Brenton L. Cox, P.E., PhD, is a managing engineer in the Thermal Sciences Practice at Exponent. He applies his experience and expertise in chemical engineering, risk management, and incident investigation to advise clients on issues associated with potentially hazardous materials, particularly flammable liquids and vapors and combustible dusts. He has helped clients manage risk and solve technical challenges in a variety of industries, including chemical manufacturing, agriculture, food processing, mining and metal processing, pulp and paper manufacturing, hazardous waste treatment and disposal, pharmaceuticals, and consumer products. Cox is an active participant in the process safety community, regularly contributing to conferences and technical publications. He has served on the organizing committees at the Global Congress on Process Safety and the AIChE Midwest Regional Conference, and he is a voting member on the technical committee responsible for NFPA 214: Standard on Water-Cooling Towers. He earned his PhD from Cornell Univ. and his BS from the Univ. of Florida, both in chemical engineering. He is a professional engineer in Illinois, Indiana, and Wisconsin and Certified Fire and Explosion Investigator.