Research, Tools & Methods (RTM)

The RTM Standing Committee

Brian Meacham, Chair
Chris Jelenewicz, Staff Liaison

Scope of Work:

The Standing Committee on Research, Tools and Methods identifies, develops, and oversees SFPE’s technical products and research work, review new innovations, and helps to establish the research agenda for the fire safety engineering profession.

Committee Members:

Farid Alfawakhiri

Hosam Ali*

Greg Baker

Robert Barker

Adam Barowy

Traceu Bellamy

Erel Betser

Hubert Biteau

Haavard Boehmer

Dorota Brzezinska

Mark Budzinski

Kenneth Bush

Jason Butler

Carl Chappell

David Charters

Albert Condello

David Coutts

Matthew Davy

Mark Dietenberger

Steven Dryden

Rita Fahy*

Alvaro Gomes Ferreira

Luca Fiorentini

Charles Fleischmann

Jason Floyd

Richard Gann

Daniel Goldberg

Al Gonzalez

Simon Goodhead

Casey Grant

Joshua Greene

Adam Gribb

Raymond Grill

Norman Groner*

Jeffrey Grove

Steven Gwynne*

Jeff Halpert

Donald Havener

Laura Hasburgh

Victor Ho

Craig Hofmeister

Gavin Horn

Brian Hoskins

Morgan Hurley

Thomas Izbicki

Ann Jeffers

Francisco Joglar

Nader Kamal

Mohammad Karim

Woon Hyung Kim

Bryan Klein

Rainer Koennecke

Brian Kuhn

Erica Kuligowski

Chris LaFleur

Kevin LaMalva

Daniel Lampke

Barbara Lane

Gary Lewis*

James Lord

Ray Loveridge*

Alana MacLellan-Bonnell

Christian Maluk

Mark Mannex

Jamie McAllister

Kevin McGrattan

Ruben Negro

Scott Nesvold

Michael Nightingale

Paul Nordmeier

Hidemi Omori

Chee Sheng Ow

Peter Petrus

Michael Phillips

Ian Raymond

Eric Reed

Guillermo Rein

Ryan Rigsbee

Alberto Rodriquez

Alvin Kirk Rosenhan

Christopher Schemel
Vladimir Seliverstov Joseph Senecal
Khalaf Zaid Al Shamari

David Sheppard

Seth Sienkiewicz

Stephen Skalko

Jason Smart*

Matthew Stone

Steven Strege

David Stroup

Jerry Taricska

Piotr Tofilo

Jeffrey Tubbs

Don Turno

Ineke Van Zeeland

Gabriele Vigne

Colleen Wade

Lauren Waring Jonathan Weigand*
Ulf Wickstrom

Christopher Wieczorek

Steven Wolin

Thomas Woodford

Shaun Wrightson Bob Zalosh Aixi Zhou
*not an SFPE member


Codes and Standards Liaison (SCCSL)

Matthew Davy, Subcommittee Chair

Scope of Work:

The Subcommittee for Codes and Standards Liaison (SCCSL) is comprised of members interested in promoting the use of fire safety engineering data, tools and methods within building codes and standards. The SCCSL is responsible for facilitating adoption of SFPE standards and guides into building regulations, codes and standards. Persons from the SCCSL may be appointed by the Board to represent SFPE in specific codes and standards development / liaison activities.

Committee Members:

 Erel M. Betser   Julie Bryant    Dorota Brzezinska    Ken Bush
 Carl Chappell    Daniel Goldberg  Joshua Greene  Adam Gribb
 Raymond A. Grill  Jeffrey S. Grove  Jeffrey D. Halpert
 Donald M. Havener  
 Brian D. Kuhn, Jr.  Gary Lewis  Mark R. Mannex    Michael Nightingale
 Paul Nordmeier  Michael Phillips  Eric L. Reed  Stephen V. Skalko
 Lauren Waring       


Handbook Development (SCHD)

Jeff Tubbs, Subcommittee Chair

Scope of Work:

The Subcommittee for the SFPE Handbook Development (SCHD) is comprised of those SFPE members and others from the scientific and engineering community who are / will be authors of the SFPE Handbook of Fire Protection Engineering (Handbook). The purpose of the SCHB is to provide a mechanism to help facilitate the flow of information between the scientific and practitioner communities such that future editions of the Handbook continue to reflect state of the art information and approaches as well as addressing needs of practitioners.

