Alexander Alexandrovski, CEng, Senior Fire Safety Engineer, BCA Consultants (WA) Ply Ltd
Alexander Alexandrovski is a CEng with over 14 years' experience in performance based fire safety engineering and an additional 10 years' experience in architecture and construction industry both in Russia and Chile. He is a senior fire engineer in a Perth based multi-disciplinary engineering firm BCA Consultants (WA) Pty Ltd. Alexander has provided expert witness services to the arbitration tribunals, and his experience in fire safety engineering covers a variety of areas, including retail; commercial; industrial; resources; infrastructure; health; educational and residential projects. Ethical fire engineering and sustainable design are two of Alexander's passions. His extensive experience in fire safety audits prompted him to share his experience with this audience.

Daniel Blixt, Senior Consultant, WSP Fire & Risk Sweden
Daniel started his career as a fire engineering intern at WSP in Auckland, NZ where he became familiar with the analytical design approach and developed an interest for CFD and evacuation modelling. He returned to Sweden where he wrote his thesis on crowd management and evacuation simulations for underground metro stations. Now he is involved in a number of complex projects in Sweden such as the extension of the metro in Stockholm and the unique development of a large bus terminal inside the Katarina bedrock located in the heart of Stockholm. His main focus in these projects are advanced evacuation modelling where he started exploring the possibilities of coupling the evacuation software with the CFD-results. In the future Daniel wants to explore ways of bringing fire engineering into the BIM-world; which is an exciting future for fire engineering.

Matthew Bonner, MSci, Research Postgraduate, Imperial College London
Matthew is a Ph.D. student at Imperial College London, studying under the supervision of Prof. Guillermo Rein, and funded by ARUP and EPSRC. His work focuses on the fire safety of facades, and trying to provide tools to support fire engineers working in this area. In particular, he is interested in the optimization of fire safety in facades, against other design objectives.

Paul Bryant, PEng, Founding Partner, Fire Cubed LLP
Paul Bryant is best known for his work in developing the concept of robust fire strategies around the world. He wrote British Standard Specification PAS 911 in 2007 and more recently authored his much acclaimed book "Fire strategies - strategic thinking." Paul formed his own business Kingfell in 1995 and grew it to a multi-million fire one stop shop before changing direction. In his earlier career Paul was Head of Fire Engineering for London Underground. Before that, he worked for the Loss Prevention Council and Fire Offices' Committee. He is a Chartered Fire Engineer, Member of the Institute of Fire Engineers and liveried member of the Worshipful Company of Firefighters. He is Founding Partner of Fire Cubed IIp.

Dorota Brzezinska, PhD, Lodz University of Technology
Dorota works in the Faculty of Process and Environmental Engineering at Lodz University of Technology, Poland. She has been involved in research about smoke control systems since 2000, and received her PhD in 2005. Dorota’s research is focused on smoke control and daily ventilation systems in buildings. She has extensive experience in the design of ventilation and smoke control systems in real objects. During her parallel work in own private company she was an author of more than 250 reports, that include guidelines for smoke control systems in different structures of polish buildings, based on CFD simulations. Also author of over 80 publications and conference papers. Co-author of guidelines for design, assessment and commissioning of smoke control systems in high rise buildings, published in 2003. From one year she is working on a project related to danger of LPG leakage in underground garages.

Jaime Cadena, MSc, BSc, PhD Researcher in Fire Safety Engineering, University of Queensland
Jaime is studying a Doctor of Philosophy in Fire Safety Engineering at the University of Queensland. He obtained his Undergraduate and Master’s Degree in Chemical Engineering at Universidad de los Andres, where he worked in fire dynamics and fire safety engineering. Prior to commencing his PhD, Jaime worked as a process risk consultant for the Colombian oil and gas and chemical sectors. His research focuses on creating an alternative quantitative risk assessment methodology based on Maximum Allowable Damage concept.

Keith Calder, PEng, VP Technical Services – Canada, JENSEN HUGHES
Keith Calder provides leadership with his expertise in building codes, fire safety standards, and performance-based design. He focuses on assisting clients with alternative solutions for complex and innovative designs. He specializes in the use of computer fire modelling to assess new construction design with regard to smoke control and people movement. He has led our computer modelling team on our most significant transportation projects, including the Canada Line project in Vancouver, LRT and Airport expansion projects in Calgary Mr. Calder has developed a vast knowledge of the application of current and historical building codes, which assists with conducting complicated design audits, specifically, where the design and construction of a facility or group of integrated structures spans several decades and editions of the applicable codes. Complementing his design expertise, Keith has a wide background in forensic fire investigation. He has investigated and analyzed many fire and explosion incidents, and has conducted forensic audits of building design and construction.

Andrej Cebela, Fire Engineer, Arup
Andrej has completed International Master in Fire Safety Engineering (IMFSE) at the three different universities; Ghent University (Belgium), Lund University (Sweden) and The University of Edinburgh (UK). This was done after he finished Safety at Work and Fire Safety Degree at University of Ljubljana. He is working as a fire engineer for Arup in London where he got involved in various projects in the last four years, including providing fire safety advice to different stakeholders, consulting on BS and NFPA codes and performance base design, CFD modelling and managing the projects. Specifically, he enjoy developing Building Information Modelling for fire engineers and implementing it into every-day work.

