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Sabah Ali, MASc. P.Eng, PMP, Ph.D. Candidate, Carleton University           
Sabah Ali is a full time professor, Structural engineer (P.Eng.) and certified PMP (Project Management Professional), offering 7 years of academic/teaching experience in Algonquin College, Carleton university and other reputable institutes and more than 6 years of scientific research experience related to civil structures. Strong knowledge in design of concrete, steel and wood structures and fire protection. In addition to more than 10 years of solid back ground as project manager successfully completed Major Projects.


Erik Anderson, P.E., Manager, Koffel Associates, Inc.

Erik Anderson is a Manager at Koffel Associates, Inc. He is a registered fire protection engineer with a BS degree in fire protection engineering from the University of Maryland in 1997 and an MS degree from Johns Hopkins University in Technical Management. He manages a team of engineers working on a variety of systems design, building/fire code consulting, smoke control and other engineering projects. He also serves as an alternate on a number of NFPA committees. 


Elizabeth Blanchard, Ph.D., Fire Protection Engineer, CSTB

Dr. Elizabeth Blanchard is a fire protection engineer at CSTB, the French governmental agency for buildings. She practices performance-based approach in her business activities applied to public buildings, an approach still recent in France. In research, she works on modeling interaction phenomena between water spray and fire environment (gas cooling, surface cooling, radiative attenuation, visibility loss). She develops with Philippe Fromy also a fire risk assessment model based on a two-zone model and the Monte-Carlo technique, capable to assess a building fire safety level considering both its technical and organizational measures.


Haavard R. Boehmer, P.E., Fire Protection Engineer, Jensen Hughes
Haavard Boehmer is a fire protection engineer with Jensen Hughes. He has over eight years of experience using the FDS model in commercial and scientific projects, such as atrium smoke control, nuclear power plant fire PRA applications, gas dispersion and sprinkler spray modeling.



Larry Carmen, Senior Project Engineer, Victaulic

Larry Carmen is a Senior Project engineer at Victaulic in the Fire Suppression Technology Group. Larry has BSEE from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute specializing in power electronics and embedded control systems. Larry has 18 years of experience developing power electronics and controls for lighting, motor control, and building control applications used globally. In 2014, Larry joined the Victaulic Fire Suppression Technology group, developing special hazard fire suppression systems.


Vincenzo Cascioli, Ph.D., Ing., Fire Safety Eng. Specialist, ING.EN.I.A. Gruppo Professionisti Associati
Vincenzo Cascioli was born in Terni, Italy, in 1979. He received the M.Tech. degree in Material Engineering (with Hons) from the University of Perugia, Perugia, Italy, in 2005, and Ph.D. degree in “New Structural and Functional Materials for Space Applications” from the University of Perugia, Perugia, Italy, in 2009. After this degree, he joined the Department of Physics – SERMS Laboratory, University of Perugia, Italy, as a Postdoctoral Fellow in “Thermal and radiative analysis and development of thermal control systems”, up to January 2012. Since 2006, he was also a freelance engineer and he collaborates with “ING.EN.I.A. Gruppo Professionisti Associati” engineering firm. His current engineering interests include Fire Safety Engineering, structural and thermal finite element analysis, mechanical parts design, fire protection system design. He is also a teacher for "Fire-fighting" and "Breathing apparatus and Confined Environments" training courses. He is a member of the International Association for Fire Safety Science (IAFSS).

Virginia Charter, P.E., Assistant Professor, Oklahoma State University

Virginia Charter has her BS in Fire Protection & Safety Engineering Technology from Oklahoma State University and MS in Fire Protection Engineering from Worcester Polytechnic Institute. She is currently pursuing a PhD in Educational Leadership and Policy Studies at OSU.


