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NCST Advisory Committee Members

Ron J. Coleman
Fireforceone, Elk Grove, CA
Term Expires: October 12, 2016

Mr. Coleman has had a long and distinguished career in the field of firefighting. After rising from firefighter to operations chief in Costa Mesa, CA, during the 1960s, Mr. Coleman was the fire chief in San Clemente, CA, for more than a decade, and in Fullerton, CA, for 8 years after that. He served as California State Fire Marshal from 1992 to 1998, then worked for several years as chief deputy director of the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection. He is a past president of the International Association of Fire Chiefs, the League of California Cities Fire Chiefs Department, and the (California) State Association of Fire Educators. He chaired the board of trustees for the Commission on Fire Accreditation International and has served on many other national, state, and local committees concerned with fire safety. Mr. Coleman provides consulting services through his company, Fireforceone, and currently serves as president of the National Fire Heritage Center located in Emmitsburg, MD. He has authored, edited, or contributed to more than a dozen books and has been a columnist for FIRE CHIEF and Sprinkler Age magazines. Mr. Coleman has degrees from California State University Long Beach, California State University Fullerton, and Rancho Santiago College.

Paul A. Croce
Retired, Formerly Vice President and Manager of Research
FM Global, Norwood, MA
Term Expires: October 12, 2017

Dr. Croce has nearly 40 years of experience in the development and application of technological solutions for assessing, mitigating, and managing risks to safety and property posed by fire and other hazards. Since retiring from FM Global in 2005, he has remained active in academic advisory boards and technical panels, including two NIST blue-ribbon panels on safety and management. At FM Global, he directed an international program of scientific research into the causes and mitigation of property damage and loss. Earlier, Dr. Croce worked for Arthur D. Little, Inc., and the Factory Mutual Research Corporation (one of the corporate predecessors of FM Global). Dr. Croce has served on a number of professional and ad hoc committees for the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME), the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), and other agencies and organizations, and has authored many technical papers and reports. He has degrees in mechanical engineering from Washington University in St. Louis, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and the University of Rhode Island. 

Susan L. Cutter
Professor of Geography and Director, Hazards and Vulnerability Research Institute
University of South Carolina, Columbia
Term Expires: October 12, 2015

Dr. Cutter has been a professor in the University of South Carolina's Department of Geography since 1993. Since 1995, she has also directed the university's Hazards and Vulnerability Research Institute. Her research has focused on the science of disaster vulnerability and resilience—what makes people and places vulnerable to extreme events and how vulnerability and resilience are measured, monitored, and assessed. Dr. Cutter has led a number of post-event field studies, examining evacuation behavior, the social vulnerability of affected communities, and the role of geographic information technologies in rescue and relief operations. She serves as co-executive editor of Environment and is an associate editor of Weather, Climate, and Society. She has authored or edited 12 books and more than 100 journal articles and book chapters, provided expert testimony to Congress, and served on many advisory boards and committees for the National Research Council, the National Science Foundation, the Natural Hazards Center, and other organizations. A past president of the Association of American Geographers and the Consortium of Social Science Associations (COSSA), Dr. Cutter has degrees in geography from the University of Chicago and California State University East Bay.

Carlos Fernandez-Pello
Professor of Mechanical Engineering
University of California, Berkeley
Term Expires: October 12, 2015

Dr. Fernandez-Pello has been a professor in UC Berkeley's Department of Mechanical Engineering since 1980. He teaches primarily in the areas of combustion, heat transfer, and thermodynamics, and his research has focused on the following: fire ignition and spread in solid and liquid fuels, liquid-fuel pool burning and spray combustion, self-heating and ignition of combustible materials, smoldering and transition to flaming, spacecraft and aircraft fire safety, wildland fire propagation and spotting, micro-scale power generation, and the development of biofuels from wood pyrolysis. He has published extensively in technical journals and conference proceedings. He is the principal investigator for UC Berkeley's Combustion and Fire Processes Laboratory, and has served as associate dean of the university's Graduate Division since 2003. In addition to his academic work, Dr. Fernandez-Pello provides engineering consulting services to government and industry relating to accidental fires and explosions, the performance of combustion systems, and materials testing. He has degrees in engineering science and aeronautical engineering from UC San Diego and the Polytechnic University of Madrid, Spain.

