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Milke, James A.

Milke, James A.

Professor and Chair
Fire Protection Engineering
3104B J.M. Patterson Building

EDUCATION

  • Ph.D. Aerospace Engineering (UMD, 1991)
  • M.S. Mechanical Engineering (UMD, 1981)
  • B.S. Fire Protection Engineering (UMD, 1976)
  • B.S. Physics (Ursinus College, 1974)

BACKGROUND

A member of the faculty since 1977, Dr. Milke is Professor and Chair of the Department. His principal areas of expertise involve smoke management, fire detection and analyzing the response of materials exposed to fire conditions. Milke is also director of the distance option for the Master of Engineering Program and served as President-elect of SFPE in 2011.

In 1991, he received his Ph.D. from the University of Maryland in Aerospace Engineering. He received a Master of Science degree from the University of Maryland in Mechanical Engineering and is a 1976 graduate of the Fire Protection Engineering program. Dr. Milke also has a Bachelor of Science degree in Physics from Ursinus College.

Dr. Milke is a Fellow and a 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 was a member of the NFPA Standards Council. He is on the Editorial Board of Fire Technology. He is a 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.

HONORS AND AWARDS

Dr. Milke has received awards from several organizations, as indicated below:

  • 2018, Fire Industry Leadership Award, Siemens Building Technology Division
  • 2017, ASHRAE 2016 Technical Paper Award
  • 2016, Arthur B. Guise Award, Society of Fire Protection Engineers
  • 2013, Ronald K. Mengel Award for best paper at 2013 Suppression, Detection and Signaling Research and Applications Symposium, with R. Zevotek and T. Fabian
  • 2012, 2011 Person of the Year, Automatic Fire Alarm Association
  • 2009, John L. Bryan Mentoring Award, Society of Fire Protection Engineers
  • 2007, Founders Award, Chesapeake Chapter of SFPE
  • 2007, Jack Bono Engineering Communications Award, Society of Fire Protection Engineers
  • 2006, Faculty Service Award, A. James Clark School of Engineering, University of Maryland
  • 2002, Harry C. Bigglestone Award, for best paper in Volume 37 (2001) of Fire Technology
  • 2002, Harold E. Nelson Award, Society of Fire Protection Engineers
  • 2000, Harry C. Bigglestone Award, for best paper in Volume 35 (1999) of Fire Technology
  • 1999, Best Paper for ICFRE2 conference, with S. Hill and J. Quintiere
  • 1996, Harry C. Bigglestone Award, for best paper in Volume 31 (1995) of Fire Technology
  • 1995, John J. Ahern President’s Award, Society of Fire Protection Engineers
  • 1994, E. Robert Kent Outstanding Teaching Award, A. James Clark School of Engineering, University of Maryland
  • 1988, Director's Award, Society of Fire Protection Engineers

 

 

  • Analysis of smoke management systems
  • Development of advanced detection systems
  • Analysis of buildng evacuations

Dr. Milke 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, Virginia, as a Research Assistant for the University of Maryland and as a consultant to several organizations.

 


  • ENFP 101, Intro to FPE
  • ENFP 655, Smoke Control

Smoke Management:

  • Pongratz, C., Milke, J.A., and Trouve, A., A CFD Study to Identify Methods to Increase Maximum Velocity of Makeup Air for Atrium Smoke Control, ST-16-(RP-1600) ASHRAE, Transactions, Volume 122, Part 2, July 2016.
  • Milke, J.A., “Smoke Control by Mechanical Exhaust or Natural Venting,” SFPE Handbook of Fire Protection Engineering, 5th edition, M. Hurley, 2016, Springer, New York.
  • Milke, J.A., “Analytical Methods for Determining Fire Resistance of Steel Members,” SFPE Handbook of Fire Protection Engineering, 5th edition, M. Hurley, 2016, Springer, New York. J.H. Klote, J.A. Milke, P.G. Turnbull, A. Kashef, and M.J. Ferreira, Handbook of Smoke Control Engineering, 2012, American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers, Atlanta.
  • Milke, J.A., “Smoke Management by Mechanical Exhaust or Natural Venting,” SFPE Handbook of Fire Protection Engineering, 4th edition, P.J. DiNenno, 2008, National Fire Protection Association, Quincy, MA.
  • Milke, J.A., and Klote, J.H., Smoke Movement in Buildings,” Fire Protection Handbook, 20th edition, A. Cote, Ed., 2008, National Fire Protection Association, Quincy, MA.
  • Kerber, S. and Milke, J.A., Using FDS to Simulate Smoke Layer Interface Height in a Simple Atrium,” Fire Technology, 43, 1, March 2007, 45-75.
  • ​Milke, J.A., “Effectiveness of High-Capacity Smoke Exhaust in Large Spaces,” J. of Fire Protection Engineering, 13, 3, 111-128, 2002.
  • Klote, J.H. and Milke J.A., Principles of Smoke Management, 2002, American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers, Atlanta.

Structural Fire Protection:

  • Milke J.A., “Analytical Methods for Determining Fire Resistance of Steel Members,” SFPE Handbook of Fire Protection Engineering, 4th edition, P.J. DiNenno, 2002, National Fire Protection Association, Quincy, MA
  • Ryder, N.L., Wolin, S. D., and Milke, J.A.*, “An Investigation of the Reduction in Fire Resistance of Steel Columns Caused by Loss of Spray-Applied Fire Protection,” J. of Fire Protection Engineering, 12 (1), 2002, 31-44.

