This annual conference is recognized as the
top source of the latest technical information on fire protection engineering issues and emerging trends, case studies, research, and codes and standards. With more than 400 leading professionals from around the globe, the conference offers unparalleled opportunities for networking with peers and exploring new products, technologies, and business opportunities.  


Pre-Conference Schedule

Monday, October 10, 2022

8:30 – 5:00p 

Pre-conference Seminar: Introduction to Fire Dynamics Simulator and Smokeview

8:30 – 5:00p 

Pre-conference Seminar: Application of Fire Risk Assessment 

8:30 – 5:00p 

Pre-conference Seminar: Advanced Fire Alarm System Design: Applying the Principles of Performance-based Design

8:30 – 5:00p 

Pre-conference Seminar: Principles of Fire Protection Engineering 

8:30 – 5:00p 

Pre-conference Seminar: Sprinkler Design for Engineers 

Tuesday, October 11, 2022

8:30 – 5:00p 

Pre-conference Seminar: Introduction to Fire Dynamics Simulator and Smokeview

8:30 – 5:00p 

Pre-conference Seminar: Application of Fire Risk Assessment 

8:30 – 5:00p 

Pre-conference Seminar: Advanced Fire Alarm System Design: Applying the Principles of Performance-based Design

8:30 – 5:00p 

Pre-conference Seminar: Principles of Fire Protection Engineering 

8:30 – 5:00p 

Pre-conference Seminar: Sprinkler Design for Engineers 

Wednesday, October 12, 2022 

8:30 – 11:30a 

Pre-conference Seminar: Principles of Fire Protection Engineering 

8:30 –11:30a 

Pre-conference Seminar: Sprinkler Design for Engineers 


12:30 – 2:30p

Chapter Leadership Forum 

2:30p – 3:00p 

Ice Cream Social Networking Break 

3:00p – 5:00p 

Annual Business Meeting 

-          President’s Report, Beth Tubbs 

-          CEO’s Report, Nicole Boston 

-          Treasurer’s Report, Amanda Kimball 

-          RTM Committee Report, Greg Baker 

-          CPQ Committee Report, Doug Fisher 

-          CPD Committee Report, Mark Fessenden 

-          CMC Committee, Hat’s Off, and ACE Awards, Craig Vesely 

-          Foundation’s Report & Chapter Donations, Peter Senez 

5:00p – 7:00p 

President’s Welcome Reception and Expo Opening – All Invited to Expo Hall

7:00p – 8:30p 

Students & Emerging Professionals Networking Event  

Conference Schedule

Thursday, October 13, 2022


Sunrise Walk/Run on the Riverwalk  

7:00 – 7:55a 

Networking Breakfast in Expo Hall  

7:00 – 7:55a

Women in Fire Protection Engineering Networking Breakfast (Generously Supported by FM Global)

General Session

8:00 – 8:15a 

Opening & Welcome Remarks 
Beth Tubbs, 2022 SFPE President 
Rose Amber West, SFPE Michigan Chapter President 

8:15 – 9:00a 

Opening Keynote 
Adam K. Thiel, Fire Commissioner, Philadelphia Fire Department

9:00 – 10:00a 

General Session 
Nicole Boston, SFPE CEO; Chris Jelenewicz, SFPE Chief Engineer

10:00 – 10:30a

General Session 
Venkatesh Kodur
Need for Structural Resilience to Mitigate Fire Hazard in Modern Structures

10:30 – 11:00a 

Networking Break in Expo Hall 

Breakout Tracks

11:00a – 12:30p 

A – Fire Dynamics 

B – Building Fire/Building Design 

C – Resiliency / Sustainability 

D – Sponsored Track 

11:00 – 11:30a 

Benjamin Gaudet: Sensitivity of Explosion Vent Sizing to Fundamental Burning Velocity and Maximum Deflagration Pressure Measurement

Susan Lamont:
A Holistic Approach to Fire Safety for Guggenheim Abu Dhabi

Virginia Charter:
Water Supply and Climate Change: The Impact of Water Stress on Fire Protection Systems
*SFPE Foundation-supported project

11:30a – Noon 

Mark Mckinnon: Development and Validation of a Material Property Database for Fire Models

Francesca Lugaresi: 
Thermal Response of Curtain Wall Systems Exposed to Fire
*SFPE Foundation-supported project

