R. Thomas Long
R. Thomas Long, Jr., P.E., CFEI
Principal Engineer & Office Director
Thermal Sciences
  • Bowie

Mr. Long applies fire protection engineering principles to the analysis of active and passive building fire protection and life safety systems, material fire performance, ignition of liquid, gaseous, and solid fuels, flamespread, and fire modeling. He specializes in the prevention, engineering and causative analysis, and origin and cause investigation of fires, explosions, and other thermal events.

Mr. Long provides building and fire protection code consultation and engineered performance-based fire protection solutions for the design, installation, and operation of critical fire protection and life safety systems, including automatic fire sprinkler systems, automatic fire alarm and detection systems, commercial cooking fire protection equipment, fire protection water infrastructure, smoke control systems, and occupant egress systems in residential, commercial, industrial, storage, manufacturing, processing, and other applications. Mr. Long has specific experience in the evaluation and inspection of building, facility, and fire protection system design, construction, and operation for compliance with nationally and internationally accepted building and fire safety codes, standards, regulations, and guidelines, including model code families published by the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) and the International Code Council (ICC). Mr. Long has acted as a representative and liaison between clients and Authorities Having Jurisdiction (AHJs). Mr. Long also has special expertise in the third-party engineering review of combustion systems. Mr. Long has significant experience in evaluating the fire safety performance of consumer products as part of potential fire, burn, and overheating recall investigations. Mr. Long has specific experience in analyzing sprinkler system failures related to freezing events and inadvertent operations, which includes analyzing the design, installation, maintenance, and code compliance of the system.

Mr. Long has investigated and analyzed numerous losses ranging from small residential fires to large explosions and fires involving industrial, commercial, residential, high-rise, manufacturing, storage, power generation, petroleum, and chemical facilities. He has also investigated and analyzed numerous incidents involving welding and hot work operations, mechanical and HVAC equipment, firefighter PPE, textiles and garments, consumer products, small and large appliances, utilities, candles, self-heating materials, residential and commercial cooking equipment, mattresses, upholstered furniture, automotive, aviation, rail, and marine vehicles, as well as propane and natural gas appliances, CSST, regulators, valves, and fuel gas systems (both portable and fixed). He has provided testimony as an expert witness in various courts regarding fire protection system design and performance, root cause analysis of sprinkler system failures, fire origin and cause, welding and hot work, vehicle and marine fires, building construction and egress, smoke control, and flammability of consumer products and materials.

Mr. Long has extensive fire and flammability research experience with numerous small, intermediate, and large-scale fire and flammability testing protocols and methods, including those published by the ASTM, NFPA, CBHFTI, FM, UFAC, ISO, UL, and CFR. Prior to joining Exponent, Mr. Long conducted fire and flammability research at the University of Maryland, Department of Fire Protection Engineering and was responsible for the remodeling and construction of the fire research laboratories during his tenure.

CREDENTIALS & PROFESSIONAL HONORS

  • M.S., Fire Protection Engineering, University of Maryland, 1998
  • B.S., Fire Protection Engineering, University of Maryland, 1996
  • B.S., Physical Science, Salisbury University, 1997
  • Principal Member: (PIP-AAA) NFPA 1620: Recommended Practice for Pre-Incident Planning, National Fire Protection Association, 2008–present

    Principal Member: Technical Committee on Hot Work Operations (HWO-AAA), NFPA 51B: Standard for Fire Prevention during Welding, Cutting, and Other Hot Work, National Fire Protection Association, 2008–present; Member of the Smoldering Task Group.

    Principal Member: Technical Committee on Fire Tests (FIZ-AAA), National Fire Protection Association (Representing the Upholstered Furniture Action Council), 2011-present

    Principal Member: Building/Life Safety Code Technical Committee on Residential Occupancies (SAF-RES, BLD-RES), NFPA 101, Life Safety Code; and NFPA 5000, Building Construction and Safety Code, National Fire Protection Association (Representing the Upholstered Furniture Action Council), 2011-present

    Principal Member: Building/Life Safety Code Technical Committee on Furnishings and Contents (SAF-FUR, BLD-FUR), NFPA 101, Life Safety Code; and NFPA 5000, Building Construction and Safety Code, National Fire Protection Association (Representing the Upholstered Furniture Action Council), 2011-present

    Principal Member: NFPA Technical Committee on Hazard and Risk of Contents and Furnishings (HAR-AAA): NFPA 555 Guide on Methods for Evaluating Potential for Room Flashover, NFPA 556 Guide on Methods for Evaluating Fire Hazard to Occupants of Passenger Road Vehicles, NFPA 557 Standard Fire Loads for Engineering Design of Structural Fire Resistance in Buildings. (Representing the Upholstered Furniture Action Council), 2009–present

