Students and their fire protection research shine at the Member Section Reception at NFPA’s Conference & Expo

Blog Post created by cathylongley Employee on Jun 5, 2017

Many experienced, well-regarded fire protection professionals are assembling this week at NFPA’s Conference & Expo (C&E) in Boston. There is no shortage of expertise, insight and passion among the thousands gathered here. In addition to the wisdom being shared by industry experts via more than 120 educational sessions, the impressive work being done by today’s rising stars is also on display.


Each year, NFPA’s Research Section sponsors a student poster session, inviting budding fire protection engineers and other young innovators to submit their work for review and then attend C&E to showcase their research to like-minded professionals at NFPA’s premier fire and electrical safety conference. The following students, universities and projects presented at a special NFPA member reception:


  • Anurag Jha, University of North Carolina at Charlotte (MS) - Impact of Fixed Firefighting Systems in Road Tunnel Resilience
  • Vineet Madasseri Payyappalli, SUNY Buffalo (PhD) - Predictive Risk Analytics, Estimating Effectiveness of Investment, and Optimal Resource Allocation for Fire Protection
  • Nicholas Traina, U of Illinois - Urbana-Champaign (PhD) - Effect of Firefighter Water Application on Occupant Burn Risk and Tenability
  • Zachary Green, Oklahoma State University (BS) - Effectiveness of Hotel Fire Alarms for the Deaf and Hearing Impaired
  • Young-Geun You, Worcester Polytechnic University (PhD) - Development of a Novel Model to Determine the Optimum Building Insulation Systems to Achieve Fire Safety in Sustainable Buildings Using Multiple-Criteria Decision Analysis
  • Katie Dzierwa, Case Western Reserve University (BS) - Assessment of Devices for Use in Atmospheres of Increased Burning Rate
  • Hang Yi, Oklahoma State University (PhD) - Evaluation of LPG Pool Fire Heat Flux
  • Alexandra Thompson, Oklahoma State University (BS) - Emergency Generator Inspection, Testing, and Maintenance (ITM)
  • James Whitcomb, Oklahoma State University (BS) - The Development of a Long-Term Corrosion Experiment
  • Alexander Ing, Worcester Polytechnic University (BS/MS) - Design of Small-Scale Furnace for Fire Resistance Testing of Building Construction Materials

NFPA’s Research Section is thrilled to share these students’ work, and to reinforce the efforts of aspiring fire protection engineer trailblazers. Since 1988, the Section has brought together individuals involved in or interested in fire safety, fire science, fire codes and standards, fire protection, and related areas of research. Representatives facilitate communication between researchers and practitioners, helping to identify what users need, what researchers have available, and what general strategies will lead to increased use of valid research.


Congratulations to the 2017 student research winners.