Daniel Lieberman, Ph.D., P.E. – Profile

Dr. Daniel Lieberman is a Managing Engineer at Colwell Consulting specializing in mechanical engineering and the analysis of thermal and flow processes. Dr. Lieberman applies his expertise to the investigation and prevention of failures in mechanical and electrical systems. He also conducts origin and cause investigations of fires and explosions. His research focuses on combustion, as well as fundamental issues involving fluid dynamics, heat transfer, and thermodynamic processes.

Dr. Lieberman has investigated a broad range of equipment failure and damages caused by blast waves and other impulsive loading including water hammer and supersonic flight. Dr. Lieberman has carried out research on synthetic gas production, oil and gas hazards, and industrial furnace operations, as well as fire origin and cause analyses in over 50 residential and industrial structures. Dr. Lieberman also has extensive experience with experimentation, flow visualization techniques, and pressure and temperature instrumentation.

Prior to joining Colwell Consulting Dr. Lieberman was a Managing Engineer at Exponent where he worked for 8 years. Dr. Lieberman has also held positions in the Explosion Dynamics Laboratory at the California Institute of Technology and as a part-time faculty member in the Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering department at the University of Southern California and at École des Métiers de l’Aérospatiale de Montréal – an aerospace trade school.


Ph.D., Aeronautics, California Institute of Technology

M.S., Aeronautics, California Institute of Technology

B.Eng., Mechanical Engineering, McGill University (honors), Montreal, Canada

Licenses & Certifications

Registered Professional Mechanical Engineer, California, #M34477

Hazardous Waste Operations and Emergency Response training (29 CFR 1910.120)

Professional Honors

The William F. Ballhaus Prize – Outstanding doctoral dissertation, Caltech, 2006; National Science and Engineering Research Council, NSERC (Canada) Postgraduate scholarship, 2000, 2001; Fonds de Recherche sur la Nature et les Technology (Canada) Postgraduate scholarship, 2000, 2001; Donald Wills Douglas Fellowship, 2000; NSERC undergraduate summer research scholarship, 1999; J.W. McConnell Award, 1998; Clifford Wong Scholarship, 1998; Dean’s Honor List, McGill University, 1998, 1999; Golden Key National Honors Society member