Full Conference Schedule

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(Updated 10/05)

Pre-Conference Activities

Saturday, October 16, 2021

9:00 – 5:30

Board of Directors Meeting (invitation only)

6:30 – 9:00

Board of Directors Dinner with Staff (invitation only)

Sunday, October 17, 2021

9:00 – 11:00

Board of Directors Meeting (invitation only)

9:00 – 11:00

Standing Committee Meetings

  • Membership & Chapter Engagement (CMC)
  • Professional Qualifications (CPQ)
  • Professional Development (CPD)

10:00 – 5:00


12:00 – 5:00

Expo Setup

12:30 - 2:30


Chapter Leadership Forum

  • Welcome & Introductions – Will Clay
  • Chapter Resources & Support – Eva Przygodzki
  • Foundation Report - Peter Senez
  • Using Chapter Evaluation Form as a Tool for Strategic Planning for Chapters – Ray Bizal
  • Advancing Chapter Membership through Connection & DEI Together presented by invited speaker Mariama Boney
  • SWOT Break Out Session

2:30 - 3:00


Ice Cream Social

3:00 - 5:00

Annual Business Meeting (all invited)

  • President’s Report, Jack Poole
  • CEO Report, Nicole Boston
  • Treasurer’s Report, Amanda Kimball
  • Foundation’s Report, Peter Senez
  • RTM Report, Gregory B. Baker
  • CPQ Report, Douglas Fisher
  • CPD Report, Mark E. Fessenden
  • CMC Report, William E. Koffel
    • Presentation of the Hats Off Awards
      • Sheila C. DeMand
      • Joshua Greene
      • David Grossman
      • Francisco J. Joglar
      • Jimmy A. Landmesser
      • Brian Lukus
      • James R. Quiter
    • Presentation of the Award for Chapter Excellence (ACE)

5:00 – 7:00

President’s Welcome Reception in Expo (all invited)

8:30 – 10:00

Emerging Professionals Networking Event – Trivia & Ice Breaker Bingo

Conference Day 1

Monday, October 18, 2021

7:00 – 7:50

Continental Breakfast in Expo
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8:00 – 8:15

Opening & Welcome Remarks, Nicole Boston, SFPE CEO, Jack Poole, 2021 SFPE President

8:15 – 9:00

Finding a Voice for Fire Safety Progress
Stephen Kerber, Fire Safety Research Institute, U.L.

9:00 – 9:45

NIST World Trade Center Investigation Recommendations and Changes to Building Codes, Standards, and Practices
Jason D. Averill, Materials and Structural Systems Division, NIST

9:45 – 10:30

Coffee Break in Expo
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Breakout Tracks

10:30 – 12:00

Track A
Fire Protection Systems
Location: Harborside C

Track B
Engineering for the Fire Service
Location: Laurel

Track C
Location: Kent


Scott Futrell

Gary Dominguez

10:30 – 11:00

Risk Analysis for MNS – Requirements, Challenges, and a Case Study
Bill Koffel

Performance-Based Structural Fire Engineering for Firefighter Safety
Ali Ashrafi

Self-Regulating Variable Speed Fire Pump Unit.  Better, Simpler and More Cost Effective
Jesse Baker

11:00 – 11:30

The Loss of the Density/Area Curves: What Have We Lost, What Have We Gained?
Ken Isman

NFPA 13E: Recommended Practice for Fire Department Operations in Properties Protected by Sprinklers and Standpipe Systems
Frank Ellis

Advanced Fire Alarm Connectivity
Brad Kappeler

11:30 – 12:00

Fire Pumps: Changes and Proposed Solutions for 2022 and Beyond
John Denhardt & Kevin Hall

The Unsolved Mystery of the Cocoanut Grove Fire
Casey Grant

Installation Flexibility within Storage Occupancies
Mark Fessenden

12:00 – 1:30

Networking Style Lunch in Expo

1:30 – 1:45

Award Presentation

  • The Harold E. Nelson Service Award ‐ Mark E. Fessenden
  • The D. Peter Lund Award ‐ Kevin J. LaMalva
  • The Rolf H. Jensen Award for Outstanding Committee Award ‐ John A. Frank
  • The John J. Ahern President’s Award ‐ Douglas Fisher

1:45 – 2:45

Panel: Advancing the Use of Engineering Principles to Address the Challenges of Fire

  • A Proposed Probabilistic Methodology to Estimate Local Fire Exposures in a Structural Analysis
    Brian Lattimer - Virginia Tech and Jonathan Hodges – JENSEN HUGHES
  • New SFPE Standard on Fire Scenarios for a Performance-Based Design
    Charley Fleischmann – University of Canterbury
  • Development of a New SFPE Guide on Assessment of Fire Safety for Existing Building
    Warren Bonisch – WJE Fire Protection/Life Safety 

Breakout Tracks

2:45 – 4:15

Track A
Performance-Based Design in Action
Location: Harborside C

Track B

The Application of Fire Safety Codes and Standards
Location: Laurel

Track C
Location: Kent


Warren Bonisch

Steve Sheldon


2:45 – 3:15

Occupant Tenability Assessment Approaches in Performance-Based Design
Jamie McAllister

Code Requirements for Elevator Fire Protection: Fire Service Access Elevators Included
Ray Grill

Technology and Code Updates Impacting Designs and Specifications
Jeff Merwin

3:15 – 3:45

The Future of Modeling Tools for  Performance-Based Design
Bryan Klein

The Impact of the Codes and Standards Seen through Data
Birgitte Messerschmidt


Low Flow Attic Protection Scheme
Philip Gunning

3:45 – 4:15

Use-Neutral Tower – Adaptable Design for Evolving Real Estate
Robert Gerard & Kyle Johnson

