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Skyscraper Safety Campaign Technical Advisory Panel


Prof. Abolhassan Astaneh-Asl, Ph.D., P.E. is a licensed Professional Engineer and is a Professor of Structural Engineering at the University of California, Berkeley. He has more than 36 years of experience in structural design and construction primarily on buildings and bridges. His main areas of research, teaching and consulting are structural engineering of steel and composite structures and protection of buildings against natural hazards (earthquakes) and terrorist attacks (blasts). In 1998, he was awarded the T.R. Higgins Lectureship Award of the American Institute of Steel Construction, one of the highest honors in his field. He has more than 180 publications on structural engineering, earthquake engineering and blast-resistant design of buildings and bridges. In the aftermath of the 9/11 WTC tragedy, funded by the National Science Foundation, he conducted a field investigation and analysis of the collapsed towers. In 2002, he testified before the Committee on Science of The House of Representatives on his research on WTC.

Email: astaneh@ce.berkeley.edu
Web site: http://www.ce.berkeley.edu/~astaneh

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John C. Calderón, RA, AIA is a registered architect and the principal of "J.C. Calderón Architect" in New York City. He received his Master of Architecture degree from Yale University and his Bachelor of Arts Degree from Williams College. His firm specializes in small to large size projects including commercial, institutional and residential. In response to 911, Mr. Calderón contributed presentations at three NYC Building Department Public Forums: The 2002 World Trade Center Building Code Task Force Public Forum: "Why Architects Need to Support Changes to the Building Codes"; the 2003 Mayoral Code Commission Public Forum: "Why Architects Need to Support Adoption of the International Building Code"; and the 2004 NYC Model Code Program Public Forum. The presentations may be viewed under "Publications" at www.nyc.gov/html/dob He is also the former co-host journalist for Latino Journal with Santiago Nieves on WBAI, Pacifica Radio in New York. They were among the first to interview Sally Regenhard & the Skyscraper Safety Campaign in NYC. Mr. Calderon has been an invited critic at the Yale School of Architecture, City College School of Architecture in New York City and Pratt Institute School of Architecture in Brooklyn and has traveled to Barcelona, Spain as a Guest Lecturer on the architecture of Antonio Gaudí for the Williams College Continuing Education Travel Program.

Email: jcc@jccarchitect.com
Web site: http://www.jccarchitect.com

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Andrew C. Casper, Chief of Department, San Francisco Fire Department (Ret.) has over 30 years of professional experience in the fields of Firefighting and Emergency Management and Building Evacuation Procedures for high-rise buildings. In addition to the S.F.F.D., he has held positions with FEMA as Division Director at the Emergency Management Institute, and as the Executive Director of the Foundation for Fire Safety in Washington, D.C. He has conducted Management studies of fire departments throughout the U.S. and in Australia, and has investigated major disasters for the U.S. Fire Administration. He has trained over 1,000 high rise building Fire Safety Directors for certification. He is currently a private consultant in High Rise Fire Safety and Emergency Preparedness and is the author of numerous articles on fire safety, evacuation procedures and related topics.

Email: sffirechief@aol.com

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Prof. Glenn Corbett is a licensed Fire Protection Engineer and is Assistant Professor of Fire Science at John Jay College in New York City. He is currently Captain of a Bergen County, New Jersey Volunteer Fire Department, and is President of the New Jersey Society of Fire Service Instructors. He is the Technical Editor of "Fire Engineering Magazine" and was a member of the "America Burning" panel, commissioned by former President Clinton and James Lee Witt, former FEMA Director. This panel studied the field of Fire Protection and Firefighting throughout the USA. Prof. Corbett possesses over a decade of experience in Fire and Building Code enforcement procedures. He is a member of the Federal Advisory Committee of the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) Federal Investigation of the Collapse of the WTC . He has advised the 9-11 Commission on technical aspects of Fire Science and the Fire Service. Prof. Corbett has testified before Congress, State Legislatures, and before the City Council of NY on 9/11 related issues of Firefighter and Public Safety . He is a member of the NYC Building Code Task force and advises the FDNY and NYC Dept of Buildings on Code revision and reform.

Email: gcorbet1@ix.netcom.com

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Deputy Chief Vincent Dunn, FDNY (Ret.) is a 42-year veteran of the New York City Fire Department. He was Deputy Chief and previously served as Division Commander for Midtown Manhattan. He developed the National Fire Academy "Command and Control of Fire Department Major Operation" course, and wrote the Collapse Rescue Procedure used by FDNY Rescue Companies. He is a lecturer; is the author of the text and video series: "Collapse of Burning Buildings" and the text "Safety and Survival on the Fire Ground" as well as numerous articles on all aspects of firefighter safety. He holds a Master's Degree in Urban Studies, a Bachelor's Degree in Sociology and an Associate's Degree in Fire Administration and is a nationally acclaimed expect in the fields of fire safety and building collapse.

Email: vincentdunn@earthlink.net

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Prof. Kathleen A. Dunne, P.E., R.A. is a full professor at Pratt Institute School of Architecture in Brooklyn, NY and Coordinator of the Technology Curriculum.  She teaches in the Structures sequence as well as the Materials and Methodologies of Construction sequence.  Prof. Dunne is a licensed Professional Engineer and Registered Architect with over 25 years of experience as a consulting structural engineer.  She is a partner in Dunne & Markis Consulting Structural Engineers in Riverdale, NY.  Her firm specializes in consulting to architects on small to medium size projects including commercial, educational, institutional and residential projects.  The firm has participated in restoration work on many landmark structures.

