July 12, 2004—Kathleen H. Almand, P.E., FSFPE, of Washington, D.C., has been named executive director of the National Fire Protection Association's Fire Protection Research Foundation. The Foundation, an affiliate of NFPA, is a charitable, nonprofit, fire-research group.
Almand will be responsible for the Foundation's activities in support of its mission to provide practical, usable data on fire and building safety.
Previously executive director of the Society of Fire Protection Engineers (SFPE) in Bethesda, MD, a professional society representing 4,000 fire protection engineers in 53 chapters worldwide, Almand holds a master's in civil engineering from the University of Ottawa, and is a registered professional engineer in Maryland and a Fellow of the SFPE.
She is a past member of NFPA's board of directors and its Standards Council.
In addition, Almand has held research and management positions with the Civil Engineering Research Foundation, the American Iron and Steel Institute, and the National Academy of Sciences.
"We are delighted to have Kathleen on board," said James M. Shannon, NFPA president and CEO. "With Kathleen's experience at SFPE and the other prominent organizations she has been associated with, NFPA is positioned extremely well to carry out our expansive goals for the Foundation."
Almand's appointment is effective in September.
The Foundation convenes international research councils to help define fire problems in need of research, conducts research application symposia on a broad range of fire safety issues, and manages broad-based consortium-funded research in collaboration with scientists and laboratories around the world.
NFPA has been a worldwide leader in providing fire, electrical, building, and life safety to the public since 1896. The mission of the international nonprofit organization is to reduce the worldwide burden of fire and other hazards on the quality of life by providing and advocating scientifically-based consensus codes and standards, research, training and education.