Ms. Charter is currently an Assistant Professor at OSU’s Fire Protection and Safety Engineering Technology program where she teaches Fire Protection Hydraulics and Water Supply Analysis as well as Design and Analysis of Sprinkler Systems. She serves as the advisor to the OSU SFPE Student Chapter and is an active member in the Oklahoma Chapter of SFPE. She is a licensed Fire Protection Engineer in both Nevada and California.

Prior to returning to OSU, Ms. Charter was a Senior Consultant for the Las Vegas office of Rolf
Jensen & Associates, Inc. Ms. Charter has been heavily involved in large mixed-use properties egress design. She has developed performance specifications and conceptual drawings for fire alarm and automatic sprinkler systems, as well as construction design documents including fire protection reports, code equivalencies, and general code consulting for many projects across the nation and abroad. Additionally, she has valuable technical knowledge in smoke control analysis including the commissioning of smoke control systems.


Tiffney A. C. Chen, P.E., Senior Fire Protection Engineer, Koffel Associates
Tiffney A. C. Chen is a Senior Fire Protection Engineer at Koffel Associates, Inc, of Columbia, MD. Chen, a University of Maryland Fire Protection Engineering graduate, joined Koffel Associates in 2008 as a Fire Protection Engineer, after working as a contractor at NASA Goddard Space Flight Center. She passed her Principles and Practice of Engineering Exam in Fire Protection, thereby earning her Professional Engineer (P.E.) designation, in 2011. In February 2014, Chen earned her Master of Science in Fire Protection Engineering from Worcester Polytechnic Institute.

Mat Chibbaro, P.E., CSP, Fire Protection Engineer, OSHA National Office

Mat Chibbaro is a Fire Protection Engineer with the OSHA National Office in Washington, D.C., a part-time assistant with the Gaithersburg, Md., Fire Marshal’s Office, and lectures for the University of Maryland’s Fire Protection Engineering Department. He serves on a number of NFPA technical committees and SFPE’s Fire Service Committee. Mat is a licensed P.E. in Fire Protection in both California and Maryland, has 34 years of experience in fire code application and enforcement (mainly at the local level), and has served 41 years in the volunteer fire and rescue service (primarily in Prince Georges County, Md.).

Tom Christman, CSP, FSFPE, Fire Protection Consultant

Tom graduated from Oklahoma State University with a BS in Fire Protection and Safety and from the University of Tennessee with a MS in Safety Service Education. He has worked at the Y-12 National Security Complex and Oak Ridge National Laboratory for the past 39 years. He has been involved with projects that include super computers, additive manufacturing, nanoscience, nuclear weapons, combustible metals, high profile research projects, and other less talked about projects/missions. He is a Principle Member and past Chair of the NFPA 484, Combustible Metals and a Principle Member of NFPA 652, Combustible Dusts committees. He is a member of the Society of Fire Protection Engineers, National Fire Protection Association, National Fire Sprinkler Association, International Code Council, Tennessee Valley and Mid-South Chapters of SFPE, and the National Eagle Scout Association.

Danny K. Cobourne, CEM, Principal Plumbing and Fire Protection Engineer, Port Authority of New York and New Jersey

Mr. Cobourne is a member of the Association of Energy Engineers as well as a member of NFPA. He is the Principal Plumbing and Fire Protection Engineer with 28 Years of experience and responsibilities of all plumbing and fire protection systems for the bridges, tunnels, roadways, airports, marine ports, railway and railway stations as well as the World Trade Centers for the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey. He manages a staff of talented plumbing and fire protection engineers to help him with this challenge.

The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey builds, operates, and maintains many of the most important transportation and infrastructure assets in the country. The agency’s network of aviation, rail, surface transportation, and seaport facilities moves hundreds of millions of people and goods throughout the region annually and supports regional jobs and billions of dollars in annual economic activity.
The Port Authority also owns and manages the 16-acre World Trade Center site, where construction crews are building the iconic One World Trade Center, which is now the tallest skyscraper in the Western Hemisphere.

Mr. Cobourne was responsible for the design and reviews of the standpipes for the Goethals, Bayonne, Outerbridge and George Washington Bridges. Each bridge presented its own unique engineering challenges.