David Charters, PhD, CEng, MSFPE, FIFireE, MIMechE Principal Consultant, Risktec Solutions Ltd.
David Charters is Visiting Professor at the University of Leeds and Principal Consultant Associate with Risktec in Dubai. His research interests include; risk-informed performance-based design, evacuation and human behaviour in fire and fire safety engineering of mass transport infrastructure, tunnels and tall buildings. Previously, David was Director of Fire Engineering at BRE where he spent 8 years undertaking, supervising and reviewing fire safety research for the UK Government and BRE Trust. Prior to joining BRE, David was a Director of Arup Fire where he undertook Fire Safety Engineering projects around the world for 8 years. David has a PhD in Fire Growth and Smoke Movement from the University of Leeds. He has over 25 years of fire safety engineering and research experience. With Professor Ramachandran, David is co-author of the book “Quantitative risk assessment in fire safety”. In 2013, he was awarded the Arthur B Guise medal by the SFPE. David is a member of the SFPE Sub-Committee on Research and Innovation.

Xiaolei Chen, PhD, Assistant Professor, California State University
Xiaolei Chen is an assistant professor at College of Engineering, California State University, Los Angeles, where she teaches fire protection engineering courses for Fire Science and Technology program. She holds a Ph.D. from University of California, Berkeley, and a M.S. from Worcester Polytechnic Institute. Her professional experience includes working as a design consultant for years in AEC industry. Her primary research interest is performance-based design in fire protection engineering, as well as building fire safety performance in sustainable design and construction.

W.K. Chow, Research Centre for Fire Engineering, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University

Professor Chow is the Chair Professor of Architectural Science and Fire Engineering, Department of Building Services Engineering of The Hong Kong Polytechnic University. He graduated from the University of Hong Kong with a first class honours BSc degree in 1977; and from Portland State University, Portland, Oregon, U.S.A. with a MSc degree in teaching in 1979. He obtained his PhD degree in Computing Physics from the University of Hong Kong in 1983. Professor Chow joined the Department of Building and Surveying/Building Services Engineering of the former Hong Kong Polytechnic in 1981 as an assistant lecturer, promoted to Principal Lecturer in 1989, Reader/Professor in 2004, Chair of Building Services Engineering in 1998, and retitled as Chair Professor of Architectural Science and Fire Engineering later in that year.

He has contributed to provide a safe, comfortable and healthy environment for sustainable buildings with tall height, large space volume and located in deep underground through research, university teaching, assisting the government to approve fire safety design in new big construction projects and high-level consultancy projects, and service to professional institutions. He graduated one of the first cohort of MPhil research students of Polytechnic in 1989 and also first cohort of PhD research students of Polytechnic in 1991, and successfully supervised over 60 PhD students, with 30 at PolyU. He was elected to be a Fellow of Hong Kong Academy of Engineering Sciences in December 2012; and appointed as a Justice of the Peace by the Chief Executive of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region in 2013. He was awarded the Lifetime Contribution Award by the Asia-Oceania Association for Fire Science and Technology (AOAFST) in October 2015.

Wei-Ting Chung, PhD Student, National Kaohsiung First University of Science and Technology

Prof. Wei-Ting Chung is a Ph.D. student in the Dept. of Safety, Health and Environmental Engineering, National Kaohsiung First University of Science and Technology, Taiwan. His research interests include tunnel fires, compartment fires and fire testing.

Steven Dannaway, PE, Fire Protection Engineer, Coffman Engineers, Inc.

Steven Dannaway is a Fire Protection Engineer with Coffman Engineers in Los Angeles, California. He is a licensed Mechanical Engineer and Fire Protection Engineer in the State of California and graduated from Claremont Mckenna College with a B.A. in Physics and from UCLA with a M.S. in Mechanical Engineering. He has been working in the fire protection engineering industry in Southern California since 2011 and joined Coffman Engineers in 2016 to lead the fire protection engineering practice in Los Angeles. He currently serves on the board of the Southern California chapter of SFPE and the young professionals committee for the Design Build Institute of America, Western Pacific Region.

Richard Davis, PE, FSFPE, MASCE, Senior Engineering Technical Specialist, FM Global

Richard Davis (Dick) has a B.S. in Civil (Structural Emphasis) Engineering from Lowell Technological Institute and an M.S. in Civil/Structural Engineering w/emphasis in Fire Protection Engineering from Worcester Poly-tech. He is a Registered Professional Engineer in the State of MA in Fire Protection Engineering and also in Structural Engineering.

He has worked for FM Global Engineering and Research for 43 years. Has written or revised numerous construction related FM Global data sheets and technical reports on property loss prevention related to fire protection issues. He is a Past President of the New England Chapter of SFPE. He is a Fellow and Past President of the Society of Fire Protection Engineers (SFPE) international, serving 11 years on the Board of Directors. Dick is also a member of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE), the International Code Council (ICC), and National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) and is a member several NFPA Committees.

Mark Fessenden, Director, Industry Relations, Johnson Controls

Mark Fessenden is Director of Industry Relations for Jonson Controls Inc. In his 20+ year career with the organization, Mark has spent most of that time in Technical Support & Training functions, and has represented the organization on numerous NFPA and Industry Technical Committees. Mark has an undergraduate degree in Mechanical Engineering Technology form New England Institute of Technology and an MBA from Corban University. He is certified by the National Institute for Certification in Engineering Technologies in Water-Based Systems Layout & Special Hazards Suppression Systems.

Luca Fiorentini, CEO/Executive Director, TECSA S.r.l.

