The Chief Donald J. Burns Memorial Research Grant

The Chief Donald J. Burns Memorial Research Grant funds is no longer awarded. The purpose of this grant was to utilize information modeling as a means of improving infrastructure safety and fire service preparedness. The Grant is named in memory of FDNY Assistant Chief Donald Burns. Chief Burns died in the collapse of the World Trade Center Towers on September 11, 2001, while setting up his command post to direct the evacuation.

Funding for this grant was provided by Bentley Systems Incorporated. Bentley is a global leader in providing architects, engineers, geospatial professionals, constructors, and owner-operators with comprehensive software solutions for sustaining infrastructure.


2017 – Visual Localization Systems for Fire Brigade Using BIM Technology
Paula Smyczek, Dr. Piotr Tofilo and Dr. Adam Krasuski, Main School of Fire Service
(Final Report [PDF])

2016 – Real-Time Fire Monitoring and Visualization for the Post-Ignition Fire State in a Building
Paul Beata, Dr. Ann Jeffers and Dr. Vineet Kamat, University of Michigan
(Final Report [PDF])

2015 – Fire Navigator Research
Nahom Daniel and Dr. Guillermo Rein, Imperial College London
(Final Report [PDF])

2014 – Development of a Cyber Physical System for Fire Safety
Rosalie Faith Wills and Dr. Andre Marshall, University of Maryland
(Final Report [PDF]| Presentation [PPT])

2013 – Property Risk Optimization by Predictive Hazard Evaluation Tool (PROPHET)
Austin Anderson and Dr. O.A. Ezekoye, The University of Texas at Austin
(Final Report [PDF]| Presentation [PPT])