    Alternate Member: NFPA Technical Correlating Committee on Professional Qualifications (PQU-AAC), NFPA 1000, NFPA 1001, NFPA 1002, NFPA 1003, NFPA 1005, NFPA 1006, NFPA 1021, NFPA 1026, NFPA 1031, NFPA 1033, NFPA 1035, NFPA 1037, NFPA 1041, NFPA 1051, NFPA 1061, NFPA 1071, NFPA 1072, NFPA 1081, NFPA 1091, NFPA 1521, National Fire Protection Association (2015 to present)

    Alternate Member: Technical Committee on Dry and Wet Chemical Extinguishing Systems (DRY-AAA), NFPA 17: Standard for Dry Chemical Extinguishing Systems and NFPA 17A: Standard for Wet Chemical Extinguishing Systems, National Fire Protection Association, 2009–present

    Alternate Member: Technical Committee on Fundamentals of Combustion System Hazards (BCS-FUN), NFPA 85: Boiler Combustion System Hazards Code, National Fire Protection Association, 2012–present, Principal Member 2003–2012

    Alternate Member: Building/Life Safety Code Technical Committee on Fundamentals, NFPA 101, Life Safety Code; and NFPA 5000, Building Construction and Safety Code, National Fire
    Protection Association, 2010-present

    Former Principal Member: Technical Committee on Single- and Multiple-Station Alarms and Household Fire Alarm Systems (SIG-HOU): NFPA 72 National Fire Alarm Code, National Fire Protection Association, 2010-2013

    Former Member: International Standards Council (ISC), International Code Council (ICC), 2009–2010

    Hartford Steam Boiler Professional Loss Control Fellowship 1997–1998; NASA Graduate Research Assistant UMD, 1997–1998

LICENSES & CERTIFICATIONS

Licensed Professional Engineer, Arizona, #57736

Licensed Professional Engineer, California, #FP1707

Licensed Professional Engineer, Colorado, #PE-42866

Licensed Professional Engineer, Delaware, #16006

Licensed Professional Engineer, Maryland, #31236

Licensed Professional Engineer, New Hampshire #12760

Licensed Professional Engineer, New York, #086751

Licensed Professional Engineer, North Carolina, #041960

Licensed Professional Engineer, Illinois, #062.061500

Licensed Professional Engineer, Louisiana, #39423

Licensed Professional Engineer, Pennsylvania, #076022

Licensed Professional Engineer, Virginia, #045406

Licensed Professional Engineer, Washington D.C., #904965

Licensed Professional Engineer, Wisconsin, #39698

Licensed Professional Engineer, New Jersey #24GE04845800

Licensed Professional Engineer, Tennessee #00113898

Licensed Professional Engineer, South Carolina, #28379

Licensed Professional Engineer, Indiana, #11100127

Licensed Professional Engineer, Rhode Island, #9587

Licensed Professional Engineer, Ohio, #77174

Licensed Professional Engineer, Texas, #115012

Licensed Professional Engineer, Florida, #78333

Licensed Professional Engineer, Michigan, #6201062948

NCEES Council Record file No. 36240

Passed the Professional Engineer Principles and Practice Examination in Fire Protection Engineering

Certified Fire and Explosion Investigator (CFEI) in accordance with the National Association of Fire Investigators (NAFI) National Certification Board per NFPA 921 (2004); NAFI Advanced Fire, Arson, and Explosion Investigation Training Program (21 hours tested), Recertified 2009, 2014

Hazardous Waste Operations and Emergency Response Training, in accordance with OSHA 29 CFR 1910.120, 1926.65

Confined Space Entry Training, in accordance with OSHA 29 CFR 1910.146

Asbestos Awareness Training, in accordance with OSHA 29 CFR 1926.1101

Occupational Health and Safety Fire Extinguisher Training, in accordance with OSHA regulation #1910-157

International Association of Arson Investigators (IAAI) Advanced Marine Fire Investigation Course (16 hours tested), 2014

Publications

Colella F, Long RT, Biteau H, Ponchaut N, Marr K, Somandepalli V, Horn Q. Electric vehicle fires. International Symposium on Tunnel Safety and Security (ISTSS) 2016, March 16–18, 2016.

Colella F, Long RT, Ponchaut N, Marr K, Somandepalli V, Horn Q. Characterization of electric vehicle fires. 16th International symposium on Aerodynamics, Ventilation & Fire in Tunnels, September 14–18, 2015.

