James A. Milke Takes Office as President of the Society of Fire Protection Engineers

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University of Maryland Professor to Lead Fire Protection Engineering Society in 2012

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SFPE 2012 President Professor James A. Milke

At the University of Maryland, Milke has made significant contributions to the profession of fire protection engineering by advancing the science and technology that makes people and property safe from fire.

Professor James A. Milke takes office as President of the Society of Fire Protection Engineers (SFPE) for 2012. Milke is a professor and the chair of the department of fire protection engineering at the University of Maryland.

Milke has served on the Society’s Board of Directors since 2004 and is an SFPE Fellow. SFPE Fellows represent a distinguished group of members who have attained significant stature and accomplishment in engineering. In 2009 he received the SFPE John L. Bryan Mentor Award and the Harold E. Nelson Award in 2002.

“At the University of Maryland, Milke has made significant contributions to the profession of fire protection engineering by advancing the science and technology that makes people and property safe from fire,” said SFPE Engineering Program Manager Chris Jelenewicz. “He is widely recognized throughout the world for his work in structural fire protection and smoke management systems.”

In 1981, Milke became a faculty member at the University of Maryland department of fire protection engineering and was promoted to department head in 2011. Over this time, he co-authored two books on the design of smoke management systems and authored chapters in the SFPE Handbook of Fire Protection Engineering in subjects related to smoke management and the fire resistance of structural steel.

Milke holds a Ph.D. in aerospace engineering, M.S. degree in mechanical engineering and B.S. degree in fire protection engineering from the University of Maryland. In addition, he has a B.S. degree in physics from Ursinus College. He is a licensed Professional Engineer who is licensed in the State of Delaware.

What is a Fire Protection Engineer?
According to the Society of Fire Protection Engineers, a fire protection engineer applies science and engineering principles to protect people, homes, workplaces, the economy and the environment from the devastating effects of fires. Fire protection engineers analyze how buildings are used, how fires start and grow, and how fires affect people and property. They use the latest technologies to design systems to control fires, alert people to danger, and provide means for escape. Fire protection engineers also work closely with other professionals, including engineers of other disciplines, architects, state and local building officials, and local fire departments to build fire safe communities. Fire protection engineers are in high demand. The number of available jobs far exceeds the supply.

About Society of Fire Protection Engineers
Organized in 1950, the Society of Fire Protection Engineers (SFPE) is the professional organization that represents engineers engaged in fire protection worldwide. Through its membership of over 5,000 professionals and 65 international chapters, SFPE advances the science and practice of fire protection engineering while maintaining a high ethical standard. SFPE and its members serve to make the world a safer place by reducing the burden of unwanted fire through the application of science and technology. To become a member, go to http://www.sfpe.org.

More information about SFPE can be found at http://www.sfpe.org or by e-mailing education(at)sfpe(dot)org.

CONTACT:
Chris Jelenewicz
301.718.2910 (ext 108)
chris(at)sfpe(dot)org

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