Albert V. Condello III, CSP CHMM, Lecturer / Visiting Associate Professor, University of Houston Downtown
Professor Condello is a member of the Houston Chapter of the SFPE. Condello has taught Fire Protection Engineering & Safety Management at the University of Houston Downtown since fall 2007. He has presented topics in the past on Fire Modeling, Combustible Dust Explosions, Accident Investigation with Root Cause Analysis and Fire Risk Assessment.

Experienced in Environmental Health & Occupational Safety for Workers, Plants and Environments Taught International Maritime Offshore (IMO) oil spill response courses in Trinidad and Suriname. Extensive experience in Environmental Assessments/Audits of Refineries and Petrochemical facilities and response to six large oil spills of national significance in the USA as area command – safety technical specialist.

William Denney, Application and Product Support, Hochiki America Corporation

William Denney is an applications and product support engineer at Hochiki America Corporation in Buena Park, California. He has over 20 years of experience in the low-voltage security and fire alarm industry, starting out with installing systems (i.e. pulling wires in an attic) but quickly progressing to servicing systems (i.e. repairing broken wires in an attic). In time, Bill moved on to other challenges including technical support, conducting educational seminars and product training, and new product development. “Fire protection provides a meaningful and valuable service to us all,” Bill says, “and everyone who works in this industry has an important job, a job that matters.” He lives in central California with his wife Mari and their family.

Steve Dryden, P.E., CSP, Senior Fire Protection Engineer, AMEC Foster Wheeler
Mr. Dryden has 25 years’ experience in the design and construction industry specializing in fire protection system and fire related building design. Mr. Dryden has served on numerous NFPA Technical Committees are responsible for the development of NFPA 76, NFPA 318, NFPA 409, NFPA 418, and NFPA 610. Mr. Dryden also serves on the SFPE Human Behavior Task Group.


Adam Edwards, Sr. Consultant, Jensen Hughes
Mr. Edwards is a Sr. Consultant in the Raleigh Jensen Hughes office. Since he began working with Jensen Hughes in 2008, he has been involved with many fire protection engineering projects including performance based design, special hazards, fire alarm and sprinkler systems, code research and code consulting, drawing reviews, and life safety/hazardous materials evaluations. Prior to working with Jensen Hughes Mr. Edwards attended Eastern Kentucky University in Richmond, Kentucky, where he received his Bachelor of Science degree in Fire and Safety Engineering Technology. He then completed his Master of Science in Fire Protection Engineering at Worcester Polytechnic Institute, Worcester, MA in 2012.


Oscar Löfgren Ferraz, BSc in Fire Protection, Consultant, Brandkonsulten Kjell Fallqvist AB

Oscar is working as a consultant at Brandkonsulten AB with BSc in Fire Protection Engineering from Lund University in Sweden. He’s been practicing fire engineering for 16 years both as a consultant on building and infrastructure project in Sweden and the UK and as deputy fire chief with responsibility for fire prevention in Nacka Fire brigade in Stockholm, Sweden. He currently works with a new university hospital, New Karolinska Solna, in Swede where a vulnerability analysis has been part of the design work.


Raymond Grill, P.E., FSFPE, LEED AP, Principal, Arup
Ray is a Principal of Arup and the leader of Arup’s fire engineering practice in the Americas. He is licensed as a fire protection and mechanical engineer in several states and has over thirty years’ experience in fire protection engineering. Ray is a past president of the Society of Fire Protection Engineers and is a Fellow of the Society.

He is the editor of the Detection and Alarm Section of the Nineteenth Edition of the NFPA Fire Protection Handbook and is a chapter editor of the Handbook to the 2002 Edition of the National Fire Alarm Code.