Jeremy Isenberg (NCST Advisory Committee Chairperson)
Senior Principal Structural Engineer
AECOM, Oakland, CA
Term Expires: October 12, 2017

Dr. Isenberg has more than 40 years of experience in structural engineering as a practitioner, researcher, innovator, executive, author, and leader. He is widely recognized in the field for his technical contributions in a number of areas, including nonlinear structure-medium interaction and structural response under earthquake and blast loading; seismic performance of structures and pipelines; concrete modeling for dynamic, finite-element analysis of complex structures; and  software for modeling ultrasound inspection of metallic structures. At AECOM, he is continuing his work in computational modeling of structural response to extreme loads and of complex structures containing sensitive instruments exposed to vibrations. Previously, Dr. Isenberg served for 12 years as president and chief executive officer of Weidlinger Associates, a national civil and structural engineering and software development firm. He has been active for many years in the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) Technical Council on Lifeline Earthquake Engineering. He helped to establish the ASCE Structural Engineering Institute (SEI) and served as president of SEI's board of governors from 2003 to 2005. The author of more than 60 publications, Dr. Isenberg has been recognized for his work in protective construction and lifeline earthquake engineering.  Honors include election to the National Academy of Engineering and to Honorary Membership in ASCE. He is also the 2009 recipient of the ASCE OPAL award for design.  Dr. Isenberg has degrees in civil and structural engineering from Stanford University and from the University of Cambridge in England, where he was a Fulbright Scholar.

Anne S. Kiremidjian
Professor of Civil Engineering
Stanford University, Stanford, CA
Term Expires: October 12, 2016

Dr. Kiremidjian has been a civil engineering professor at Stanford University since 1978. She has expertise in assessing the risk that earthquakes and other potential natural disasters pose for single buildings, regional building stocks, and lifeline systems; in developing decision-support systems and using geographic information systems for disaster management; and in developing wireless sensor networks, damage-detection algorithms, and decision-support systems for monitoring, detecting, assessing, and responding to structural damage. Dr. Kiremidjian formerly directed Stanford's John A. Blume Earthquake Engineering Center. She has served on numerous boards and committees for the American Society of Civil Engineers, the National Science Foundation, the California Seismic Safety Commission, earthquake engineering research centers, and other organizations. She has authored several hundred articles, reports, and papers, spoken frequently at meetings and conferences, and provided consulting services for engineering, utility, oil production, and insurance companies. Dr. Kiremidjian has degrees in structural engineering from Stanford, and degrees in civil engineering and physics from Columbia University and the City University of New York, respectively.

R. Shankar Nair
Senior Vice President
exp US Services Inc., Chicago, IL
Term Expires: October 12, 2017
Dr. Nair has had more than 40 years of experience in structural design as a practicing structural engineer, researcher, author, and lecturer. His work has focused on structural engineering for large architectural and civil engineering projects, including many major bridges and high-rise buildings. Dr. Nair has worked for exp (and its predecessor firm Teng and Associates) since 1995, and before that was a principal at Alfred Benesch and Company in Chicago and at RTKL Associates in Baltimore. His work has garnered numerous awards, including four American Institute of Steel Construction (AISC) "Prize Bridge" awards and six annual "Most Innovative Structure" awards from the Structural Engineers Association of Illinois. Dr. Nair has published many technical papers and served on many professional councils and committees. He chairs the AISC Committee on Specifications and is a past chairman and fellow of the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat. He was elected to membership in the National Academy of Engineering in 2005. Dr. Nair has degrees in civil engineering from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and the Indian Institute of Technology at Kharagpur, India. 

James R. Quiter

Registered Professional Engineer and Principal
Arup, San Francisco, CA
Term Expires: October 12, 2017

Mr. Quiter has more than 30 years of experience in fire protection engineering and is a widely recognized leader in the development of performance-based building codes. He chairs the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) Building Code Correlating Committee and High-Rise Building Safety Advisory Committee, and formerly chaired the association's Safety to Life Committee. He has also been a major contributor to the International Code Council's performance-based codes. Mr. Quiter received the NFPA's Standards Medal in 2008 in recognition of his outstanding contributions to the association's codes and standards development process and his dedication to fire safety worldwide. He is the Managing Director of Arup's San Francisco office and Consulting Practice leader for Arup's Americas region. Prior to joining Arup in 2001, Mr. Quiter held positions at Rolf Jensen and Associates and the Insurance Services Office (ISO). Mr. Quiter is a fellow and past president of the Society of Fire Protection Engineers and has a degree in fire protection engineering from the Illinois Institute of Technology.

Sarah A. Rice
Project Manager
The Preview Group, Inc., Cincinnati, OH
Term Expires: October 12, 2016

Ms. Rice's nearly three decades of engineering experience has emphasized the development, communication, and application of building codes and standards. During 15 years with the International Code Council (ICC) and Building Officials and Code Administrators International (BOCA), Ms. Rice managed the development of technical content for ICC and BOCA codes and commentaries and produced and delivered professional-development seminars on the codes. For more than a decade since, she has maintained and applied her knowledge of codes and standards, providing code-related architectural and engineering consulting services and serving on numerous code-development committees for the ICC and the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA). A certified building official, Ms. Rice has a degree in civil (structural) engineering from the University of Illinois.

NCST Advisory Committee at the November 2011 Meeting.

NCST Advisory Committee Members, at the November 2011 meeting.  Left to right, back to front:  Jeffrey Garrett, Carlos Fernandez-Pello, James Quiter, R. Shankar Nair, Jeremy Isenberg, Sarah Rice, Paul Croce, Anne Kiremidjian, Ronny Coleman.  Photo credit: NIST.