SPEAKERS

Speakers

We find speakers who are some of the most innovative, inspiring and expert leaders in the industry.

Featured Speakers
 
Anirban Basu
Chairman & CEO
Sage Policy Group 
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Armelle Muller
Director of Fire Laboratory
CNPP Entreprise
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Philippe Schnobb
CEO
STM Montreal's Public Transit
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Jean François Simard
Site Development Analyst
Cirque de Soleil
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Speakers

Kathleen H. Almand, PE, FSFPE, Vice President, Research, National Fire Protection Association (NFPA)
Kathleen Almand is Vice President, Research, National Fire Protection Association responsible for its affiliated research foundation, and its fire analysis, research, data analytics, and library functions. She has a MSc. civil engineering from the University of Ottawa, Canada and is a registered professional engineer in the State of Maryland and a Fellow of the Society of Fire Protection Engineers. Prior to joining NFPA in 2004, Kathleen was the Executive Director of the Society of Fire Protection Engineers and held research and management positions with the Civil Engineering Research Foundation, the American Iron and Steel Institute, and the National Academy of Sciences

Roland Asp, CET, Manager of Installation Standards, National Fire Sprinkler Association
Roland has been active in the fire protection field for more than 20 years and have extensive and varied experience in this field.

Roland has been involved in thousands of fire sprinkler systems ranging from single family homes to large commercial projects. He has gained experience in the varied steps needed to successfully bring a fire sprinkler system from the design phase to completion.

His expertise includes installation requirements and layout of water-based fire protection systems and the many aspects of water supplies for these systems. He has written many articles for SQ Magazine and also participated in and developed industry specific training and presentations related to fire sprinkler systems. He currently teaches a two week Layout Technician Training Class which concentrates on hands-on/interactive training of technicians in all aspect of water-based system layout including manual hydraulic calculations.

Giuseppe Gaspare Amaro, Sr., P.Eng, Civil Engineer, Gae Engineering S.r.l
Engineer, performs professional activity in the specific area of safety in temporary and mobile construction site, fire safety in workplace, construction management of complex buildings, environmental impact assessment. He was official in the guideline career of the National Fire Service at the Command of the Fire Brigade of Turin performing the following functions: Deputy Commander; Head of Fire Prevention; Secretary of C.T.R. for assets at risk of a major accident; component of the Provincial Commission for Supervision of places of public entertainment. From the scientific and operational activities has designed the methodology of “shared security”, experienced in construction site Porta Nuova Garibaldi in Milan. Among the major interventions in which he played the role of the Safety Coordinator ranks: AV station of Florence [FOSTER - ARUP], the Turin 2006 Olympic stadiums [ISOZAKI - MAGGIORA - ARUP], AV Station Torino Porta Susa, the incinerator of Turin, the cultural center of Turin [Bellini] the redevelopment of Milan’s Porta Nuova. He carried out under the project for the construction of the New Headquarters of the Piedmont Region specialist advice in relation to fire safety to the security plan as well as support for obtaining advice in fire safety and hygiene.

has degrees in physics, structural engineering, and a Ph.D. degree in Fire Protection Engineering. He was for many years a researcher at NIST, where he developed the primary instruments used today to study the heat release rate of materials and products: the Cone Calorimeter for small-scale studies and the large-scale oxygen-consumption calorimeter for full-scale studies. During his more than 40 years in the fire safety science profession, he published over 350 papers and reports and contributed to a large array of research topics, including pool fires, furniture fires, fire resistance, smoke toxicity, and fire modeling. Since 1993 he has run his own consulting firm, Fire Science and Technology Inc., where his main focus is on applications of fire science to fire investigations and fire litigations. Vyto is well-known for his Ignition Handbook, which is a massive treatise covering all aspects of ignition of fires and initiation of explosions. In recent years, he has been especially interested in electrical fires and he is preparing a new book on electrical fires and explosions. He has also conducted extensive research recently into chemical explosions, including ammonium nitrate, phosphorus explosions.

