Dr. Michael D. Larranaga, PhD, PE, CIH, CSP
Simplex Professor and Department Head
Director, US Department of Homeland Security Scholars Program
Professor Michael Larranaga is a graduate of the OSU Fire Protection & Safety Engineering Technology program and went on to earn a master's degree in Environmental Science from the University of Houston at Clear Lake and a PhD in Industrial Engineering from Texas Tech University. He is a graduate of the Center for Homeland Defense and Security at the United States Naval Postgraduate School.
Prior to returning to OSU, he was Assistant Professor of Occupational and Environmental Health at the University of North Texas Health Science Center School of Public Health in Fort Worth, Texas. Before he joined academia, he worked as a forensic engineering consultant, and safety and health engineer for Texas Tech University, Los Alamos National Laboratory, Akzo Nobel Chemicals, and Marathon Oil Company. He is a registered professional engineer, Certified Safety Professional, Certified Industrial Hygienist, and Certified Fire and Explosion Investigator.
Dr. Larranaga leads the Boots & Coots Center for Fire Safety and Pressure Control within the FPST department and OSU's US Department of Homeland Security Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math Scholars Program. He is an active member of the American Industrial Hygiene Association and the American Society of Safety Engineers. He currently serves as a Director of the American Board of Industrial Hygiene. He is an appointed member of the Board of Scientific Counselors for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention - National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health and the First Responders Advisory Group of the Department of Homeland Security Science and Technology Directorate. Dr. Larranaga is a Thought Leader for 3M Corporation on issues related to 3M's Global Brand and Interactive Marketing efforts.
Dr. Larranaga has been a keynote speaker for the American Industrial Hygiene Association Fall Conference, Society of Fire Protection Engineers Professional Development Conference, Conference on Pipeline Safety and Resiliency, and Conference on Information Technology.
|Robert Agnew, MS, CIH, CSP|
Rob Agnew is a graduate of the OSU Fire Protection & Safety Engineering Technology program and went on to earn a master's degree in Industrial Hygiene from the University of Oklahoma. He is currently pursuing a Doctor of Philosophy in Environmental Science at OSU.
Prior to returning to OSU, he was a senior manager in the defense sector. With 15 years in the Environmental, Health & Safety field, Mr. Agnew has extensive experience in implementing a broad spectrum of compliance programs in an international environment. His areas of specialization and interest include: confined spaces, arc flash, electromagnetic energy, vapor intrusion, and emergency response.
In the classroom Professor Agnew looks to bring practical wisdom to the students, combining that with innovative and interactive technology, and curiosity for learning.
|Virginia Charter, MS, PE|
Virginia Charter is a graduate of the OSU Fire Protection & Safety Engineering Technology program and went on to earn a masterís degree in Fire Protection Engineering from Worcester Polytechnic Institute. She is currently pursuing a Doctor of Philosophy in Occupational Education at OSU.
Prior to returning to OSU, Ms. Charter was a Senior Consultant for the Las Vegas office of Rolf Jensen & Associates, Inc. (RJA). She has been involved in the preparation of performance specifications and conceptual drawings for fire alarm and automatic sprinkler systems, as well as construction design documents. Ms. Charter also has valuable knowledge in egress and smoke control analysis. She has been the lead project manager for several large developments and specializes in hotel/casino projects.
Ms. Charter is an active member of the SFPE and NFPA. She is a licensed Fire Protection Engineer in both Nevada and California.
|Dr. Bryan Hoskins, PhD|
Dr. Hoskins is an Assistant Professor of Fire Protection & Safety at Oklahoma State University. He earned his BS and MS degrees in Fire Protection Engineering from the University of Maryland. He also received his PhD degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Maryland in 2011 with an emphasis on building egress.
Dr. Hoskins spent one year working for Arup on projects primarily dealing with life safety design and people movement. He then spent two years working for the National Institute of Standards and Technology working on projects dealing with building evacuations and emergency messaging. Professor Hoskins is an active member of the SFPE and NFPA.
Currently, Dr. Hoskins is teaching Structural Design for Fire/Life Safety (FPST 3143) and Fire Dynamics (FPST 3373). His research interests are in evacuation, tenability, emergency messaging, and other issues related to human behavior in fire.
|Floyd Luinstra, PE|
Lab Manager and Adjunct Faculty
Mr. Luinstra specializes in Fire Protection Engineering and Structural Fire Protection. He has specialized professional competency in life safety analysis in government, business, education, health care, residential and mercantile areas; hospital design and specification, analysis, and product evaluation; loss prevention, system failure and fire investigation.