Professor Luca Fiorentini is an internationally recognized expert in the field of industrial, process safety and fire engineering. He is owner and CEO/Executive Director of TECSA S.r.l. international consulting company working in the field of loss prevention and industrial safety, fire engineering and environmental protection. He is senior process safety, HSE, fire engineering and reliability consultant. He has experience in QRA (Hazop, LOPA, FTA, ETA, Consequence analysis), CFD and FEM methods, RAM analysis and industrial risk assessment for a number of industries: major hazard industries, refineries, chemical and petrochemical plants, liquid hydrocarbons and LPG storage farms, oil and gas onshore installations and offshore platforms, steelworks plants, food processing facilities, pharmaceutical and fine chemicals production plants, hospitals and health care facilities, ports and piers. He is an expert of fire engineering and fire risk assessment. He is a certified Fire & Gas systems expert for industrial applications and he is a recognized forensic engineer and investigator for fires, explosions and industrial and marine accidents. He is author of several books, articles and conference papers as well as reviewer for a number of scientific magazines. Special Expert of "Fire risk assessment methods" and "Fire Reporting" NFPA Commissions for NFPA 550, 551 and 901 international standards development. Senior Lecturer for "Fire risk assessment methods", “CFD/FEM methods applied to fire engineering” and “Quantitative Risk Assessment Methods applied to Industrial Safety”. Professional member of the Chartered Society of Forensic Sciences (UK). Editorial board member of "Intl. Journal of Forensic Engineering" and "Fire Protection Magazine" (SFPE), “Fire Protection Magazine – Europe” (SFPE Europe). Member of the SFPE Research Tools and Methods Technical Committee and SFPE Fire Risk Technical Committee. He also is Professional Member of SFPE and Senior Member of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers. Together with Prof. Luca Marmo and Prof. Enrico Danzi (Politecnico di Torino) he developed the FLAME method (Fire risk Level Assessment Method for Enterprises) for fire risk assessment. The original method is under review to manage the estimation of the fire risk associated with industrial units and the explosion risk (as per a precise request of the ATEX EU Directive). He is author of several fire risk assessments and pre-emergency plans for a number of railway stations in Italy.

Marianne Foley, PhD, MENG, SPER, Principal, Arup
Marianne Foley is a Principal, Fire Safety Engineer, Australasian Regional Board Member for Arup, and holds the position of Consulting Sector Leader for Arup’s Australasia Region. She is an Arup Fellow, a nomination held by only 36 Arup staff, in recognition of design and technical excellence. Marianne has over 20 years of global experience in performance based fire engineering across transport infrastructure and buildings, including award winning and high profile projects such as the Water Cube in Beijing, 8 Chifley Square, The National Portrait Gallery, One Shelley Street, 50 Martin Place, Martin Place metro (under design) and the Sydney Opera House. In 2010 Marianne won the NAWIC Chifley Square, The National Portrait Gallery, One Shelley Street, 50 Martin Place, Martin Place metro (under design) and the Sydney Opera House. In 2010 Marianne won the NAWIC and in 2015 she was the Seymour Whyte Distinguished Visiting Scholar for women in engineering. In 2016 she was awarded one of Australia’s most innovative engineers by Engineers Australia for her work on fire engineering design of 50 Martin Place. She is also a past Board Member of the Architects Registration Board of NSW.

Karl Fridolf, PhD, Technical Specialist, WSP Sverige AB
Karl Fridolf is a technical specialist at WSP in Sweden. He holds a PhD in Fire Protection Engineering, and his research field covers human behaviour in fire and evacuation of underground transportation systems, such as metro systems, road and rail tunnels. Karl has for many years also been involved in the Swedish chapter of SFPE, and was the chapter President in 2015. Currently, Karl is involved in work related to the fire safety design of a number of large underground infrastructure projects in Sweden. In addition, he pursues some research activities related to evacuation of these infrastructure types.

John Gales, PhD, Assistant Professor, York University. Toronto, Canada
John Gales, PhD, is an Assistant Professor at York University in Toronto, Canada. He received his structural engineering doctorate from the University of Edinburgh in the United Kingdom in 2013 focusing on concrete behaviour in fire. He is one of four Task Group Chairs in the Fire Protection Committee of the American Society of Civil Engineers being responsible for the development of acceptance criterion. He is Chair of the sub-committee on Fire Behaviour and Safety of Structures of the Canadian Society of Civil Engineers. He serves on the editorial board of Fire Technology (Springer-Nature) since 2013 and sits on the editorial board of Fire and Materials (John Wiley) as Associate Editor.

Felix Gamon, CPEng, Accredited Certifier NSW Fire Safety, Consulting Group Leader, Arup

Felix has been working as a fire safety engineer for 20 years and his experience ranges from structural assessments of fire damaged buildings to all aspects of fire safety design across a range of business sectors and in several countries. He led Arup Sydney's fire engineering team for more than 11 years and has been technical project director for a range of rail projects, with a particular focus on identifying and mitigating fire safety risks in existing underground rail assets. Felix achieves value for money project outcomes through his highly consultative approach combined with the use of advanced analysis techniques.

Vinny Gupta, BEng, MPhil Researcher in Fire Safety Engineering University of Queensland
Vinny is studying a Master of Philosophy in Fire Safety Engineering at the University of Queensland, where he also completed his BEng in Mechanical Engineering, with a focus on material flammability and computational fire modelling. His thesis explores the distribution of energy in full-scale open floor plan compartment fires, with the purpose of interfacing the heat loads of the fire to the structure. His research focuses on characterizing the fire dynamics of large compartments through analysing experimental data and computational fire modelling.

