About the Editor


Jason A. Sutula, Ph.D., P.E., CFEI, CFII, CVFI, IAAI-CFI


Dr. Sutula graduated from the University of Maryland in 1997 with a Bachelor of Science degree in fire protection engineering. In 1998, he received his Master of Science degree in fire protection engineering again from the University of Maryland. While at the University of Maryland, he conducted research exploring the low strain regime of counter-flow diffusion flames. In 2009, Dr. Sutula completed a Doctor of Philosophy degree from the Graduate School of Engineering and Electronics at the University of Edinburgh in Scotland. His research involved the development of a methodology for the prediction of flame extinction and suppression in three-dimensional normal, reduced, and micro-gravity environments.

Over the past eighteen years, Dr. Sutula has applied his knowledge and experience in fire science, fire protection engineering, and fire and explosion investigations to solve problems for government agencies, major corporate clients, and law firms. His educational background and unique experience has led to involvement in both small-scale and large-scale fire science research projects, international fire and explosion investigation and reconstruction analyses, fire and explosion litigation consulting, computational fluid dynamics modeling, and computer fire modeling validation studies.

In addition to his work experience, Dr. Sutula is an educator within the fields of fire protection engineering and fire and explosion investigation. He currently holds an Adjunct Lecturer position at the University of Maryland, where he teaches a graduate level Advanced Fire Suppression course. Dr. Sutula also holds an Adjunct Lecturer position at Eastern Kentucky University within the Fire, Arson, and Explosion Investigation Program, where he teaches Fire Dynamics, Fire Behavior and Combustion, and Industrial Fire Protection.

Dr. Sutula is an active member in the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), the Society of Fire Protection Engineers (SFPE), and the International Association of Arson Investigators (IAAI). Additionally, he is a Board Member for the National Association of Fire Investigators (NAFI) and is employed by JENSEN HUGHES.


Through JENSEN HUGHES, Dr. Sutula provides consulting services in the following areas:

  • Investigation Services
    • Fire Origin and Cause Investigations
    • Explosion Origin and Cause Investigations
    • Fire and Explosion Differential Damage Analysis
    • Fire Modeling
    • Custom Fire Experimentation and Demonstration for Litigation Support
    • Fire Suppression System Failure Analysis
    • Fire Alarm System Failure Analysis
    • Fire Injury and Death, Toxicology, and Burn Analysis
    • Lithium-Ion Battery Fire Failure Analysis
  • Fire Hazard Analysis Services
    • Custom Assessment of Industry and Manufacturing Facilities Specializing in:
      • Lithium-Ion Battery Storage
      • Lithium-Ion Battery Energy Storage Systems
      • Lithium-Ion Manufacturing
      • Combustible Dusts
      • Flammable Liquids
      • Flammable Gases
      • Explosion Venting Requirements (NFPA 68)
      • Explosion Prevention Requirements (NFPA 69)

You can contact Dr. Sutula at jsutula@firescienceblog.com or at 301-526-1138.



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