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2001-2002

Biography - Jonathan R. Barnett

Professor of fire protection engineering at Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Dr. Jonathan R. Barnett is a professor of fire protection engineering at Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI). He holds appointments in fire protection engineering and mechanical engineering and the co-director and co-founder of the WPI Melbourne Project Center.

Dr. Barnett received his undergraduate, masters, and doctorate from Worcester Polytechnic Institute. He is a fellow in the Society of Fire Protection engineers and a member of the Society of Civil Engineers, American Society of Mechanical Engineers, the National Fire Protection Association, the American Society of Testing, and Material Committee E-5, and the International Association of Fire Safety Sciences. He has held appointments as the Editor of the SFPE Journal of Fire Protection Engineering, President of the New England Chapter of the SFPE and Chair of the American Society of Civil Engineers Committee on Fire Protection.

His work and research in fire protection engineering is extensive, including most recently his participation in the Building Performance Assessment Team organized by the American Society of Civil Engineers for the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to investigate the collapse of the World Trade Center Towers after the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001.

Barnett has written and published extensively on fire protection engineering and his insight, opinions and research have been included in recent broadcasts by the BBC, the Learning Channel, and NOVA, a production of the Public Broadcasting Service. Dr. Barnett has also been cited recently in articles in The New York Times and The Boston Globe on ongoing research to determine how and why the World Trade Center Towers collapsed, and how building and construction rules may change in the wake of those studies.

His current research centers on the mathematical modeling and computer simulation of fires in buildings, ships and transit systems with an emphasis on heat transfer in structures and the use of computers in fire investigation in fire reconstruction.