Fire Science and Engineering Specialist, is a highly recognized consultant specializing in fire analysis, fire dynamics, and fire investigation.
Possesses expertise in many aspects of fire science and safety including: fire scenario re-creation, fire modeling, fire performance of building systems and components, fire testing, and fire risk assessment, as well as specific expertise in the interpretation and application of standard and unique fire tests, and the reliability and effectiveness of fire protection systems.
Extensive research experience pertaining to the flammability of commercial aircraft interior materials, wire and cable insulations, interior furnishings, interior finishes, and fabric flammability. He also has extensive experience in fire cause and origin investigations involving residential, high-rise, commercial structures, warehouses, utilities, telecommunications, High Temperature Accelerant (HTA) fires, commercial and private aircraft, automobiles, trucks, and mass transit vehicles.
This expert has provided expert testimony as to his findings in courts of law.
- M.Sc., Engineering Science, University of California, Berkeley, 1975.
- B. Arch., Architecture, University of California, Berkeley, 1971.
- Fire Science and Engineering Specialist Consultant, RTI Group, LLC, Annapolis, Maryland, 2005 – present.
- Fire Science and Engineering Specialist Consultant, rti, LLC (wholly owned subsidiary of FTI Consulting, Inc.), Annapolis, Maryland, 2003 – 2005.
- Consultant, Oakland, California, 1997-present. Fire specialist in the application of fire science and engineering. Consultant to Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory on the fire safety of DOE nuclear facilities.
- Director of Fire Science, FTI Corporation San Francisco, California, 1993-97. Responsible for planning, directing, and conducting fire research and testing to resolve fire related problems, typically for litigation cases. Utilized multi scale, standard and custom fire tests to define material/component fire performance from ignition through extinction. Also utilized analytical methodologies including computer based fire models to evaluate full-scale fire dynamics as well as the effectiveness of fire protection systems as to how they modified the fire outcome.
- Independent Fire Consultant1978-1993. Investigated and analyzed fires involving high-rise structures, telecommunications facilities, institutional structures, high tech facilities, large warehouses, residential buildings, commercial buildings, aircraft, and vehicles (various fuels). Developed and conducted unique full scale fire tests involving energized power cables for a large telecommunications fire. Conducted similar series to assess the burning characteristics of pallet loads of packaged computer products. Designed and conducted large-scale mannequin tests for burn injury evaluation.
- Fire Research Engineer and Group Leader; Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, Livermore, California, 1978-1993. Responsible for the assessment of the fire safety of Department of Energy (DOE) research facilities, which involved the analysis of fire protection systems, conducting small- to full-scale fire experiments, use of analytical fire models, and addressing all facets of fire related safety problems. Participated in the design and performance of full scale fire tests to assist in the analysis of the HTA arson fires.
- Principal, Innovative Fire Technology (IFT), Inc., Berkeley, California, 1977-1981. Co-founder of a firm specializing in fire research and testing, product development, and fire re-creation.
- Assistant Research Specialist, Fire Research Group, University of California, Berkeley, California, 1973-1978. Project Engineer for research programs which included: large-scale fire testing of wide-bodied aircraft interior materials, development of fire safety criteria for composite polymeric exterior walls, and large-scale vertical fire spread tests of exterior wall panels.
- Research Assistant, Department of Civil Engineering, University of California, Berkeley, California, 1973-1974. Participated in most phases of fire testing of building components/materials and contents including: ASTM E-119 wall tests, ASTM E-108 roof tests, ASTM E-152 door tests, and U.C. Room Fire Experiments. Also participated in studies sponsored by the National Science Foundation and the Dept. of Housing and Urban Development on fire codes and standards.
Professional Associations and Activities
- Member, Society of Fire Protection Engineers (SFPE).
- International Association for Fire Safety Science (IAFSS).
- National Fire Protection Association (NFPA).
- American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM), Fourth Vice Chairman Committee E-5 on Fire Standards. Past chairman Subcommittee E 5.13 on Large Scale Fire Tests, past chairman; E-5.32 Research; E 5.33 Fire Modeling; E 5.11 Construction Assemblies, and others.
- Member, California State Fire Marshal’s Technology Transfer Committee