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Call for Student Posters for NFPA Research Section networking event – June 21, 2015, 6-8 PM, Chicago

Do you have a student, or know of a student, who is doing some really exciting research in some aspect of fire and life safety, and would like to present results or work in progress?  If so, have we got an opportunity for you!

At this year’s NFPA Conference & Expo in Chicago, IL, the Research Section of NFPA will host a student research poster session at a reception for our members. Our aim is to provide a relaxed but serious venue for interaction between the fire safety and research community and young researchers to discuss current or recently completed research across a diversity of fire science, engineering and human factors topics.  The poster session and reception will be held from 6-8 pm on Monday, June 21st, in conjunction with the NFPA conference.

The deadline for abstract submittal is March 16, 2015.

The following is the abstract information:

1. Invited Content: The NFPA Research Section Executive Board invites current students to submit an abstract of their research work, completed or in progress, for review by a panel comprised of members from the NFPA Research Section. Students submitting accepted abstracts will be invited to provide a poster presentation of their research at the networking reception on the evening of June 21st.

The abstract should address a topic in the area of fire and life safety related research, testing, analysis, applications or science. Preference will be given to work being supervised, reviewed or guided by a university/college faculty member or other well-qualified professional/organization, for credit toward a degree.

2. Abstract Submittal Requirements: The submitted abstract should be informative, and must contain the following:

  • A short, specific title
  • Names of author(s), faculty advisor/supervisor, university, and any project sponsors
  • Degree being sought
  • Contact information for both the main student author and the research advisor/supervisor
  • A one-sentence statement describing the student’s work hypothesis or proposition
  • A brief synopsis of the content, summary of the results obtained and a general statement of conclusion, if possible
  • A minimum of ½ page, to maximum of one full page in length, single-spaced, using 10-point type size. The abstract should be approximately 500 to 700 words in length.

3. Non-commercial Content: The NFPA Research Section wishes to provide a unique opportunity for open dialogue and creative exchange between the students and conference attendees. The abstract and poster presentations therefore cannot promote the commercial services or commercial products of sponsors of the research. Acknowledgements of sponsor support, however, are permissible.

4. Submission & Response Deadlines:

  • Students will submit abstract via email to rfahy@nfpa.org  by March 16, 2015.
  • Notice of acceptance /non-acceptance and poster instructions sent out by April 17, 2015.
  • Students will provide written confirmation to present poster by May 15, 2015.

The co-hosts of the event are the following NFPA member sections: the International Fire Marshals Association; Fire Service; Certified Fire Protection Specialists; Health Care; Architects, Engineers, and Building Officials; Fire Science and Technology Educators; and the Education Section.

Note: The invitation to present a poster at this event will include complimentary registration for the NFPA Conference and Expo for one student author per abstract. Students are responsible for all related travel costs. Students are required to be present at their poster throughout the session.

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SFPE Seeks Presenters for the 1st Europe Conference: Fire Safety Engineering — Proposal Deadline: 13 February 2015

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SFPE is now accepting presentation abstracts for its two-day European Conference
held in Copenhagen, 4-5 June 2015. The conference will showcase advanced and
cutting-edge practices in fire protection engineering that are used to protect people,
property and the environment from fire.

We invite you to share your knowledge with your peers on the advances in fire
protection engineering as a presenter. Presentations must be noncommercial in
nature with no specific brand names mentioned. The 2015 Conference Program
Committee will review all abstracts and make final speaker selections based on
level of innovation, quality, relevance, focus, practical application, and timeliness.
More information can be found in the attached document.

Deadline for abstract submission is 13 February 2015. Complete the abstract guidelines
form here. Completed form should be sent to Melissa Franco and include “2015
SFPE Europe Conference” in the subject line of the email.

If you have any further questions, please feel free to contact Melissa Franco,
Marketing & Meetings Manager, at mfranco@sfpe.org or 301-915-9724.

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Suppression, Detection and Signaling Research and Applications Symposium (SupDET 2015) March 3-6, 2015 in Orlando, Florida

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Suppression, Detection and Signaling Research and Applications Symposium (SupDET 2015)

March 3-6, 2015
Wyndham Orlando Resort, 8001 International Drive, Orlando, FL

We invite you to join us at the Fire Suppression, Detection and Signaling Research and Applications Symposium (SupDet 2015), March 3 -6, 2015, in Orlando, Florida. SupDet 2015 will address the latest developments in research, technology, and applications for the fire protection community. A free half-day workshop on Inspection, Testing, and Maintenance (ITM) of Fire Protection Systems: Improving the Effectiveness of Systems is open to all symposium registrants.

 

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SFPE Seeks Presenters for 2015 North America Conference & Expo: Freedom to Design

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Proposal Deadline: March 13, 2015

SFPE is now accepting educational presentation abstracts for its two-day North
America Conference & Expo: Freedom to Design. The conference will showcase
advanced and cutting-edge practices in fire protection engineering that are used to
protect people, property and the environment from fire.

