Media Alert: FEMA and ASCE to Issue Preliminary Report on Building Performance in World Trade Center Collapse Wednesday, May 1, 2002

B-Roll Available OF WPI Professor Jonathan Barnett, Fema Report Co-Author, Highlighting Report Conclusions and Recommendations

EMBARGO UNTIL 5/1/02, 2:00 P.M. ET
Contact: WPI Media Relations, 508-831-5616

WHO: Jonathan Barnett, fire protection engineering professor at Worcester Polytechnic Institute, and co-author and one of the lead members of the team studying the collapse of the World Trade Center towers on September 11, 2001. Barnett’s teaching and research specialties include building fire performance and failure analysis. His PhD dissertation focused on calculation of structural steel performance when exposed to the thermal impact of fire.
WHAT: Formed under the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) Disaster Response Procedure and supported by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), the team is releasing a preliminary report to the House Science Committee scheduled for May 1, 2002. The report will discuss issues regarding fire protection systems as well as the structural performance of the affected buildings on 9-11.

In the video, Barnett provides insight into the following areas of the report:

  • Findings and conclusions of the FEMA/ASCE report
  • Insight regarding damage to the WTC and surrounding buildings
  • What the public needs to know about the safety of high-rise buildings in fires
  • What changes are in store for high-rise building codes?
  • The role of jet fuel in the WTC tragedy
  • How the research was conducted
  • Future research initiatives to make buildings safer
  • New enhancements for "target" buildings

Beta and VHS tape formats are available. Please contact Amanda Coolong at Bridgeman Communications, 617-742-7270, or Pat Samson, WPI Media Relations, 508-831-5616.

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