Ray has served on a number of NFPA technical committees and served as chair of the Fundamentals and the Notification Appliances Technical Committee (TC) of the National Fire Alarm Code Project (NFPA 72). He is currently a member of the Notification Appliances TC, Emergency Communications TC and serves on the Technical Correlating Committee of NFPA 72. He also serves on the NFPA 13 Technical Correlating Committee and NFPA 101 Technical Committee on Building Services and Fire Protection Equipment.

Bryan L. Hoskins, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Oklahoma State University

Dr. Hoskins is an Assistant Professor of Fire Protection & Safety at Oklahoma State University. He earned his BS and MS degrees in Fire Protection Engineering from the University of Maryland. He also received his PhD degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Maryland in 2011 with an emphasis on building egress.

Professor Hoskins is an active member of the SFPE and NFPA serving on multiple SFPE task groups and NFPA committees. His research interests are in evacuation, tenability, emergency messaging, and other issues related to human behavior in fire.

Kristin L.T. Jamison, Senior Research Engineer, FM Global

Kristin Jamison is a Senior Research Engineer within the Large-Scale Fires group in the Fire Hazards and Protection area of Research at FM Global. She has been with FM Global for 11 years. Kristin’s technical background includes fire protection research, fire dynamics, test instrumentation and fire testing ranging from laboratory to large-scale, with in depth focus on developing and refining fire performance tests, fire dynamics and suppression of cellulose based materials as well as the fundamentals of in-rack sprinkler protection. Kristin received a Master of Science, Bachelor of Science and Minor in Fire Protection Engineering, Mechanical Engineering and Physics, respectively, from Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI). She is a member of the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), Society of Fire Protection Engineers (SFPE), and the International Association of Fire Safety Science (IAFSS).

Francisco Joglar, Ph.D., P.E., Senior Consultant, Jensen Hughes

Dr. Francisco Joglar, P.E., is a Senior Consultant with 15 years’ experience. Dr. Joglar has a strong background in fire risk analysis, fire modeling, statistics and uncertainty analysis. Since 2001, he has been researching and consulting in fire protection engineering and probabilistic risk assessment for various industries in the U.S.A. and internationally. In the research area, Dr. Joglar has been developing fire protection and fire risk technology for the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) and supporting joint research projects between EPRI and the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission Office of Research. In the consulting area, he has participated in numerous fire modeling and fire risk projects in various capacities including fire risk analyst, technical lead, project manager, and technical oversight. For the last six years, Dr. Joglar has been teaching a master degree level course in fire risk analysis at the University of Maryland, Department of Fire Protection Engineering. He also teaches a master degree level Fire Protection Engineering course every year at California Polytechnic State University.

Lee Kaiser, P.E., Engineering Manager, ORR Protection Systems

Lee’s professional career and personal life has always revolved around fire protection in one way or another. For 18 years he has acted as a volunteer firefighter, and currently volunteers in Kentucky. In 2001, he graduated with a degree in Construction Engineering from Iowa State University. Today, Lee is a Professional Engineer in eleven states in both fire protection and mechanical engineering, and holds the position of Engineering Manager for ORR Protection Systems. He is a principal member of the NFPA Technical Committee on Electronic Computer Systems (NFPA 75), participates on the Fire Suppression Systems Association technical committee, and is a frequent speaker and presenter for seminars, workshops and conferences across the country. Lee is married, has three children and lives in Louisville, Kentucky.

Richard Kesler, Research Scientist, Illinois Fire Service Institute

Richard Kesler is a Research Scientist at the Illinois Fire Service Institute within the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. His research interests revolve around firefighter health and safety, focusing on the biomechanics of gait and balance during fireground and emergency operations. Richard’s work also examines the metabolic costs and cardiovascular implications associated with firefighting activity. He is a co-staff advisor for the University of Illinois’ SFPE student chapter, which was founded in 2013. Richard is a 2013 graduate of the University of Illinois with a Master's of Science degree in Bioengineering and is also a volunteer firefighter on the Savoy (Illinois) Fire Department.

