Bethesda, Md.—The Society of Fire Protection Engineers (SFPE) has issued a call for papers for high quality presentations on cutting-edge engineering practice and tools for its Engineering Technology Conference being held on October 19-20, 2009. The Engineering Technology Conference is part of the 2009 SFPE Professional Development Conference and Exposition—The Annual Meeting at the Doubletree Paradise Valley Resort in Scottsdale, Ariz.

Selected presenters will join keynote speakers who are the leaders in the profession to create a unique educational experience. The keynote presenters include the following:

  • "A short history of heat release rate testing," Vytenis (Vyto) Babrauskas, Ph.D.
  • "What’s new in NFPA 13—2010 Edition," Kenneth E. Isman
  • "Wind driven fires in buildings," Daniel Madrzykowski
  • "Innovations in building evacuation," Guylene Proulx, Ph.D.
  • "Harmonization and prediction of fire resistance tests," Ulf Wickstron

"This is the premier annual educational event for professionals who use science and technology to make our world safe from fire," said Chris Jelenewicz, Engineering Program Manager at SFPE. "This is truly a unique educational opportunity."
Presentations will be selected based on quality and relevance to advancing fire protection engineering practice. Abstracts should be approximately one page and provide sufficient details regarding the scope, results, and applications to determine the quality and applicability of the engineering concepts that would be presented. Presentations should be noncommercial in nature.

Abstracts are due by March 30, 2009. Submittal requirements can be found at www.sfpe.org.

Organized in 1950, the Society of Fire Protection Engineers is the professional society for engineers involved in the field of fire protection engineering. The purposes of SFPE are to advance the science and practice of fire protection engineering, maintain a high ethical standing among its members and foster fire protection engineering education. SFPE’s worldwide members include engineers in private practice, in industry and in local, regional and national government. Chapters are located in Canada, China, France, Italy, Hong Kong, Japan, Korea, Macau, Malaysia, New Zealand, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, Spain, Sweden, Taiwan, and the United States.