Danielle Murphy | AIChE

Danielle Murphy

Senior Mechanical and Forensic Engineer
WHA International

Danielle (Dani) Murphy, PhD, CFEI is a senior mechanical and forensic engineer for WHA International. WHA is an international engineering consulting firm that specializes is hazardous fluids safety services including failure investigations, hazard analysis, safety training, and custom and standard testing. At WHA, Dani conducts failure investigations and hazard analysis on hydrogen systems as well as teaches hydrogen safety courses. With a diverse background in both hydrogen technologies and hazard analysis / forensic investigation, Dani is passionate about enabling growth of the hydrogen economy through safety research, proper component and system design, and education.  

Prior to starting at WHA, Dani worked for the US National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) as a research engineer in the hydrogen systems group. She led projects focused on reliability, durability, operational optimization, and safety of hydrogen stations as well as technology advancement for low-cost, small-footprint hydrogen production and dispensing.

After completing her PhD on microchannel reforming for fuel cell applications, Dani worked as a forensic engineer conducting a wide variety of failure investigations including fire cause and origin, explosion investigations, and mechanical and chemical system events. 

PhD, Mechanical/Chemical Engineering - Colorado School of Mines

BSME, Mechanical Engineering - University of Evansville