Standard Educations

2019 Technical Standards Workshop

Technical Standards Workshop

September 4th, 2019
2:45-6:30pm / Nord Hall 356

The workshop is organized by Daniela Solomon, an engineering librarian at Kelvin Smith Library, and Dr. Ya-Ting Liao, an Assistant Professor in the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering with the support of a grant from UL (Underwriters Laboratories).

Safety through Science: A Partnership With Underwriters Laboratories

Think of all the products that have electricity running through them. The components of those products -- as well as the products themselves -- ordinarily meet scientific standards for fire safety, and undergo strict testing to be certified.

But sometimes technology gets ahead of standards.

J. Thomas Chapin, vice president of research for Underwriters Laboratories, uses the hoverboard as an example.

The Consumer Product Safety Commission in 2017 ordered a massive recall of the self-balancing scooters, after finding that lithium-ion batteries could overheat and cause fires.

Background: As Demand for Fire-Safety Experts Grows, so Does Case Western Reserve Engineering Program

The world needs fire-safety experts. New technologies and consumer products create an ever-growing demand for engineers specially trained to prevent fires and electrical hazards.

The Case Western Reserve University Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering is meeting this challenge.

The department launched the Fire Science and Engineering graduate degree program in 2015, and now is expanding the program to train graduates in the development and application of fire-safety standards.

Scientific standards are the backbone of fire-prevention engineering. The unique training curriculum will prepare graduates for the needs of industry, government agencies, insurance companies and safety and standards organizations.