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Research, Tools & Methods Committee

Scope of Work

The Standing Committee on Research, Tools and Methods identifies, develops, and oversees SFPE’s technical products and research work, review new innovations, and helps to establish the research agenda for the fire safety engineering profession.

Committee Members

Committee members are appointed by the SFPE Board of Directors for a three-year term. Members can request to be appointed to a second three-year term. Requests are reviewed by the Chair and the staff liaison and decisions are made by the Board of Directors. End of term is denoted in parentheses below.

Chair: Greg Baker (2021)
Staff Liaison: Chris Jelenewicz

Farid Alfawakhiri (2022)
Hosam Ali* (2022)
Palinda Bandara (2021)
Adam Barowy (2022)
Erel Betser (2022)
Andrew Biery (2021)
Justin Biller (2020)
Hubert Biteau (2022)
Abderrazzaq Bounagui (2021)
Dorota Brzezinska (2020)
Mark Budzinski (2021)
Kenneth Bush (2022)
Jason Butler (2022)
Carl Chappell (2022)
David Charters (2022)
David Coutts (2022)
Dolores Cruz (2021)
Matthew Davy (2022)
Mark Dietenberge (2020)
Steven Dryden (2022)
James Eduful (2021)
Martin Feeney (2022)
Alvaro Gomes Ferreira (2020)
Ben Slama Fethi (2020)
Luca Fiorentini (2022)
Jason Floyd (2022)
Richard Gann (2022)
Daniel Goldberg (2020)
Al Gonzalez (2020)
Casey Grant (2022)
Joshua Greene (2022)
Adam Gribb (2020)
Raymond Grill (2022)
Jeffrey Grove (2022)
Steven Gwynne* (2022)
Jeff Halpert (2022)
Laura Hasburgh (2020)
Donald Havener (2022)
Craig Hofmeister (2022)
Gavin Horn (2022)
Brian Hoskins (2022)
Morgan Hurley (2022)
William Ivans (2021)
Thomas Izbicki(2022)
Ann Jeffers (2022)
Francisco Joglar (2020)
Charles Kilfoil (2020)
Bill Koffel (2022)
Woon Hyung Kim (2020)
Bryan Klein (2022)
Michael Koop (2021)
Brian Kuhn (2022)
Erica Kuligowski (2022)
Chris LaFleur (2022)
Kevin LaMalva (2022)
Daniel Lampke (2020)
Barbara Lane (2022)
Gary Lewis* (2022)
James Lord (2022)
Alana MacLellan-Bonnell (2022)
Jeffery Maddox (2022)
Zachary Magnone (2020)
Christian Maluk (2020)
Mark Mannex (2022)
Jamie McAllister (2022)
Kevin McGrattan (2022)
Ruben Negro (2020)
Scott Nesvold (2022)
Michael Nightingale (2022)
Paul Nordmeier (2022)
Hidemi Omori (2022)
Tod Ossmann (2022)
Haejun Park (2021)
Jelson Paul (2021)
Michael Phillips (2022)
Stephanie Poole (2021)
Eric Reed (2022)
Guillermo Rein (2022)
Ryan Rigsbee (2022)
Alberto Rodriquez (2022)
Steve Schneider (2022)
Zev Schramm (2022)
Vladimir Seliverstov (2020)
Peter Senez (2021)
Hossam Shalabi (2020)
David Sheppard (2022)
Seth Sienkiewicz (2022)
Albert Simeoni (2022)
Stephen Skalko (2022)
Jason Smart* (2022)
Steven Strege (2022)
David Stroup (2022)
Leo Subbarao (2021)
Grzegorz Sypek (2021)
Jerry Taricska (2022)
Piotr Tofilo (2022)
Jeffrey Tubbs (2022)
Don Turno (2022)
Ineke Van Zeeland (2022)
Sasidhar Krishna Varma (2022)
Allyn Vaughn (2022)
Gabriele Vigne (2022)
Pushpendra Kumar Vishwakarma (2022)
Colleen Wade (2022)
Lauren Waring (2022)
Jonathan Weigand* (2022)
Ulf Wickstrom (2022)
Christopher Wieczorek (2022)
Peter Wilkinson (2022)
Rosalie Wills  (2020)
Steven Wolin (2022)
Thomas Woodford (2022)
Shaun Wrightson (2022)
Aixi Zhou (2022)

*not an SFPE member


Codes and Standards Liaison (SCCSL)

Subcommittee Chair: Matthew Davy

Scope of Work

The Subcommittee for Codes and Standards Liaison (SCCSL) is comprised of members interested in promoting the use of fire safety engineering data, tools and methods within building codes and standards. The SCCSL is responsible for facilitating adoption of SFPE standards and guides into building regulations, codes and standards. Persons from the SCCSL may be appointed by the Board to represent SFPE in specific codes and standards development / liaison activities.

Committee Members

  • Palinda Bandara
  • Erel M. Betser
  • Andrew Biery
  • Justin Biller
  • Dorota Brzezinska
  • Ken Bush
  • Carl Chappell
  • Daniel Goldberg
  • Joshua Greene
  • Adam Gribb
  • Raymond A. Grill
  • Jeffrey S. Grove
  • Jeffrey D. Halpert
  • Donald M. Havener
  • Michael Koop
  • Brian D. Kuhn, Jr.
  • Gary Lewis
  • Mark R. Mannex
  • Michael Nightingale
  • Paul Nordmeier
  • Michael Phillips
  • Eric L. Reed
  • Stephen V. Skalko
  • Leo Subbarao
  • Lauren Waring

Handbook Development (SCHD)

Subcommittee Chair: Jeff Tubbs

Scope of Work

The Subcommittee for the SFPE Handbook Development (SCHD) is comprised of those SFPE members and others from the scientific and engineering community who are / will be authors of the SFPE Handbook of Fire Protection Engineering (Handbook). The purpose of the SCHB is to provide a mechanism to help facilitate the flow of information between the scientific and practitioner communities such that future editions of the Handbook continue to reflect state of the art information and approaches as well as addressing needs of practitioners.

