Dr. Pello’s areas of fire expertise span several areas including ignition of solid, liquid, and gaseous fuels; fire modeling; flame spread and fire spread; flammable liquid pool fire burning; self heating and spontaneous combustion; smoldering and transition from smolder to flaming; ignition of spot fires by embers and heated particles; and smoke detector product liability. He has testified as a fire expert witness on numerous occasions in US Federal and State Court as well as in Australia.
Carlos received a PhD from the University of California San Diego in 1975 with a dissertation on flame spread. His post-doctoral work took him to Harvard and Princeton Universities where he conducted fire and combustion research. In 1980, Dr. Fernandez-Pello became a Professor of Mechanical Engineering at the University of California, Berkeley where he has remained since. Over his career, Carlos has published hundreds of journal and conference papers related to combustion and fire