Jean L. McDowell

B.Sc., IEng, FIFireE, C.F.E.I.

Principal & Consulting Scientist

 

President of McDowell Owens and Director of the fire research and testing center, Jean L. McDowell holds a degree in Fire Sciences from the University of Maryland, as well as degrees in History (B.A.) and Criminology (A.S.). Mr. McDowell is an Incorporated Engineer in the United Kingdom and a fellow in the Institute of Fire Engineers.

Mr. McDowell is also a certified Fire and Explosion Investigator and a certified Fire and Arson Investigator. His primary areas of consultation involve fire and explosion analysis with a focus on liquefied petroleum gas and natural gas fires/explosions; research and testing involving fires in structures and combustible materials; fire code reviews, fire safety analysis; fire modeling; fuel gas application and installation review; and computer modeling.

Active on various ASTM committees, Mr. McDowell is a frequent speaker on fire safety, arson, explosion analysis, and risk management. For several years, he was a guest lecturer at the University of Ulster FIREsert Center in Belfast, Northern Ireland. Mr. McDowell also serves on the LP Gas Advisory Committee of the Texas Railroad Commission and is a fellow of the American Academy of Forensic Sciences.

 

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Continuing Education

  • Low Pressure Gas Cylinder Safety for Fillers, Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA), October 2014
  • IAAI (CFI), CFITrainer.Net, February 2014 – NFPA 921& 1033 – 2014 Revisions
  • IAAI (CFI), CFITrainer.Net, September 2013
  • NFPA EuroCon, Amsterdam, November 2012
  • Water mist in North America, The Society of Fire Protection Engineering, May 2, 2012
  • Hazardous Materials Transportation Training and Security Awareness Training, U.S. Department of Transportation, Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration, March 29, 2012
  • CO Detection: Legislation Update and New Code Requirements, The Society of Fire Protection Engineering, December 14, 2011
  • A New Approach to Gas Detection and Environmental Monitoring, The Society of Fire Protection Engineering, December 7, 2011
  • Fire Investigation Techniques Training, International Association of Arson Investigators, Denver, Colorado, April 30 - May 5, 2006
  • Catastrophic Propane Explosion and Carbon Monoxide Claims, Propane Claim Training Seminar, November 17 - 18, 2005
  • Introduction to Fire Dynamics Simulator and Smokeview, The Society of Fire Protection Engineers, Baltimore, Maryland, September 16 - 18, 2002
  • The University of Edinburgh, Scotland, April 2002 (Examination, IFE, taken)
  • Forensic Photography, American Academy of Forensic Sciences, Atlanta, Georgia, February 2002
  • Propane Delivery Truck Operations, Texas Propane Gas Association, San Antonio, Texas, August 2001
  • National Seminar on Fire Analysis Litigation, National Association of Fire Investigators, Sarasota, Florida, July 2001
  • First Annual Conference on Human Reaction to Fire, University of Ulster, Belfast, Northern Ireland, 1998
  • INTERFLAM ‘96 (Fire Research Conference), King’s College, Cambridge University, Cambridge, England, 1996
  • INTERFLAM ‘93 (Fire Research Conference), Keble College, Oxford University, Oxford, England, 1993
  • Fire Safety Design and Management, Centre for Maritime & Industrial Safety Technology, Heriot-Watt University, Edinburgh, Scotland, 1992
  • Fire Science and Engineering, Centre for Maritime & Industrial Safety Technology, Heriot-Watt University, Edinburgh, Scotland, 1992
  • Annual Conference on Fire Research, National Institute of Standards and Technology, Building and Fire Research Laboratory, Rockville, Maryland, 1992
  • Emergency Response - Planning & Accident Investigation, Institute of Gas Technology, Chicago, Illinois, 1991
  • Research and Data Exchange (Shipboard Fire Suppression Techniques), United States Coast Guard Research Station, Groton, Connecticut, 1990
  • Professional Development Series:   Introduction to Hazard-I, Computer Fire Modeling, Worcester Polytechnic Institute, Center for Fire Safety Studies, 1990
  • Fire Tests in Building Codes Principles and Applications, Standards Technology Training, ASTM, Southwest Research Institute, 1989
  • Science and Engineering as Applied in Fire Investigation, The Unit of Fire Safety Engineering, University of Edinburgh, Scotland, 1987 and 1988
  • Annual Conference on Fire Research, National Bureau of Standards, Center for Fire Research, 1987
  • Automatic Sprinkler Workshop, National Fire Protection Association, 1987
  • LP Gas School (Distribution, Transportation, Storage, and Service), Cal-Gas Technical Center, Sacramento, California, 1986
  • LP Gas Service School (Distribution, Transportation, Storage, and Service), North-Central Technical Institute, Wausau, Wisconsin, 1986
  • Research, Analysis, and Testing of the Harvard V. Fire Code (First Computer Fire Code), Imperial College, London, England, 1983
  • Rural Fire Defense, Texas Forest Service, 1982
  • Electrical Fires Seminar, National Fire Protection Association, 1980

