Michael Papageorge, Ph.D., P.E. – Profile

Professional Profile

Dr. Michael Papageorge is a Senior Engineer at Colwell Consulting specializing in mechanical engineering and the analysis of complex fluid, thermal, and combustion processes. Dr. Papageorge applies his expertise to the investigation of the origin and cause of fires and explosions as well as the failure mechanisms within mechanical and electrical systems. His research focuses on the examination of fundamental and applied issues involving fluid dynamics, combustion, thermodynamic processes, and heat transfer including auto-ignition of fuels and transport properties of jet flames. Furthermore, Dr. Papageorge has extensive experience with experimental design and implementation, flow visualization, pressure and temperature instrumentation, and statistical analysis.

Dr. Papageorge has investigated fires and explosions in a wide array of environments including  residential and commercial, structures,  industrial complexes associated with chemical and petroleum industriess, and wild land fires.  His investigations have included a broad range of products including motor vehicles (passenger, commercial, rail, and marine), lawn mowers, home appliances, and construction equipment.  These investigations addressed technical issues such as burn pattern interpretation, evaluation of ignition mechanisms, fire spread, smoke transport, health factors (smoke inhalation and carbon monoxide poisoning), and fuel loading.

Papageorge’s research has focused on the development and application of advanced non-intrusive diagnostic systems for measurements of flow and combustion processes. He has applied the techniques and systems developed to a wide range of topics including the auto-ignition of cold fuel flowing into a hot surrounding, the nature of premixed (fuel/air) jet flames, and the processes by which a fuel or pollutant will mix with the surrounding air. Dr. Papageorge also has extensive experience with quantitative and qualitative flow visualization techniques, pressure and temperature instrumentation, statistical analysis, and experimental design.

Prior to joining Colwell Consulting, Dr. Papageorge worked as a graduate research assistant in the Turbulence and Combustion Research Laboratory at Ohio State University, and as an undergraduate research assistant in the Gas Dynamics Laboratory at Princeton University.


Ph.D., Mechanical Engineering, Ohio State University

M.S., Mechanical Engineering, Ohio State University

B.S.E., Mechanical Engineering and Aerospace Engineering, Princeton University


Fire Cause and Origin Investigation 1A accredited by the California State Fire Marshal

Professional Honors

OSU Graduate School Presidential Fellowship (2015)

Morgan W. McKinzie ’93 Senior Thesis Fund Award (Princeton – 2009)