Fire Protection Research Foundation names award recipients

Published on February 12, 2009
Winners to be recognized at Foundation’s conference on suppression and detection

February 12, 2009 – The Fire Protection Research Foundation (FPRF), an affiliate of the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), today announced winners of the William M. Carey Award and the newly named Ronald K. Mengel Award. These awards recognize recipients for best papers presented at SUPDET 2008, the Foundation’s annual technical working conference on suppression and detection research and applications. Winners for best presentation at the previous year’s conference are chosen based on a vote by participants and awards are given the following year.

The winner of the William M. Carey Award for the best paper in suppression category is Report on an Effort to Evaluate and Develop Methodologies for Calculating Firefighting Agent Quantities Needed to Combat Aircraft Fires, authored by Joseph Scheffey of Hughes Associates, Inc. and Keith Bagot of the Federal Aviation Administration.

The winner of the newly named Ronald K. Mengel Award for best paper in the detection category is A Further Review of Smoke Flows and Smoke Detector Response for Beam Pockets and Waffle Ceilings, authored by Daniel O’Connor, Schirmer Engineering Corp.

Awards will be presented at SUPDET 2009 being held Feb. 24-27 in Orlando.

The William M. Carey award was established in 2001 to recognize the most outstanding presentation at the suppression and detection conference. Two awards were traditionally given:  one in the suppression category and one in the detection category. In 2008, the award in the detection category was renamed in honor of the late Ronald K. Mengel.

William M. Carey, P.E., was a senior staff engineer at Underwriters Laboratories, Inc. Carey made many major contributions to new fire suppression technologies and served on various technical advisory committees on the Foundation.

Ronald K. Mengel was vice president, industry affairs of the System Sensor division of Honeywell Corporation. Mengel was instrumental in Honeywell’s efforts in industry sponsored research and training, and participated in a number of Research Foundation projects. He served on the Foundation’s Fire Detection and Alarm research advisory council.

This year’s program will bring research from 34 compelling papers into practice, including detection topics related to system performance, predicting response, mass notification, and notification and human behavior. Suppression topics will include the latest updates on halon alternatives and their applications, sprinklers, water mist and water additives, and foams. Keynotes include an update from the Department of Homeland Security on mass notification and an assessment of the impact of performance based codes on fire protection systems in New Zealand.

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The Fire Protection Research Foundation plans, manages, and communicates consortium-funded research on a broad range of fire safety issues in collaboration with scientists and laboratories around the world. The Foundation is an affiliate of NFPA.

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