Winners of 2011 William M Carey and Ronald K Mengel awards announced

Published on May 27, 2011

May 27, 2011 – The Fire Protection Research Foundation (FPRF), an affiliate of the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), announced the winners of the 2011 William M. Carey and Ronald K. Mengel awards.

The 2011 Ronald K. Mengel Award for best detection paper goes to Robert Chandler of the University of Central Florida for “Emergency Environmental Stress Induced Diminished Cognitive Capacities:  Adapting to Audience Challenges for Successful Emergency Communication and Incident Alerting Notification Applications.”

The 2011 William M. Carey Award for best suppression paper was awarded to Weston Baker of FM Global for “Storage Sprinkler Design Criteria.”

The awards will be presented next year at the 2012 Suppression, Detection and Signaling Research and Applications (SUPDET) conference, the Research Foundation’s annual technical working conference on suppression and detection research, and applications. The winners are chosen based on a vote by participants and presented with the awards the following year.

The William M. Carey Award, established in honor of Mr. Carey who passed away in 2000, recognizes the most outstanding presentations given at the symposium. Originally, there were two awards given – one for the suppression category of the conference, and another for detection. In 2008, the award for the detection category was renamed in honor of the late Ronald K. Mengel.

Carey, a former senior staff engineer at Underwriters Laboratories, Inc, participated in many Research Foundation fire suppression projects, including the first, The National Quick Response Sprinkler Project. Throughout his career, he was often known for being "the bridge" between research and application of new fire safety knowledge.

Mengel, for years the vice president of industry affairs of the system sensor division of Honeywell Corporation, had a long and distinguished career in fire protection. He was instrumental in Honeywell’s efforts in industry-sponsored research and training. Mengel contributed to a number of Research Foundation projects and served on the Foundation’s Fire Detection and Alarm Research Advisory Council.

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