Jamie McAllister: Environmental and Health Impacts of Fire and Fire-Suppression Activities During Large-scale Fire Events
*SFPE Foundation-supported project

Noon – 12:30p 

Jonathan Hodges:
An Engineering Model for the Pyrolysis of Materials

Fang Li:
Existing Buildings Performance-based Design

Kevin Black: A New Way to Spray: Seeking a Greener Alternative to Spray-Applied Fire-Resistive Material 

12:30 – 2:00p 

Networking Lunch in Expo Hall 

1:00 – 2:00p

Student Poster Presentations in Expo Hall

General Session

2:00 – 2:10p 

Awards Presentations
Beth Tubbs, 2022 SFPE President  
- The Harold E. Nelson Service Award
- The D. Peter Lund Award
- The John J. Ahern President’s Award

2:10 – 2:25p

IGNITE® Session
5 Under 35 Award Recipients

2:25 – 3:00p

General Session
Jason Sutula

Lightning Talks Breakout Track

3:00 – 5:00p 

A – Building Fire Design/Fire Dynamics 

B – Forensic/Human Behavior/Fire Safety 

C – Fire Safety Systems 

D – Sponsored Track 

3:00 – 3:15p 

Ranjith Nandish: Numerical Simulations of the Fire in Mass Timber Compartments

Ikwulono David Unobe: Classification of the Fire-Damage Degree to Gypsum Wallboards Using Data-Driven Image Analysis

John Zimak:
Effect of Inert Gas Discharge Time on Wood Crib Fires Used in Extinguishing Approval Testing


3:15 – 3:30p 

Rikesh Amin:
External Flaming from a Large Open-plan Compartment with Exposed Timber: CodeRed#

Michael Rzeznik: Opportunity Knocks…A Refresher on a Critical Passive Fire Protection Feature - Fire Doors

James Lynch:
Lessons Learned from the Use of Automatic Water Cannons (aka Smart Monitors) in Warehouse and Chemical Plant Applications

3:30 – 3:45p 

Timo Inkinen:
Ensuring Fire Safety of Hybrid Meeting Pods for Open Offices through Full-scale Fire Testing 

Datta Mishuk:

Validation of Computer-based Evacuation Model for Simulating Non-emergency and Emergency Evacuations from Rail Car

John Denhardt:
Diesel Fire Pump Systems – Required Calculations Engineers Often Miss

3:45 – 4:00p

David Harvey:

Company-wide Fire Risk Assessment of Hydraulic Jet-Spray Fires in a Heavy Manufacturing Environment

Karli Steranka:
Effects of Randomness in Occupant Loading in High-density Areas on Evacuation Time Using Pathfinder

Victoria Valentine: Seismic Shakes It Up Again

4:00 – 4:30p

Networking Break in Expo Hall

4:30 – 4:45p 

Steven Barrett:

Bringing Fire Protection to the Forefront of Architectural Design

Ali Ashrafi:
Implications of Li-ion Technology for Structural Design of Buildings

Jason Webb:
Fire Protection System Data: Ask for What You Want (Invited)

4:45 – 5:00p 

Stefan Kraft:
Toxicity Test and Performance Criteria for Passenger Railcar Materials

Mark Hopkins: Advancements in Corrosion Mitigation Technology for Dry Pipe and Preaction Sprinkler Systems 

Gregg Vlahakis:
New Systems and Technology

General Session 

5:00 – 6:00p 

General Session:
SFPE Engineering Practice Subcommittee - Brandon Wilkerson et al:

Delegated Fire Protection Engineering – A Panel Discussion on Expectations and Practice

6:00 – 6:30p 

SFPE Fellows Presentation
Beth Tubbs, 2022 SFPE President

2022 Fellows 

6:30 – 8:00p 

SFPE Fellows’ Reception (Open to All Attendees) 

Friday, October 14, 2022 


Sunrise Walk/Run on the Riverwalk 

7:00 – 7:55a 

Networking Breakfast in Expo Hall

General Session

8:00 – 8:20a 

Welcome & SFPE Foundation Awards
Peter Senez, SFPE Foundation Chair      
- The Arthur B. Guise Medal
- The Jack Bono Award
- The Student Scholar Award
- The Dr. Guylène Proulx, OC Scholarship 
- The Frederick W. Mowrer Global Scholar Award 