Long RT, Blum AF. Full-scale fire tests of electric drive vehicle batteries. SAE International Journal of Passenger Cars – Mechanical Systems, Society of Automotive Engineers, July 2015. http://saepcmech.saejournals.org/

Long RT, Blum AF. Electric vehicle battery hazards: Hands-on fire test data for emergency responders. Fire Protection Engineering, Issue 62, 2nd Quarter 2014.

Long RT, Sutula J. Fire protection storage of Li-ion cells and batteries. Fire Protection Engineering, Emerging Trends, Issue 80, January 2014.

Long RT, Mikolajczak CJ. Lithium-ion batteries hazards: What you need to know. Fire Protection Engineering Q4 2012.

Long RT, Wu NP. Professional practice. Fire Protection Engineering, 3rd Quarter 2011.

Blum AF, Long RT. Investigation of inadvertent automatic fire sprinkler system discharges. Subrogator Magazine, National Association of Subrogation Professionals, Winter 2011.

Long RT, Wu NP, Blum AF. Unsatisfactory sprinkler performance: An update on trends and a root cause discussion from the investigating engineer’s perspective. Fire Protection Engineering, 4th Quarter 2010.

Myers T, Long RT, Gavelli F, Kytömaa HK. The use of smoke detector sequence of activation in determining the area of origin of a fire: investigation of the FedEx DC-10 fire. Proceedings, International Symposium on Fire Investigation Science and Technology, Cincinnati, OH, May 2008.

Garrett JL, Smith SJ, Long RT. Blast indicators and damage assessment associated with a boiler explosion. Mechanics and Materials Conference, 2001.

Long RT, Quintiere JG, Torero JL, Fernandez-Pello AC. Scale and transport considerations on piloted ignition of PMMA. 6th International Symposium on Fire Safety Science, 1999.

Cordova JL, Zhou Y, Pfaff CC, Long RT, Fernandez-Pello AC, Torero JL. Effects of oxidizer flow characteristics on the flammability diagrams of solid combustible materials. 5th ASME/JSME Thermal Engineering Joint Conference, AJTE99-6244, 1999.

Steinhaus T, Olenick SM, Long RT, Sifuentes A, Torero JL. A method for assessing material flammability for micro-gravity environments. Joint Meeting of the United States Sections, The Combustion Institute, Washington, D.C., 1999.

Dillon SE, Wu NP, Long RT, Heater D. Material fire properties. FAA Fire Conference, Atlantic City, NJ, November 1998.

Long RT. An evaluation of the lateral ignition and flame spread test for material flammability assessment for micro-gravity environments. Thesis Publication 1998, University of Maryland at College Park, Department of Fire Protection Engineering.

Cordova JL, Ceamones J, Long RT, Fernandez-Pello AC, Quintiere JG, Torero JL. Flow effects on the flammability diagrams of solid fuels. 4th International Micro Gravity Combustion Symposium Workshop, Cleveland, OH, May 1997.

Book Chapters

Long RT, Colwell J, Grossman H, Ray R, Thomas B, Strassburger R. Passenger vehicle fires. Chapter 1, Section 21. In: Fire Protection Handbook, 20th Edition. National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), pp. 21-3–21-14 Quincy, MA, 2008.

Reports

Long RT, Sutula J, Kahn M. Flammability of cartoned Lithium ion batteries. Springer Briefs in Fire. May 2014. http://link.springer.com/chapter/10.1007/978-1-4939-1077-9_1

Long RT, Blum AF, Bress TJ, Cotts BRT. Emergency response to incidents involving electric vehicle battery hazards. Fire Protection Research Foundation Report, July 2013. http://www.nfpa.org/research/fire-protection-research-foundation/reports-and-proceedings/electrical-safety/new-technologies-and-electrical-safety/emergency-response-to-incident-involving-electric-vehicle-battery-hazards

Long RT, Kahn M, Sutula, J. Lithium-ion batteries hazard and use assessment Phase IIb. Fire Protection Research Foundation Report, 2013. http://www.nfpa.org/research/fire-protection-research-foundation/reports-and-proceedings/hazardous-materials/other-hazards/lithium-ion-batteries-hazard-and-use-assessment-ph-iib

Long RT, Utiskul Y, Wu NP. Franklin Electrical Substation: Fire safety study. May 4, 2012.

