Fire. Something about fire touches our brainstems…both good and bad! Uncontrolled fire is terrifying and deadly to be sure. But the controlled burning of wood at a campfire or in a fireplace in your home almost can’t be beat, to my mind! For that very reason, a fairly common amenity to houses nowadays is the […]
Chemical engineer Jennifer Morningstar is President and a Senior Consulting Engineer at The Warren Group. 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).