Carl F. Baldassarra, P.E., FSFPE, Principal, Wiss, Janney, Elstner Associates, Inc.
Carl Baldassarra is a Principal at Wiss, Janney Elstner and Associates, consulting engineers, in Northbrook, Illinois, and leads the firm’s fire protection practice group. He has a BS degree in fire protection engineering, a Master’s degree in business, and is a licensed engineer in several states. Mr. Baldassarra leads project teams involving fire protection/life safety analysis, code consultation, fire protection system design, loss investigation, and litigation support. He has been very active in a number of ICC and NFPA codes and standards-making technical committees. He is currently a member of ICC’s Ad Hoc Committee on Tall Wood Buildings, and recently was Chair of ICC’s Code Technology Committee. Prior to joining WJE, Mr. Baldassarra was Executive Vice President at RJA and President of Schirmer Engineering Corporation. A 40-year veteran of the fire protection engineering profession, he is well-versed in life safety analysis, systems design, code compliance, performance-based design, fire investigation and project management. Carl has also been active in the Society of Fire Protection Engineers, serving on its Board of Directors and as its President in 2014.

Sean Bartlett, ME, P.Eng., Project Coordinator, RJ Bartlett Engineering Ltd.
Sean Bartlett is a Project Coordinator with RJ Bartlett Engineering Ltd a fire protection engineering consulting firm located in Atlantic Canada. He has been providing code consulting and fire protection engineering services to a diverse client base across Canada for approximately 10 years. Project related experience include both existing and new construction in the hospitality, commercial, residential and industrial sectors. Sean has recently completed a Masters in Engineering in Fire Protection Engineering at the University of Maryland and is active with his local engineering association.

Anirban Basu, Chairman & CEO, Sage Policy Group
Anirban is a study in contradictions. He has been called an economist with a personality, or alternatively, one with a sense of humor. He has twice been recognized as one of Maryland’s 50 most influential people. He has also been named one of the Baltimore region’s 20 most powerful business leaders. He serves as Chairman of the Maryland Economic Development Commission, teaches global strategy at Johns Hopkins University, and serves the Chief Economist function for a number of organizations around the country. He has read every one of Agatha Christie’s novels, is obsessed with James Bond, English football, Indian cricket, all Baltimore teams, and with his wife and two daughters, Kimaya and Kohena.

Paul A. Beata, Ph.D. Student, University of Michigan
Paul is a Ph.D. student in the Civil Engineering Department at the University of Michigan. He is a member of the Structural Fire Engineering group and works under the guidance of his advisor and PI of the group, Dr. Ann Jeffers. Paul aims to use the methods of scientific computing to bring sound computational solutions to physical problems.


Susan Bershad, P.E., Senior Chemical Engineer, National Fire Protection Association
Susan Bershad is a Senior Chemical Engineer in the Industrial and Chemical Engineering division at NFPA. She is staff liaison for the Combustible Dust project as well as the Industrial and Medical Gases and Hydrogen Technologies technical committees. She holds a B.S. and M.S. in Chemical Engineering and is a registered professional engineer in the state of Massachusetts. Prior to joining NFPA, she held a variety of positions in environmental, health, and safety management in the chemical processing industry, with a focus on environmental compliance and process safety management.

Hubert Biteau, Ph.D., Senior Associate, Exponent, Inc.
Dr. Biteau specializes in fire protection engineering and the characterization of materials under fire conditions. He applies fire dynamics, heat transfer, and fluid dynamics principles to investigate the origin and causes of fires and for the prevention of fires and explosions. Dr. Biteau has experience in thermal and combustion analyses; risk and egress analyses; and fire, explosion, and computational fluid dynamic (CFD) modeling. He is familiar with small and large-scale fire experiments based on internationally accepted standards (ASTM, ISO).

Dr. Biteau’s research focused on the thermal and chemical characterization of energetic materials (pyrotechnics, propellants, explosives) susceptible to burn under low oxygen or inert atmospheres. He developed a methodology to estimate the Heat Release Rate from the combustion of energetic materials by coupling thermal analyses (DSC, TGA) and principles of oxygen (OC) and carbon oxides (CDG) calorimetry. He also defined the uncertainty associated with this methodology and identified the minimum material information that is required to obtain acceptable precision on the heat release estimation.

