Fire Technology Staff
Fire Technology Services
A full-time professional staff is employed by the Fire Technology Department at Southwest Research Institute (SwRI). Staff have extensive experience in:
- Physical chemistry
- Analytical chemistry
- Chemical engineering
- Mechanical engineering
- Civil engineering
- Structural engineering
- Fire protection engineering
- Computer science
- Fire services technology
Jason Huczek’s primary responsibility is evaluation of fire protection systems and system components by way of small-, large- and full-scale testing. These systems include ceiling and in-rack sprinkler systems, smoke detection systems and fire alarm systems. Applications include protection of warehouse-style storage of commodity, protection of machinery spaces on commercial and government marine vessels, and protection of aircraft cargo spaces.
In her role in the Engineering and Research Section of the Fire Technology Department, Engineer Alexandra Joyce performs a broad range of scientific and engineering investigations in the areas of fire technology, combustion, and material explosibility using standard fire testing techniques and procedures . Ms. Joyce is responsible for small-scale laboratory dust and vapor explosibility testing. She also assists with the research and custom testing of alternative fuels, ignition hazards, energetic materials, combustible metals, explosive atmospheres, and safety systems.
Barry L. Badders, Jr., M.S., P.E.
Manager, Fire Testing Services
Barry Badders is the group leader of the Fire Testing Services Section where he is responsible for conducting fire protection related research and testing that includes large- and small-scale fire performance evaluation programs on such materials as wall, floor, door, and window assemblies; penetrations, railcars, and nuclear shipping containers.
Bill B. Bendele
Principal Engineering Technologist
During more than 20 years of employment with SwRI, Bill Bendele has participated in numerous large-scale standard and nonstandard fire tests and product evaluations. He is responsible for program development of testing automotive fuel systems when exposed to fire, Network Equipment Building Systems (NEBS) fire resistance programs, and development of the department’s remote test site.
J. Marshall Sharp
John Sharp is an engineer in the Fire Testing Services Section. In this position, he performs engineering and scientific investigations requiring applications of standard fire testing techniques and procedures. He also models fire events and structural response to fire.
David Michael Hintz
As an engineer in the Fire Testing Services Section of the Fire Technology Departmen, David Hintz's responsibilities include promotion, design, management, and operation of large-scale fire performance evaluation programs. David primarily deals with International Maritime Organization (IMO) related testing, which includes fire resistant divisions, doors, windows, fire dampers, and cable transits for installation on ships and off-shore platforms.
Tim Koebke, M.S.
Tim Koebke manages the daily operations and administration of Listing and Labeling programs. Duties include marketing and promotional activities, developing proposals, writing quality control manuals, scheduling and conducting initial and follow-up inspections of manufacturing plants, coordinating activities of domestic and international inspectors, and assisting clients in the approval process of their products by authorities having jurisdiction: U.S. Coast Guard, International Code Council Evaluation Service, etc.
As a QA engineer in the Listing, Labeling, and Follow-Up Inspection Section of the Fire Technology Department, Timothy Brenner conducts initial factory inspections for manufacturers who wish to pursue a third-party quality inspection program with SwRI. Mr. Brenner manages a number of listing and labeling programs, including those for above ground storage tanks.
Our support staff is well versed in construction, machining, electronics, gas analysis, and instrumentation. The diversity and abundance of research programs undertaken by the Department of Fire Technology staff members put us in a unique position to provide the highest quality research to meet your needs.
code compliance • engineering design • fire and explosion investigations • fire resistance • fire testing laboratory • material flammability • product development • risk and hazards • suppression • third party certification