 

Selected Publications and Presentations

Publications

  • “Virtual Loosening of Fittings from Elevated Temperatures”, Annual Meeting American Academy of Forensic Sciences, Dallas, Texas, February 20, 2004
  • “Bad Science from Big Brother”, Annual Meeting American Academy of Forensic Sciences, Dallas, Texas, February 20, 2004
  • “Current Prevention and Protection Strategies for Industrial Explosions”, The Professional Engineer, The Society of Professional Engineers, United Kingdom, Issue 30, March/April 2000
  • “The Forensic Engineering Application of Computer Modeling Techniques in the Determination of Human Response to Fire”, Human Behaviour in Fire, Proceedings of the First International Symposium, University of Ulster, Belfast, Northern Ireland, September 1998
  • “Computer Modeling and the Fire Investigator”, Fire and Arson Investigator, Vol. 48, No. 3, March 1998
  • “Mathematical Computer Fire Modeling and the Fire Investigator”, The National Fire Investigator, Vol. 36, No. 2, 1998
  • "Toxicological Investigation of Combustion Products from Polyvinylchloride, Chloroprene Rubber, Polyethylene-Propylene Rubber and Treated Wood Relative to the Clark Street Tunnel Fire in the New York City Transit Authority System”, Journal of Forensic Sciences, Accepted for Publication - 1993
  • "Toxicological Investigation of LP Gas Explosion: Human Model for Propane/Ethyl Mercaptan Exposures”, Journal of Forensic Sciences, 1990 Revised 07/2015

Presentations

  • “Post Incident Site Findings”, Tennessee Propane Gas Association Presentation, Orange Beach, Alabama, June 18, 2015
  • “Forensic Science”, CSI Forensic Science Camp- Got Forensic Science? San Jose State University, San Jose, California, July 30, 2014
  • “SAD – (Sudden Acute Disassembly)”, Propane Gas Defense Association 2012 Fall Meeting, Scottsdale, Arizona, September 27 - 28, 2012
  • “Mock Trial and Safety in Operation”, Alabama Propane Gas Association Presentation, Prattville, Alabama, May 10, 2011
  • “Post Incident Site Examination”, Freeman Gas Manager’s Meeting Presentation, Fontana Dam, North Carolina, April 19 - 21, 2010
  • “Fuel Gas Explosion Investigation”, Propane Claim Training Seminar, Orlando, Florida, November 17 - 18, 2005
  • “Fuel Gas Accident Investigation”, Ranger Insurance Company, September 4, 2003
  • “Safety in Residential Fuel Gas Systems”, Annual Conference of The Navajo Nation, Las Vegas, Nevada, June 28, 2002
  • “Managing the Risk at Your Propane Storage Facility”, The Southwest Propane Gas Conference, Arlington, Texas, 2002
  • “Safety in Fuel Gas Operations”, Annual Conference of The Navajo Nation, Albuquerque, New Mexico, 2001
  • “Emergency Services Risk Management Considerations”, National CPCU Association, San Antonio, Texas, 2001
  • “Predicting Human Reaction to Fire Using Computer Fire Modeling”, First Annual Conference on Human Reaction to Fire, University of Ulster, Belfast, Northern Ireland, 1998
  • “Origin and Cause”, Fire & Police Arson Seminar of the Kansas Chapter of the International Association of Arson Investigators, Salina, Kansas, 1994
  • "Potential Accumulation of Unburned Gunshot Residue (GSR) in Indoor Shooting Ranges and the Associated Fire Hazard”, Centre for Maritime & Industrial Safety Technology, Edinburgh, Scotland, 1992
  • "Origin/Cause Determination Post Flashover”, Centre for Maritime & Industrial Safety Technology, Edinburgh, Scotland, 1992
  • "The Application of Forensic Engineering & Fire Science to Loss Analysis”, Kansas City Underwriters Association, 1992
  • "What Does a Gas Explosion Look Like”, Institute of Gas Technology, Chicago, Illinois, 1991
  • "Explosion Analysis and Equipment Application”, Ranger Insurance Company, 1991
  • "Explosion Analysis and Investigation”, Houston Claim Association, 1991
  • "Incident Investigation”, New England L.P. Gas Association, 1990
  • "Model Burn Test”, American Academy of Forensic Sciences, 1989
  • "Safety in Fuel Gas Applications”, Oklahoma Gas Association, 1988
  • "Engineering & Science as Applied to Fire Analysis, A Case Study”, University of Edinburgh, Unit of Fire Safety Engineering, Edinburgh, Scotland, 1988
  • "Cause, Origin and Identification of Incendiary Devices”, Kingwood Texas Fire Department, 1979 – 1983
  • "Arson and Industrial Security”, Canadian Society for Industrial Security, 1982
  • "Role of LP Gas in Arson”, American Gas Association Annual Conference, 1981