Warren D. Bonisch, P.E., Vice President, Jensen Hughes
As Senior Vice President, Mr. Bonisch establishes and maintains business relationships for a variety of commercial, governmental and institutional clients. Project work includes warehouses, mercantile facilities, health care, correctional and judicial facilities, multi-use projects, hotels, convention centers, office buildings, shopping malls, and colleges. His work includes the development and presentation of equivalencies, fire/smoke computer modeling, code interpretations and compliance, sprinkler designs, review of construction plans, evaluation of existing buildings and systems, and analysis of overall building life safety and fire protection features.

Susan Clarke, P.Eng. Sr. Fire Protection Engineer and Code Specialist, Code & Life Safety, Morrison Hershfield
Susan Clarke has experience both as a Regulator, having worked as a Fire Protection Engineer for the Ontario Fire Marshal’s Office for many years, and as a Code Consultant.

She has an academic background in civil engineering and business administration (MBA), and is a registered professional engineer in Ontario.

Susan has extensive experience in Ontario Building and Fire Code development, application and enforcement. Her key projects have included development of the Ontario Fire Code, Fire Marshals Delegate, reviewing Inspection Order appeals, and the technical investigation of fires. She has been involved in several technical committees related to the Ontario Building and Fire Codes (including Ontario’s recent Vulnerable Occupancies initiative), and Chaired the Code Interpretations Advisory Committee (CIAC).

Michael A. Crowley, P.E., FSFPE, Vice President, Jensen Hughes
Mike Crowley holds a BS in Fire Protection and Safety Engineering from Illinois Institute of Technology, and an MBA from The University of Houston. Mike is a licensed professional engineer in 5 states. Professional organization involvement includes Fellow in Society of Fire Protection Engineers (SFPE), National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) Membership and activity on NFPA Technical Committees including NFPA 101 - Healthcare Occupancies and Means of Egress, NFPA 101A and NFPA 99 – current Correlating Committee Chair, among others. He is a Life Safety Code and NFPA 99 instructor for NFPA. In addition, he is a Fellow Member of the American Society of Healthcare Engineers. Mike has authored numerous technical articles and made presentations at various conferences and symposiums. He is Vice President Development and healthcare practice leader for Jensen Hughes. Mike provides consulting to architects, facility managers and building owners around the world. Jensen Hughes is an international engineering consulting firm “Advancing the Science of Safety”.

Christian Dagenais, P.Eng., Ph.D., MSFPE, Senior Scientist, FPInnovations
Christian Dagenais is a Senior Scientist at FPInnovations where his main research topics are structural fire performance of wood structures, performance-based design, fire modeling and fire safety engineering. He is involved in various performance-based fire designs for allowing wood construction in buildings otherwise required to be of noncombustible construction. He is also the author of various technical publications, calculations models and test reports related to performance of wood in fire. He actively participates in Codes & Standards technical committees, such as those related to fire testing, fire safety engineering and engineering design in wood from ULC, ASTM and CSA standards. He also represents Canada on ISO TC92/SC4, responsible for developing international standards on fire safety engineering. Lastly, he actively participates in many overseas standardization activities related to Building and Fire Codes, namely with USA, Australia, China and Japan. Christian is a member of OIQ, CSCE, ASTM and SFPE.

Jason Floyd, Ph.D., FSPE, Senior Consultant, Jensen Hughes
Jason Floyd, PhD, FSPE, has 22 years of internationally recognized experience in the thermal sciences field, with more than a decade of analysis, evaluation, and research in thermal and fire protection engineering across commercial, industrial, residential, and defense applications. He is a lead developer of both the Fire Dynamics Simulator (FDS) and the Fire and Smoke SIMulator (FSSIM) software applications. Dr. Floyd is well published and routinely presents research at international meetings. His experimental research includes both basic and applied fire dynamics for a range of applications.

