Fire Protection Research Foundation announces winners of the 2016 William M. Carey and Ronald K. Mengel Awards

October 20, 2016 – The Fire Protection Research Foundation (Foundation), an affiliate of the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), announced winners of the 2015 William M. Carey and Ronald K. Mengel awards. The award winners were selected by participants at the Foundation’s 2016 Suppression, Detection and Signaling Research and Applications Symposium (SUPDET). Recipients will receive their awards at the 2017 SUPDET Symposium, September 12-14, in College Park, Maryland.

Christina Francis won the 2016 William M. Carey Award for her outstanding paper entitled, New Technology for Sprinklered High-Challenge Warehouses.(PDF) The award recognizes the best suppression presentation, as voted by attendees of SUPDET. Francis of Procter & Gamble Co. (P&G) is responsible for the development and management of P&G’s Global Fire Protection Program, including oversight of more than 140 global manufacturing sites and technical centers.

The distinguished honor recognizes the late Carey, who was a senior staff engineer at Underwriters Laboratories Inc. Carey participated in many Foundation fire suppression projects, including the launch of The National Quick Response Sprinkler Project. Throughout his career, Carey was known for being "the bridge" between research and the application of new fire safety knowledge.

Joseph Fleming, deputy fire chief for the Boston Fire Department, and Vytenis Babrauskas, of Fire Science and Technology Inc., won the 2016 Ronald K. Mengel Award for their exceptional paper entitled, Improving Data Collection of Smoke Alarms in Fires.” (PDF) The award recognizes the best detection presentation, as declared by SUPDET Symposium participants.

The late Mengel had a long and distinguished career in fire protection, and served for many years as the vice president of industry affairs for the system sensor division of Honeywell Corporation. He was instrumental in Honeywell’s industry-sponsored research and training efforts. Mengel contributed to a number of Foundation projects and served on the Foundation’s Fire Detection and Alarm Research Advisory Council.

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