Detection:

  • Milke, J.A., Hanson, Robert E. and Mizrach, Daniel E., “Comparison of the Life Safety Performance of Smoke Detectors and Sprinklers in Commercial, Industrial and Education Institution Housing,” for National Electrical Manufacturers Association, Department of Fire Protection Engineering, University of Maryland, April 29, 2013.
  • Milke, James A., “History of Smoke Detection: A Profile of How the Technology and Role of Smoke Detection Has Changed,” Siemens Industry, Inc., Building Technologies Division, Florham Park, NJ, September 8, 2010.
  • Milke, James A., Campanella, A.J., Childers, Cathleen T. and Wright, Brittany D., “Performance of Smoke Detectors and Sprinklers in Residential and Health-Care Occupancies,” for National Electrical Manufacturers Association, Department of Fire Protection Engineering, University of Maryland, May 14, 2010.
  • Milke, J.A., Mowrer, F.W., and Gandhi, P., Validation of a Smoke Detection Performance Prediction Methodology, Fire Protection Research Foundation, Quincy, MA, October 2008.
  • Cestari, L.A., Worrell, C., and Milke, J.A., “Advanced Fire Detection Algorithms Using Data from the Home Smoke Detector Project,” Fire Safety J., 40, 2005, 1-28.
  • Milke, J.A., Hulcher, M.E., Worrell, C.L., Gottuk, D.T., Williams, F.W., “Investigation of Multi-Sensor Algorithms for Fire Detection,” Fire Technology, 39, (4), 4th Quarter, October 2003, 363-382.
  • S.D. Wolin, N.L. Ryder, F. Leprince, J.A. Milke, F.W. Mowrer and J.L. Torero, “Measurements of Smoke Characteristics in HVAC Ducts,” Fire Technology, 37, (4), 4th Quarter, October 2001, 363-395.
  • Milke, J.A., "Monitoring Multiple Aspects of Fire Signatures for Discriminating Fire Detection," Fire Technology, 35 (3), 3rd Quarter 1999, 195-209.

Other:

  • Milke, J.A., “Fire Protection as the Underpinning of Good Process Safety Programs,” Journal of Loss Prevention in the Process Industries,” Journal of Loss Prevention in the Process Industries, Jan. 2016, 329-333.
  • ​Milke, J.A., “Analysis of Observations of People Movement Characteristics during Evacuation of High Rise Office Buildings,” for National Institute of Standards and Technology, Department of Fire Protection Engineering, University of Maryland, April 2013.  
  • Hoskins, B. and Milke, J.A., “Differences in Measurement Methods for Travel Distance and Area for Estimates of Occupant Speed on Stairs”, Fire Safety Journal, 48, February 2012, 49-57.
  • Gwynne, S.M.V., Kuligowski, E.D., Kratchman, J., and Milke, J.A., “Questioning the Linear Relationship Between Doorway Width and Achievable Flow Rate”, Fire Safety Journal, 44, January 2009, 80-87.

New Fire Protection Engineering MOOC Available

The First FPE MOOC Course Launched by UMD Will Commence August 1, 2016.

2015 Alumni Dinner: Distinguished Alumni Ceremony, Photos

Surprise 11th alumnus included in inaugural group of honorees.

Baker to Receive System Staff Award and Campus Recognition

FPE's Pat Baker selected as a USM Board of Regents’ Staff Award recipient

AFAA Honors Milke

Professor and Chair James A. Milke Honored as the AFAA Person of the Year

Milke Takes Office as President of SFPE

University of Maryland Professor to Lead Fire Protection Engineering Society in 2012.

Fire Protection Mourns Undergraduate Student

John Sivert “Johnny” Brungot died unexpectedly in a fall at his home

Milke Recognized as Provost’s Faculty Academic Advisor of the Year

James Milke selected as 2010-2011 Provost’s Faculty Academic Advisor of the Year

Milke Elected President-Elect of SFPE

FPE Professor James Milke has been elected president-elect of SFPE for 2011.

Prof. James A. Milke to Receive the SFPE John L. Bryan Mentoring Award

At its Annual Awards Luncheon, Professor James A. Milke will receive the Society of Fire Protection Engineers (SFPE) John L. Bryan Mentoring Award.

James A. Milke promoted to Professor

James A. Milke’s promotion to the rank of professor has been approved by University of Maryland President C. D. “Dan” Mote, and will be effective July 1, 2008.

Prof. Milke receives SFPE 2007 Founders Award

The 2007 recipient of the Chesapeake Chapter Founders Award is Chesapeake Chapter member Dr. James A. Milke, P.E., FSFPE.

Dr. James A. Milke Honored as “Top Terp”

Fire protection engineering professor also selected as 2007’s grand prize winner.

Faculty Position Available In Fire Protection Engineering

Applications are invited for a tenure track position at the Assistant or Associate Professor level.

UM Blazes Trail with Fire Protection Engineering Program

The department celebrated its 50th anniversary on Oct. 14 with a gala event hosting alumni.

Society of Fire Protection Engineers (SFPE)