Daniel Håkansson. Mcs, Fire Protection Engineer, Brandskyddslaget
Daniel Håkansson currently works as a fire protection engineer in Sweden with fire protection design, one of the job assignments is performance based design where the focus lies in FDS. Daniel earned his Bachelor of Science in Fire Safety Engineering and Master of Science in Risk and Safety Engineering from the Faculty of Engineering at Lund's University in Sweden. This presentation is based on a research project which regarded green roofs and fire safety in urban areas.

Kevin Hughes, MBA, BEng (Hons), FIFireE, Managing Director, K.P. Hughes & Associates Limited

Kevin recently retired as Deputy Assistant Commissioner (DAC) from the London Fire Brigade with over 30 years’ service and experience as a strategic operational Fire and Rescue Service (FRS) professional. He is a fully qualified & experienced Fire Engineer & CEng interim registrant with the Engineering Council via the IFE. He has been awarded the grade of Fellow by the IFE in recognition of his significant individual responsibility and exceptional contribution to the fire engineering profession.

He has experience in roles from Firefighter through to DAC across fire prevention, protection and response. He sat on the Corporate Management Board of Enfield Local Authority and also provided strategic FRS advice to the Government of Sierra Leone on behalf of the FCO. He was the Incident Commander of many major incidents in London and a counter-terrorism National Liaison Officer, a role he undertook during the 7/7 terrorist bombings in London.

Kevin developed considerable competencies in fire and rescue operations, fire safety engineering, terrorism mitigation and recovery, business continuity & resilience, and crisis management; all of which is underpinned by the strategic managerial experience necessary to pragmatically and cost effectively deliver these business imperatives.

Peter Johnson, FSFPE, Principal and Fellow, Arup
Peter Johnson is a Principal and Fellow at the global consulting firm of Arup. He is currently based in Melbourne but has had an international career over 40 years in fire safety engineering and design of buildings and transport infrastructure, as well as policy and regulatory development, fire research, education and standards writing.

Over the past decade Peter has been heavily involved in fire engineering and risk assessment projects associated with rail tunnels, stations and rolling stock, as well as airports and road tunnels. He is a Member of the National Fire Protection Association in the USA. He is also a Fellow of Engineers Australia and a Fellow of the international Society of Fire Protection Engineers, having served on the Program Committees for the Performance Based SFPE Conferences for many years. Peter is a former President and Honorary Life Member of the Fire Protection Association, Australia.

Robert Jönsson, FSFPE, Senior Advisor, Sweco Fire & Risk
Between 1985 and 2012, I have held Principal and management-level posts in the Department of Fire Safety Engineering and Systems Safety, and in the school of Fire Protection Engineers Lund University which I started. I have also been in charge of starting an MSc programme in Risk Management and Safety Engineering that in 2001. I have also been the active partner in starting a Master of Science education in fire safety engineering, a joint programme between us, Edinburgh University and Gent University. I worked part time for the Swedish National Board of Housing, Building and Planning, and responsible for the formulation of the performance based Swedish building regulations in fire protection 1994. I founded the Swedish Chapter of the SFPE 1996. And I have served 10 years at the board and as President in 2010. I became Fellow member in 2006. I have received the following notable awards: SFPE John L. Bryan Mentoring Award. 2012. Swedish Chapter award for excellence in Fire Protection Engineering 2013. Royal Gold medal, size 5, for achievements in Fire Protection Engineering and for the Fire Service, May 2014.

Björn Karlsson, PhD, Director General, The Iceland Construction Authority

Dr. Björn Karlsson serves as Director General of the Iceland Construction Authority, responsible for electrical safety, fire safety and building regulations in Iceland. He also serves as an Associate Professor at the Faculty of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the University of Iceland. He did his PhD in Fire Safety Engineering at Lund University in 1992, he has written a number of books and many scientific papers in the field of fire safety and risk engineering, one of his best known works is the textbook “Enclosure Fire Dynamics,” co-authored by Professor Jim Quintiere and published by CRC Press.

Mario Lara Lederman, PEng, Technical Manager – Fire Safety, Lendlease

Mario Lara Ledermann is Technical Manager - Fire Safety at Lendlease. He received a B.S. in Industrial Engineering from the Universidad Técnica Federico Santa María and a M.Sc in Fire Safety Engineering from the Western Sydney University. He has worked in the Fire Safety industry for 10 years, at the Commonwealth Scientific Industrial Research Organization (CSIRO) and at Lendlease Building. His experience includes assessment of the fire performance of materials and building systems, building fire safety and performance base design. During this time he has been an active participant in the promotion of fire safe use of engineered timber in tall buildings by leading fire safety R&D used to support landline timber projects in Australia.