Mr. Luinstra has served as a consultant to the US General Services Administration and served as a member of the Architectural and Engineering Team for the design and specification of a hospital for the US Department of Veterans Affairs. He has served as an instructor for FPST and US Army Corps of Engineers PROSPECT courses. Mr. Luinstra has been an instructor for the OSU CEAT Professional Development for more than 20 years.
Mr. Luinstra is a member of SFPE and NFPA. He has served as an alternate committee member for the NFPA 20 since 2011. He received a BS degree in 1981 from the OSU FPST. He has more than 30 years experience in fire protection and loss control engineering.
|Dr. John Stevens, PhD, CIH |
Dr. Stevens has been on the faculty of the Fire Protection & Safety Engineering Technology program since 1997. Prior to becoming a full-time faculty member in 2001, he served as a Visiting Professor. He has taught courses in Industrial Loss Prevention, Elements of Industrial Hygiene, and short courses in "40-hour HAZWOPER" and "Managing the Incident". He served as Lecturer in Civil Engineering, University of Missouri-Rolla from June 1994 to August 1996.
Dr. Stevens had 28 years experience in engineering, safety, environmental, occupational and radiological health-related activities with the US Air Force, including 11 years in supervisory positions. He retired from the Texas Air Guard in 1998 as a Lt. Colonel. His Air Force experience includes thirteen years on active duty as a Bioenvironmental Engineer and six years in Civil Service as Chief of Engineering and Environmental Planning/Environmental Engineering Branches for Randolph Air Force Base. Dr. Stevens has coordinated extensively with EPA, OSHA, state regulatory agencies controlling occupational health and safety, hazardous waste management and community relations.
While with the Air Force Reserve, Dr. Stevens developed and coordinated medical readiness training for a 268-person USAF Contingency Hospital, including establishment and supervision of annual disaster exercises.
|Dr. Qingsheng Wang, PhD, PE |
Assistant Professor and Academic Advisor
Dr. Wang is an Assistant Professor of Fire Protection & Safety and Graduate Faculty of Chemical Engineering at OSU. He received his BS and MS degrees in Chemistry with Honors from Zhejiang University. He also received his PhD degree in Chemical Engineering from Texas A&M University with an emphasis in process safety. He is a registered professional engineer.
Dr. Wang has worked for Shell as a Technical Safety Engineer in Houston. During his stay at the MKO Process Safety Center, he has been exposed to a variety of industrial projects with Dow Chemical, BP, ExxonMobil etc. Professor Wang is a member of the AIChE, ASSE, NSC, and ASEE.
Dr. Wang is the author of 33 referred journal papers, 19 proceedings, and 52 technical presentations. He is on the Editorial Board for 5 journals and the invited reviewer for over 25 journals. Dr. Wang has been the co-chair of Global Congress on Process Safety. He has received funding from the NSF, NRC, NIOSH, Big 12 Faculty Fellowship, OSU and ASSE Foundation. His research is in process safety, focusing on flame retardants, fire suppression and risk analysis.
Dr. Steve Edwards, PhD
Dr. Steve Edwards assumed the role Associate Dean for Graduate Studies and Research in 2008. A full professor, Edwards has served as the Associate School Head for the School of Applied Health and Educational Psychology and as the Health and Human Performance Program Coordinator. He has been an Oklahoma State University faculty member since 1982.
Edwards is a certified consultant for the Association of Applied Sport Psychology. He is also a member of the United States Olympic Committee Sport Psychology Registry and a Fellow in the American College of Sports Medicine. His areas of expertise include exercise and sport psychology, research design and statistics, psychometrics, and measurement and evaluation. He has numerous national and international publications and presentations and is nationally recognized for his work in the psychology of physical activity and exercise. He is a Captain, the Training Officer, and Fire Investigator with the Ingalls Fire District in Payne County Oklahoma. He is trained as an EMT-B and consults nationwide in the fire service in the areas of both knowledge and psychomotor skill testing. Edwards earned bachelor's, master's and doctorate degrees from Purdue University.