Email: KADCDF@aol.com

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Roger Morse AIA is a licensed architect and President of Morse Associates, a firm specializing in forensic building investigations and environmental consulting. Mr. Morse graduated from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute with a Bachelor of Science and Bachelor of Architecture. He is the principal author of numerous design guides, guide specifications, articles, and has served on numerous panels for EPA, HUD and ASTM.

Email: rgmorse@morse-associates.com

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Jack J. Murphy is a Fire Protection consultant in New York City. He is the past president of the New York City High-Rise Fire Safety Directors Association. He was the Fire Safety Director for the New York Hospital/Cornell Burn Center and a vice-president for Corporate Fire and Life Safety with Citigroup. He is the author of many fire safety articles and the book: "Rapid Incident Command" (Fire Engineering, l998). He is an advisory board member of Fire Engineering, and the education coordinator and advisory board member of the Fire Department Instructors Conference (FDIC). He also serves on the FDNY Fire Safety Foundation Board of Directors and was a member of the FDNY Industrial Advisory Board.

Email: JJMAssociates@nj.rr.com

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Jake Pauls, CPE. Beginning with 20 years at the National Research Council of Canada, and now having 35 years of experience in research, codes/standards development, public health advocacy and consulting, Jake Pauls currently serves on several national committees in the USA involved with standards and model codes for building and design. For seven committees he represents the American Public Health Association. Educated in architecture and certified in ergonomics, he is well known for bridging among ergonomics, public health and development of codes and standards for building use and safety. A focus for much of this work is stairway safety and usability including stairway use in major evacuations such as with the World Trade Center for which he co-directs an international initiative on evacuation research.

Email: BLDGUSE@aol.com

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Norman Siegel, Attorney, is the former Director of the American Civil Liberties Union, and is the counsel for the Skyscraper Safety Campaign.

Email: siegelnorman@aol.com

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Prof. Michael Trencher, RA is a registered architect and tenured professor of architecture at the School of Architecture, Pratt Institute, Brooklyn, New York. He has taught at Pratt for more than 30 years, concentrating in design, building technology and the works of the Finnish architect, Alvar Aalto. He has held numerous administrative and academic posts and continues to lecture and coordinate the Materials and Construction sequence. He has authored "The Alvar Aalto Guide" published by Princeton Architectural Press, contributed the majority of photographs and the forward to "Alvar Aalto: Masterworks" by Universe/Rizzoli Press, and numerous articles and talks on Aalto's works. He is also a private architectural consultant in NYC. As a professional, an academic and a New Yorker, he is particularly interested in the ramifications of the WTC disaster on architectural design and practice. He hopes to integrate the lessons learned into professional and academic arenas and hopes to positively affect the future generations of architectural designers and the welfare of the public.

Email: heumantrencher@mindspring.com

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Dr. James Quintiere is the John L. Bryan Professor of Fire Protection Engineering at the University of Maryland. He has spent 25 years in fire research and teaching, and has investigated numerous fire disasters, including the Branch Davidian Compound fire in Waco, Texas and the 1986 New Year's Eve Dupont Plaza fire in Puerto Rico. Prof. Quintiere's testimony during the civil trial on the Waco tragedy was pivotal to the jury's conclusion that the fires were not the result of federal authorities' actions. He is a Professor at the University of Maryland, Department of Fire Protection Engineering, which offers the nation's only fully accredited undergraduate program and one of two graduate degree programs in Fire Protection Engineering in the USA.

Email: jimq@eng.umd.edu

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Catherine Sally Regenhard is the founder and Chairperson of the Skyscraper Safety Campaign. Her son, Probationary Firefighter Christian Regenhard, stationed in Red Hook, Brooklyn, was in one of the first groups to respond to the WTC. He and his entire Engine Company 279 remain missing to this date. She is the former Corporate Director of Community Outreach and Advertising for the Hebrew Hospital Home of the Bronx and Westchester. She holds a Bachelor's Degree in Behavioral Sciences and a Master's Degree in Gerontology and has worked in the Nursing Home field for nearly two decades. She has been a well known community activist for 25 years, has been a member of Community Planning Board 10 in the Bronx, and is currently Vice-President of the Coalition of Residents and Merchants of Co-op City, in addition to numerous other civic positions. She is a private consultant, and most recently, worked on the Bloomberg Mayoral Campaign in NYC (as a volunteer).

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Monica Gabrielle is Co-Chairperson of the Skyscraper Safety Campaign. Her husband, Rich, an insurance executive for Aon Corporation, was located on the 103rd Floor of 2 World Trade Center at the time of the terrorist attacks. He was killed during the collapse and his remains have not been recovered. Until September 11th, she worked for Morgan Anderson Consulting, marketing communications management consultants. Since then, she has devoted her time to writing and public speaking as well as media presentations on behalf of the SSC. Her activism is devoted to making the changes necessary to prevent a repeat of 9/11.

Email: monicagabrielle@earthlink.net

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Sally Regenhard,
Chairperson

P. O. Box 70
Woodlawn Station
Bronx, NY 10470
SallyR@SkyscraperSafety.org

Monica Gabrielle,
Co-Chairperson

P. O. Box 70
Woodlawn Station
Bronx, NY 10470
monicagabrielle@earthlink.net