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Scientific Committee ISTSS

Ying Zhen Li, Chair, RISE Research Institutes of Sweden

Dr Ying Zhen Li is a senior research scientist at RISE Research Institutes of Sweden. His main research interests are in fire dynamics and fire suppression in tunnels, fire and explosion hazards of alternative fuel vehicles, scale modelling and CFD modelling of fires. He has been the winner of several prestigious awards, such as the “SFPE Jack Bono Award” and “ITA COSUF Award”. He has published over 80 scientific/technical publications concerning fire safety and co-authored the book “Tunnel Fire Dynamics”. He serves as guest editor for Fire Safety Journal. He is the chairman of scientific committee on tunnel fire dynamics and smoke control of the World Transport Convention, and co-chairman of the tunnel fire session at IAFSS 2017.

Anders Lönnermark,  RISE Research Institutes of Sweden

Dr Anders Lönnermark is a senior research scientist at the Department of Safety at RISE Research Institutes of Sweden, where he has been employed since 1995. Lönnermark has a long experience of performing fire tests, both in model-scale and in full scale. In 2003 Lönnermark was responsible for the performance of the large-scale tests in the Runehamar tunnel. In 2005 he got his PhD degree from Lund University and the title of the thesis was “On the Characteristics of Fires in Tunnels”. He is co-author of the book “Tunnel Fire Dynamics”. Anders has been adjunct professor at Mälardalen University 2013-2019. Anders is the chair of the ISTSS Scientific Committee.

Haukur Ingason, RISE Research Institutes of Sweden

Prof Haukur Ingason has over twenty five years of international experience in fire safety research and engineering. He has been involved in large scale and model scale studies of fire and smoke spread in tunnels since 1992 and is one of the authors to the Tunnel Fire Dynamics handbook. He is an adjunct  professor at Lund University, where he is supervising and giving classes for students on fire dynamics in tunnels and a senior research scientist at RISE Safety – Fire Research in Borås Sweden since 1988.

Are Wendelborg Brandt, RISE Fire Research AS, Norway

Are Wendelborg Brandt, has been working at RISE Fire Research (SINTEF NBL) since 1997, where he has undertaken projects on Water Mist testing, both development tests for manufacturers (Tunnels, aircraft hangars) and the IMO tests. He was responsible for carrying out the medium-scale tests of Water Mist systems for tunnel protection in the UPTUN project (Upgrading European Tunnels) and he has carried out several full-scale fire tests in the Runehamar Test tunnel, Åndalsnes, Norway. Some of these projects were testing the feasibility of active fire protection systems. The number of projects and the variety of system tests at large scale makes Are W. Brandt one of the most experienced researchers into tunnel fire testing in Europe. At present, he is working as a research scientist and discipline manager for tunnel but has previously held positions as acting CEO at SINTEF NBL, vice president for RISE Fire Research and department manager for the department of Fire Development and Extinguishing at RISE Fire Research.

Ricky Carvel, University of Edinburgh, UK

Dr Ricky Carvel is Lecturer in Combustion and Fire Dynamics at the University of Edinburgh, Scotland. He is also editor of the ‘Handbook of Tunnel Fire Safety’ (2nd Edition, ICE Publishing, 2011) and associate editor of Fire Safety Journal. He has been researching tunnel fire phenomena since 1998 and has been a regular speaker at tunnel safety conferences since 1999. His work has highlighted the influence that tunnel ventilation systems and tunnel geometry can have on the burning behaviour of various different types of fires in tunnels. In 2004 he was awarded a PhD from Heriot-Watt University (Edinburgh, Scotland) for his thesis “Fire Size in Tunnels”. He currently provides fire safety engineering consultancy services to a number of different companies, primarily with regards to fire safety in tunnels. Further details on

Håkan Frantzich, Lund University, Sweden

Dr Håkan Frantzich is a senior lecturer at Lund University in Sweden. His main area of expertise is related to people safety during evacuation in fires. He has a great experience in performing evacuation experiments for research purposes and linking fire human behaviour and movement of people to evacuation modelling. He is also involved as a fire safety expert in building design. Frantzich has also been involved in the development of design procedures for linking risk assessment and fire safety design. He has contributed to the spread of fire related knowledge as an author of different publications e.g. design guides, building codes, a chapter on risk assessment methods in the next SFPE Handbook of Fire Protection Engineering and several journal and conference papers.

Rune Brandt, HBI Haerter, Switzerland

Dr Rune Brandt heads the renowned and internationally reputed consultancy HBI Haerter. Since 1963, the tunnel ventilation and the safety concept of than 600 tunnels world wide have been designed by HBI Haerter that has offices in Switzerland and Germany. Moreover, pollutions dispersion modelling and risk assessment is part of the core services. Dr Rune Brandt is active in PIARC’s tunnel working group “air quality, fires and ventilation”. Moreover, he serves on several scientific committees. HBI Haerter follows projects from first ideas over preliminary and detailed design to tendering, site supervision and operation. Dr Rune Brandt holds a Ph.D. from Cambridge University (UK), is Eur Ing and has a M.Sc. from the Technical university of Denmark.