Long RT, Mikolajczak C, White K, Kahn M. Lithium-ion batteries hazard and use assessment Phase IIa. Fire Protection Research Foundation Report, April 2012. http://www.nfpa.org/research/fire-protection-research-foundation/reports-and-proceedings/hazardous-materials/other-hazards/lithium-ion-batteries-hazard-and-use-assessment

Long RT, Mikolajczak C, White K, Kahn M. Lithium-ion batteries hazard and use assessment. Springer Briefs. April 2012. http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/978-1-4614-3486-3
http://www.springer.com/engineering/energy+technology/book/978-1-4614-3485-6

Long RT, Mikolajczak C, White K, Kahn M. Lithium-Ion Batteries Hazard and Use Assessment. Fire Protection Research Foundation Report, July 2011. http://www.nfpa.org/assets/files//PDF/Research/RFLithiumIonBatteriesHazard.pdf

Anderson L, Mikolajczak C, Long RT, Paustenbach D. A review of CBHF proposed Technical Bulletin 603. Exponent Report, April 2003.

Long RT, Reza A, Mongia R. Damage to the WTC Complex due to the collapse of a single tower, mechanical subsystems, fire, smoke and dust contamination. Chapter 2: World Trade Center Fire Protection System Performance and Expected Actions of the Fire Department City of New York if Only One Plane Strike had Occurred on September 11, 2001, 2002.

Smith T, Reza A, Long RT. Investigation of the October 13, 1998 explosion at Condea Vista Chemicals, Baltimore, Maryland. Exponent FaAA Report, March 1999.

Torero JL, Quintiere JG, Long RT. Scaling effects on the lateral ignition and flame spread test apparatus. NASA – LeRC – Report, 1997.

Ghandi S, Quintiere JG, Long RT. Fire tests of passenger rail car materials. NTSB 12-96-SP-034, November 1996.

Selected Invited Presentations

Blum AF, Long RT. Full-scale fire tests of electric drive vehicle batteries. SAE 2015 World Congress & Exhibition, Detroit, MI, April 21–23, 2015. SS200 - Fire Safety. paper number (2015-01-1383)

Long RT, Blum AF. Suppressing lithium-ion electric drive vehicle battery fires with water. Fire Protection Research Foundation Suppression, Detection and Signaling Research and Applications Conference, Orlando, FL, March 6, 2015.

Long RT, Blum AF. Emergency response to incidents involving electric vehicle battery hazards: Full-scale testing results. International Symposium on Fire Investigation Science and Technology, Marriott Conference Center, UMUC Campus, College Park, MD, September 22–, 2014.

Somandepalli, V, Long RT. Lithium ion battery fire hazards and protection solutions: Where we are and where we need to go. National Fire Protection Association’s Conference & Exposition, June 11, 2014.

Long RT, Blum AF. Best practices for emergency response to incidents involving electric vehicle battery hazards. National Fire Protection Association’s Conference & Exposition, June 11, 2013.

Long RT, Ditch B. Flammability characterization of lithium ion batteries for storage protection. National Fire Protection Association’s Conference & Exposition, June 10, 2013.

Blum AF, Keller EC, Long RT. Large loss fires and their connection with fire sprinkler performance. National Fire Protection Association’s Conference & Exposition, June 10, 2013.

Long RT, Wieczorek C, Ditch B. Flammability characterization testing of lithium ion batteries. Fire Protection Research Foundation Suppression, Detection and Signaling Research and Applications Conference, Orlando, FL, February 27, 2013.

Blum AF, Long RT, Dillon SE. Investigating inadvertent automatic fire sprinkler system discharges. American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) 6th Forensic Engineering Congress, October 2012.

Blum AF, Long RT, Wu NP, Dillon SE. Analyzing unsatisfactory fire sprinkler performance. American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) 6th Forensic Engineering Congress, October 2012.

Long RT, Mikolajczak C. Lithium ion battery hazard assessment. NFPA Conference & Expo, Las Vegas, NV, June 12, 2012.

Long RT, Mikolajczak C, Kahn M. Lithium ion fire protection considerations. The 29th International Battery Seminar & Exhibit: Primary & Secondary Batteries – Other Technologies; Broward County Convention Center Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, March 12-15, 2012.

Long RT, Mikolajczak C. Lithium ion battery hazard assessment. Fire Protection Research Foundation Suppression, Detection and Signaling Research and Applications—A Technical Working Conference (SUPDET 2012), Phoenix, AZ, March 5–8, 2012.

Long RT, Mikolajczak C, Kahn M, Lithium-Ion Failure Rates & Fire Protection Considerations, Proceedings, BATTERY SAFETY 2011 – Advancements in System Design, Integration & Testing for Safety & Reliability, Las Vegas, NV, November 9-10, 2011.

Long RT, Ogle R, Morrison D, Dillon S, Blum A. Performing a high-rise life safety analysis: Lessons learned from the Cook County administration building fire. 2009 NFPA America’s Fire and Security Exposition, Miami Beach, FL, July 30, 2009.

Myers T, Wu N, Long RT. Material flammability and its contribution to fire growth. The Hartford Financial Services Group, Hartford, CT, 2007.

