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 daily basis, facilitating our students' functional understanding of a fire's physical behavior, its impact, and the role of reacting systems, regulations and product standards. Our graduates bring immediate value to their employers, customers, and clients whether it be by providing solutions to specific concerns; developing new products, services, or design approaches; or by influencing regulatory policy. My interests lie in the design, evaluation and innovation of fire protection systems such as sprinkler and suppression systems, detection, and means of egress.