We invite you to share your knowledge with your peers on the advances in fire
protection engineering as a presenter, November 9 – 11, 2015 at the Loews Hotel,
Philadelphia, PA . Presentations must be noncommercial in nature with no specific
brand names mentioned. The 2015 Conference Program Committee, co-chaired by
Michael Madden & Michael Venneri, will review all abstracts and make final speaker
selections based on level of innovation, quality, relevance, focus, practical
application, and timeliness.

Deadline for abstract submission is March 13, 2015. For more information and
guidelines, please click here. Completed abstracts should be sent to Melissa Franco
and include “2015 SFPE Conference & Expo ” in the subject line of the email.

If you have any further questions, please feel free to contact Melissa Franco,
Marketing & Meetings Manager, at mfranco@sfpe.org or 301-915-9724.

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Free SFPE Sponsored Webinar — CPVC Fire Sprinkler Piping Systems Overview and Answering Common Questions – December 18, 2014

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A Free Sponsored Webcast Presented by SFPE — CPVC Fire Sprinkler Piping Systems Overview and Answering Common Questions

Date: December 18, 2014

Time: 2:00pm ET / 11:00am PT

Developed specifically for fire protection engineers and system installers, this webinar provides attendees with an overview of CPVC and answers common questions in the fire protection industry.  The webinar features five separate informative modules.  Attendees will learn about:

  • The history and acceptance of CPVC in the industry throughout the years.
  • Performance advantages of CPVC in relation to hydraulics, sustainability, and MIC resistance.
  • Updates on listings, approvals, and standards.
  • Special circumstances such as attics, air plenums, laundry rooms, etc. with answers straight from the source.
  • Updates on chemical compatibility.

The webinar is sponsored by The Lubrizol Corporation, the company that manufactures the CPVC compounds that create BlazeMaster® Fire Sprinkler Systems. To learn more about BlazeMaster Fire Sprinkler Systems, visit blazemaster.com.

There is no charge to attend this webinar. Members of SFPE will receive 1 PDH for participation in the entire live webinar.

For more information and to register go to: https://event.on24.com/eventRegistration/EventLobbyServlet?target=registration.jsp&eventid=899158&sessionid=1&key=971F179AC88278D14B506B4137ABD9BB&partnerref=SFPE&sourcepage=register.

 

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The Dr. Guylène Proulx, OC, Scholarship Deadline is December 31

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Scholarship Distribution

There will be one scholarship, of at least $5000, distributed annually. The funds will be distributed with $1000 of it going to the supporting faculty member and the remainder to the student. Should no qualified application be received during a specific year, no scholarship will be awarded.

Qualifications

The scholarship will be awarded to an undergraduate or graduate student undertaking a research project in the field of human factors or human behavior related to fire or emergencies, or to the integration of human factors or human behavior into fire protection engineering. The student may be enrolled in any field of study provided the research relates to people in fire or emergencies.

Applications

The applicant must submit electronic documentation of the following.

  1. A description of the project (approximately 1000 words) which illustrates how the research relates to people in fire or emergencies, or to the integration of human factors or human behavior into fire protection engineering.
  2. A letter from the faculty member who will be supervising the research which must include: a) support of the project and the applicant, b) the qualifications of the faculty member in the field of human factors or human behavior, or the integration of human factors or human behavior into fire protection engineering; and c) the successful supervision of other students undertaking related research projects.
  3. Evidence of the applicant’s university academic achievement in the form of transcripts or similar official documentation.
  4. Evidence of the applicant’s involvement in professional or non-professional organizations, and any involvement with the profession or the community at large, illustrating leadership and volunteerism.
  5. Evidence of the applicant’s public presentations of research, or other public presentations not necessarily related to research or the profession, illustrating communication skills.
  6. A commitment to present the completed research to a professional body in a public forum (such as a conference, workshop or seminar) and to publish the work.

Application Deadline

Applications must be received by December 31 for an award to be given by March 1.

Evaluation and Awards

Applications will be evaluated by an international panel. The panel will assess the application against the six criteria noted above and make a recommendation to the SFPE Foundation Board of Governors.

 

Applications should be sent to Nicole Testa Boston at ntboston@sfpe.org.

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Application Deadline Has Been Extended to December 31 For The Chief Donald J. Burns Memorial Research Grant

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This Grant Program Is Made Possible By Funding Provided By Bentley Systems, Inc.

Funding for this grant has been provided by Bentley Systems, Inc. Bentley Systems is a global leader in providing architects, engineers, geospatial professionals, constructors, and owner-operators with comprehensive software solutions for sustaining infrastructure. Bentley’s mission is to empower its users to leverage information modeling through integrated projects for high-performing intelligent infrastructure.

Purpose
The purpose of the Chief Donald J. Burns Memorial Research Grant is to utilize information modeling as a means of improving infrastructure safety and fire service preparedness. The grant is named in memory of FDNY Assistant Chief Donald Burns. Chief Burns died in the collapse of the World Trade Center Towers on September 11, 2001, while setting up his command post to direct the evacuation.