Brian Meacham, PhD, PE, CEng, FIFireE, FSFPE, Managing Principal, Meacham Associates
Brian is Managing Principal at Meacham Associates, a firm that provides risk-informed performance-based solutions to complex building and infrastructure challenges, conducts building and fire regulatory system capacity assessments, and undertakes research in these and related areas. He has worked with and for governments, NGOs and the private sector in these areas in numerous countries. Throughout his career, he has authored more than 250 publications, given more than 250 presentations, and led more than $3M in research in these areas. His prior positions included Associate Professor in Fire Protection Engineering at Worcester Polytechnic Institute, Principal at Arup, Technical Director and Research Director at SFPE, fire safety engineer in the USA and Europe, and engineering manager at Gamewell Corporation. Brian is the 2018 President-Elect of the Society of Fire Protection Engineers (SFPE), Chair of the US TAG to ISO TC92 SC4 – Fire Safety Engineering, Chair of the NFPA Technical Committee on Fire Risk Assessment Methods, and Secretary of the IAFSS Management Committee. He is a licensed Professional Engineer in Connecticut and Massachusetts, a Chartered Engineer and Fellow of the Institution of Fire Engineers, a Fellow of SFPE, and a Fulbright Global Scholar.

Yoshikazu Minegishi, PhD, PE, Fire Engineer, Takenaka Corporation

Dr. Yoshikazu Minegishi is a fire engineer in Takenaka Corporation, which is specialized in design-engineering-built work in Japan. He has twelve years experiences in performance based fire safety design. He has specialties in smoke control design, especially for atrium buildings and pressurization system. He has doctoral degree from Waseda University with the research on the integrated system of daily natural ventilation and smoke control for atrium buildings. And he also has profound knowledge of crowd evacuation and its simulation. Now he is developing and validating evacuation simulation and applying it for performance based design. With those competency, he has realized performance based fire safety design of super-high-rise building, stadia, theaters, shopping malls, office buildings, school, etc. He has also contributed SFPE activities; he has joined the case-study of performance based fire safety design as a member of SFPE Japan chapter, and made presentations of a super-high-rise building (2012, Hong Kong), office building with stepped-voids (2014, Gold Coast, Australia) large scale underground carpark (2016, Walsaw, Poland) at the SFPE international conferences. He is a Professional member of SFPE and he is a registered P.E. of fire protection.

Zhaopeng Ni, PEng, Director of the Code and Standard Division, Tianjin Fire Research Institute (TFRI) of the MPS
Zhaopeng Ni works as a senior researcher at Tianjin Fire Research Institute (TFRI) of the Ministry of Public Security, China. He is the director of Code and Standard Division of TFRI. He received his Master’s degree in Civil Engineering from Tianjin University. His research activities cover a broad spectrum of topics in building fire safety, performance-based design and standardizations.

Lei Peng, PhD, Fire Engineering Researcher, Tianjin Fire Research Institute (TFRI) of the MPS
Lei Peng received his Bachelors and Master’s degree in fire safety engineering from University of Science and Technology of China. He completed his Ph.D. degree in Civil Engineering from Carleton University, Canada in 2010. He currently works as a researcher at Tianjin Fire Research Institute of the Ministry of Public Security, China. His research interests include facade fire safety and fire performance of timber and steel structures.

Carl Pettersson, Senior Fire Engineer, RED Fire Engineers
Carl has an MSc in Risk Management and Safety Engineering, and a BSc in Fire Protection Engineering from Lund University. Carl has technical and practical expertise across all aspects of performance-based fire engineering and risk management with an international experience using different national codes and standards. He is experienced in advanced smoke spread modelling (e.g. CFD) and egress modelling.

Christine Pongratz, BS, MS, Fire Engineer, Arup

Christine is a Fire Engineer for Arup in London. She attended the University of Maryland, where she graduated with her B.S. (2013) and M.S.(2014) in Fire Protection Engineering. Christine has a special interest in atrium smoke control, and completed her M.S. thesis, sponsored by ASHRAE, utilising FDS to study the impact of increased velocities of make-up air on fire plume dynamics in atrium smoke control design. As a part of the Arup Fire UK team, Christine has worked on a variety of projects developing an understanding of a first principles approach to fire engineering solutions. While in London she has a specific focus to develop insight on the international approach and practices to fire engineering. Her project highlights include the development of the fire strategy for a 90,000 capacity stadium designed for the 2022 Football World Cup, and assisting the fire team’s success in providing fire and life safety advice to facilitate the commemoration of the Great Fire of London, an event held in Sept of 2016 with hundreds of thousands of spectators along the Thames River. Christine is an active STEMnet ambassador in London, and is currently the treasurer of the SFPE UK Chapter.

Hailey Quiquero, MASc Candidate, Carleton University, Ottawa, Canada

Hailey Quiquero is a graduate student at Carleton University, completing a Master’s of Applied Science in structural and fire safety engineering. She has a background in structural engineering with a specialization of building science and architectural engineering. Her Master’s research has been on the performance of a novel wood structural system, post-tensioned timber, in fire conditions. The project has consisted of both experimental programmes and the development of numerical models. The overarching goal of her research is to make the practical use of this structural system available to practitioners through the presentation of detailed performance data and an accessible model for performance-based design. Hailey’s areas of interest include sustainable building and building materials, especially timber, performance-based fire design, structural engineering and structural-fire engineering; she would like to work as a practitioner in the field after she has completed her MASc program in order to transport what she has learned to industry and contribute to the advancement of the field.

Egle Rackauskaite, MEng, PhD, Research Associate, Imperial College London
Egle Rackauskaite is a Research Associate in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at Imperial College London working under the supervision of Prof. Guillermo Rein and funded by EPSRC, Arup, and SFPE. She is working in the area of structural fire engineering, focusing on the study of fire dynamics in large enclosures and response of structures to fires. In 2015, Egle has been awarded the SFPE Foundation Student Research Grant for her work on the response of structures exposed to travelling fires. Egle has also received an award from the UK Chapter of SFPE for the Best Fire Research Project 2015 and together with Arup and Prof. Guillermo Rein the Engineer - Collaborate to Innovate award in the Built Environment in 2017. Her PhD work on travelling fires has led to 4 journal publications.

