UMD’s Dr. James Milke Recognized by Siemens at NFPA

Tuesday, June 12, 2018 8:57 am EDT


Las Vegas

Siemens presented Dr. James A. Milke, P.E., Ph.D., with its 2018 Fire Industry Leadership Award at the NFPA Conference in Las Vegas. Dr. Milke is a professor and chair of the Department of Fire Protection Engineering at the University of Maryland in College Park, Md. He received the award for his outstanding leadership and accomplishments that have helped progress codes, regulations, technologies and social awareness for the need for advanced fire and life safety practices.

“Dr. Milke’s impressive resume speaks for itself. This man has dedicated his career to fire and life safety,” says Dan Finnegan, Manager of Industry Affairs – Fire at Siemens Building Technologies Division. “Congratulations, Jim, and thank you for keeping fire and life safety top of mind.”

Dr. Milke’s principal areas of expertise involve smoke management, fire detection, and evacuation analyses. He has served as a research fire prevention engineer at the Center for Fire Research, National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), as the fire protection engineer for Fairfax County, Va., as a research assistant for the University of Maryland and as a consultant to several organizations.

Dr. Milke is a fellow and past president of the Society of Fire Protection Engineers (SFPE). He is a member of several professional societies, including SFPE, National Fire Protection Association, and the International Association for Fire Safety Science. He is a member of the Fire Council of Underwriters Laboratories and a past member of the NFPA Standards Council. He is on the editorial board of Fire Technology. He is the past-chair of the NFPA Technical Committee on Smoke Management Systems and the ASCE/SFPE committee, "Structural Design for Fire Conditions." He was a member of the core group of the FEMA Building Performance Assessment Team for the World Trade Center incident on September 11, 2001.

Throughout his career, Dr. Milke has published a number of articles on the topics of smoke detection, structural fire protection, and detection, and he has received a number of industry awards.

“Learning about this recognition was a wonderful surprise, and I’m highly honored,” says Dr. Milke. “I’m grateful to all of the people who have assisted me in those achievements over the years, and I treasure the special relationships that I’ve developed with numerous people in the industry, including at Siemens.” 


About Siemens

The Siemens Building Technologies Division (Buffalo Grove, Ill.) is the North American market leader for safe and secure, energy-efficient and environment-friendly buildings and infrastructures. As a technology partner, service provider, system integrator and product vendor, Building Technologies has offerings for fire protection, life safety and security as well as building automation, heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC), and energy management. Siemens’ Total Energy Management approach helps customers consume sparingly, spend wisely, generate responsibly, and analyze continuously.

Siemens Corporation is a U.S. subsidiary of Siemens AG, a global powerhouse focusing on the areas of electrification, automation and digitalization. One of the world’s largest producers of energy-efficient, resource-saving technologies, Siemens is a leading supplier of systems for power generation and transmission as well as medical diagnosis. With approximately 372,000 employees in 190 countries, Siemens reported worldwide revenue of $92.0 billion in fiscal 2017. Siemens in the USA reported revenue of $23.3 billion, including $5.0 billion in exports, and employs approximately 50,000 people throughout all 50 states and Puerto Rico.

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