Thomas A. Gray, long time member of Chicago SFPE, is this year’s recipient of the Purdue University Engineering Education Outstanding Alumni Award. Tom is a graduate of the former Division of Interdisciplinary Engineering (now part of the School of Engineering Education). The Engineering Education Outstanding Alumni Award is presented to alumni who have achieved singular accomplishments in their fields, whose successful careers are role models for our students, and whose achievements set an example for all the School’s alumni.
Position Title: Fire Protection Engineer
Company Name: Envista Forensics
Job Location: Deerfield, IL
We are an Equal Opportunity Employer offering competitive pay and benefits and an environment where teamwork, ongoing professional development, continuous improvement, and exceptional service are valued and rewarded. We are seeking a fire protection engineer to support our current and growing demand for forensic engineering services worldwide. The ideal candidate would handle and investigate a wide range of matters involving both fire protection related losses, as well as equipment and machinery failures.
- Investigates the cause and origin of failures, damages or defects of failed fire protection systems (sprinkler systems, hood and duct systems, smoke control systems, master water systems, etc.)
- Provides loss consulting services to assess the scope of damage and the value of loss to commercial and industrial equipment fire protection systems and mechanical equipment. Estimate damages and advise clients on repair vs. replacement decisions.
- Investigates the cause and origin of failures, damages or defects of machinery and industrial or mechanical equipment.
- Prepares accurate, clear, thorough, and concise reports and letters outlining the cause and origin of the damages to clients. Follows established policies, procedures, and processes in preparing information, exercising sound judgment in applying these to potentially unusual or complicated situations, and submit reports and documents in a timely manner and in accordance with client’s standards and expectations.
- Stays abreast of office and company policies, procedures, and practices; participates in ongoing training and development as assigned or approved to assure knowledge and skills remain current and comprehensive.
- Functions as an effective member of the team, assisting co-workers as needed and learning from colleagues and supervisors; supports the goals of the department, division, and organization; participates in special assignments and activities as required or approved; demonstrates initiative in the interest of the client and the organization.
- Adheres to all applicable federal, state, and local laws as well as applicable regulations and standards.
- Establishes trusted working relationship with clients in regional area and interacts socially at mixed engagements with clients.
Minimum Experience and Qualifications:
- Bachelor’s degree in Fire Protection Engineering, Mechanical Engineering or a related field is required.
- Demonstrated knowledge and previous application of NFPA codes and standards is required.
- Strong working knowledge of building codes is preferred.
- Significant experience (typically 6+ years) of related experience in fire protection engineering (design and failure analysis) is required.
- Experience in a role inspecting failures of mechanical or industrial equipment and machinery (heavy industrial, rotating equipment, boilers, pumps) a plus.
- Experience in forensic engineering, claims or litigation is preferred but not required.
- Professional Engineering (PE) license is required.
Envista Forensics addresses the growing demand by insurance claims and legal professionals for a global, multi-disciplinary and highly-skilled forensic engineering partner. Envista Forensics is a global forensic consulting firm that provides a comprehensive array of technical services to the insurance and legal communities.
Our mission is simple:
- We deliver certainty to our clients when they need it most: When equipment, systems, structures, or data have been threatened by catastrophe or litigation.
- We determine cause and responsibility; we identify the nature and extent of damage or loss and provide a full range of solutions to protect their assets.
- Our technical experts are trusted advisors and industry leaders. Their expertise is broad and deep, capable of withstanding all forms of scrutiny. Our services are available globally so that certainty is assured no matter where in the world it is needed.
As the recovery from disasters has grown more complex, Envista Forensics has developed a comprehensive array of services to help our clients and has associates located around the globe to provide our clients assurance no matter the type of loss or location of the disaster. Our entire staff is dedicated to providing the best possible service, vast experience, and Certainty in an Uncertain World.
Salary range and benefits:
Negotiable based on experience.
Resume Submission/Application Instructions:
Submit resume to:
Director of Talent Management
The Chicago Chapter of the Society of Fire Protection Engineers (SFPE) is happy to work with the Chicago Fire Department (CFD) and be in a position to donate a new, state of the art, fire alarm panel to the Robert J. Quinn Fire Academy. The CFD is one of the oldest, most innovative, and storied fire departments in the country. Similarly, the Chicago Chapter of SFPE is the oldest chapter of SFPE and tirelessly works to promote fire safety on the local level through our dedicated membership. It is that membership and Siemens’ Fire & Life Safety Service that enabled this donation of a Siemens FireFinder XLS alarm panel. This fully functional Siemens panel with devices and appliances will be used to train the new recruits of the Chicago Fire Department. The CFD along with providing emergency care and extinguishing fires, works to promote fire safety. Similarly, part of SFPE’s mission is to advance the use of engineering, and educate the global fire safety community, in order to reduce fire risk. Through these parallel organizational goals, SFPE is honored to be able to make this donation and with it, hope that our organizations can continue to work together on our shared objectives. It is with great gratitude to those brave and dedicated members of the CFD, that the Chicago Chapter of SFPE and Siemens make this fire alarm panel donation to the Chicago Fire Department.
The Chicago SFPE chapter held their monthly meeting in a different format, a breakfast meeting. The Venue was Egg Harbor Café in Elmhurst, Illinois. The attendees were generally pleased with the location and food. Dan Fritz, President, announced that we will consider more early-format meetings in the future.
The speaker was Judy Krumpolc, an engineer with Axa-Matrix Risk Consultants, who provided an interesting discussion of flammable liquid storage tank fires, consequences, industry standards and modeling. The discussion focused on pool fires, defined as: turbulent diffuse fire burning above a horizontal pool of vaporizing fuel where that vapor has zero initial momentum. Consequence models being utilized include PHAST, NIST FDS, CIRRUS and others. Wind effects and drag on flames are considerations. Flame radiation modeling was discussed where view factors, atmospheric transmissivity and emissive power are the key inputs. Typical thermal criteria of interest at target surfaces include, 2 kW/sq m for >10 minutes, at level at which steel loses strength; 6.3 kW/sq ft, a level at which a firefighter in bunker gear can survive and fight a fire; and, 8 kW/sq m, a threshold for cooling adjacent tanks to keep fuels from igniting.
Related standards of interest include NFPA 30 and FM datasheet 7-88. Modeling together with standards application provide data for decisions on minimum tank spacing and other items of interest.
(submitted by K. Mniszewski)