Daniel Rådemar, Fire Protection Engineer, WSP Fire & Risk Sweden
Daniel is a fire protection engineer with WSP Sweden based in the Linköping office. His experience ranges from prescriptive building designs to detailed analytical dimensioning on complex projects. Daniel is experienced with both CFD and evacuation modelling, specializing in the smoke control and evacuation dimensioning of tunnel infrastructure and large commercial buildings within Sweden. He also has an interest in numerical modelling techniques for structural analysis and heat transfer using FEM-calculations. Daniel is a member of the Swedish branch of SPFE (BIV) and has participated in Nordic fire engineering conferences related to numerical modelling using CFD and FEM.

Guillermo Rein, PhD, Professor of Fire Science, Imperial College London
He was born in Madrid (Spain) and studied Mechanical Engineering at University of California at Berkeley (MSc 2003, PhD 2005), and before than at ICAI Universidad Pontificia Comillas (Ingeniero Industrial, 1999). Guillermo joined Imperial College in 2012 from a previous academic position at the School of Engineering of the University of Edinburgh (2006-2012). He is also the 2016 recipient of the D. Peter Lund award from the Society of Fire Protection Engineers (SFPE).

Franz Richter, PhD Student, Imperial College London
Franz Richter is a third-year PhD student in Mechanical Engineering at Imperial College London, UK. With his advisor, Prof Guillermo Rein, he explores computationally the charring rate of timber under realistic fire exposures. Currently he is studying the fundamentals of charring of timber; work which has been recognised by the Sheldon Tieszen Student Award at the 2017 IAFSS conference. His work is sponsored by the EPSRC, ARUP, and the SFPE Foundation Awards Research Grant.

Noah Ryder, PE, Managing Partner, Fire & Risk Alliance, LLC.
Noah Ryder is a Licensed Fire Protection Engineer and has a Bachelor of Science and Master of Science degrees from the University of Maryland’s Department of Fire Protection Engineering, and an MBA from the R.H. Smith Business School at the University of Maryland. He is currently enrolled in a Ph.D. program in Mechanical and Mechatronics Engineering at the University of Waterloo, Ontario, Canada that focuses on combustion phenomena and fire state determination.

Judith Schulz, Dipl.-Ing. CEng MEFireE MSt (Cantab), Associate Director, Arup

Judith has completed a Masters in Fire Engineering at the University of Canterbury in New Zealand, supplemented by a Civil Engineering Degree from the Technical University of Karlsruhe in Germany and most recently, a Master of Studies in Interdisciplinary Design in the Built Environment at Cambridge University in the UK. She leads the largest fire engineering team in the UK, in London for Arup.

She has worked on many iconic and award winning buildings such as the London Olympic Main Stadium, the Shard as well as innovative open plan office and museum projects in New Zealand, as well as Heathrow Airport.

Hossam Shalabi, PEng, MEng, M.E.M., CMBB, PhD Candidate, Fire Protection Specialist, Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission
Shalabi has more than 12 years of experience in applying fire safety engineering principles and techniques in the nuclear, oil and gas, and manufacturing industries, including experimental and field work, teaching, data analysis, computer simulation/modeling, and risk assessment. Shalabi is a licensed professional engineer in the Professional Engineering Ontario’s Program. Shalabi has a bachelor’s degree in applied science (chemical engineering) from the University of Ottawa, a master’s degree in fire safety engineering (Carleton University), and a master’s degree in engineering management (University of Ottawa) and is a PhD candidate for fire safety engineering (Carleton University).

Alan Sheach, BSc, FIFireE, Principal Consultant, Risktec DMCC
Alan Sheach currently works as a Principal Consultant for Risktec in Dubai. Prior to this, Alan was Chief Fire Officer of Petroleum Development in Oman (PDO). He has developed and implemented Emergency Response Plans and Procedures at regional, national and international levels. Alan is a qualified and certificated fire investigator and has also undertaken many fire and emergency incident investigations. He also has extensive Fire Safety experience as a Fire Safety Inspection Officer and Fire Safety Manager at local and national level. Alan has more than 30 years of experience in Emergency Response, Fire Safety and Health and Safety in the Middle East, UK and the United Nations. He has considerable experience of performing Fire and Explosion Risk Management (FERM) studies and Fire Safety Assessments (FSA) for oil and gas production facilities. Alan has a degree in International Studies and a diploma in Environmental Development, Hazardous Materials and Environmental Protection.

Jenny Sideri, PhD, Senior Engineer, Thornton Tomasetti
Jenny Sideri, Ph.D. is a member of the Forensics group at Thornton Tomasetti in New York City for the past 2 years. She holds a doctorate and a master's degree from Columbia University and a bachelor's degree from National Technical University of Athens. She specializes in forensic investigations, structural analysis and repairs, finite element analysis and modeling, performance-based fire engineering, progressive collapse and probabilistic mechanics.