8:20 – 9:00a 

General Session: Guise Award Winner Keynote 

9:00 – 9:30a 

Your SFPE Foundation: Updates and Opportunities to Engage
Peter Senez, SFPE Foundation Chair
Leslie Marshall, SFPE Foundation Director 

9:30 – 10:00a 

Networking Break in Expo Hall

Breakout Tracks 

10:00 – Noon 

A – Fire Service

B – Research/GCI 

C – Fire Safety Systems 

D – Sponsored Track 

10:00 –10:30a 

Alex Schraiber:
The Impact of Li-Ion Energy Storage Systems on Residential Garage Fire Dynamics and Considerations for Incident Response 

Grand Challenges Initiative - Focus: Energy & Infrastructure 

Stanislav Kostka:
Large-Scale Testing of Oxygen Reduction Systems for ASRS Applications

10:30 – 11:00a 

Shuna Ni:
On the Effect of Exposed Timber on the Severity of Structural Fires in a Compartment and Required Firefighting Resources

Grand Challenges Initiative - Focus: Resilience & Sustainability 

Brian O’Connor:
Aircraft Hangar Fire Protection; Changes to NFPA 409 and Review of FPRF Research Report 

11:00 – 11:30a 

Ann Jeffers:
What the WUI Fire Community Can Learn from the Field of Civil Engineering on Resilience

Grand Challenges Initiative - Focus: Climate Change 

Jacqueline Wilmot:
Evaluating Data and Voice Signals in Pathway Survivable Cables for Life Safety Systems – A Fire Protection Research Foundation Study

11:30 – Noon 

Manuel Daza:
Real-time Mine Fire Classification to Support Firefighter Decision Making

Grand Challenges Initiative - Focus: Digitalization, Artificial Intelligence, & Cybersecurity 

John LeBlanc:
Protecting Liquids That Burn: NFPA 30 - Where It Was, Where It Is Now, Where It May Go, and the Value of Change

Noon – 12:55p 

Networking Lunch in Expo Hall

General Session

1:00 – 1:15p 

Awards Presentations
Beth Tubbs, 2022 SFPE President 

-          The David A. Lucht Award

-          The John L. Bryan Mentoring Award

-          The Rolf H. Jensen Award for Outstanding Committee Service

-          Fire Protection Person of the Year

1:15 – 2:15p 

General Session
Moderated by Beth Tubbs, 2022 SFPE President 

Fire and Life Safety in Today’s Rapidly Changing World – What are We Missing?

2:15 – 2:30p

Invitation to 2023 Annual Conference
Beth Tubbs, 2022 SFPE President and Mark Hopkins, SFPE Chesapeake Chapter President 

2:30 – 3:00p

Networking Break in Expo Hall 

Breakout Tracks

3:00 – 4:30p 

A – Fire Dynamics  

B – Wildland-Urban Interface: Practical Applications (AHJs welcome) 

C – Energy Storage 

D –  

Human Behavior & Evacuation Modelling 

3:00 – 3:30p 

Harry Mitchell:
Structural Hazards of Smouldering Fire in Timber Buildings

SFPE Foundation WUI Working Group Initiative Roundtable Discussions and Demonstration and Feedback on New Tool for Fire Departments Operating in the WUI: “Beyond the Checklist: A Virtual Handbook of Engineering Resources for WUI Property Fire Risk Assessment and Mitigation.” 

Noah Ryder:
Battery Energy Storage - Landscape of Systems, Hazards, and Mitigation Strategies

Brian Hoskins: Effectiveness of Alert Tones

3:30 – 4:00p 

TJ Khambhampati: Computational Reconstruction of Heat Transfer Measurements from Firebrands to Surfaces

Paul Hayes:
Updates to Current Codes & Technologies for Large-Scale Battery Storage Systems – 4.0

Mathilde Girault:
Application and Interpretation of Visibility through Smoke in Performance-based Design

4:00– 4:30p

Kevin B. McGrattan:
Assessing the Impact of Fires within Large Electrical Cabinets

Victoria Hutchison:
Landscape of battery energy storage hazards, mitigation strategies and a roadmap for future research

Chris Campbell:
Using the Latest Findings in Improve Evacuation Strategies, Evacuation Modelling and Code Requirements

Networking & Closing Reception

4:30 – 5:30p

Closing Reception (Open to all attendees)

All Times are in Eastern Time (ET)

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