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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)
Farrokh Azad (2022)
Babak Bahrani (2022)
Carl Baldassarra (2022)
Palinda Bandara (2021)
Adam Barowy (2022)
Laura Bennett-Hourigan (2022)
Erel Betser (2022)
Andrew Biery (2021)
Justin Biller (2020)
Hubert Biteau (2022)
Warren Bonisch (2022)
Kees Both (2021)
Abderrazzaq Bounagui (2021)
Dorota Brzezinska (2020)
Mark Budzinski (2021)
Kenneth Bush (2022)
Jason Butler (2022)
Chris Butts (2022)
Carl Chappell (2022)
David Charters (2022)
Kim Clawson (2022)
Andrew Coles (2022)
David Coutts (2022)
Dolores Cruz (2021)
Borja Rengel Darnaculleta (2022)
Matthew Davy (2022)
Mark Dietenberge (2020)
Steven Dryden (2022)
James Eduful (2021)
Keith Enstrom (2022)
Ofodike A. Ezekoye (2022)
Martin Feeney (2022)
Alvaro Gomes Ferreira (2020)
Ben Slama Fethi (2020)
Luca Fiorentini (2022)
Jason Floyd (2022)
Kiyoshi Fukui (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)
Antariksh Gupta (2022)
Steven Gwynne* (2022)
Jeff Halpert (2022)
Jeff Harper (2022)
Laura Hasburgh (2020)
Donald Havener (2022)
Craig Hofmeister (2022)
Akihiko Hokugo (2022)
Gavin Horn (2022)
Brian Hoskins (2022)
Morgan Hurley (2022)
William Ivans (2021)
Thomas Izbicki(2022)
Ann Jeffers (2022)
Francisco Joglar (2020)
Jiyuan Kang (2022)
Ramla Karim Qureshi (2022)
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)
Cecilia Lam (2022)
Kevin LaMalva (2022)
Susan Lamont (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)
Gurjot Manku (2022)
Mark Mannex (2022)
Maria Marks (2022)
Jamie McAllister (2022)
Kevin McGrattan (2022)
Kevin Morin (2022)
Ruben Negro (2020)
Scott Nesvold (2022)
Michael Nightingale (2022)
Paul Nordmeier (2022)
Dan O'Connor (2022)
Hidemi Omori (2022)
Tod Ossmann (2022)
Haejun Park (2021)
Jelson Paul (2021)
Frances Peacock (2022)
Michael Phillips (2022)
Massimiliano Pizzo (2022)
Stephanie Poole (2021)
Jim Quiter (2022)
Eric Reed (2022)
Guillermo Rein (2022)
Ryan Rigsbee (2022)
Darlene Rini (2022)
Alberto Rodriquez (2022)
Enrico Ronchi (2022)
Steve Schneider (2022)
Zev Schramm (2022)
Vladimir Seliverstov (2020)
Peter Senez (2021)
Hossam Shalabi (2020)
Ankit Sharma (2022)
David Sheppard (2022)
Seth Sienkiewicz (2022)
Albert Simeoni (2022)
Stephen Skalko (2022)
Jason Smart* (2022)
Steven Strege (2022)
David Stroup (2022)
Chen-hsiang Su (2022)
Leo Subbarao (2021)
Grzegorz Sypek (2021)
Naohiro Takeichi (2022)
Jerry Taricska (2022)
Eric Tonicello (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)
Wojciech Węgrzyński (2022)
Matthias Wegmann (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)
Young-Geun You (2022)
Aixi Zhou (2022)

*not an SFPE member

Subcommittees

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
  • Laura Bennett
  • 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
  • Luca Fiorentini
  • Antariksh Gupta
  • Gavin P. Horn
  • Bryan L. Hoskins
  • William Ivans
  • Ann E. Jeffers
  • Jiyuan Kang
  • 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

Tall Buildings Task Group

Subcommittee Chair: Jim Quiter

Scope of Work 

This Guide provides information on the special topics that affect the fire safety performance of very tall buildings and their occupants during a fire.  This guide addresses these topics as part of the overall building design process using performance-based fire protection engineering concepts as described in the SFPE Engineering Guide to Performance Based Fire Protection. It is not intended to be a recommended practice or a document that is suitable for adoption as a code. The Task Group is responsible for drafting the second edition of this guide.

Committee Members

  • Farid Alfawakhiri
  • Carl Baldassarra
  • Nadia Cheuk Lun Chow
  • Keith Enstrom
  • Martin Feeney
  • Kiyoshi Fukui
  • Steve Gwynn
  • Jeff Harper
  • Bryan Hoskins
  • Bill Koffel
  • Susan Lamont
  • Jeff Maddox
  • Maria Marks
  • Kevin Morin
  • Dan O’Connor
  • Darlene Rini
  • Enrico Ronchi
  • Leo Subbarao
  • Naohiro Takeichi
  • Allyn Vaughn

Peer Review Task Group

Subcommittee Chair: Joshua Greene

Committee Members

  • Alberto Alvarez-Rodriguez
  • Andrew Biery
  • Justin Biller
  • Warren Bonisch
  • Dorota Brzezinska
  • Chris Butts
  • Charles Kilfoil
  • Daniel Lampke
  • Michael Nightingale
  • Wael Oudeh Zoarob
  • Stephen Schneider
  • Albert Simeoni
  • Zev Schramm
  • Peter Wilkinson

Standards and Guidelines Development (SCSGD)

Subcommittee Chair: Greg Baker

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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