Matthew Smith, PEng, MASc, Engineer, Entuitive. Toronto, Canada
Matthew Smith, PEng, is an engineer at Entuitive in Toronto, Canada and leads Entuitive's resilience group providing performance-based design services for fire, blast, seismic, and other building threats. He received his Master’s in Applied Science from Carleton University in fire safety engineering with a focus on performance-based fire design. He has experience in full-scale blast testing in the UK and Israel and has designed a range of complex structures throughout North America. He is currently a member of the ASCE Fire Protection Committee, the CSCE Fire Behaviour and Safety of Structures Committee, and a working group member for Annex K of CSA S16, Structural Design for Fire Conditions.

Naohiro Takeichi, PhD, Leader of Life Safety Group, Takenaka Corporation
Dr. Naohiro Takeichi is a fire and architectural design expert in Takenaka Corporation, which is specialized in design-engineering-built work in Japan. He has twenty years experiences in fire engineering field and he is now leading a lot of his company's performance based fire safety design projects of such as super-high-rise buildings, stadia, theaters, office buildings, reconstruction and renovation of historical building, etc. He has collaborated with not only in-house architects but also with world-wide famous architects such as Herzog & De Muron (PRADA Aoyama) and Renzo Piano (HERMES Ginza) and realized their cutting edge and complex design. Those works are highly evaluated to won the prestigious prize of AIJ Prize (Architectural Institute of Japan) and BCS Prize (Japan Federation of Construction Contractors). He also has specialty about engineering and regulatory framework of performance based fire safety design and those related works are presented at international conference of IAFSS and SFPE.

Bödvar Tomasson, MSc, Fire Eng, Division Manager Fire & Risk, EFLA Consulting Engineers
Böðvar Tómasson is a Division Manager for Fire & Risk at EFLA Consulting Engineers. He is a civil and a fire protection engineer with 20 years of professional experience in engineering and project management. His main expertise and experience are in the fields of fire engineering, risk analysis and risk management, project risk management, evacuation, security design, emergency response plans and business continuity management. Böðvar has been involved in several research projects and written a number of international articles in the field of risk management and fire safety. Böðvar is a certified IPMA project manager and a member of ISO Technical Committee 262: Risk Management and Technical Committee 292: Security and resilience.

Kuang-Chung Tsai, PhD, Professor, National Kaohsiung First University of Science and Technology
Prof. Kuang-Chung Tsai is a professor in the Dept. of Safety, Health and Environmental Engineering, National Kaohsiung First University of Science and Technology, Taiwan. He received his Ph.D. from Edinburgh University in 2001 under the supervision of Prof. Drysdale. He has conducted fire research for more than 20 years. His research interests include fire dynamics (ignition, flame spread, compartment fires), tunnel fires, fire materials, performance-based design, tank fires, etc., and has published 30+ journal papers and 50+ conference papers. Additionally, he serves as the member in the evaluation committees of fire safety design, evacuation design, fire safety building selection, etc. He is the vice president of Taiwanese Fire Material Association and an executive council member of SPFE Taiwan Chapter. He received the Personal Contribution Award from the Bureau of Standards, Metrology and Inspection, Ministry of Economic Affairs in 2011.

Yen Fang Tu, MEng, MIFE, Senior Fire Engineer, WSP
Yen Tu gas gain her honors degree in Civil Engineering in 2001, and completed her Master Degree in Fire Engineering in 2002 from the University of Canterbury, New Zealand. She has approximately 15 years’ experience working as a fire engineer in New Zealand, Australia, and U.A.E. She has been involved in both prescriptive and performance based fire safety design for various types of projects, such as airport, exhibition centre, detention centre, healthcare, school, university, shopping centre, residential tower, office towers, master planning, existing / heritage building upgrade, etc.

Craig Vesely, PE, Fire Protection Department Facilitator, Affiliated Engineers, Inc.

Craig Vesely is a licensed Fire Protection Engineer in the State of Colorado, has a Level III certification in Water-Based Systems Layout from the National Institute for Certification in Engineering Technologies, and is a Professional Member of the Society of Fire Protection Engineers. Mr. Vesely’s early experience working for a fire protection contractor provides him with the background to design systems that meet a client’s needs while minimizing changes during construction. He has been the lead designer on projects involving wet pipe, dry pipe, preaction, and deluge sprinkler systems for a wide range of occupancies. He is also an experienced designer of both low- and high-expansion foam, dry chemical, standpipe, fire pump, and fire alarm systems. His combination of construction industry experience, technical expertise, and understanding of codes and insurance carrier recommendations provide Mr. Vesely with the insight to thoroughly review shop drawings, hydraulic calculations, and product datasheets, and has earned the trust of clients, design and construction team members, and permitting authorities alike.

IJsbrand J. van Straalen, PhD, Senior Researcher, TNO
IJsbrand van Straalen (1963) has been active in fire safety of buildings and in building regulations since 2007. He received his MSc Civil Engineering in 1988 and started his career at the independent Dutch research organization TNO and contributed to a variety of projects dealing with structural safety. His current contribution to TNO is focused on the development of a risk-based fire safety approach in addition to the existing building code and standards. He has been involved in various research and consultancy projects dealing with fire safety for various stakeholders of the health care sector and the industrial sector. Within those research projects he has shown that the risk-based approach can be applied for the fire safety goals human safety and limiting damage. He is also involved in the development of Building Regulations and represents TNO in various national committees. He is chairman (2017-2020) of the Inter-jurisdictional Regulatory Collaboration Committee (IRCC) with members from ministries and organizations representing 13 countries. He is internationally recognized as an expert in performance-based building regulations and he has lead a group of experts within TNO who have the motivation to develop the risk-based fire safety approach for practical applications within the coming years.