Ramirez J, Myers T, Long RT. Identificación de los Peligros de Explosiones de Polvo Usando las Normas de la NFPA. XXII Exsposición, SegurShow 07, Caracas, Venezuela, 2007.

Myers T, Long RT. Identification of dust explosion hazards and mitigation using NFPA Standards. 2007 NFPA World Safety Conference & Exposition, Boston, MA, June 5, 2007.

Long RT. Ford Rouge explosion and fire, February 1, 1999. 5th International Seminar on Fire and Explosion Hazards, Plenary Lecture, Edinburgh, Scotland, UK, April 27, 2007.

Clarke C, Long RT, Tsuji J, Gavelli F. Fire and toxicity aspects of polyurethane foams. Proceedings, 2005 Polyurethane Foam Association Spring Meeting and Technical Program, Washington, DC, May 2005.

Conferences, Seminars, Workshops, and Specialized Training

“Obstructions and ESFR Sprinklers: Experimental Results” webinar, National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), December 15, 2015

“5 Major Benefits of Confirmed Temperature Initiation Linear Heat Detectors” webinar, The Society of Fire Protection Engineers (SFPE), 1 PDH, December 2, 2015

“Beyond Cause & Origin: Engineering Analysis of Building Fire” seminar, The Society of Fire Protection Engineers (SFPE), 14 PDH, November 11-12, 2015

“Current State of Rooftop Solar" presentation, The Society of Fire Protection Engineers (SFPE), November 2015.

“Tragedy at Isle Verte – Fire Protection Engineering Perspectives” webinar, The Society of Fire Protection Engineers (SFPE), 1 PDH, September 28, 2015

“Metal Fractography” webinar, The Practicing Institute of Engineering, Inc., 1 PDH, September 17, 2015.

“PV Update Insurers Perspective” webinar, National Fire Protection Agency (NFPA), 2 PDH, August 10, 2015

“Investigating Water Losses in Fire Sprinkler Systems” webinar, National Association of Subrogation Professionals (NASP), July 28, 2015

“Tall Timbers Buildings – Compliance and Engineering Solutions” webinar, The Society of Fire Protection Engineers (SFPE), 1 PDH, July 27, 2015

“Smoke Alarm Nuisance Source Characterization” webinar, National Fire Protection Agency (NFPA), 2 PDH, July 23, 2015

“Building Your Inspection Team and the Challenges with Anti-freeze Solutions” webinar, American Fire Sprinkler Association (AFSA), 1.5 PDH, July 14, 2015

“Health Care Fire Protection – Do We Have it Right?” webinar, Society of Fire Protection Engineers (SFPE), 1 PDH, June 29, 2015

“Centralized Automated Testing and Maintenance in Addressable Smoke Detectors webinar, The Society of Pire Protection Engineers (SFPE), 1 PDH, June 18, 2015

“TBPE Professional Practice Board Update and Ethics” webinar, Texas Board of Professional Engineers (TBPE), 1 PDH, June 4, 2015

“Proper Use of CFD Models” webinar, Society of Fire Protection Engineers (SFPE), 1 PDH, April 27, 2015

“Wildland Fire Ignition Pathways” webinar, National Fire Protection Agency (NFPA), 2 PDH, April 21, 2015

“Update on Changes to NFPA 921 and 1033” webinar, National Association of Subrogation Professionals (NASP), January 27, 2015

Insurance Society of Philadelphia webinar, “Expert Challenges and the Revised NFPA 1033,” 1 PDH, December 3, 2014

“Field Inspections: Tips and Techniques” webinar, The Practicing Institute of Engineering, Inc., 1 PDH, November 12, 2014

“Electric/Hybrid/Fuel Cell Safety Course for Trucks, Buses,” National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), Electric Vehicle Safety Training, October 9, 2014

“Global Professional Recognition of the Fire Protection Engineer,” Society of Fire Protection Engineers (SFPE) webinar, 1 PDH, October 8, 2014

2014 NEC Seminar: “Wiring Methods – The Application of the Code and Lessons Learned,” National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), 0.4 CEU, October 1, 2014

Mid Atlantic Propane Gas Association (MAPGA) Certified Employee Training Program (CETP) Course 1.0 Basic Principles & Practices of Propane, August 19, 2014

“The Role of Fire Protection Engineering in Sustainable Design” webinar, Society of Fire Protection Engineers (SFPE), 1 PDH, June 17, 2014

International Association of Arson Investigators (IAAI) Advanced Marine Fire Investigation Course (16 hours tested), May 29-30, 2014

