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Spectrum Lecture: Fire Safety Engineering

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Category: MC Events

Published: Apr 5 2012 12:00AM

<b>Fire Safety Engineering: Examples of how interdisciplinary research can solve real-world problems</b>
Tues., April 17, 4:30 p.m.
Montgomery College
Globe Hall, HT Building,
Germantown Campus
Jason Averill, Group Leader, National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST)

Unwanted fires are estimated to cost the U.S. economy over $350 billion annually, which is roughly 2.5% of the Gross Domestic Product. Mitigating this problem requires a dynamic, highly interdisciplinary approach. Jason Averill, group leader of the National Institute of Standards and Technology, will speak to the Germantown Campus on this topic and will survey the major components of the national fire problem, discuss the basic scientific principles of combustion and fire dynamics, and then highlight the critical role of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics in enabling cost-effective solutions. He will also highlight specific research projects and fire investigations from the National Institute of Standards and Technology (and other Federal agencies) and explain how research can solve real-world problems.

Jason D. Averill is the leader of the Engineered Fire Safety Group at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST). The author or co-author of more than 60 scientific works, Mr. Averill has focused his research on cost-effective risk mitigation in structures, with a focus on fire hazards. Research projects include analysis of the evacuation of World Trade Center; experiments related to the toxic potency of combustible products; and, most recently, risk modeling to quantify the effectiveness of fire department response to both residential and high-rise structure fires.

As always, Spectrum Lectures are appropriate for a general audience and admission is free. No tickets are required. For questions or to request accommodations for physical disability, please contact Susan Bontems at or 240-567-7740. More information about Spectrum Lectures can be found at:

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