Balancing Fire Safety and Environment Priorities in Building and Fire Codes
Beth Tubbs

Video Flame Detection Delivers Excellent Fire Protection without Compromise
Holland Smith

4:15 – 4:45

Afternoon Break in Expo
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4:45 – 5:30

Fire Protection for the Developing World – Opportunities and Challenges for the Other 80%
Richard Walls, Stellenbosch University

5:30 – 6:00

Fellows Presentation

  • Dennis J. Bessant
  • Raymond B. Bizal
  • Virginia R. Charter
  • Mark Hopkins
  • Jimmy Jönsson
  • Susan Lamont
  • John A. LeBlanc
  • Deborah L. Scott
  • Colleen A. Wade

6:00 – 8:00

Fellows Reception (Open to all attendees who RSVP in advance)
Sponsored by


Conference Day 2

Tuesday, October 19, 2021

6:30 – 8:00

Past President’s Breakfast (invitation only)

7:00 – 7:50

Continental Breakfast in Expo  
Sponsored by


8:00 – 8:15

Welcome & SFPE Foundation Awards, Peter Senez, SFPE Foundation Chair

  • The SFPE Foundation Jack Bono Award- Roeland Bisschop, Peiyi Sun, Huichang Niu, Xinyan Huang
  • The SFPE Foundation Student Scholar Award- Xingyu Ren
  • The Proulx Award- Hossein Tavanarezaei
  • Frederick W. Mowrer Global Scholar Award - Anene Oguaka
  • Arthur B. Guise Medal - Pravinray D. Gandhi

8:15 – 9:00

The Arthur B. Guise Award Presentation
Fire Protection: Road Travelled and More Opportunities
Pravinray D. Gandhi

9:00 – 9:30

Your SFPE Foundation: Tackling Grand Challenges
Peter Senez, SFPE Foundation Chair
Albert Simeoni, Worcester Polytechnic Institute

9:30 – 10:00

Coffee Break in Expo 
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Breakout Tracks

10:00 – 11:30

Track A
Foundation Research
Location: Harborside C

Track B
Fire Behavior/Dynamics
Location: Laurel

Track C
Location: Kent


Noah Ryder

Christina Francis


10:00 – 10:30

The Jack Bono  Award Presentation
A Review of Battery Fires in Electric Vehicles
Roeland Bisschop

Fire Investigation Lessons Learned from Examination of Seventeen Laboratory Controlled Compartment Fires
Andrew Cox


Fire protection for Lithium-ion Battery Energy Storage Systems (BESS)
Wayne Aho, Jr.

10:30 – 11:00

The Student Scholar Award Presentation
Downstream Heating and Flow Dynamics of Inclined Fires
Xingyu Ren

Outlining the Limitations of Flashover Correlations in Engineering Application
David Morrisset

FSRI Research Update
Stephen Kerber

11:00 – 11:30

The Frederick Mowrer Global Scholar Award Presentation
Fire Behaviour of Selected African Food Grains and Seeds in Bagged and Bulk Storages
Anene Oguaka

Integrate BIM and FDS to Simulate and Assess the Fundamental Fire Behavior of CLT
Erica Fischer

Multiple Threats, One Solution: Bridging the Gap between Fire and ENS
Ben Cooper

11:30 – 12:30

Networking Style Lunch in Expo (Expo closes at the end of lunch)

12:30 – 12:45

Awards Presentations

  • The David A. Lucht Award - Jose Torero
  • The John L. Bryan Mentoring Award - Grunde Jomaas
  • The Margaret Law Award - Colin S. Todd
  • Fire Person of the Year - Jennifer Evans

12:45 – 1:30

Ensure Qualified People in the Fire Protection Engineering Community
Douglas Fisher, Fisher Engineering

Breakout Tracks

1:30 – 3:00

Track A
 Energy Storage System & Hazards
Location: Harborside C

Track B
Emerging Professional
Location: Kent


Bill Koffel

Dan Gorham

1:30 – 2:00

UL 9540 Tests of a Walk-In Lithium-Ion ESS Container Mock-Up: Considerations for Fire Protection Design and Emergency Response
Adam Barowy & Jack Regan

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in Fire Protection
Lee Mullin

2:00 – 2:30

Lithium-Ion Battery ESS Failure
Mark McKinnon

Getting involved in the Code and Standards Development Process
Brian O’Connor


2:30 – 3:00

Modern Vehicle Fire Hazards in Parking Garages and Vehicle Carriers
Stephen Olenick & Mike Klassen

Navigating the Career Lattice in Fire Protection Engineering
Aric Aumond

3:00 – 3:30

Afternoon Break in Foyer
Sponsored by

3:30 – 4:30

Power Hour: Trends in Energy Storage System Panel Discussion

  • Adam Barowy, UL
  • Christina Francis, Tesla
  • Moriel Kaplan, JENSEN HUGHES

4:30 – 5:00

IGNITE® Session – 5 Under 35

  • Steven E. Dannaway
  • Gary Dominguez
  • Richard Emberley
  • Kevin R. Hall
  • Xinyan Huang

5:00 – 5:10

Closing Remarks & Invitation to 2022 Annual Conference
Jack Poole & Beth Tubbs

5:15 – 7:00

Celebrating Women in Fire Protection Engineering - Closing Reception (Open to all attendees who RSVP in advance)
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Post-Conference Seminars & Activity 


October 20

October 21

October 22

Offsite –

Beltsville, MD

ATF Tour
(Limited Capacity)



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