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Structural Engineers Association of New York

Resilience Through Fire Engineering

  • 06 Jun 2023
  • 12:00 PM - 1:20 PM
  • Zoom Webinar


  • PDH certificates are not available for student registration.

SEAoNY Resilience Committee Presents:

Resilience Through Fire Engineering

DATE: June 6, 2023
TIME: 12:00 PM - 1:20 PM
Zoom Webinar

This panel will focus on recent advances in fire engineering and strategies to achieve fire resilience in buildings and communities. The panelists will discuss different aspects of fire protection engineering and fire life safety, performance-based structural design for fire, and wildfires that impact wildland-urban interface communities. This event is part of a series of resilience-focused panel events hosted by the SEAoNY Resilience Committee.

Registration Fees:
SEAoNY Student Members – Free
SEAoNY Members - Free
Non-Members Students – $5
Non-Member - $15

*Members must log in to their SEAoNY accounts to receive membership discount on registration.  (Inquire about free student membership at

1 PDH 


David Jacoby
Principal, SGH

David Jacoby is a Principal and Division Head of the Fire Engineering Division for Simpson Gumpertz & Heger Inc.  David has more than 25 years of experience in fire protection engineering and is a licensed professional engineer and LEED AP.  He has worked on a broad range of projects from historic preservation/adaptive reuse to campus/city planning.  His work also includes large assembly occupancies, stadiums, arenas, convention centers, mixed-use high-rise facilities, airports, hospitals, federal courthouses, office buildings, casinos, and residential facilities.  He is a Fellow of the Society of Fire Protection Engineers (SFPE), and a member National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) and American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME).  David is involved with various committees in the fire industry, including the New York City Department of Buildings – NYC Build Code Committees – Use, Occupancy and Construction committee and a previous member of the Fire Protection Committee; and is a principal member of the Fundamentals Committee of NFPA 101/NFPA 5000.  He is a Past President of the NYC Metro Chapter of SFPE. 

Ali Ashrafi
Principal, Thornton Tomasetti

Dr. Ali Ashrafi received his Ph.D. in Civil Engineering and Engineering Mechanics from Columbia University and is currently a Principal at Thornton Tomasetti. He is a member and a past vice-chair of the ASCE Fire Protection Committee, a member of ASCE Dynamics committee, and a member of the New York ACEC Metro Region Fire Codes Committee. Ali has broad experience with performance-based design, including performance-based structural fire engineering, seismic design, and wind design. Ali also has extensive experience investigation damages to buildings, including as a result of fires. Ali’s work includes looking at emerging topics in fire safety such as fire safety of mass timber construction, electric vehicles, and energy storage in urban environments, as well as wildfire resilience. Dr. Ashrafi is an Adjunct Professor at Columbia University, having taught both Structural Fire Engineering and Earthquake and Wind Engineering.

Alexander Maranghides
Wildland Urban Interface Fire Group / National Institute of Standards and Technology 

Mr. Maranghides has worked for 7 years at the US Naval Research Laboratory (NRL), on the Navy's Halon Replacement Program. Between 1995 and 2000, Mr. Maranghides was the Test Director for NRL Real Scale Halon Replacement Test Program. After joining NIST, Mr. Maranghides run the NIST Large Fire Laboratory for seven years where he was responsible for the design and execution of hundreds of large-scale experiments. In the past twenty years, Mr. Maranghides has focused his research on the national Wildland Interface (WUI) Fire problem. He has spent years in the field collecting, analyzing and documenting WUI fires and had led all four NIST WUI Fire reconstructions. His WUI findings have impacted national and regional standards.  

Mr. Maranghides is a member of the Wildland-Urban Interface Fire Group in the NIST Fire Research Division and for many years has been a leader in WUI fire reconnaissance, reconstruction, and related research. He is currently leading the NIST Investigation of the California Camp Fire, the Structure Separation Experiments cross-agency research project, and was the lead author of the recently released Hazard Mitigation Methodology. He is a voting member of the CA WUI Building Code and NFPA 1140. Mr. Maranghides provides technical input to multiple Federal and State agencies and NGOs on WUI fire science and technology implementation in the US and overseas.

Registration closes at 9:00 AM, June 6, 2023

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