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

2015 annual meeting


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.


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.



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


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.


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.


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.


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


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.

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 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.

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.


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).



Free SFPE Sponsored Webinar — Next Generation Novec Low Pressure Systems: What does 500 PSI do for me? – December 10 at 2 p.m. ET.

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On Wednesday, December 10 at 2:00pm EST, SFPE will host a free webinar that is sponsored by Firetrace Automatic Fire Suppression Systems entitled “the Next Generation Novec Low Pressure Systems: What does 500 PSI do for me?” Upon completion of this presentation, attendees will understand:

  • Why 500 PSI systems are becoming popular
  • What 500 PSI designs are capable of achieving
  • Why these systems can save money

To find out more and to register go to: https://event.on24.com/eventRegistration/EventLobbyServlet?target=registration.jsp&eventid=905235&sessionid=1&key=A7BDA337D08770407FC19AF51DB39A44&partnerref=SFPEinv&sourcepage=register.










SFPE Enters A New Stage of Growth With New Look


BETHESDA, Maryland — SFPE has officially changed its logo and tagline to convey a more contemporary, bold and global image while maintaining the iconic triangle. The logo, designed by Swirl: Creative Collaboration, will represent the new brand as it continues to attract and bring together the community of fire protection and fire safety engineers, and its allied stakeholders, around the world.
Similarly, the new tagline, Engineering A Fire Safe World, was selected as it communicates a broadening of SFPE’s base worldwide, while still maintaining the emphasis on engineering.

“We are excited to launch a new logo and tagline that reflects the evolution and future of the SFPE global brand,” said Carl Baldassarra, SFPE President. “The SFPE Board of Directors has spent the better part of 2014 reviewing our strategic direction and plans for the future. Rebranding with a stronger image and more inclusive messaging was needed if we are to better serve the global community and attract the next generation into the profession.”

The new logo and tagline were unveiled at SFPE’s Conference & Expo in Long Beach, California on October 12. New logos have also been created for all of SFPE’s chapters, Corporate 100 and SFPE Foundation and these will be rolled out over the coming weeks.


Professor John L. Bryan, 1926–2014


Professor Emeritus and founding FPE Chair John L. Bryan.

SFPE is deeply saddened to report the passing of Dr. John L. Bryan, the founding chair and professor emeritus of the University of Maryland’s Department of Fire Protection Engineering. We would like to share the following link that provides information on the memorial arrangements:


Dr. Bryan’s family will receive friends from 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. on Sunday, November 16th at the Keeney and Basford Funeral Home, located at 106 East Church Street, Frederick, MD.

Funeral Services will begin at 10:00 a.m. on Monday, November 17th at Calvary United Methodist Church, located at 131 West 2nd Street, Frederick, MD 21701.

Interment will be at Mount Olivet Cemetery, located at 515 South Market Street, Frederick, MD 21701.

The University of Maryland Department of Fire Protection Engineering is in the process of composing a more comprehensive release that describes Professor Bryan’s role and contributions, and we will share this information on this blog once it is available.




SFPE is pleased to announce the promotion of Chris Jelenewicz. P.E. to the position of Senior Manager, Engineering Practice and Technical Editor of Fire Protection Engineering.

In his new role, Chris will continue to provide oversight for our work with NCEES and the PE exam, our higher learning accreditations through ABET, career development of professionals in our field, and better alignment and exchange of information with the fire service community. Additionally, Chris will serve as Technical Editor of both Fire Protection Engineering and the soon-to-be launched Fire Safety Engineering – European digital edition, as well as moderate the SFPE webinars. He will also serve as staff liaison to the Technical Steering Committee and  the technical committees and task groups that are currently active, notably the Predicting the Thermal Response of Structural Assemblies Committee, which is just completing its work; the Design Fire Scenarios Committee; and the Human Behavior in Fire Task Group.

Having celebrated his 10th anniversary with SFPE this past April, Chris has a long and strong record of providing both professional practice and technical leadership to the Society and the profession. He is perfectly positioned to assume these new responsibilities and take the Society to new levels. We know you all will be supportive of Chris as he assumes his new role within our Society. Please take a few moments to extend your personal congratulations to him in Long Beach. He can continue to be reached at chris@sfpe.org.

SFPE is also pleased to announce that Jani Zhu has joined SFPE in the position of Administrative Coordinator, reporting to Julie Gordon, effective September 2.  Her responsibilities include membership support, publications, bookkeeping, web site maintenance, database support, meetings support and general office operations.

Prior to SFPE, Jani was with Home Evolution, one of the leading home construction and decoration companies in Maryland. Jani earned her Masters of Accounting from Zhongnan University of Economics and Law and her Bachelors of International Business from the University of Shanghai. Jani is fluent in Shanghainese, Mandarin, Cantonese, and Japanese. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with her family, reading and hiking. Please join us in welcoming Jani to SFPE. She can be reached at jzhu@sfpe.org or directly at (301) 915-9726.


Actions Taken by SFPE Standards-Making Committee on Predicting the Thermal Performance of Fire Resistive Assemblies on Proposed Modifications Available for Review and Comment

The SFPE Standards-Making Committee on Predicting the Thermal Performance of Fire Resistive Assemblies acted on the proposed modifications that were submitted during the previous review period of the draft standard for Calculation Methods to Predict the Thermal Performance of Structural and Fire Resistive Assemblies. The proposed modifications and the actions that the committee took on them as well as the present draft of the standard that shows the modifications is available on the SFPE website. Comments on the actions that the committee took on the proposed modifications are now available for review and are due by December 8, 2014.

Please use the form on the website to submit comments. Please note that only items that were the subject of one or more proposed modifications are open for comment.

For more information, contact Chris Jelenewicz at cjelenewicz@sfpe.org.