Michael Kilby, P.E., Associate Director for Fire Protection, Smithsonian Institution
Michael Kilby is the Associate Director for Fire Protection at the Smithsonian Institution, overseeing the fire protection and life safety programs for 19 museums and research centers. Prior to his current position, Mr. Kilby served as a fire protection engineer for the Smithsonian for twenty-two years. While at the Smithsonian, he has dedicated his time to conducting risk assessments, reviewing designs, and providing project oversight to protect the Institution’s facilities - over 16 million square feet located throughout the Western Hemisphere. Working in this environment has provided him in-depth experience with mitigating risks in historic and culturally sensitive buildings and protecting irreplaceable collections.


Michael is an active member on the National Fire Protection Association Cultural Resources Committee (NFPA 909 – Code for the Protection of Cultural Resource Properties & NFPA 914 – Code for the Fire Protection of Historic Structures).


Mr. Kilby is a professional fire protection engineer, with 26 years of experience in safeguarding cultural properties, their collections and occupants from fire. Specific areas of expertise include risk assessment/mitigation and developing fire protection solutions for historic buildings, sensitive and high value collections and other unique applications.

Jeffrey LaSalle, P.E., Principal, LaSalle Engineering
Jeff LaSalle has been a fire protection engineer and consultant since 1988 when he received a Master of Science degree in Fire Protection Engineering from Worcester Polytechnic Institute. Throughout his career, Mr. LaSalle has worked in a variety of roles across building and facility types including health care, cultural, sports, industrial, telecommunications, research & development, residential, academic, and commercial.


His experience includes strategic fire safety planning, fire testing, fire hazard analysis, fire protection audits, life safety consulting, fire protection and fire alarm systems analysis and design, smoke control system analysis and design, systems failure analysis, systems commissioning, litigation support, project management, and construction administration.


In 2004 Jeff formed LaSalle Engineering, a full-service fire protection engineering consulting firm based in Willow Grove, Pennsylvania. Prior to that, he was a principal at EwingCole, a 300 person A/E firm located here in Philadelphia.


Mr. LaSalle is a registered Professional Engineer in six states. He is a Member of the Board of Safety and Fire Prevention for the City of Philadelphia, and a Gamma Chapter member of Salamander, the Fire Protection Engineering Honor Society.


Isaac Leventon, Doctorate Candidate, University of Maryland

 Isaac Leventon is a doctoral candidate in the A. James Clark School of Engineering, the same school where he earned his Bachelor of Science (2010) and Master of Science (2011) degrees. He recently earned a National Research Council (NRC) Postdoctoral Research Associateship, which he will conduct beginning December 2015 with the Flammability Reduction Group at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST). His current research is in the area of upward flame spread over polymeric materials, focusing on the coupled feedback system between flame to surface heat transfer and material burning rate and on characterizing the impact of flame retardants and secondary burning behavior on material flammability. He also maintains a strong interest in developing student involvement and interest in science and engineering, mentoring and teaching at the high school and undergraduate levels. Isaac developed and is the current leader of the pre-college program, An Introduction to Physics and Math through Fire Dynamics.


Mary Long, Graduate Student, Worcester Polytechnic Institute
Mary graduated in May 2015 with a Master’s Degree in Fire Protection Engineering from Worcester Polytechnic Institute in the USA. After graduation she will start working for a fire consulting firm in Baltimore. Mary has co-authored an international conference paper related to fire and materials, as well as co-authored a research paper from a summer internship at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST). Related to fire protection engineering, Mary is interested in human behavior and the difficulties encountered when trying to predict or model that behavior. Mary is a member of the SFPE, the NFPA, and the Society of Women Engineers (SWE).


David A. Lucht, P.E., FSFPE

David Lucht served as the head of the WPI graduate degree program in fire protection engineering from the time of its founding in 1979 until his retirement in 2004. During those first 25 years the program grew to become one of the leading programs of its kind, with a corps of talented faculty serving students from nearly thirty countries, worldwide.

