhD, Mechanical Engineering, Jan, 2002 to Jan, 2007
NASA Graduate Student Researchers Program Fellowship, Dean’s Merit Fellowship

University of Southern California  
MS, Mechanical Engineering, Jan, 2000 to Jan, 2002
Microgravity fluid dynamics experiments dealing with thermal radiation induced instabilities for NASA

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign  
BS, Mechanical Engineering, Jan, 1998 to Jan, 2000

Augustana College  
BA, Physics, Jan, 1995 to Jan, 1999