Amanda Kimball was interested in fire protection engineering during her junior year at Worcester Polytechnic Institute where she was an undergraduate in Civil Engineering, so she entered the five year BS/MS program. Amanda graduated with my BS in Civil Engineering in 2003 and my MS in Fire Protection Engineering in 2004. Upon graduation, she started work for Arup as a Fire Specialist in the Boston office. She was responsible for fire engineering duties for fire protection projects in a variety of occupancies. In 2008, she was promoted to Senior Fire Engineer at Arup and became responsible for lead engineering duties and project management for a variety of fire protection projects. Her background experience includes fire protection engineering consulting with experience in building code life safety analyses, design of fire protection systems, fire and egress modeling of buildings and subway stations, and risk analysis. While at Arup, she aided with the development and validation of a new egress simulation tool.
In 2011, Amanada joined the Fire Protection Research Foundation (NFPA’s research affiliate) as a Research Project Manager as a Senior Project Manager, which is her current role. She is responsible for managing research activities, which includes research planning, procuring research funding, and outreach. She manages projects and activities relating to the topics of fire alarm/detection, sprinkler and other suppression, building life safety, and public education and human behavior. In addition, she manages the activities of the Foundation’s Property Insurance Research Group (PIRG). The PIRG is a group of property insurers that identify research needs relevant to the insurance industry and provide financial support for research at the Foundation. Amanda also oversees the activities of the Foundation’s Research Advisory Council (RAC), which provides oversight of the research activities of the Foundation to ensure that they adhere to the Foundation Policies.