Daniel Joyeux, Efectis, France

Dr Daniel Joyeux is the chairman of Efectis Group dedicated to fire safety testing, certification and engineering with about 230 employees. He is an active member of numerous standardization and pre-standardization groups, as NFPA 502 for fire safety of tunnel, AFCEN for fire safety in Nuclear Plant, but also working groups from French ministries for regulation evolution. He is the convenor of the CEN TC127 WG8 “Fire Safety Engineering”. After a PHD on soot formation in 1993, he is working since 25 years on the FSE development and fire safety improvement. He has been recently appointed as Justice Expert at the Paris court of appeal.

Gary English, Seattle Fire Department, USA

Deputy Chief English now serves as an independent consultant after 30 years in fire service with 14 years on command staff for Seattle Fire Department as Assistant Fire Marshal. This included regulating construction, fire and life safety systems for underground infrastructure including new SR99 tunnel, road tunnel retrofits, road tunnel conversion to add passenger rail use and design/construction and emergency operation for the new LINK light rail tunnels.
Technical committee member on NFPA Road and Rail tunnels, numerous tunnel research committees, e.g. Transportation Research Board , National Research Council (US and Canada), National Highway Cooperative Research Programs.

Iain Bowman, Mott MacDonald, Canada

Dr Iain Bowman is a Deputy Practice Leader for fire-life safety with global consultants Mott MacDonald, and has a PhD from the University of Cambridge, with over twenty-five years of professional experience. A Chartered Engineer with the Institute of Mechanical Engineers, he has been involved in underground infrastructure fire safety since 2002, and currently serves on the Technical Committee for the NFPA 502 standard.

Peter Sturm, Graz University of Technology, Austria

Peter Sturm is professor at Graz University of Technology, Austria. He holds a PhD in mechanical engineering. The current position is dean of studies for the faculty of Mechanical Engineering, deputy head of the Institute and head of the section “traffic and environment” at the Institute for Internal Combustion Engines and Thermodynamics.
The focus of the research work is in the field of tunnel ventilation and safety as well as on urban air quality. He represents Austria in PIARC (world road association) technical committees for safety, ventilation and operation of road tunnels and NFPA 502 (USA). He has been involved in the design of ventilation systems of road and rail tunnels for more than 25 years.

Jaap Weerheijm, TNO, Netherlands

Dr. ir. Jaap Weerheijm is a senior research scientist at the TNO Defence, Security and Safety organisation. His expertise is on explosion effects, structural protection and material response under extreme dynamic loading.
At TNO he is responsible for the exploratory research on protective materials and protection concepts.  Since 2003 he also works part time at the Delft University and is responsible for the research field of Impact Dynamics of Structures and Materials.
He is chairman of the technical working programme of the international KLOTZ group of experts on explosion safety and member of various technical and scientific committees. Special fields of interest are the protection of built infrastructure and tunnel safety.

Ove Njå, University of Stavanger, Norway

Ove Njå is professor of Risk and Emergency Management at the University of Stavanger (UiS) (2000-), working in the Centre of Risk Management and Societal Safety (SEROS). His professional career includes five years in the civil engineering industry, ten years in the petroleum industry and 20 years in research and education. Njå has participated in and led a large number of research projects, comprising risk analysis, risk acceptance, risk management, emergency preparedness and crisis management in which fire hazards in tunnels have been included. He is currently leading a research project on competence increase related to tunnel safety. Ove Njå has played a key role in the development of the educational programmes at master and Ph.D level in societal safety at the University of Stavanger.

Nick Agnew, Stacey Agnew P/L, Australia

Dr Nick Agnew is a Director of Stacey Agnew Pty Ltd, an independent consultancy offering clear thinking, analysis and design in a range of engineering and operational fields.  Nick is a fire engineer and tunnel ventilation engineer with 22 years of professional experience covering industrial and underground fire and life safety, industrial and underground ventilation, new product development, forensic engineering, accident investigation and reconstruction, computational fluid dynamics, computational stress analysis, and machinery design.  As an applied fluid dynamicist with broad design and forensic experience, Nick is a thought-leader in tunnel safety.  His exceptional interpersonal skills and lateral thinking abilities have made him a valued point of contact for clients and regulators on many projects.

Magnus Arvidson, RISE Research Institutes of Sweden

Magnus Arvidson is a Fire Protection Engineer graduated from the University of Lund in Sweden in 1989. He has been working at RISE Fire Research since 1991, mainly responsible for activities related to water mist and sprinkler system testing and research. He served as a member in the NFPA 750 technical committee on the installation of water mist fire protection systems from 1993 to 2000, has been active in the Sub Committee on Fire Protection at the International Maritime Organization, and has been involved in a technical committee at CEN developing a standard for water mist systems. He is currently a member of the Scientific Council of the International Water Mist Association.

Margaret McNamee, Lund University, Sweden

Margaret McNamee is Professor of Fire Safety Engineering at Lund University in Sweden. Prior to that she held a variety of positions at RISE (formerly SP National Research Institute of Sweden) since starting as Researcher in 1995, including until recently Chief Technology Officer in the Corporate Management Team with broad corporate responsibility. Margaret’s technical expertise is in characterising the environmental impact of fires and understanding the chemistry of fires. She has worked in the field of fire and combustion research for more than 20 years.