“Voice Intelligibility” webinar, Society of Fire Protection Engineers (SFPE), 1 PDH, April 21, 2014
“The Science of Electric Shock and Electrocution” webinar, The Practicing Institute of Engineering, Inc., 1 PDH, March 20, 2014

“Understanding the Analysis Behind Fire Investigations” webinar, The Practicing Institute of Engineering, Inc., 1 PDH, March 19, 2014

“Suppression, Detection and Signaling Research and Applications Symposium” (SUPDET 2014), The Fire Protection Research Foundation (FPRF), 6.1 PDH, March 4-7, 2014

“The Evolution of the Residential Fire Environment” webinar, The Society of Fire Protection Engineers (SFPE), 1 PDH, February 18, 2014

“The Use of Photography in Engineering” webinar, The Practicing Institute of Engineering, Inc., 1 PDH, January 15, 2014

“Law and Rules for Professional Engineers of Indiana” online test, Engineer Educators, Inc., 1 PDH, December 12, 2013

“Addressing the Performance of Sprinkler Systems: NFPA 25 and Other Strategies,” Fire Protection Research Foundation, Chicago, IL, December 9-10, 2013
“Ethics I for Professional Engineers” online test, Engineer Educators, Inc., 1 PDH, December 6, 2013

“Ethics II for Professional Engineers” online test, Engineer Educators, Inc., 1 PDH, December 6, 2013

“9/11 – World Trade Center Engineering Issues” webinar, The Practicing Institute of Engineering, Inc., 1 PDH, September 11, 2013

“Suppression, Detection and Signaling Research and Applications Symposium (SUPDET 2013), The Fire Protection Research Foundation (FPRF), 6 PDH, February 26 – March 1, 2013

Third Annual Electric Vehicle Safety Standards Summit, SAE International and National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), Detroit, MI, October 18, 2012

“Combustible Dust Hazard Assessment” webinar, National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), 2 PHD, October 11, 2012

Second Conference on Fires in Vehicles (FIVE), Chicago, IL, September 2012

“Electrical Arcing and Fires,” National Association of Subrogation Professionals (NASP), July 26, 2012

“Connecting the Dots – Integrating, Managing and Controlling Protection of the Physical Environment” webinar, The Society of Fire Protection Engineers (SFPE), 1 PDH, June 5, 2012

"Gas Related Incident Investigations for Fire Investigators," The Maryland Fire and Explosive Investigators Association (MFEI-IAAI), a Chapter of the IAAI and Washington, Springfield, Virginia, 8 tested hours, March 21, 2012

“Best Practices for Emergency Response to Battery Incidents Involving Electric Vehicle Battery Hazards,” Fire Protection Research Foundation, Quincy, Massachusetts, February 29, 2012 (Facilitator)

“Commercial Kitchen Fires: Investigations, Engineering, Subrogation,” National Association of Subrogation Professionals (NASP), January 2012

“Electrical Engineering Fundamentals for Non-Electrical Engineers” webinar, PDHengineer, 8 PDH, January 23, 2012

“Preparing Construction Plans with Clarity for a Streamlined Approval Process and Constructability” webinar, PDHengineer, 2 PDH, January 19, 2012

“An Introduction to Fire Protection Engineering for Buildings” webinar, PDHengineer, 2 PDH, January 10, 2012

“An Ethical Analysis of Engineering Failures in History” webinar, PDHengineer, 2 PDH, December 29, 2011

“Introduction to Water System Design” webinar, PDHonline, 4 PDH, December 23, 2011

“Engineering Ethics: Accepting Gifts and Amenities” webinar, PDHengineer, 1 PDH, December 9, 2011

“The World of Fryers” The Maryland Fire and Explosive Investigators Association (MFEI-IAAI), a Chapter of the IAAI and Vulcan, a division of the ITW Food Equipment Group LLC, Dundalk, MD, October 5, 2011

“Lithium Ion Battery Storage Protection Strategies,” Fire Protection Research Foundation Research Planning Workshop, Baltimore, Maryland, August 30, 2011 (Facilitator)

“Beyond Cause & Origin: Engineering Analysis of Building Fire” seminar, The Society of Fire Protection Engineers (SFPE), 1.4 CEU, October 5-6, 2010, Instructor

“Inspection, Testing, and Maintenance of Fire Alarms,” National Fire Protection Association Seminar on NFPA 72-2007, 7 PDH, October 2008

“Advanced Fire, Arson, & Explosion Investigation Training Program,” National Association of Fire Investigators, Sarasota, Florida, 21 tested hours, August 4-6, 2008

Fire Protection Research Foundation (FPRF) Upholstered Furniture Fire Performance Research Planning Workshop, Southpoint, Durham, NC, January 30–31, 2008.