Lucht’s preparation for leadership at WPI was enhanced by a diverse background ranging from his first job as an insurance industry field engineer to executive vice president of a consulting engineering firm. Along the way he served as project engineer running ASTM fire endurance tests at the Ohio State University Building Research Laboratory and later served as the Ohio State Fire Marshal. In 1975 he became the first Senate-confirmed presidential appointee in the U.S. Fire Administration, serving under both Presidents Gerald Ford and Jimmy Carter.

David Lucht is a Fellow and Past President of SFPE and has received numerous recognitions for his accomplishments including the SFPE’s Arthur B. Guise Medal & Prize and John L. Bryan Mentor Award and the Institution of Fire Engineers’ David Rasbash Memorial Medal. In retirement he has become an artist and nonfiction storywriter; and he volunteers for patients and families affected by Parkinson’s Disease.


Jeffrey Maddox, P.E., Principal, The Fire Consultants
Mr. Maddox is a Registered Fire Protection Engineer and a graduate of the University of Maryland with a BS in Fire Protection Engineering. Mr. Maddox is a principal with The Fire Consultants, Inc. and has over 20 years of experience as a fire protection engineer and building code consultant.


Kenneth Magsam, P.E., Chief Mechanical Engineer, Burns Engineering
Mr. Magsam is a member of the Local Philadelphia-Delaware County Society of Fire Protection Engineers as well as a member of NFPA. He is Chief Mechanical Engineer with 29 Years of experience with responsibility for engineering and design, systems evaluation and construction phase services for Mechanical, Plumbing and Fire Protection systems in transportation, institutional and industrial facilities.
Mr. Magsam provides technical leadership on projects and is responsible for developing system concepts; performing calculations; and overseeing a staff of engineers and designers.


He has designed manual dry fire standpipe systems for Goethals Bridge, semi-automatic dry fire standpipes for George Washington Bridges as well as performed Peer review services for semi-automatic dry fire standpipes for the Bayonne and the Outerbridge. Each of these bridges is owned and operated by the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey. These facilities are critical to the economic and day to day function of both New York and New Jersey and the engineering design must take into account phasing of construction in order to maintain the existing standpipe active while the new standpipe is constructed.

Drew Martin, Graduate Student, Worcester Polytechnic Institute
Drew is a graduate engineering student in the Fire Protection Engineering Department at Worcester Polytechnic Institute in the USA. He is scheduled to graduate in May 2015 with a Master Degree in Fire Protection Engineering. He has been a teacher’s assistant for graduate classes at WPI. Drew has authored three international conference papers and presented for an international audience on his research. He is interested in the overlap between the topics of fire and life safety and sustainability to develop a better holistic approach in the built environment. He is also familiar with consulting environment, providing services for government facilities, transportation hubs, and historic buildings. Drew is an Engineer in Training (EIT) in Massachusetts, a Member of the SFPE, and a member of the NFPA.


Max McLeod, SET, National Business Development Manager, Siemens Building Technologies           
Mr. McLeod manages a program that provides technical training and create educational presentations to the fire protection engineering community on a national basis. He is involved with developing and maintaining product specifications for fire and mass notification system. He provides technical sales support to branch offices and distributors for our company’s product solutions.


Mr. McLeod has 30 years of industry experience in the design, installation and service of security and fire solutions. Specific construction and service experience in data centers and telecommunication facilities over the past 20+ years.


William Meyring, Product Development Specialist, 3M Company           

Bill Meyring, P.E., is a fire protection engineer with 3M Company working in a Product Development Specialist role where he is directly involved with Novec 1230 research and development activities involving unique and highly specialized commercial and military fire protection applications as well as conducting FM and UL test programs involving Novec 1230 systems. Prior to joining 3M, He worked at FM Approvals managing fire protection approval programs and full-scale fire performance testing of sprinkler systems. He holds Mechanical Engineering and Fire Protection PE licenses as well as masters degrees in Mechanical and Fire Protection Engineering.

