Nicholas Nava
Nicholas A. Nava, CFEI
Senior Associate
Thermal Sciences
  • Bowie

Mr. Nava applies fire protection engineering principles including fire dynamics, flammability, flame spread, fluid mechanics, modes of heat transfer, and explosion dynamics to investigate the origin and cause of fires and for the prevention of fires and explosions. Mr. Nava’s experience includes work with traditional and advanced fire protection systems, life safety systems, building smoke management systems, computational fire modeling (CFAST and FDS), occupant egress modeling (Pathfinder), and human response and susceptibility to fire incidents. Additionally, Mr. Nava uses his expertise in the analysis of the design, construction, and testing of fire protection systems.

Mr. Nava has both small- and large-scale fire testing experience with nationally and internationally recognized standards (NFPA, ASTM, and UL) and served as a laboratory and research assistant at Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI), where he managed and executed test procedures, fabricated test equipment, and installed instrumentation for fire tests. Projects he participated in at WPI include the design of a toxic gas monitor for use by firefighters in an active fire environment, flame spread modeling of fiber reinforced polymer (FRP) building materials, cone calorimeter test sample size validation, and the effects of intumescent paint coatings on interior building finish to achieve compliance during fire testing.

In addition, Mr. Nava served as a Design Engineer at a fire protection contractor in the Boston area, where he gained experience providing services in fire protection system design, design coordination, and construction management. Mr. Nava also worked as an engineer at the Naval Air Systems Command in Patuxent, Maryland, where he was responsible for aviator equipment maintenance, testing, and validation.

CREDENTIALS & PROFESSIONAL HONORS

  • M.S., Fire Protection Engineering, Worcester Polytechnic Institute, 2014
  • B.S., Mechanical Engineering, Worcester Polytechnic Institute, 2013, with high distinction

LICENSES & CERTIFICATIONS

Certified Fire and Explosion Investigator (CFEI) in accordance with the National Association of Fire Investigators National Certification Board, CFEI #9662-11698

HydraCAD Training (16 hours tested)

OSHA 40-hour HAZWOPER Certified (29 CFR 1910.120(e) )

Publications

Presentations

Nava N, Mahoney S. Evaluation of fiber reinforced polymer bench scale specimen sizes and prediction of full scale flame spread testing for building applications. American Society of Materials Central Massachusetts Chapter 2013 MQP Competition Meeting, Worcester, MA, 2013.

Reports

Nava N, Mahoney S, Acosta C, Wright W. Evaluation of fiber reinforced polymer bench scale specimen sizes and prediction of full scale flame spread testing for building applications. Major Qualifying Project, Worcester Polytechnic Institute, 2013.

Casola R, Downey R, Nava N, Taylor J. Improving road safety in the Santa Fe Metropolitan planning area. Interactive Qualifying Project, Worcester Polytechnic Institute, 2012.

Professional Affiliations

International Association of Arson Investigators—IAAI (member)

National Association of Fire Investigators—NAFI (member)

National Fire Protection Association—NFPA (member)

Society of Fire Protection Engineers—SFPE (affiliate member)

CREDENTIALS & PROFESSIONAL HONORS

  • M.S., Fire Protection Engineering, Worcester Polytechnic Institute, 2014
  • B.S., Mechanical Engineering, Worcester Polytechnic Institute, 2013, with high distinction

LICENSES & CERTIFICATIONS

Certified Fire and Explosion Investigator (CFEI) in accordance with the National Association of Fire Investigators National Certification Board, CFEI #9662-11698

HydraCAD Training (16 hours tested)

OSHA 40-hour HAZWOPER Certified (29 CFR 1910.120(e) )