Noah L. Ryder, PE, MScFPE, MBA
For 20 years Mr. Noah Ryder has focused on understanding fire and explosion’s interaction with both built and natural environments. He is a licensed professional fire protection engineer and focuses on how safety can be improved at a facility through the use of quantitative risk assessments (QRA), hazard evaluations (HAZOP), modeling (FDS, FLACS, Phast), and performance-based design. He also specializes in carrying out forensic investigations of fires and explosions to determine the source of ignition, flame spread, and thermal or blast wave conditions that led to the loss.
This knowledge is applied to future projects giving Mr. Ryder a keen insight into what fire protection engineering methods have success, what level of protection is required, and areas where failures are most frequent. Mr. Ryder’s knowledge and experience has been used globally by the world’s largest and most complex oil & gas (onshore/offshore), LNG, chemical/petrochemical, nuclear, power generation, and heavy industries facilities.
Mr. Ryder teaches Fire & Explosion Investigation, Firefighting Robot, and Industrial Fire Protection Engineering courses at the University of Maryland in the Fire Protection Engineering Department . Mr. Ryder is also a qualified Subject Matter Expert for Saudi Aramco in Fire Protection, Loss Prevention, and Hazard/Risk analysis. He is actively engaged in applied research related to advanced fire detection and fire state determination, fire suppression, and battery energy storage solutions. He is a member of numerous NFPA technical committees and has BS and MS degrees in Fire Protection Engineering from University of Maryland, an MBA from the RH Smith School of Business at University of Maryland, and is completing a PhD in Mechanical and Mechatronics Engineering from University of Waterloo.
Scott Bryant, PE, ME
Mr. Scott M. Bryant, P.E. is a registered Fire Protection Engineer with over 15 years of experience in fire protection design, code consulting, and Research & Development. Mr. Bryant has amassed extensive experience in fire protection engineering and consulting for the oil & gas, power generation, transmission and distribution utilities, and commercial sectors. Mr. Bryant’s expertise lies in prescriptive code and performance based approaches to hazard identification, specification and design of fire protection systems, including: automatic sprinkler, water mist, water spray, clean agent, CO2, and fire & gas detection and alarm.
Mr. Bryant is the head of the Research and Development division of Fire & Risk Alliance, LLC. In this role Mr. Bryant is focused on expanding the applied research and development efforts of the company to advance the science of fire and suppression technologies to aid in fire department safety and engineering design. Throughout Mr. Bryant’s career, he has been involved in both small and large scale fire testing. Projects include: new product development and market research, live fire testing and evaluation, providing guidance in the listing process (i.e. UL, FM Global, etc.) for new products, and the effects of elevation above sea level has on fire dynamics and fire suppression.
Mr. Bryant’s educational background includes a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering and an M.E. in Fire Protection Engineering from The University of Maryland, College Park. He is a licensed Fire Protection Engineer in the states of Illinois, Maryland, New York, Virginia, and is registered with the National Council of Examiners for Engineers and Surveying (NCEES). Mr. Bryant is also a qualified Subject Matter Expert for Saudi Aramco in Fire Protection, Loss Prevention, and Hazard/Risk analysis.
William Petrone, MScFPE
Mr. William D. Petrone is a Fire Protection Consultant with over 5 years experience in water-based and gaseous fire suppression design, fire alarm design, fire and emergency preparedness planning, life safety evaluation and code analysis. Mr. Petrone’s educational background includes a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering and a M.S. in Fire Protection Engineering from Worcester Polytechnic Institute. Some of Mr. Petrone’s projects include the designing and engineering of fire suppression and fire alarm systems for high-hazard utility facilities and development of effective fire and emergency plans for first responders to high-risk utility hazards.
Mr. Petrone has broad experience with high hazard electrical substation fire protection and life safety, including water-based and clean agent fire suppression design, fire alarm design, passive fire protection strategies, risk assessment and management, and emergency response planning and coordination. Mr. Petrone maintains a high level of client relations and is intimate with the lifetime of projects from design package, bid process, construction administration services, and commissioning.
John Crompton, MScFPE, PE
Mr. John Crompton, P.E. is a registered Fire Protection Engineer who received an M.S. in Fire Protection Engineering from Worcester Polytechnic Institute and has over 10 years of experience in fire protection design, analysis and code consulting. Projects include additions to, and renovations of, existing buildings, aircraft hangars, assembly buildings, correctional buildings, dormitories, healthcare facilities, high-rise buildings, hotels, laboratories, libraries, military bases, office buildings, power utilities, oil terminals, refineries, special use industrial facilities, theaters and warehouses.
Mr. Crompton has extensive experience with fire protection system design for the utility industry, including the design of automatic sprinkler, water mist, water spray, and clean agent systems, including Novec 1230, for utility hazards (e.g., transformers, substations, oil pump house). His responsibilities and expertise include emergency response planning and coordination, risk assessments and management, hazard evaluation & assessment (PHA, HAZOP, HAZID), code consultation, including third party reviews and fire protection narratives and fire protection design.