American Home Furnishings Alliance (AHFA) Upholstered Furniture Flammability Stakeholder Meeting, Arlington, VA, July 25, 2007

“Inspection, Testing, and Maintenance of Water-Based Fire Protection Systems,” National Fire Protection Association Seminar on NFPA 25-2002, 0.7 CEU’s (7 PDH hours), May 2007

“Understanding 16 CFR Part 1633: Standard for the Flammability (Open-Flame) of Mattress Sets,” U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) Staff Mattress Seminar, Bethesda, MD, March 28, 2007

“Suppression Systems Seminar,” The Viking Corporation, Hastings, MI, March 12–13, 2007 (Hands-on system training and presentations, wet, dry, deluge, foam, pre-action, and sprinklers)

“Symposia: Partners for Protection: Fire Protection Engineer and the Fire Service,” Sponsored by the Society of Fire Protection Engineers, October 2006

“How to Study for the FPE/P.E. Exam,” Sponsored by the Society of Fire Protection Engineers (SFPE), 1.6 CEU’s (16 PDH hours), September 2004

“Workshop to Identify Research Needs to Foster Improved Fire Safety in the United States,” sponsored by the Board on Infrastructure and the Constructed Environment (BICE) of the National Research Council at the request of the National Science Foundation (NSF), April 15–16, 2002

CFITrainer.net:

  • “Documenting the Event” (4 hour tested) April 30, 2008
  • “Investigating Motor Vehicle Fires” (4 hour tested) April 30, 2008
  • "The Fire Investigator & the 2011 NFPA 921 Changes” (4 hour tested) May 26, 2011


Academic Appointments

Webinar Instructor: Fire Protection Research Foundation webinar: “Responding to Electrical Vehicle Battery Fires,” 2014.

Guest Lecturer, University of Maryland, Department of Fire Protection Engineering, 2006, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013.

Instructor (with F. Mowrer): SFPE Professional Development Conference and Exposition: The Annual Meeting, “Beyond Cause and Origin: Engineering Analysis of Building Fires,” 2009, 2010, 2015.

Professional Affiliations

National Fire Protection Association—NFPA (member)

Society of Fire Protection Engineers—SFPE (professional member grade)

International Association of Arson Investigators—IAAI (member)

International Code Council®—ICC (professional member)

National Association of Fire Investigators—NAFI (member)

Order of the Engineer (member)

National Society of Professional Engineers—NSPE (member)

Maryland Society of Professional Engineers—MDSPE (member)

Maryland Fire and Explosion Investigators MFEI-IAAI (member)


Additional Information

Editorships and Editorial Review Boards

Member, Board of Visitors, The FIRE Center, University of Maryland, Glenn L. Martin Institute of Technology, A. James Clark School of Engineering, Department of Fire Protection Engineering (2010–present)

Member, Society of Fire Protection Engineers (SFPE) Editorial Advisory Board for Fire Protection Engineering magazine (2008–present)

Peer Reviewer

Technical Reviewer, Compartment Fires Track, 8th, 9th Annual International Fire Safety Science Symposium (IAFSS), 2005, 2008.

Technical Reviewer, Burning Finished Products and Measurement Methods Track, 9th Annual International Fire Safety Science Symposium (IAFSS), 2008.

Technical Reviewer, SAE World Congress and Exhibition, 2007, 2008, 2014.

Technical Reviewer, Fire Technology, 2008, 2009, 2011 (SI: Fire Investigations), 2013, 2014, 2015.

Technical Reviewer, Fire Safety Journal, 2009.

Knowledge

CREDENTIALS & PROFESSIONAL HONORS

  • M.S., Fire Protection Engineering, University of Maryland, 1998
  • B.S., Fire Protection Engineering, University of Maryland, 1996
  • B.S., Physical Science, Salisbury University, 1997
  • Principal Member: (PIP-AAA) NFPA 1620: Recommended Practice for Pre-Incident Planning, National Fire Protection Association, 2008–present

    Principal Member: Technical Committee on Hot Work Operations (HWO-AAA), NFPA 51B: Standard for Fire Prevention during Welding, Cutting, and Other Hot Work, National Fire Protection Association, 2008–present; Member of the Smoldering Task Group.

