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About Nicholas A. Dembsey

In today’s cost-conscious world, ensuring greater life safety and property protection has never been more challenging. To this end, my research focuses on the building performance applications of fire dynamics, fire characteristics of materials, and fire models. With the able assistance of a Fire Protection Engineering doctoral student, we are developing new techniques and a guidance document for practicing engineers to measure fire properties of materials. This work will enable practicing engineers to more accurately predict fire behavior. In addition, I am working with several other graduate students in the areas of fire model flame spread validation, and improvement of building fire safety design by developing a more effective interface between architects and fire protection engineers. Our goal is to provide knowledge that enables fire protection engineers to develop more effective and efficient designs in the built environment and serve as a basis for improvement of regulatory policy.


Present Professor, Fire Protection Engineering, Worcester Polytechnic Institute


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Higgins Laboratories, 106
Phone: +1-508-831-5971
Fax: +1-508-831-5862