Chief Donald Burns was a decorated 39-year veteran of the New York City Fire Department (FDNY). He was known for his in-depth knowledge of firefighting and the FDNY, and is fondly remembered as a walking encyclopedia for his broad knowledge of New York City. Fighting fires was his passion, and he inspired many of his colleagues within the department, who hailed him as an exceptional leader and brilliant tactician and strategist. Burns was elevated to lieutenant and later captain before being named chief of operations after the bombing of the World Trade Center in 1993. He was promoted to Citywide Tour Commander in 1997. Burns is survived by his wife Elizabeth and his children Lori; Michael, a police officer; and Patrick, a lieutenant in FDNY.

Statement of Need
Applications will be considered for projects that research, develop or apply information modeling as a means of improving infrastructure safety and fire service preparedness. The grant will fund one baccalaureate, masters or doctorate student research project that applies information modeling and mobility to improving fire service safety when training for, responding to, and operating during building emergencies. Specifically, the grant will be awarded to research focused on the use of information management technology that:

  • Provides “real-time” building-specific information to key fire department personnel during and in response to emergency operations;
  • Utilizes the principles of fire dynamics to predict how fire service operations will impact conditions within a building;
  • Provides information to fire department personnel regarding the design of a building’s structural framework, structural fire protection, and how the fire may impact structural stability during a fire;
  • Predicts how humans will behave in a specific structure during a building fire and how their actions will impact fire department operations.

Funding
Funding for this grant is to support baccalaureate, masters and doctoral students in fire safety science or fire protection engineering. A condition of funding is that the research must result in a publishable paper and a digital deliverable in Bentley software (i.e. Bentley’s tablet-based applications or Bentley MicroStation or Bentley Navigator). Additionally, a paper or an alternate presentation or report must be made available for posting on the SFPE website within 12 months of awarding the grant. If possible, it would also be desirable, if the research work was presented at the next SFPE Conference & Expo.

The maximum amount of the grant award will be USD $25,000 over a one-year period.

Ownership & Rights
Any papers or demonstrations may be used by Bentley and SFPE in demonstrations, trade-shows, technical meetings, etc. Bentley also holds the right to announce the recipient of the award at any time.

Application
Two copies of the application must be submitted by the student and must include the student’s faculty advisor’s recommendation, if being mailed. These should be sent to:

Nicole Testa Boston
SFPE Educational and Scientific Foundation
7315 Wisconsin Avenue, Suite 620E
Bethesda, Maryland 20814
Phone: 301-915-9723

Alternatively, applications can be emailed to ntboston@sfpe.org

Note that applications may not be longer than five pages and must include a timeline of major tasks and deliverables.

Deadline
THE APPLICATION DEADLINE IS DECEMBER 31, 2014. APPLICATIONS MUST BE POSTMARKED BY THIS DATE TO BE ACCEPTED AND CONSIDERED.

Grant Period
The grant period will be begin on January 1, 2015 and shall be completed not more than 365 days after the start date. If the project is not completed within this timeframe, a progress report shall be submitted. This progress report shall include a schedule for project completion.

Evaluation Criteria
Applications for this grant must, in addition to the research plan, provide written documentation addressing each of the evaluation criteria. Clear, concise written examples of prior research and experience will greatly aid the evaluation process. The following specific criteria will apply to the review of each application.

Technical Merit – 35%
The quality of the research plan and the possibility that it will yield valid and broadly applicable results or contribute to integrating information modeling and information mobility as a means of improving infrastructure safety and fire service preparedness will be evaluated according to the following:

  • Does the hypothesis or objective have a supported basis?
  • Does the approach follow accepted procedures of scientific inquiry?
  • Are the means of evaluating experimental results appropriate?
  • What are the novel aspects of this research?

Usefulness – 35%
Potential impact of the research on the field of fire protection engineering and information mobility will be determined by the following:

  • Will the research produce results that are useful to protecting occupants, structures and/or firefighters?
  • Will the research advance the student, advisor, or institution in such a way that, individually or collectively, they will be able to contribute to the future of fire protection engineering?

Qualifications – 15%
The qualifications of the applicant and advisor will be evaluated according to a combination of the following criteria:

  • Number of fire protection engineering students whose research was supervised by the faculty supervisor in the last 5 years.
  • Number of student’s in other engineering disciplines whose research was supervised by the faculty advisor in the last 5 years.
  • List of students and faculty advisor’s major publications resulting from research assisted by student’s in the last 5 years.
  • List of publications or research projects carried out by the student or faculty advisor that has directly impacted the fire service.
  • Fire service experience and experience with information modeling.
  • Student’s or faculty supervisor’s general knowledge and involvement with fire service research.

Achievability – 15%
This is a measure of whether the proposed plan can be carried out within the stated time frame. Applicants should specifically identify the following:

  • Human and facility resources available (or planned) at the home institution.
  • Facilities or assistance to be provided from another institution.

Grant Review
Complete applications meeting compliance with the evaluation criteria will be submitted for grant review by a panel established by the SFPE Educational and Scientific Foundation.

Software and Training Materials
Information management software and training materials for this research will be provided by Bentley Systems, Incorporated at no cost to the student researcher(s).