    Principal Member: Technical Committee on Fire Tests (FIZ-AAA), National Fire Protection Association (Representing the Upholstered Furniture Action Council), 2011-present

    Principal Member: Building/Life Safety Code Technical Committee on Residential Occupancies (SAF-RES, BLD-RES), NFPA 101, Life Safety Code; and NFPA 5000, Building Construction and Safety Code, National Fire Protection Association (Representing the Upholstered Furniture Action Council), 2011-present

    Principal Member: Building/Life Safety Code Technical Committee on Furnishings and Contents (SAF-FUR, BLD-FUR), NFPA 101, Life Safety Code; and NFPA 5000, Building Construction and Safety Code, National Fire Protection Association (Representing the Upholstered Furniture Action Council), 2011-present

    Principal Member: NFPA Technical Committee on Hazard and Risk of Contents and Furnishings (HAR-AAA): NFPA 555 Guide on Methods for Evaluating Potential for Room Flashover, NFPA 556 Guide on Methods for Evaluating Fire Hazard to Occupants of Passenger Road Vehicles, NFPA 557 Standard Fire Loads for Engineering Design of Structural Fire Resistance in Buildings. (Representing the Upholstered Furniture Action Council), 2009–present

    Alternate Member: NFPA Technical Correlating Committee on Professional Qualifications (PQU-AAC), NFPA 1000, NFPA 1001, NFPA 1002, NFPA 1003, NFPA 1005, NFPA 1006, NFPA 1021, NFPA 1026, NFPA 1031, NFPA 1033, NFPA 1035, NFPA 1037, NFPA 1041, NFPA 1051, NFPA 1061, NFPA 1071, NFPA 1072, NFPA 1081, NFPA 1091, NFPA 1521, National Fire Protection Association (2015 to present)

    Alternate Member: Technical Committee on Dry and Wet Chemical Extinguishing Systems (DRY-AAA), NFPA 17: Standard for Dry Chemical Extinguishing Systems and NFPA 17A: Standard for Wet Chemical Extinguishing Systems, National Fire Protection Association, 2009–present

    Alternate Member: Technical Committee on Fundamentals of Combustion System Hazards (BCS-FUN), NFPA 85: Boiler Combustion System Hazards Code, National Fire Protection Association, 2012–present, Principal Member 2003–2012

    Alternate Member: Building/Life Safety Code Technical Committee on Fundamentals, NFPA 101, Life Safety Code; and NFPA 5000, Building Construction and Safety Code, National Fire
    Protection Association, 2010-present

    Former Principal Member: Technical Committee on Single- and Multiple-Station Alarms and Household Fire Alarm Systems (SIG-HOU): NFPA 72 National Fire Alarm Code, National Fire Protection Association, 2010-2013

    Former Member: International Standards Council (ISC), International Code Council (ICC), 2009–2010

    Hartford Steam Boiler Professional Loss Control Fellowship 1997–1998; NASA Graduate Research Assistant UMD, 1997–1998

LICENSES & CERTIFICATIONS

Licensed Professional Engineer, Arizona, #57736

Licensed Professional Engineer, California, #FP1707

Licensed Professional Engineer, Colorado, #PE-42866

Licensed Professional Engineer, Delaware, #16006

Licensed Professional Engineer, Maryland, #31236

Licensed Professional Engineer, New Hampshire #12760

Licensed Professional Engineer, New York, #086751

Licensed Professional Engineer, North Carolina, #041960

Licensed Professional Engineer, Illinois, #062.061500

Licensed Professional Engineer, Louisiana, #39423

Licensed Professional Engineer, Pennsylvania, #076022

Licensed Professional Engineer, Virginia, #045406

Licensed Professional Engineer, Washington D.C., #904965

Licensed Professional Engineer, Wisconsin, #39698

Licensed Professional Engineer, New Jersey #24GE04845800

Licensed Professional Engineer, Tennessee #00113898

Licensed Professional Engineer, South Carolina, #28379

Licensed Professional Engineer, Indiana, #11100127

Licensed Professional Engineer, Rhode Island, #9587

Licensed Professional Engineer, Ohio, #77174

Licensed Professional Engineer, Texas, #115012

Licensed Professional Engineer, Florida, #78333

Licensed Professional Engineer, Michigan, #6201062948

NCEES Council Record file No. 36240

Passed the Professional Engineer Principles and Practice Examination in Fire Protection Engineering

Certified Fire and Explosion Investigator (CFEI) in accordance with the National Association of Fire Investigators (NAFI) National Certification Board per NFPA 921 (2004); NAFI Advanced Fire, Arson, and Explosion Investigation Training Program (21 hours tested), Recertified 2009, 2014

Hazardous Waste Operations and Emergency Response Training, in accordance with OSHA 29 CFR 1910.120, 1926.65

Confined Space Entry Training, in accordance with OSHA 29 CFR 1910.146

Asbestos Awareness Training, in accordance with OSHA 29 CFR 1926.1101

Occupational Health and Safety Fire Extinguisher Training, in accordance with OSHA regulation #1910-157

International Association of Arson Investigators (IAAI) Advanced Marine Fire Investigation Course (16 hours tested), 2014