Wayne D. Moore, P.E., FSFPE, F.NSPE, Vice President, Corporate Strategy, Jensen Hughes
Wayne is a licensed professional fire protection engineer and a Principal with the fire protection engineering and code-consulting firm, Hughes Associates, Inc. and is located in the company’s Warwick, Rhode Island office.


He is the Chairman of the National Fire Alarm and Signaling Code® (NFPA 72-2013) Emergency Communications Systems (Chapter 24) Technical Committee. He is also a member and Vice Chairman of the RI Professional Engineering Licensing Board.


Mr. Moore has written numerous articles, is the Co-Editor of the Fourth Edition of the book Fire Alarm Signaling Systems, and is the Editor of the 1993 edition and Co-Editor of the 1996, 1999, 2002 and the 2007 editions of the National Fire Alarm Code Handbook ®.


In December of 2012, NFPA published his new book, “Designing Mass Notification Systems – A Pathway to Effective Communications”. He is the 2009 recipient of the NFPA Standards Medal and the 2012 Recipient of the AFAA Lifetime Achievement Award.

Magnus Nordberg, Vice President & Partner, Brandkonsulten Kjell Fallqvist AB
Magnus is partner and vice president at Brandkonsulten AB with BSc in Fire Protection Engineering and MSc in Risk Management and Safety Engineering from Lund University in Sweden. He’s been practicing fire engineering for more than 10 years within the construction industry in Sweden working primarily with hospital projects, office buildings and commercial venues. Magnus main project responsibility is the New Karolinska Solna which is the largest project ever by the Stockholm County Council as well as being one of the largest and most innovative healthcare projects worldwide. Magnus is also authorized by SFPE’s Swedish branch BIV.

Amy Porter, P.E., Sr. Fire Protection Engineer, Jensen Hughes

Ms. Porter joined the Dallas office of Jensen Hughes, Inc. (formerly Rolf Jensen & Associates, Inc.) in 2006. Her professional consulting experience includes fire protection and life safety evaluation and design for new and existing assembly, institutional, residential, storage, business, and educational facilities in both low and high-rise as well as structures greater than 5M sq. ft. in area. She also served as an Assistant Fire Marshal with DoD. Ms. Porter’s project work includes primarily code consulting and development of alternate compliance options; life safety evaluation; and fire alarm and suppression system failure investigations. She also participates in fire sprinkler and alarm system design; system commissioning; building code development; and emergency procedure preparation. Ms. Porter’s projects of note include new and historic performance halls, museums, indoor stadiums, and courthouses.

Elmer Revilla, Senior Fire Protection Engineer, Chevron ETC ‐STU‐FPE

Graduated in Bachelor’s Degree in Chemical Engineering. More than Eighteen (18) experience in Fire Protection engineering for onshore and offshore , oil and gas production and processing facilities, petrochemical facilities, refineries, and industrial facilities. Provide expertise in Fire Protection Engineering which includes development of the fire protection design basis, coordination of the Fire & Gas detection system, preparation of the firewater protection P&IDs, design of the firewater distribution system, preparation and review of the firewater pump specifications, electrical area classifications and fire hazard area drawings. Provide fire water and fire pump integrity flow testing & analysis.

Jeffrey Rosen, CFEI, Senior Associate, Exponent
Mr. Jeffrey Rosen is a Senior Associate in Exponent’s Thermal Sciences Practice. He has a Master of Science degree in fire protection engineering, and a Bachelor of Science degree in mechanical engineering, and is a certified fire and explosion investigator. He has detailed knowledge of antifreeze flammability in fire suppression systems, water mist suppression systems, and pyrolysis modeling of materials. Prior to joining Exponent, Mr. Rosen was a research assistant at the NASA Glenn Research Center conducting experiments to study electric fields effects on flames in microgravity.


