Neil Wu
Neil P. Wu, P.E., IAAI-CFI, CBO
Senior Managing Engineer
Thermal Sciences
  • Bowie

Mr. Wu has applied his knowledge of fire protection engineering principles to the analysis of building fire and life safety systems, the determination of fire performance of materials, and the causative analysis and investigation of fire losses. He specializes in design, construction, inspection, and testing of critical fire and life safety systems, including automatic fire sprinkler systems, commercial kitchen fire protection equipment, fire protection site water infrastructure, and automatic fire alarm and detection systems. His work has also concentrated on fire safety practices during the building construction process and failure analysis of fuel gas systems, including aboveground and underground containers, regulators, piping, valves, and appliances. He has experience investigating the fire safety performance of household appliances, flame-resistant textiles and garments, and fire retardants in construction materials and consumer products.

He has provided testimony regarding fire protection systems performance and component failure, fuel gas system failure, fire origin and cause, and flammability of building construction and insulating materials.

Mr. Wu’s research has focused on the flammability of liquid petroleum fuels, the ignition and flame spread characteristics of plastics for construction materials and consumer products, fire sprinkler system pipe and fitting failure, fuel gas container venting behavior, full-scale tests of water-based and alternative fire suppression chemical systems, as well as performance testing of flash-fire protective garments and ensembles. 

Prior to joining Exponent, Mr. Wu served as the Fire Protection Engineer for the City of Orlando, Florida. As the authority having jurisdiction, he managed a team of fire safety inspectors, construction inspectors, and engineers and was responsible for regulating construction for compliance to the International Code Council ® (ICC) and National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) model code families. In addition, Mr. Wu also served as a Project Engineer at a large fire protection engineering consulting firm providing services in the areas of building fire protection and life safety system design, fire investigation and litigation support, engineered performance-based design, construction administration, and construction management. 

CREDENTIALS & PROFESSIONAL HONORS

  • M.S., Fire Protection Engineering, University of Maryland, 1998
  • B.S., Fire Protection Engineering, University of Maryland, 1996
  • Tau Beta Pi Engineering Honor Society, Maryland Beta Chapter

    Salamander Honor Society, Maryland Beta Chapter

    Golden Key Honor Society

    Order of the Engineer

LICENSES & CERTIFICATIONS

Licensed Fire Protection Engineer, California, #1550

Licensed Professional Engineer, Florida, #57756

Licensed Professional Engineer, Maryland, #33561

Licensed Professional Engineer, New York, #085840

Licensed Professional Engineer, Pennsylvania, #PE076261

Licensed Professional Engineer, District of Columbia, #PE906071

Licensed Professional Engineer, Georgia, #PE036548

Licensed Professional Engineer, Virginia, #049087

Licensed Professional Engineer, Kentucky, #27915

Licensed Professional Engineer, Missouri, #2011036509

Licensed Professional Engineer, Alaska, #FP 14787

NFPA 1031 Certified Fire Inspector I

Certified Fire Safety Inspector, Florida, #110675

Certified Building Official (CBO), International Code Council #5284681-CB

Certified Fire and Explosion Investigator (CFEI), National Association of Fire Investigators, #11323-5615

Certified Fire Investigator (IAAI-CFI), #53-032024 OSHA 40-hour and 8-hour HAZWOPER Certified (29 CFR 1910.120)

OSHA Portable Fire Extinguisher Certified (29 CFR 1910.157)

OSHA Asbestos Awareness Certified (29 CFR 1910.1001)

Publications

Utiskul, Y, Wu N, Keller, E. Fire department connection inlet flow requirements. The Fire Protection Research Foundation, Quincy, MA, January 2016.

Blum A, Long RT, Wu N, Dillon, S. Analyzing unsatisfactory fire sprinkler performance. Proceedings, 6th Congress on Forensic Engineering, American Society of Civil Engineering, pp.547–555, San Francisco, CA, Fall 2012.

Utiskul Y, Wu N, Biteau H. Combustion air requirements for power burner appliances. The Fire Protection Research Foundation, Quincy, MA, January 2012.

Long RT, Wu N. Professional practice. Fire Protection Engineering, Society of Fire Protection Engineers 2011; 51.

Wu N, Utiskul Y. Residential fire sprinklers – Water usage and water meter performance study. The Fire Protection Research Foundation, Quincy, MA, February 2011.

Long RT, Wu N, Blum A. Unsatisfactory sprinkler performance: An update on trends and root cause discussion from the investigating engineer’s perspective. Fire Protection Engineering, Society of Fire Protection Engineers 2010; 48(4th Quarter).

Wu N, Utiskul Y, Sipe J. Consideration on the use of heat release data from the cone calorimeter. Proceedings, 4th International Symposium on Fire Investigation Science and Technology, National Association of Fire Investigators, pp. 629–640, September 2010.

Wu N. The importance of sprinkler system main drain testing: Impairment to a sprinkler system can have catastrophic consequences. Fire Protection Contractor 2008 Sept; pp. 22–23.

Wu N. Ready for Action: Five steps can help ensure that sprinkler water supply always meets design criteria. Building Operating Management 2008 Sept; pp. 94–96.

Wu N. Managing change of fire sprinkler system water supplies. International Fire Protection 2008 Aug; pp. 69–74.