Daniel Gorham, P.E., Research Project Manager, Fire Protection Research Foundation
Daniel Gorham is a Research Project Manager with the Fire Protection Research Foundation. He holds a Bachelors and Masters degree in Fire Protection Engineering from the University of Maryland. Prior to joining the FPRF he was an associate engineer at NFPA. He has worked on several projects related to energy storage systems.


Raymond A. Grill, P.E., FSFPE, LEED AP, Principal, Arup
Ray is a Principal of Arup and the leader of Arup’s fire engineering practice in the Americas. He is licensed as a fire protection and mechanical engineer in several states and has over thirty-five years experience in fire protection engineering. Ray is a past president of the Society of Fire Protection Engineers and is a Fellow of the Society.



George Hadjisophocleous, Ph.D., P.Eng., FSFPE, Professor, Carleton University
Professor Hadjisophocleous holds the Industrial Research Chair in Fire Safety Engineering at Carleton University, since 2001. His research areas include the performance of building elements such as timber and steel connections in fire, fires in tunnels, fire risk analysis, smoke movement, design fires and fire modelling. He holds a Ph.D. degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of New Brunswick and he is the author of over 150 publications in the areas of fire research, fire risk assessment, performance-based codes and CFD modelling. Dr. Hadjisophocleous is a Fellow of SFPE, the Coordinator of CIB Commission W14 on Fire, a member of NFPA, IAFSS, and a Registered Professional Engineer in the Province of Ontario.

Gregor Jäger, MSc, Fire Protection Engineer, BFT Cognos GmbH
Gregor Jäger works as a fire protection engineer at BFT Cognos since 2011. His focus of activity is on evacuation modelling and fire modelling in performance-based fire safety design.

He is member of working group 2 of the national standard committee NA 005-52-21 AA "Fire safety engineering“. He is also Co-author for f-sim.de, a website for users of fire and smoke simulation and evacuation software.

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

Ahmed Kashef, Ph.D., P.Eng., Director, R&D Fire Safety, National Research Council Canada
Dr. Kashef is the Research and Development Director of Fire Safety at NRC Construction, the National Research Council of Canada. He holds a Ph.D. in Civil Engineering and has more than 25 years of research and practical experience in applying advanced numerical and experimental techniques in a wide range of engineering applications including fire risk analysis, fire dynamics, tenability, heat transfer and smoke transport in the built environment and transportation systems. He has authored and co-authored more than 200 publications. Dr. Kashef is the chair of the research program of the American Society of Heating and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE) Technical Committee (TC) 5.9 “Enclosed Vehicular Facilities”, ex-chair of ASHRAE TC5.6 “Fire and Smoke Control”, principal member of World Road Association (WRA) TC 3 “Road Tunnel Operations”, voting member of the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) 502 “Standard for Road Tunnels, Bridges, and Other Limited Access Highways”, and registered Professional Engineer in the Province of Ontario.

Amanda Kimball, P.E., Senior Project Manager, Fire Protection Research Foundation
Amanda Kimball is a senior project manager at the Fire Protection Research Foundation, an affiliate of the National Fire Protection Association, where she is responsible for projects relating to suppression, fire alarm, and building life safety. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering and a Master’s degree in Fire Protection Engineering from Worcester Polytechnic Institute. Amanda’s professional background includes fire protection engineering consulting with experience in building code life safety analyses, design of fire protection systems, and fire and egress modeling of buildings and subway stations. She is a registered Professional Fire Protection Engineer in the state of Massachusetts. Amanda was recently elected to the SFPE Board of Directors and serves as an Associate Editor for Fire Technology.

