Aerospace & Mechanical

Richard J. Martin

University of Southern California
854 Downey Way (RRB 101)
Department of Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering
Los Angeles, California 90089-1453

Office: BHE 315
Fax. (213) 740-7774
website: Martin Thermal Engineering

Academic rank: Parttime Lecturer


1989 Ph.D., Mechanical Engineering, University of California, Berkeley
1981 M.S., Mechanical Engineering, Stanford University
1981 B.S., Mechanical Engineering, Stanford University

Other Professional Positions:

2009-present: Principal, Martin Thermal Engineering
2009: Adjunct Professor, California Baptist University
2008-2012: Environmental & Safety Issues Columnist, Industrial Heating Magazine
2008-present: Secretary, Technical Committee on Ovens and Furnaces, National Fire Protection Association
1999-2009: Senior Managing Engineer, Exponent Inc.
1990-1999: Technology Director, Thermatrix Inc.
1988-1990: Research & Development Manager, Ceramic Bonding, Inc.
1984-1988: Research Assistant, Lawrence Berkeley Laboratory
1981-1984: Staff Engineer, Acurex Corporation


J. Armstrong, R. Martin, D. Hamrin, J. Perry, "Staged Gradual Oxidation" U.S. Patent 8,807,989, August 19, 2014.
R. Martin, J. Stilger, M. Holst, J. Young, M. Barkdoll, and B. Edgar, "Method of Reducing Internal Combustion Engine Emissions, and System for Same," U.S. Patent 6,391,267, May 21, 2002.
R. Martin, B. Edgar, D. Page, and P. Paul, "Devices for Reducing Emissions, and Methods for Same," U.S. Patent 6,282,371, August 28, 2001.
R. Martin, "Methods for Destroying Colliery Methane and System for Practicing Same," U.S. Patent 5,921,763, July 13, 1999.
A. Heywood, R. Martin, J. Stilger, and A. King, "Systems for the Treatment of Chemical Wastes and Methods for Treating Chemical Wastes," U.S. Patent 5,819,673, October 13, 1998.
R. Martin, J. Stilger and J. Young, "Processes for the Synthesis of Hydrogen Cyanide," U.S. Patent 5,817,286, October 6, 1998.
J. Stilger, R. Martin and M. Holst, "Method and Apparatus for Recuperative Heating of Reactants in a Reaction Matrix," U.S. Patent 5,320,518, June 14, 1994.
R. Martin, J. Stilger and M. Holst, "Method and Apparatus for Controlled Reaction in a Reaction Matrix," U.S. Patent 5,165,884, November 24, 1992.

Selected Publications:

R. Martin and E. Christiansen, "New Explosion Relief Standards Impact Coating Equipment"; Metal Finishing; 27 July 2007.
W. Qin, M. Dekermenjian and R. Martin, "Prediction of Particulate Loading in Exhaust from Fabric Filter Baghouses with One or More Failed Bags"; J. Air & Waste Manage. Assoc., Vol. 56, pp. 1177-1183, August 2006.
P. Mesard and R. Martin, "Sources of Perchlorate Releases to the Environment" in Perchlorate: A Scientific, Legal, and Economic Assessment, Eds: E.M. Hagstrom and Brian S. Aikin; Lawyers & Judges Publishing Company; 2006.
R. Martin and J. Colwell, "De Novo VOC from Regenerative Thermal Oxidizers," Proceedings ASME-HT2003, Summer Heat Transfer Conference, Las Vegas, NV, July 22, 2003.
R. Martin, A. Reza and L. Anderson, "What is an Explosion? A Case History of an Investigation for the Insurance Industry," Journal of Loss Prevention in the Process Industries; Vol. 13, p. 491, 2000.
S. DeCicco and R. Martin, "Flameless Thermal Oxidation," Standard Handbook of Hazardous Waste Treatment and Disposal, 2nd Edition, Section 8.7, H.M. Freeman (ed.), McGraw-Hill, New York, NY, 1997.
R. Martin and W. Binder, "The Destruction of Air Toxic Emissions by Flameless Thermal Oxidation," Proceedings, Conference on Incineration and Thermal Treatment Technologies, Knoxville, TN, May 3, 1993.
R. Martin and N. Brown, "Nitrous Oxide Formation and Destruction in Lean, Premixed Combustion," Combustion and Flame, Vol. 80, p. 238, 1990.
R. Martin and N. Brown, "Analysis and Modeling of Nitrous Oxide Chemistry in Lean, Premixed Combustion," Combustion and Flame, Vol. 82, p. 312, 1990.
R. Martin and N. Brown, "The Importance of Thermodynamics to the Modeling of Nitrogen Combustion Chemistry," Combustion and Flame, Vol. 78, p. 365, 1989.

Professional Licenses and Certifications:

Registered Professional Mechanical Engineer, California, #M025029
Registered Professional Mechanical Engineer, Arizona, #36052
Registered Professional Mechanical Engineer, Colorado, PE-44184

Professional Societies:

American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air Conditioning Engineers
American Society of Mechanical Engineers
The Combustion Institute
National Fire Protection Association

Honors and Awards:

(1980), Tau Beta Pi, California Gamma Chapter
(1981), Distinguished Service Award, Stanford University School of Engineering

Courses Taught:

AME 331, Heat Transfer
AME 430, Thermal Systems Design

Richard J. Martin