Committee Members:

 Alberto A. Rodriguez   Julie Bryant    Jason Butler    Craig Hofmeister  
 Alana MacLellan-Bonnell  Kevin B. McGrattan   Scott A. Nesvold    Guillermo Rein  
 Ryan K. Rigsbee  Jerry R. Taricska    Gabriele Vigne  Christopher J. Wieczorek
 Aixi Zhou      


Research and Innovation (SCRI)

Greg Baker, Subcommittee Chair

Scope of Work:

The Subcommittee on Research & Innovation (SCRI) is comprised of members with a research or technology development background, a desire to help chart future research priorities for the profession, and an interest in working with other groups, companies, and associations to obtain input for, and communicate back, SFPE research priorities and directions for the future.

Committee Members:

 Adam M. Barowy   Haavard Boehmer  Hubert Biteau    Julie Bryant
 David A. Charters   Albert V. Condello   Luca Fiorentini  Jason E. Floyd   
 Gavin P. Horn  Bryan L. Hoskins  Ann E. Jeffers  Amanda Kimball  
 Bryan Klein  Chris LaFleur  James Lord  Cristian Maluk  
 Cheng Shen Ow  Guillermo Rein   Ruben Rodriguez  Joseph A. Senecal
 David Sheppard  Seth Sienkiewicz
 Thomas J. Woodford
 Aixi Zhou 


Innovation and Emerging Technology Working Group

Seth Sienkiewicz, Subcommittee Chair

Greg Baker Haavard Boehmer Luca Fiorentini
Bryan Klein
James Lord
Ruben R. Negro
Joseph A. Senecal


Standards and Guidelines Development (SCSGD)

Brian Meacham, Subcommittee Chair

Scope of Work:

The Subcommittee for Standards and Guidelines Development (SCSGD) is comprised of members with appropriate expertise and experience and an interest in developing standards and guides to be used by suitable qualified professionals in the fire protection and fire safety engineering community.

The SCSGD includes Standards Committees (SCs) and Task Groups (TGs) which develop specific, topic-oriented SFPE Standards and Guidelines. SCs and TGs are not standing committees and as such will be established as needed for the development and maintenance of SFPE Standards and Guidelines. SCs and TGs may be sunset as appropriate based on the lifecycle of associated documents and continued need for the committees.

As of January 2016, the SCs and TGs are as follows. Additional SCs and TGs will be established as appropriate and necessary in line with the SFPE strategic plan and associated initiatives.

Standards Committee on Calculating Fire Exposures to Structures

Craig Beyler, Standards Committee Chair

Committee Members:

Frarid Alfawakhiri Vyto Babrauskas Jonathan R. Barnett Charles Fleischmann
Jeff Halpert
Mohammad Heidari
Craig Hofmeister
Venkatesh Kodur
Kevin LaMalva
Barbara Lane
Hossein Mostafaei
Jason Smart
William Bernie Till
Ulf Wickström
Jonathan Weigand


Standards Committee on Design Fire Scenarios

Charley Fleischmann, Standards Committee Chair

Committee Members:

Dorota Brzezińska Kees Both Jason Butler Jason Floyd
 Craig Hofmeister  M. C. Hui  Martin Nilsson Jason Smart 
David Stroup  Piotr Tofilo  Colleen Wade  Craig Weinschenk
Shawn Wrightson       


Guidelines Committee on Human Behavior in Fires

Dan O'Conner, Subcommittee Chair

Committee Members:

Justin B. Biller  Julie Bryant    Steven C. Dryden    Simon P. Goodhead  
 Steven M. Gwynne    Bryan L. Hoskins    Erica Kuligowski    Jaime L. McAllister 
 Hidemi Omori    Steven Strege    


Risk Task Group

Fransisco Joglar, Subcommittee Chair

Committee Members:

Brian Ashe Russ Bainbridge David Charters Albert Condello
Luca Fiorentini Kevin Frank
Håkan Frantzich
Timothy Hawthorne
Yaping He
Vladimír Mózer
Tod Ossmann
Rob Plonski
Steven Scandaliato
Ai Sekizawa
John Utstrand
Armin Wolski


Standards Oversight (SCSO)

Steve Wolin, Subcommittee Chair

Scope of Work:

The Subcommittee for Standards Oversight (SCSO) is comprised of members with experience on SFPE engineering task groups and standards committees and is charged with assuring balance, adjudicating issues, and undertaking related oversight activities as required by the ANSI process.

Committee Members:

 Julie Bryant    Kenneth E. Bush    David A. Coutts    Casey C. Grant  
 Paul F. Hart    Craig E. Hofmeister   Kenneth E. Isman    Thomas Izbicki  
 Kevin B. McGrattan   Seth Sienkiewicz     Gabriele Vigne  Colleen Wade


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