William E. Koffel, P.E., FSFPE, President, Koffel Associates, Inc.
Bill Koffel is President of Koffel Associates and Koffel International Fire Safety Consultancy, fire protection and life safety engineering design and consulting firms, and is recognized as an expert in the fire protection and life safety aspects of codes and standards. With five offices in the US and three offices in the Middle East, the firms provide consulting; engineering design & construction administration; codes & standards development; seminar development & training; product testing & evaluation / representation; and litigation support to public and private clients worldwide. Bill remains active in the development process of the industry’s governing codes, standards and design guidelines including International Code Council (ICC), NFPA, Society of Fire Protection Engineers (SFPE) and Underwriters Laboratory (UL). He is a member of many NFPA Technical Committees including the NFPA Correlating Committee on Signaling Systems and is the Chair of the NFPA Technical Committee on Emergency Communication Systems, the Life Safety Correlating Committee and the Committee responsible for NFPA 25. A former code official with the Maryland State Fire Marshal’s Office, he is also a Past President of the SFPE.

William Kuffner, M.A.Sc., P.Eng, PMP, Fire Protection Engineering Manager, SNC Lavalin Inc.
William Kuffner is a senior fire protection engineer with over 27 years of experience in many building types and market sectors. He specializes in the evaluation, design, site management and commissioning of a wide range of fire protection and security systems. Mr. Kuffner also provides Building and Fire code consulting services, alternative compliance solutions, fire and evacuation modeling, and passive fire protection systems analysis. William is also a member of the Standing Committee on Use and Egress that reports to the Canadian Commission on Building and Fire Codes, the technical body that is responsible for writing the National Building Code of Canada and the National Fire Code of Canada. He has extensive experience in the application of the National Building Code, all of the Provincial Building Codes and International Building Codes as well as the referenced standards for fire alarm, sprinklers, etc. William works closely with the authorities having jurisdiction to negotiate and seek approval for a wide variety of issues related to regulatory compliance. William is a professional engineer, registered in Ontario, Manitoba, Alberta and British Columbia as well as being a professional member of the Society of Fire Protection Engineers. He is also a Project Management Professional, registered with the Project Management Institute.

David Laks, P. Eng, RRC, CFPS, ARM, Vice President - Risk Control Services, HUB International
David Laks is Vice President of Risk Control Services at HUB International Ltd. whose responsibilities include providing risk control, safety, property, environmental, risk management, claims management, and workers’ compensation reduction guidance to HUB’s clients. David has a Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering w/ a Minor in Management from McGill University. He is a Professional Engineer (P. Eng.) registered in Ontario, a Certified Fire Protection Specialist (CFPS), Associate in Risk Management (ARM),and a Registered Roof Consultant (RRC) from the Roof Consultants Institute. David holds the distinction of being the first Canadian with the title of RRC. His previous experience includes design, installation supervision, and development of maintenance programs for a variety of commercial roof systems. Prior to joining HUB, David was the Loss Control Manager for a Fortune 500 manufacturing company. His unique experience from the insurance, roof consulting/design, and client perspective will provide for an interactive, fast paced discussion on the topic.

François-Xavier Lavallée, P.Eng., Fire Safety Expert Manager, Stantec Consulting Ltd.
François-Xavier an Expertise Manager for Stantec Consulting Ltd in Longueuil, Quebec. He leads the fire protection team that carries out projects in all fields where fire protection is required, across Canada. The primary fields of activities of his team are fire suppression systems for institutional, healthcare, industrial and educational buildings, as well as transportation infrastructures according to the NFPA standards. Mr. Lavallée’s team has worked with Building Information Modeling (BIM) since 2008 and progressed in 3D design in a way that it has become a pivotal player in this field.

Mr. Lavallée is well known in the Province of Quebec for his well-rounded knowledge of automatic water sprinkler systems. He sits on the St-Laurent Society of Fire Protection Engineer Counsel (since 2006) formerly as Vice-President and now as Director. He also serves on the Professional Inspection Committee Board of the “Ordre des Ingénieurs du Québec”. Additionally, he offers accelerated-courses on sprinkler system design at CFCPC, EPIC and is lecturer at École Polytechnique.

Mr. Lavallée is a École Polytechnique de Montréal graduate in Mechanical Engineering, and completed an Advance Fire Protection Certificate prior to becoming a consultant. At that time, Mr. Lavallée was working in the insurance industry.

