Conference Schedule

The conference will feature 65+ presentations structured around the topics of building design, energy storage, fire-safety and water-based systems, sustainability, fire service, engineering strategies in the wildland urban interface, and much more. The opening keynote will feature James Milke, PhD, PE, FSFPE, discussing changes to the profession of fire protection engineering, and Charles Bailey, Division Chief of Fire and Rescue Operations in Montgomery County, discussing how changes in the built environment impact fire department performance. Additional general sessions include the topics of automatic storage and retrieval systems, smoke detection in high-ceiling spaces, fire safety science research, and highlights of the forthcoming SFPE Handbook of Fire Protection Engineering. A panel discussion on the integration of sustainable technologies, poster presentations, a series of rapid-fire IGNITE sessions, and sessions specifically curated on SFPE Foundation initiatives will also be featured. A total of 15.25 hours of professional development credits are available.

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2023 Featured Speakers

James Milke; Professor and Chair of the Department of Fire Protection Engineering at the University of Maryland Charles Bailey, Division Chief of Operations for the Montgomery County Fire and Rescue Service in Montgomery County, MD Weston C. Baker, Senior Engineering Technical Specialist in the Chief Engineers Group at FM Global Vyto Babrauskas, PhD, FSFPE; Forensic Consultant Bart Merci Prof, PhD, Senior Full Professor at Gent University.

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Victoria Hutchison, Senior Research Project Manager at the Fire Protection Research Foundation (FPRF)

Jacqueline Wilmot, PE, Research Project Manager at the Fire Protection Research Foundation (FPRF)

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