Forensic Engineers and Consultants

Jennifer Morningstar

Jennifer Morningstar

Jennifer Morningstar

Jennifer Morningstar

BSChE, P.E. Phone: 803.732.6600 vCard LinkedIn Download CV

Expertise

  • Chemical Release and Exposure
  • Confined Space Entry - Lockout/Tagout
  • Environmental Regulatory Compliance
  • Fires and Explosions
  • Industrial Accident Investigation
Biography

Consulting Engineer Jennifer Morningstar is a licensed professional engineer in South Carolina, North Carolina, Georgia, West Virginia and an NCEES Model Law Engineer.  She has 19 years of industrial experience. Her areas of emphasis include chemical release & exposure, OSHA process safety management, industrial accident investigation, fires & explosions, and scope of damage/cost to repair analyses.

She spent 16 years working at a polyethylene terephthalate (PET) manufacturer. Her experience includes distributed control systems (DCS), programmable logic controllers (PLC). She is an OSHA-trained Process Hazard Analysis study leader and completed Root Cause Failure Analysis training to become an Incident Investigator. Jennifer authored lockout/tagout procedures and confined space entry procedures. She also managed capital expansion projects in excess of $1M.

Jennifer then spent 3 years as an energy management consultant in a variety of industries including mineral extraction, pulp & paper, animal harvesting & packaging (including rendering) and grain milling. She worked with both natural gas and coal-fired boilers producing saturated steam and super-heated steam for cogeneration. Other processes in her expertise include air compressors, cooling towers, chillers, multi-stage ammonia-based refrigeration systems, waste water treatment and biogas production.

She spent 5 years as the administrative manager of The Warren Group where she gained intimate knowledge of the forensic engineering industry and the quality of work product required by our clients before returning to the engineering profession.

Jennifer is a member of the National Association of Fire Investigators (NAFI) and the American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE). She holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Chemical Engineering from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University as well as a Masters of Business Administration from the University of South Carolina.

Qualifications
B.S. in Chemical Engineering
Master of Business Administration
Licensed Professional Engineer
Applied Engineering Experience - 19 years
Experienced in Root Cause Failure Analysis
Current Member, National Association of Fire Investigators
Recent Posts
Figure 1: A typical warning found on a confined space.

Permit-Required Confined Spaces – What You Need to Know to Safely Enter (and Exit!)

According to the OSHA regulations, a confined space is anyplace that meets the following criteria: (1)   Is large enough and so configured that an employee can bodily enter and perform assigned work; and (2)  Has limited or restricted means for entry or exit; and (3)  Is not designed for continuous employee occupancy.

Cooker - Figure 2

Commercial Gas-Fired Cookers Can Do More Than Burn

The first hazard that comes to mind when thinking about large scale ovens and steam kettles is burning or scalding injury. Carbon monoxide poisoning is just as dangerous but less understood, so oftentimes proper prevention methods are not followed. In the United States, this results in over 20,000 emergency room visits and over 400 deaths […]

Fig-1-Chem-E-Intro

Chemical Engineers: More than Glorified Plumbers – Really!

As a senior at Virginia Tech, I was told that ChemE’s were little more than glorified plumbers.  Looking back, I’m pretty sure it was to keep our geek-egos in check. It was an effective tool! However, as I grew and traveled as a professional, it became an effective descriptor; applying to a larger scale and […]

Consulting Engineer Jennifer Morningstar is a licensed professional engineer in South Carolina, North Carolina, Georgia, West Virginia and an NCEES Model Law Engineer.  She has 19 years of industrial experience. Her areas of emphasis include chemical release & exposure, OSHA process safety management, industrial accident investigation, fires & explosions, and scope of damage/cost to repair analyses.

She spent 16 years working at a polyethylene terephthalate (PET) manufacturer. Her experience includes distributed control systems (DCS), programmable logic controllers (PLC). She is an OSHA-trained Process Hazard Analysis study leader and completed Root Cause Failure Analysis training to become an Incident Investigator. Jennifer authored lockout/tagout procedures and confined space entry procedures. She also managed capital expansion projects in excess of $1M.

Jennifer then spent 3 years as an energy management consultant in a variety of industries including mineral extraction, pulp & paper, animal harvesting & packaging (including rendering) and grain milling. She worked with both natural gas and coal-fired boilers producing saturated steam and super-heated steam for cogeneration. Other processes in her expertise include air compressors, cooling towers, chillers, multi-stage ammonia-based refrigeration systems, waste water treatment and biogas production.

She spent 5 years as the administrative manager of The Warren Group where she gained intimate knowledge of the forensic engineering industry and the quality of work product required by our clients before returning to the engineering profession.

Jennifer is a member of the National Association of Fire Investigators (NAFI) and the American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE). She holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Chemical Engineering from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University as well as a Masters of Business Administration from the University of South Carolina.

B.S. in Chemical Engineering
Master of Business Administration
Licensed Professional Engineer
Applied Engineering Experience - 19 years
Experienced in Root Cause Failure Analysis
Current Member, National Association of Fire Investigators
Figure 1: A typical warning found on a confined space.

Permit-Required Confined Spaces – What You Need to Know to Safely Enter (and Exit!)

According to the OSHA regulations, a confined space is anyplace that meets the following criteria: (1)   Is large enough and so configured that an employee can bodily enter and perform assigned work; and (2)  Has limited or restricted means for entry or exit; and (3)  Is not designed for continuous employee occupancy.

Cooker - Figure 2

Commercial Gas-Fired Cookers Can Do More Than Burn

The first hazard that comes to mind when thinking about large scale ovens and steam kettles is burning or scalding injury. Carbon monoxide poisoning is just as dangerous but less understood, so oftentimes proper prevention methods are not followed. In the United States, this results in over 20,000 emergency room visits and over 400 deaths […]

Fig-1-Chem-E-Intro

Chemical Engineers: More than Glorified Plumbers – Really!

As a senior at Virginia Tech, I was told that ChemE’s were little more than glorified plumbers.  Looking back, I’m pretty sure it was to keep our geek-egos in check. It was an effective tool! However, as I grew and traveled as a professional, it became an effective descriptor; applying to a larger scale and […]

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