Paul Lhotsky, Ph.D., P.Eng., P.E., Fire Protection Engineer, Civelec Consultants Inc.
Paul Lhotsky obtained Bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering from Laval University in Quebec and Ph.D. in Fire Protection from Carleton University in Ottawa. Worked for 6 years as a field engineer for FM Engineering and then as an account engineer for Protection Mutual (Now known as FM Global). In 1983 was a cofounder of Civelec Consultants a firm that specializes in fire protection systems design and code consulting. Paul is licensed Professional Engineer in most Canadian provinces as well as in the states of Texas, Minnesota, Illinois and Florida. His work involves design of complex fire protection systems, code equivalencies and fire protection consulting across Canada, USA and Africa. He is the director of research program at Civelec and adjunct professor at Carleton University.

Brian McBain, Senior Regulatory Affairs Representative, Underwriters Laboratories of Canada
Brian has over 24 years of experience in fire and emergency services and has worked in all aspects of fire and life safety. He presently works for Underwriters Laboratories of Canada (ULC) as a Senior Regulatory Affairs Representative where he provides assistance to regulatory authorities across Canada with regards to ULC certification and ULC Standards. Brian has worked at ULC for 12 years.

Brian also served three years at the Ontario Office of the Fire Marshal and Emergency Management (OFMEM) as a Fire Protection Specialist, worked nine years in the Fire Protection industry and currently has 24 years of service as a volunteer Firefighter and Fire Prevention Officer.

Brian holds a Fire Protection Diploma from Algonquin College.

Sara Petty, Ph.D., Senior Research Scientist, Green Science Policy Institute
Sara Petty is a physicist, working as a Senior Research Scientist with the Green Science Policy Institute. She provides research support in the Institute’s efforts to identify flammability standards that may increase the use of toxic flame retardants in consumer electronics and electrical equipment, and building materials. Before switching to environmental sciences, she was an assistant professor in astrophysics at Virginia Tech. She worked as a graduate researcher at NASA /Goddard for 5 years, while obtaining her MS and PhD in physics and astronomy.

Egle Rackauskaite, M.Eng., Research Postgraduate, Imperial College London
Egle Rackauskaite is a research postgraduate student at Imperial College London, UK working on travelling fires and expect to graduate in Feb 2017. The research is sponsored by EPRSC, Arup, SFPE and CERIB. In 2012 she has obtained a Master of Engineering (MEng) degree in Civil Engineering at Loughborough University, UK. In 2015 Egle has been awarded the SFPE Foundation Student Research Grant for her work on the response of structures exposed to travelling fires. Part of the work was carried out in collaboration with Ann Jeffers at the University of Michigan, USA, where Egle has spent three months as a visiting scholar. Egle has also received an award from the UK Chapter of SFPE for the Best Fire Research Project 2015.

Peter Senez, P.Eng. Executive Vice President – Canada, Jensen Hughes
Peter Senez is an experienced and well-respected authority in the field of fire engineering. With a combined engineering and practical fire background, he has developed expertise in understanding fire behaviour in all types of buildings and structures, and has specialized in quantifying and qualifying performance measures in transit stations, airports, and high occupant load transportation hubs.

Mr. Senez has played various roles on several large-scale transit projects, including Calgary Airport, Bangkok Airport, Changi Airport, Confederation Line in Ottawa, Calgary West LRT, Canada Line in Vancouver, Dubai Metro, and Sentosa Tunnel in Singapore. On the various systems he has been responsible for overseeing the design process with respect to fire and life safety in elevated guideways, tunnels, and stations, including the development of codes, construction control processes, Subway Environmental and CFD modelling.