Torero JL, Wu N, Kolb G. The effect of weathering on the flammability of a slick of crude oil on a water bed. Combustion Science and Technology 2000; 161:269–308.

Quintiere JG, Torero JL, Long RT, Wu N, Dillon SE, Heater D. Material fire properties. FAA Fire Conference, Atlantic City, NJ, November 1998.

Wu N, Torero JL, Mosman T, Olenick S. Effect of weathering on piloted ignition and flash point of a slick of oil. Proceedings, 21st Arctic and Marine Oilspill Program (AMOP) Technical Seminar, 21st. Environment Canada. Volume 2. Proceedings, Environment Canada, pp. 633–649, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, June 10–12, 1998.

Wu N. Determination of fire properties of liquid fuels characteristic of oil spills using ASTM E-1321. M.S. Thesis, University of Maryland, College Park, MD, Spring 1998.

Wu N, Torero JL, Kolb G. Piloted ignition of a slick of oil on water: The effect of weathering. 27th International Symposium on Combustion, The Combustion Institute, pp. 2783–2790, 1998.

Wu N, Torero JL. Piloted ignition of a slick of oil on water. Chemical and Physical Processes in Combustion, Combustion Institute Eastern States Section Proceedings. Fall Technical Meeting, Hartford, CT, 1997.

Wu N, Torero JL, Baker M, Kolb G. Ignition, flame spread and mass burning characteristics of liquid fuels on a water bed. Proceedings, 20th Arctic and Marine Oil Spill Program Technical Seminar, Environment Canada, Vancouver, British Columbia, pp. 769–794, 1997.

Wu N, Torero JL, Baker M, Kolb G. Ignition, flame spread and mass burning characteristics of liquid fuels on a water bed. Spill Science and Technology Bulletin 1996; 3(4):209–213.

Presentations

Wu N, Utiskul Y, Sipe, J. Consideration on the use of heat release data from the cone calorimeter. International Symposium on Fire Investigation Science and Technology, College Park, MD, September 2010.

Wu N, Carroll P. The revolution in building materials: plastics—Innovation or ignition? National Association of Subrogation Professionals, Annual Conference, Hollywood, FL, November 2008.

Wu N. Material flammability and its contribution to fire growth. National Association of Subrogation Professionals, Maryland and D.C. Chapter, Fall/Winter Meeting, Annapolis, MD, November 2007.

Wu N. Fire protection system maintenance training. Federal Aviation Authority (FAA), Atlanta, GA, May 2000.

Wu N. Piloted ignition of a slick of oil on water. Chemical and Physical Processes in Combustion, Combustion Institute Eastern States Section, Fall Technical Meeting, Hartford, CT, October 1997.

Wu N. Ignition, flame spread and mass burning characteristics of liquid fuels on a water bed. 20th Arctic and Marine Oil Spill Program Technical Seminar, Environment Canada, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, June 1997.


Professional Affiliations

International Association of Arson Investigators (active member)

Maryland Fire and Explosion Investigators Association (active member)

National Fire Protection Association—NFPA (active member)

  • Incinerators and Waste Handling Systems Technical Committee (principal member, 2007–present); 
  • Flash Fire Protective Garments Technical Committee (principal member, 2008–present); 
  • Loss Prevention Procedures and Practices Technical Committee (principal member, 2012–present)

Society of Fire Protection Engineers—SFPE (professional member)

International Code Council (active member)

  • ICC Fire/Performance/Wildland-Urban Interface Code Interpretation Committee, 
  • FCIC (principal member, 2007–2012)

National Association of Fire Investigators (active member)

Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat – Fire & Safety Working Group (member) 


CREDENTIALS & PROFESSIONAL HONORS

  • M.S., Fire Protection Engineering, University of Maryland, 1998
  • B.S., Fire Protection Engineering, University of Maryland, 1996
  • Tau Beta Pi Engineering Honor Society, Maryland Beta Chapter

    Salamander Honor Society, Maryland Beta Chapter

    Golden Key Honor Society

    Order of the Engineer

LICENSES & CERTIFICATIONS

Licensed Fire Protection Engineer, California, #1550

Licensed Professional Engineer, Florida, #57756

Licensed Professional Engineer, Maryland, #33561

Licensed Professional Engineer, New York, #085840

Licensed Professional Engineer, Pennsylvania, #PE076261

Licensed Professional Engineer, District of Columbia, #PE906071

Licensed Professional Engineer, Georgia, #PE036548

Licensed Professional Engineer, Virginia, #049087

Licensed Professional Engineer, Kentucky, #27915

Licensed Professional Engineer, Missouri, #2011036509

Licensed Professional Engineer, Alaska, #FP 14787

NFPA 1031 Certified Fire Inspector I

Certified Fire Safety Inspector, Florida, #110675

Certified Building Official (CBO), International Code Council #5284681-CB

Certified Fire and Explosion Investigator (CFEI), National Association of Fire Investigators, #11323-5615

Certified Fire Investigator (IAAI-CFI), #53-032024 OSHA 40-hour and 8-hour HAZWOPER Certified (29 CFR 1910.120)

OSHA Portable Fire Extinguisher Certified (29 CFR 1910.157)

OSHA Asbestos Awareness Certified (29 CFR 1910.1001)