Forensic Engineers and Consultants

Jennifer Morningstar

Jennifer Morningstar

Jennifer Morningstar

Jennifer Morningstar

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

Expertise

  • Chemical Release & Exposure
  • Confined Space Entry - Lockout/Tagout
  • Environmental Regulatory Compliance
  • Fires & Explosions
  • Industrial Accident Investigation
  • OSHA Process Safety Management (PSM)
Biography

Jennifer Morningstar is President and Senior Consulting Engineer of Warren Forensics. She is a licensed professional engineer in several states and a NAFI-Certified fire and explosion investigator. 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. With over 20 years of industrial experience, her emphasis includes chemical release & exposure, OSHA process safety management, industrial accident investigation, fires & explosions and scope of damage/cost to repair.

During 16 years of work at a polyethylene terephthalate (PET) manufacturer, she gained deep familiarity with all unit operations. Her experience also includes distributed control systems (DCS) and programmable logic controllers (PLC). An OSHA-trained Process Hazard Analysis study leader, she has completed Root Cause Failure Analysis training to become an Incident Investigator. Jennifer has authored procedures for lockout/tagout and confined space entry, and she has 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). She also has experience in air compressors, cooling towers, chillers, multi-stage ammonia-based refrigeration systems, waste water treatment and biogas production.

Jennifer is a member of the National Association of Fire Investigators (NAFI), the South Carolina chapter of the International Association of Arson Investigators (SCIAAI), and the American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE).

Qualifications
B.S. in Chemical Engineering, M.S. in Business Administration
Licensed Professional Engineer
Certified Fire and Explosion Investigator
Applied Engineering Experience – over 20 years
Experience in Process Safety Management
Experience in Root Cause Failure Analysis
Recent Posts
A corroded boiler tube

Boiler Blowdown – It’s Not a Dance Move

When thinking about the safe operation of boilers (and don’t we all?), several systems can readily be named; flame control, fuel/air ratio; steam pressure control, levels in the vessel, etc. What about the water? It seems so passive, as long as there is enough for level control, what’s the big deal? Well, it turns out, […]

Really thick book - Fig 2 (002)

How a Central Indian Town Changed the United States Code of Federal Regulations

On December 3, 1984, at a pesticide ingredient manufacturing facility owned by Union Carbide, a leak occurred in the Methyl Isocyanate (MIC) plant. Due to the toxic nature of the gases released and the plant’s proximity to local residences, the death toll was in the thousands; both plant workers and nearby residents.  The first recorded […]

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 […]

Jennifer Morningstar is President and Senior Consulting Engineer of Warren Forensics. She is a licensed professional engineer in several states and a NAFI-Certified fire and explosion investigator. 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. With over 20 years of industrial experience, her emphasis includes chemical release & exposure, OSHA process safety management, industrial accident investigation, fires & explosions and scope of damage/cost to repair.

During 16 years of work at a polyethylene terephthalate (PET) manufacturer, she gained deep familiarity with all unit operations. Her experience also includes distributed control systems (DCS) and programmable logic controllers (PLC). An OSHA-trained Process Hazard Analysis study leader, she has completed Root Cause Failure Analysis training to become an Incident Investigator. Jennifer has authored procedures for lockout/tagout and confined space entry, and she has 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). She also has experience in air compressors, cooling towers, chillers, multi-stage ammonia-based refrigeration systems, waste water treatment and biogas production.

Jennifer is a member of the National Association of Fire Investigators (NAFI), the South Carolina chapter of the International Association of Arson Investigators (SCIAAI), and the American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE).

B.S. in Chemical Engineering, M.S. in Business Administration
Licensed Professional Engineer
Certified Fire and Explosion Investigator
Applied Engineering Experience – over 20 years
Experience in Process Safety Management
Experience in Root Cause Failure Analysis
A corroded boiler tube

Boiler Blowdown – It’s Not a Dance Move

When thinking about the safe operation of boilers (and don’t we all?), several systems can readily be named; flame control, fuel/air ratio; steam pressure control, levels in the vessel, etc. What about the water? It seems so passive, as long as there is enough for level control, what’s the big deal? Well, it turns out, […]

Really thick book - Fig 2 (002)

How a Central Indian Town Changed the United States Code of Federal Regulations

On December 3, 1984, at a pesticide ingredient manufacturing facility owned by Union Carbide, a leak occurred in the Methyl Isocyanate (MIC) plant. Due to the toxic nature of the gases released and the plant’s proximity to local residences, the death toll was in the thousands; both plant workers and nearby residents.  The first recorded […]

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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