Jozef Urbas, Ph.D.

Jozef Urbas, Ph.D.
Associate Professor, Fire Safety Engineering Technology
Degrees & Professional Registration: 
  • Ph.D. in Chemical Sciences, University of Ljubljana, Slovenia, 1992
  • MS in Chemical Engineering, University of Zagreb, Croatia, 1983
  • BS in Chemistry, University of Ljubljana, Slovenia, 1975
  • J. Urbas, William J. Parker, Impact of Air Velocity on Ignition in the Intermediate Scale Calorimeter (ICAL), Fire and Materials, an International Journal, 21, 143-151 (1997).
  • V. Babrauskas, James A. White, Joe Urbas, Testing for Surface Spread of Flame: New Tests to Come into Use, Building Standards, March-April 1997.
  • Use of Modern Test Methods in Fire Engineering and Litigation, Fire & Arson Investigator, Volume 48, Number 2, December 1997.
  • J. Urbas, William J. Parker, Using the ICAL to Determine the Lateral Flame Spread Constants for a Wall Material, INTERFLAM'99, 8th International Fire Science & Engineering Conference, Proceedings, Edinburgh, Scotland, UK, June 1999.

    BDMC Interlaboratory Test Programme, Fire and Materials, an International Journal, 2002; 26: 29-35.
  • J. Urbas, William J. Parker, Gerald E. Luebbers, Surface Temperature Measurements on Burning Materials Using an Infrared Pyrometer: Accounting for Emissivity and Reflection of External Radiation, Fire and Materials an International Journal, 2004; 28: 33-53.
  • Effects of Retainer Frame, Irradiance Level, and Specimen Thickness on Cone Calorimeter Test Results, Fire and Materials, an International Journal, 2005; 29: 1-13.
  • J. Urbas, William J. Parker, Surface Temperature Measurement in a Fire Environment Using an Infrared Pyrometer, Proceedings of the 8th IAFSS conference, Beijing, September 2005.
  • W. J. Parker, J. Urbas, Heat of Gasification of Char Forming Materials, Proceedings of the 8th IAFSS conference, Beijing, September 2005.
  • J. Urbas, W. Parker, Measuring the Effective Heat of Gasification, Proceedings of the 11th International Fire Science and Engineering Conference (Interflam 2007), Royal Holloway College, University of London, 3-5th September 2007.
  • J. Urbas, Glowing Connection Experiments with Alternative Currents below 1 A, IEEE, Electrical Contacts – 2008, Proceedings of the Fourth IEEE Holm Conference on Electrical contacts, 27-29 October 2008.
Research Grants: 
  • J. Urbas, W.J. Parker, Techniques for Obtaining and Using the Property Data Needed to Calculate the Boundary Conditions in the CFD Fire Models,U.S. Department of Commerce Award No.: 70NANB3H1113 (197,000).
  • Effectiveness of Pre-Applied Wetting Agents in Prevention of UWI Fires, DHS/FEMA Award No.: EMW-2007-FP-02372 ($456,249).
Recent Publications: 
  • Chilworth Pacific Fire Laboratories, Kelso, WA, Technical Director, Fire Sciences, 2006-2007
  • Pacific Fire Laboratory, Inc., Kelso, WA, President / Fire Scientist, 1996-2006
  • Western Fire Center, Inc., Kelso, WA, Fire Scientist / Laboratory Manager, 1994-1996
  • Weyerhaeuser Fire Technology Laboratory, Longview, WA, Scientist / Engineer, 1992-1994
  • University of Ljubljana, Faculty for Chemistry and Chemical Technology, Fire Scientist, 1987-1991
  • Izolirka - Fire Engineering and Consulting Group, Head of Fire Protection Engineering Department, 1986-1987
  •  Institute for Testing and Research of Structures and Materials, Ljubljana, Head of Fire Technology Laboratory, 1981-1986
  • American Society of Engineering Education (ASEE), Member
  • Society of Fire Protection Engineers, Member
  • International Association of Fire Safety Science, Member
  • ASTM, E5 Committee, Member
  • ISO, TC 92, SC1, U.S. Assigned Expert
Honors & Awards: 
  • Academy of Sciences, Slovenia, Award for the Highest Achievement in the Field of Chemical Sciences (Boris Kidric Award)
  • Yugoslav Department of Commerce, Inventor of the Year Award