Committee Members

  • Jason Butler
  • Craig Hofmeister
  • Morgan Hurley
  • Alana MacLellan-Bonnell
  • Kevin B. McGrattan
  • Scott A. Nesvold
  • Guillermo Rein
  • Ryan K. Rigsbee
  • Alberto A. Rodriguez
  • Jerry R. Taricska
  • Gabriele Vigne
  • Christopher J. Wieczorek
  • Aixi Zhou

Research and Innovation (SCRI)

Subcommittee Chair: Peter Senez

Scope of Work

The Subcommittee on Research & Innovation (SCRI) is comprised of members with a research or technology development background, a desire to help chart future research priorities for the profession, and an interest in working with other groups, companies, and associations to obtain input for, and communicate back, SFPE research priorities and directions for the future.

Committee Members

  • Palinda Bandara
  • Adam M. Barowy
  • Haavard Boehmer
  • Hubert Biteau
  • David A. Charters
  • Luca Fiorentini
  • Jason E. Floyd
  • Gavin P. Horn
  • Bryan L. Hoskins
  • William Ivans
  • Ann E. Jeffers
  • Amanda Kimball
  • Bryan Klein
  • Chris LaFleur
  • James Lord
  • Cristian Maluk
  • Guillermo Rein
  • Ruben Rodriguez
  • Hossam Shalabi
  • David Sheppard
  • Seth Sienkiewicz
  • Grzegorz Sypek
  • Thomas J. Woodford
  • Aixi Zhou

Innovation and Emerging Technology Working Group

Subcommittee Chair: Seth Sienkiewicz
  • Greg Baker
  • Haavard Boehmer
  • Luca Fiorentini
  • Bryan Klein
  • James Lord
  • Ruben R. Negro
  • Joseph A. Senecal

Standards and Guidelines Development (SCSGD)

Subcommittee Chair: Brian Meacham

Scope of Work

The Subcommittee for Standards and Guidelines Development (SCSGD) is comprised of members with appropriate expertise and experience and an interest in developing standards and guides to be used by suitable qualified professionals in the fire protection and fire safety engineering community.

The SCSGD includes Standards Committees (SCs) and Task Groups (TGs) which develop specific, topic-oriented SFPE Standards and Guidelines. SCs and TGs are not standing committees and as such will be established as needed for the development and maintenance of SFPE Standards and Guidelines. SCs and TGs may be sunset as appropriate based on the lifecycle of associated documents and continued need for the committees.

As of January 2016, the SCs and TGs are as follows. Additional SCs and TGs will be established as appropriate and necessary in line with the SFPE strategic plan and associated initiatives.

Standards Committee on Calculating Fire Exposures to Structures

Standards Committee Chair: Craig Beyler

Committee Members

  • Frarid Alfawakhiri
  • Vyto Babrauskas
  • Jonathan R. Barnett
  • Charles Fleischmann
  • Jeff Halpert
  • Mohammad Heidari
  • Craig Hofmeister
  • Venkatesh Kodur
  • Kevin LaMalva
  • Barbara Lane
  • Hossein Mostafaei
  • Jason Smart
  • William Bernie Till
  • Ulf Wickström
  • Jonathan Weigand

Standards Committee on Design Fire Scenarios

Standards Committee Chair: Charley Fleischmann

Committee Members

  • Dorota Brzezińska
  • Kees Both
  • Jason Butler
  • Jason Floyd
  • Craig Hofmeister
  • M. C. Hui
  • Martin Nilsson
  • Jason Smart
  • David Stroup
  • Piotr Tofilo
  • Colleen Wade
  • Craig Weinschenk
  • Shawn Wrightson

Guidelines Committee on Human Behavior in Fires

Subcommittee Chair: Dan O'Conner

Committee Members

  • Justin B. Biller
  • Julie Bryant
  • Steven C. Dryden
  • Steven M. Gwynne
  • Bryan L. Hoskins
  • Erica Kuligowski
  • Jaime L. McAllister
  • Hidemi Omori
  • Steven Strege

Risk Task Group

Subcommittee Chair: Fransisco Joglar

Committee Members

  • Brian Ashe
  • Russ Bainbridge
  • David Charters
  • Luca Fiorentini
  • Kevin Frank
  • Håkan Frantzich
  • Timothy Hawthorne
  • Yaping He
  • Vladimír Mózer
  • Tod Ossmann
  • Rob Plonski
  • Steven Scandaliato
  • Ai Sekizawa
  • John Utstrand
  • Armin Wolski

Standards Oversight (SCSO)

Subcommittee Chair: Steve Wolin

Scope of Work

The Subcommittee for Standards Oversight (SCSO) is comprised of members with experience on SFPE engineering task groups and standards committees and is charged with assuring balance, adjudicating issues, and undertaking related oversight activities as required by the ANSI process.

Committee Members

  • Kees Both
  • Kenneth E. Bush
  • David A. Coutts
  • Casey C. Grant
  • Paul F. Hart
  • Craig E. Hofmeister
  • Kenneth E. Isman
  • Thomas Izbicki
  • Kevin B. McGrattan
  • Seth Sienkiewicz
  • Gabriele Vigne
  • Colleen Wade

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