Reece Walker, BEng, Senior Fire Engineer, Arup
Reece Walker is a Senior Fire Engineer with Arup in Sydney. Earlier in his career Reece was employed by Lancashire Fire and Rescue Service in the UK, where he spent close to 3 years as a retained fire-fighter before undertaking his degree in Fire and Explosives Engineering. He has been working as a fire engineer for Arup for the last six years with the majority of that time being based in the UK. Having been permanently based on site for 2 years working on the redevelopment of Birmingham New Street Station, Reece has developed a knowledge of Rail infrastructure fire safety engineering specifically with regard to the partial occupation of buildings under construction. His current role primarily consists of managing fire engineering projects across a range of building sectors within Australia.

Frank Wang, PE, Senior Fire Protection Engineer, JENSEN HUGHES
Frank Wang is a Senior Engineer at Jensen Hughes with over 20 years of experience in fire protection industry. He has exemplary knowledge and experience in Heating, Ventilation & Air Conditioning (HVAC) and fire protection system design. His familiarity with national and local codes and standards provides him with an exceptional understanding of design requirements for various systems and how they are integrated together. Particularly, he specializes in smoke control system design and special inspection, mathematical fire and smoke modeling, and smoke management and timed egress analysis. He has served as lead engineer and project manager on numerous projects involving both new construction and renovation work within the residential, health care, office, educational, retail, and transportation industries.

Yi Wang, PhD, Research Group Manager, Fire Hazards and Protection, FM Global
Dr. Yi Wang is the manager of the Fire Dynamics group at FM Global, Research Division. He graduated from the University of Maryland with a PhD degree of Mechanical Engineering. At the current position in FM Global, he oversees the research activities of fire modeling, material flammability and fire dynamics.

Elizabeth Weckman, PhD, Professor, University of Waterloo
Elizabeth Weckman is a Professor in the Department of Mechanical and Mechatronics Engineering, as well as a member of the Fire Research Group at the University of Waterloo. She is also a Professional Engineer of Ontario. Professor Weckman’s research expertise lies in the development of improved diagnostic techniques for use in reacting and non-reacting flows, reacting turbulent flows, and stability considerations in turbulent flows. The Fire Research Group’s projects entail the application of basic principles of fire science in order to understand the behaviour of full-scale fires, the flammability and performance of materials and products, fire initiation and spread, methods for fire detection and suppression, and also several ancillary issues.

Nathan White, PEng, Team Leader – Fire Safety Engineering, CSIRO
Nathan White is the Team Leader for CSIRO Fire Safety Engineering. He has 18 years experience in fire engineering, materials flammability testing and research. Nathan has recently completed a research project on combustible facades funded by the NFPA Fire Protection Research Foundation. He has also been involved in a range of work from general building fire safety, passenger rail fire safety, mass timber fire performance, and hot smoke testing in transport tunnels and buildings.
During this time he has the unique opportunity to set fire to passenger trains, houses, fire trucks, prison cells and a variety of building materials.

Steven J. Whitman, PE, Senior Fire Protection Consultant, JENSEN HUGHES
Steven J. Whitman, PE, is a Senior Consultant in the Baltimore office of JENSEN HUGHES. As part of the JENSEN HUGHES team, Mr. Whitman's project experience includes the use of computer fire and egress modeling ools to provide performance-based design solutions and alternative means of compliance for his Clients. He has also provided clients with a multitude of different services including sprinkler system design, fire alarm system design, building and fire code evaluations, and facility condition assessments. He has experience with government facilities, commercial real estate, large-scale residential buildings, large assembly facilities, healthcare occupancies, and varied building types on college and university campuses. Mr. Whitman is an alternate member on the NFPA 5000 Technical Committee on Building Systems, has been a guest lecturer for the University of Maryland's Department of Fire Protection Engineering, and sits on the board of the SFPE Chesapeake Chapter.

Matthew Wright, Chief Technical Officer / Deputy CEO, Fire Protection Association Australia
Matthew is Responsible for managing delivery of the Associations technical services and activities nationally, and internationally, to assist members. Matthew is Responsible for managing delivery of the Associations technical services and activities nationally, and internationally, to assist members environment. He also sits on the Australian Building Codes Board - Building Codes Committee where he is responsible for representing the views of FPA Australia. The Building Codes Committee is a national forum for regulatory authorities and industry and provides advice and recommendations to the ABCB on technical matters relevant to the Building Code of Australia. Previously he also was also part of the Building Appeals Board of Victoria.

David Yates, PhD, Fire Engineer
David Yates is a graduate of the University of Maryland’s fire engineering program, and of Ulster University in CFD modelling of hydrogen safety. He has worked in the UK, USA and UAE and developed fire models to support strategies for car parks, stadia, and airports, among others.

Chao Zhang, PhD, Guest Researcher, National Institute of Standards and Technology
Dr. Chao Zhang is an internationally recognized expert on structural-fire performance and has authored more than 25 peer-reviewed journal articles on the subject. He is highly skilled in the development and use of fire and structural analytical models. He has received numerous awards and honors including “Leading Researcher in the field of Structural Fire Engineering”, Springer 2017, and “Best Thesis Award “Excellence in Research” International Association for Fire Safety Science (IAFSS) 2014. He can provide technical information and data necessary to advance performance-based design of structures under realistic fire conditions, validate physics-based computational models to predict fire performance of structures, and evaluate approaches to measure the thermal and structural responses to fire.