Cody Hammond attended Oklahoma State University, studying Fire Protection & Safety Technology, graduating with a Bachelorís of Science in 2004. After graduating, he was employed as a Safety Representative for Conoco Phillips in Sweeny, Texas, where he managed safety operations at the refinery terminals and tank farms.
Realizing his passion was in suppression, he moved to Colorado, where he was employed as a Fire Protection Engineer at the City of Colorado Springs. Taking the knowledge gained from this position, he came to Stillwater, as a Fire Protection Specialist for the City of Stillwater, creating a fire prevention department with the Cityís existing Building Development division. In this role, he was the Authority Having Jurisdiction over new construction-related fire suppression systems. He then built a fire sprinkler company to serve the Stillwater area. While starting this company, he worked part time for local fire alarm and extinguisher/hood suppression companies, gaining knowledge and experience in the operations and methods.
Cody holds certifications from the International Code Council in fire protection plan review, and inspections. He is a licensed fire sprinkler inspector for new and existing systems in the states of Colorado and Oklahoma, and holds a NICET III in Water-Based Sprinkler Systems and Layout. In addition, he holds Oklahoma licenses as an unlimited fire alarm technician and extinguisher and pre-engineered hood suppression technician.
|Tom Jenkins, MS|
Tom Jenkins serves as the Fire Chief for the City of Rogers, Arkansas. He has served in that capacity since 2009. Prior to being selected as Chief of the Rogers Fire Department, Tom served as Deputy Chief for the City of Sand Springs (Oklahoma) Fire Department. Tom Jenkins holds a Bachelors Degree in Fire Protection & Safety Engineering from Oklahoma State University and a Masters Degree in Public Administration from the University of Oklahoma.
Chief Jenkins is a graduate of the Executive Fire Officer Program at the National Fire Academy in Emmitsburg, Maryland. He became Arkansas's first Chief Fire Officer Designee from the Commission on Professional Credentialing in 2010. In addition to these professional designations, Tom has taught for Tulsa Community College, Oklahoma State University, and Northwest Arkansas Community College. He has presented and authored several topics in municipal fire service leadership and management in venues across the United States. He is a 2003 President Harry Truman Fellow and a member of the International Association of Fire Chiefs and Institute of Fire Engineers.
|Ed Kirtley, MS|
Assistant Dean of Outreach
Ed Kirtley is the Director of OSU Fire Service Training. He is responsible for the administration of the development, delivery and evaluation of training and professional certification programs in Oklahoma. Ed was chief of the Guymon Oklahoma Fire Department from 1998 to 2004. Prior to going to Oklahoma, Ed was a member of the Colorado Springs Fire Department where he started as a fire fighter. He served as the Training Director for the department from 1994 to 1998. He was presented with the departmentís Distinguished Service Award in 1998 for his contributions to the department and community.
He has also been involved with the National Fire Academy, participating in the development of numerous courses involving community education and community risk reduction. Most recently, he developed a unit on local politics for the Executive Fire Officer course Strategies for Community Risk Reduction. He also co-authored two U.S. Fire Administration manuals. He was twice recognized by the USFA for his contributions to the fields of fire safety education and risk reduction. He is currently the liaison between the North American Fire Training Directors and the National Fire Academy.
Ed has a Bachelors degree in management and a Masters degree in education. Ed is currently a member of the NFPA 1001 and NFPA 1035 committees. He served as the chair of NFPA 1035 for ten years and was recognized by NFPA in 2003 for his commitment to the professional qualifications process. He is a member of the North American Fire Training Directors, NFPA, International Association of Fire Chiefs, Oklahoma Fire Chiefs Association, India Shrine, and the Marine Corps League.
Jason Louthan is the Technical Rescue and Instructor Programs Coordinator for Oklahoma State University - Fire Service Training. He has worked in this capacity since graduation from the Fire Protection and Safety Technology program in 2004. Jason is also the Training Officer for Seiling Fire & Rescue in Seiling, OK, and an Emergency Medical Technician with LifeNet EMS in Payne County. Jason has taught and developed numerous courses, specializing in Technical Rescue operations, and holds many certifications dealing with emergency response. He is currently pursuing a Masters degree in Fire and Emergency Management from Oklahoma State University and his Executive Fire Officer designation from the National Fire Academy in Emmitsburg, MD.
|Greg Neely, MS|
Greg Neely is currently serving as Fire Chief of the Siloam Springs Arkansas Fire Department. Chief Neely's career spans 30 years in the Oklahoma Fire Service where he retired from the Tulsa Fire Department as a District Chief with 22 years of service. The following eight years he served as Deputy Fire Chief with the City of Broken Arrow.