Joel Sipe, Ph.D., P.E., CFEI, Managing Engineer, Exponent           
Dr. Sipe is a Managing Engineer in Exponent’s Thermal Sciences Practice. He earned his Ph.D. in Fire Protection Engineering from WPI in 2010 and performed his dissertation on modeling heat and mass transfer in porous materials during sprinkler wetting. He earned his M.S. from WPI in 2004 and performed his thesis on the development of a full scale mannequin test to rate the thermal protection provided by firefighters clothing. At Exponent Dr. Sipe performs fire investigations and consults on a broad range of engineering issues. He has investigated fire and explosions in various types of buildings, including commercial kitchen facilities, industrial facilities, and residential homes. He consults on various issues related to integrity management and safety of natural gas pipelines and investigates pipeline explosions, leaks, and failures. He also performs laboratory testing on a range of issues including material ignition and flammability, flame spread, hot surface ignition, and equipment failures. Dr. Sipe is a member of the SFPE, NFPA, IAAI, and NAFI. He serves on the committees for NFPA 30A, NFPA 30B, and NFPA 52.


David Stacy, Associate, Jensen Hughes; Adam Edwards, Sr. Consultant, Jensen Hughes
Dave Stacy has been an Associate with Jensen Hughes in their Raleigh, North Carolina office for four years. He is also a career Firefighter for the City of Durham, NC. In the past, he was a member of the College Park Volunteer Fire Department in College Park, MD where he was a live-in fire officer for the department while studying fire protection engineering at the University of Maryland. While pursuing his undergrad he was a student intern at the National Institute of Standards & Technology working in the Building & Fire Research Laboratory. He also performed internships with Rolf Jensen & Associates in their Phoenix, AZ office as well as the International Association of Fire Chiefs in Fairfax, VA. Dave’s main work types at Jensen Hughes include fire and egress modeling, hazardous materials analysis, and life safety code consulting.


Robert Till, Ph.D., FSFPE, Professor, John Jay College of Criminal Justice
Robert Till is the Deputy Chair for both the undergraduate Fire Science program and the Graduate program in the Department of Protection Management at John Jay College of Criminal Justice. His field of study is fire protection engineering with an emphasis on firefighting and protection of transport infrastructure projects. He holds a BS from Rutgers and an MS/PhD from Worcester Polytechnic Institute.

Piotr Tofilo, Ph.D., Polish SFPE Chapter, The Main School of Fire Service
Piotr Tofilo is the President of the Polish Chapter and the lecturer at the Main School of Fire Service in Warsaw. He earned his Ph.D. at the FireSERT of University of Ulster researching behavior of glazing in fires. He worked as a fire engineer in UK for 3 years. Currently he also engages in engineering projects in Poland.



Sagiv Weiss-Ishai, P.E., CA Licensed Fire Protection Engineer, NCN-SFPE
Sagiv Weiss-Ishai, P.E. is a California licensed Fire Protection Engineer, presently working for the San Francisco Fire Department (SFFD), Bureau of Fire Prevention. He graduated from the University of Maryland in 2002 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Fire Protection Engineering. After graduation, he worked as a consulting engineer for Hughes Associates, Inc. and was responsible for the design of large fire alarm systems including that of the Monterey Bay Aquarium and the Kaiser Hospital in Oakland, CA. Sagiv is an active member of the Northern California-Nevada Chapter of the Society of Fire Protection Engineers where he served as the chapter President in 2008-2009. Sagiv currently serves as an enforcer member on the NFPA 72 SIG-PRO Technical Committee and as a contributing member on both ASME A17.1 Hoistway and Emergency Operations committees.            


Joseph Willi, Student, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign            
Joseph Willi graduated from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC) in May 2015 with a Bachelor’s Degree in General Engineering. While at Illinois, he worked as an undergraduate research assistant at the Illinois Fire Service Institute, where he had the privilege of leading a project focused on characterizing the thermal environment encountered by firefighters in various live-fire training scenarios.

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