Faculty & Staff

Professor and Department Head, Fire Protection Engineering

Phone: +1 (508) 8315000 x5162

Professor Simeoni is an internationally recognized expert in fire and wildland fire and fire science, with over 120 journal papers, conference papers, and book chapters. He has more than 20 years of experience developing experimental, analytical, and numerical techniques to better understand fire dynamics and to predict fire and wildland fire behavior. Before joining WPI, he held academic leadership positions in fire research in the UK (University of Edinburgh) and in France (University of Corsica). He has also experience as a consultant in fire science in the U.S. and has spent over 10 years ...

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Phone: +1 (508) 8315000 x5971

My research focuses on the building performance applications of fire dynamics, fire characteristics of materials and fire models.  I am working in the following areas: closing the fire performance gap in buildings; fire safety of green buildings; development of new techniques and guidance documents for practicing engineers to measure fire properties of materials; the optimization of building assemblies for fire performance, ease of manufacturing and cost effectiveness.

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Associate Professor, Fire Protection Engineering

Phone: +1 (508) 8315000 x6786

Today, firefighters serve increasingly as first responders for emergency medical calls, civil emergencies, terrorist threats, and hazardous materials incidents, in addition to fire emergencies. The fire service needs tools and technologies that aid in carrying out their ever expanding mission without increasing costs. My research is focused on working with the fire service to achieve this important goal. I am conducting research on fire department mobilization times and exposure of fire fighters to toxic gases. I work with a team that developed and will commercialize a tool that will predict ...

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Professor of Practice & Associate Department Head, Fire Protection Engineering

Phone: +1 (508) 8315000 x5113

Practicing fire protection engineers recognize and assess a broad range of fire and life safety risks and, possess the technical knowledge and skills needed to develop effective solutions. Through my academic endeavors and professional practice, I bring practical perspectives to our students' educational experience. My teaching incorporates situations that practicing fire protection engineers face on a routine basis facilitating our students' functional understanding of a fire's physical behavior and impact, and the role of safety systems, regulations and product ...

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Phone: +1 (508) 8315000 x6409

Current fire-safety standards do not fully account for the wide range of combustibility of materials found in industrial settings. Nor do the standards provide for accurate measurement of hazardous dust accumulation within the environment. My research addresses combustion, industrial fire protection, and explosion protection. Among the potentially life-saving projects I’m working on is the development of measurement and ~sensing devices designed to identify the presence, velocity, and flow direction of smoke. Tunnels, tall buildings, and underground transit systems will be safer once this new ...

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jurban
Assistant Professor, Fire Protection Engineering

My research focuses on the physical processes controlling whether or not flammable material ignites and then understanding how it burns. Much of this research has focused on small, hot objects such as firebrands (burning debris from an existing fire). https://orcid.org/0000-0002-2476-8212    

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Associated Faculty

First Name Last Name Title Department Email Phone Extension Office Location
William Krein Affiliated Faculty    wakrein@wpi.edu    
Jeffrey Tubbs Affiliated Faculty Fire Protection Engineering jtubbs@wpi.edu    
Christopher Wood Affiliated Faculty Fire Protection Engineering christopherwood@wpi.edu    
             
             

Collaborative Faculty

First Name Last Name Title Department Email Phone Extension Office Location
Leonard Albano Associate Professor Civil and Environmental Engineering ldalbano@wpi.edu x 5492 KH 201
Tahar El-Korchi Professor Civil and Environmental Engineering tek@wpi.edu x 5530 KH 206
Nikolaos Gatsonis Professor Aerospace Engineering gatsonis@wpi.edu x 5576 HL 244
Nikolaos Kazantzis Professor Chemical Engineering nikolas@wpi.edu x 5666 GH 224A
Roberto Pietroforte Associate Professor Civil and Environmental Engineering roberto@wpi.edu x 5295 KH 209B
Brian Savilonis Professor Mechanical Engineering bjs@wpi.edu x 5686 HL 108
             
             

Faculty Emeriti

First Name Last Name Title Department Email Phone Extension Office Location
Bob Fitzgerald Professor Emeritus Civil and Environmental Engineering rfitz@wpi.edu x 5271 KH 201
David Lucht Director Emeritus and Adjunct Professor Fire Protection Engineering dalucht@wpi.edu x 5593 HL
Robert Zalosh Professor Emeritus Fire Protection Engineering bzalosh@wpi.edu x 5593 HL