Chief Neely has a Master's degree from the FEMP program at OSU, he is a National Fire Academy Executive Fire Officer, and holds Chief Fire Officer Designation from the Center for Public Safety Excellence. Chief Neely was also awarded with the prestigious Fire Service Harvard Fellowship in 2003 at the JFK School of Government.
Professor Pat D. Brock, MS, PE
Professor Brock has been on the faculty of the Fire Protection & Safety program since 1975. He received his bachelor's degree in Fire Protection Engineering from the Illinois Institute of Technology in Chicago in 1971 and his master of science degree in industrial engineering from Oklahoma State University in 1983. Before coming to OSU, he spent four years with the Insurance Services Office of Missouri, where his responsibilities included work in the Automatic Sprinkler and Municipal Grading Divisions. Professor Brock is a registered professional Fire Protection Engineer, a member of SFPE and NFPA.
In addition to his university teaching responsibilities, he is an active Fire Protection Consultant and a Developer and Instructor for various Fire Protection Seminars. He has taken his short courses and seminars all over the United States and to Venezuela in South America, where he has been a consultant to the Venezuelan petroleum industry. He has also supervised the inspection and evaluation of more than 1000 office buildings occupied by the U.S. Government and taught seminars for the United States Army Corps of Engineers in Japan and Germany.
Professor Brock serves on the technical committees for NFPA 20 and NFPA 101, as well as the NFPA 5000 committee, which is responsible for development of the NFPA building code. He is also a member of the Underwriters Laboratories Fire Council and is active in the development of questions for NICET certification. Professor Brock is the author of the popular text, "Fire Protection Hydraulics and Water Supply Analysis".
|Professor J.D. Brown, MS, PE, CSP |
Associate Professor Emeritus
Professor Brown has been on the faculty of Fire Protection & Safety Technology program since 1992. He has a wide experience in the field as a practicing safety professional for more than 25 years. He has been acting as interim Department Head since October 2005.
Prior to turning to the university classroom in 1989, he was a Safety Engineer for Rockwell International, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory and was the Safety Administrator for the Sacramento, CA Municipal Utility District. Professor Brown has a BS in Civil and Environmental Engineering from Utah State University and a MS in Safety from the University of Southern California. He has significant further graduate study in Industrial Hygiene and Environmental Science at the University of Oklahoma.
He is an active member of professional societies. He has held offices and committee assignments with the ASSE and AIHA. He is a registered Professional Engineer (California) and a Certified Safety Professional. In addition to his university responsibilities, he is active in safety consulting work. He has done work for several national corporation, local governments, small business and the United States department of Energy.
|Professor Jim Hanson, MS, CSP|
Associate Professor Emeritus
Professor Hanson has served with Oklahoma State University's Fire Protection & Safety Technology program as an Associate Professor from 1988 to 2010. Previously, he managed programs at the OSU Environmental Safety Department as the Safety Specialist and also as the Environmental Hazards Coordinator. He is currently President and CEO of Hanson & Associates, a firm established in 1988, specializing in occupational safety technical issues.
Mr. Hanson developed curriculum and instructed in six courses at the Environmental Safety Training Center in Norman, OK. In this capacity, he taught over 125 seminar courses pertaining primarily to asbestos management and abatement as well as confined space management and rescue. Mr. Hanson is a Past-President, Past-Secretary, and was a Board of Director for the Oklahoma Chapter of the American Industrial Hygiene Association.
Mr. Hanson currently serves as a faculty Safety and Health advisor to OSU Engineering Outreach. In this role, he is responsible for establishing curriculum and training exercises for the following HAZWOPER courses: 40 hour Site Operations, the 24 hour HazMat Technician, the 8 hour First Responder Operations, the On-Scene Incident Commander, both Hands-on and Classroom Refresher courses, and Hospital-Based First Receiver: Awareness and Operations. In this capacity, Mr. Hanson has presented over 200 seminar courses. He was honored in 2000 and 2004 by receiving a nomination for the Faculty Excellence Award at OSU by Engineering Outreach.