Internally, he has led JENSEN HUGHES’ fire research and development program to analyze a variety of transit-specific topics, including establishing the heat release rate of trains, and comparing model performance for different types of tunnels

Nuri Serteser, Ph.D. Assistant Professor, Dept. of Arch., Faculty of Arch., Istanbul Technical University
Dr. Serteser was born on September 18, 1968 in Afyon, Turkey. In June 1989, he graduated from Faculty of Architecture, Istanbul Technical University. He was admitted to the Building Information Program, ITU in September 1990 and completed his master's program in 1993. Between 1993 and 2004 he completed his doctorate in the same program. From October 2009 to August 2010, he conducted post-doctoral research at the Fire Protection Engineering Department, University of Maryland (UM), College Park, USA. In June 1991, he worked as a research assistant in the Department of Architecture at Istanbul Technical University. Since 1993, he has been working as an assistant professor in the same institution. His main areas of expertise include fire safety in buildings, wind effects in buildings, integration of building sub-systems and active systems in the built environment.

Al Suleman, P.Eng., Director Standards, Training and Public Education, Ontario Office of the Fire Marshal and Emergency Management
Al Suleman is the Director of Standards, Training and Public Education with the Ontario Office of the Fire Marshal and Emergency Management. Al has an educational background in civil, mechanical and fire protection engineering and has held a variety of positions in the private and public sectors. In addition to overseeing the Technical Services section responsible for the development and administration of Ontario’s Fire Code, Al’s responsibilities encompass the Ontario Fire College, Emergency Management Training, Academic Standards and Evaluation and Public Education. Al is a member of the OFMEM’s senior leadership team and reports directly to Ontario’s Fire Marshal and Chief of Emergency Management.

Maria Theodori, EIT, Graduate Fire Engineer, Arup
Maria Theodori is a Graduate Fire Engineer at Arup’s New York Office. She completed her Bachelor of Science (2014) and Master of Science (2016) in Fire Protection Engineering at the University of Maryland, College Park. Her master’s thesis is titled “Data-Driven Wildfire Propagation Modeling with FARSITE-EnKF”. Her research at the University of Maryland focused on exploring new methodologies for improving wildfire spread simulations. She is also a part of Arup’s global wildfire research team and has contributed to the models and data acquisition initiative.

Yi Wang, Ph.D., Group Manager – Fire Dynamics, FM Global, Research Division
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 Ph.D. degree of Mechanical Engineering. At the current position in FM Global, he oversees the research activities of fire modeling, material flammability and fire dynamics. Dr. Wang is one of the original developers of the fire modeling code -- FireFOAM.

Peter Willse, P.E. FSFPE, VP – Director of Research, XL Catlin Property Risk Engineering / GAPS
Peter graduated from the University of Rhode Island in 1979 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering majoring in Structural Engineering. In 2014 he earned his Masters of Science degree in Fire Protection Engineering at Worcester Polytechnic Institute.

Upon graduating from URI he joined Industrial Risk Insurers as a Field Engineer in south Florida. In December 1980, he was transferred to Frankfurt, Germany, inspecting facilities and investigating losses in Europe, Africa, and Scandinavia. In June 1984, he was promoted to District Supervisor in New Jersey. Then in November 1987 he was promoted to Research Consultant in the National Research Department and in February 2003 he was promoted to Director of Research.
He co-authored two articles on fire walls in 1993, the first published in Plant Engineering and the second published in Chemical Engineering Magazines.

In September 1994, he spoke at the University of Michigan’s 38th Annual Seminar on Fire Prevention and Control and in April 1995, at the Michigan Fire Inspectors Society Annual Training Seminar presenting “Fire Walls: Myths, Legends, and Reality.”

He is the past Chair of the NFPA committees Building Construction and Structures, Construction and Materials.

He is a Professional Engineer and a Fellow with SFPE.

Kin M. Wong, P.Eng, Senior Associate, LMDG Building Code Consultants Ltd.
Kin Wong earned his MSc (Fire Safety Engineering) from the University of Edinburgh in 1980. He has since then practiced Fire Safety Engineering in Hong Kong, Singapore, UK and Canada. He is currently a Senior Associate with LMDG Building Code Consultants Ltd in Vancouver and is responsible for developing Performance-based Alternative Solutions for building projects including shopping malls, public buildings, theaters, convention centers, etc. Kin is a professional member of SFPE.

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