Jack Bono Award for Engineering Communications

Endowed by Underwriters Laboratories

The Jack Bono Award for Engineering Communications is named after Jack A. Bono, a Fellow and Past President of the Society who worked at Underwriters Laboratories Inc. (UL) for 44 years.

Bono began his 44-year career with UL in 1946, following his honorable discharge from the U.S. Navy and his graduation from Northwestern University. In succeeding years, he held various engineering and management positions including manager of UL’s fire protection department. In May 1978, Jack was named UL’s 7th President and CEO. As President, Jack was known as “The Architect,” overseeing the development and expansion of UL’s testing laboratories in Northbrook, IL, Melville, NY, Research Triangle Park, NC, and Santa Clara, CA, as well as numerous other testing facilities. He also pioneered and formalized UL’s relationships with many outside constituencies, and was a strong proponent of maintaining close working relations with the regulatory community. He served as president of UL until his retirement in 1990.

Bono left behind a remarkable legacy of dedication and service to public safety. Development of the current rating systems for fire extinguishers was among his many accomplishments. In addition to his distinguished service at UL and the Society, Bono was a former member of the board of directors of the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), American National Standards Institute (ANSI) and the American Society of Testing and Materials (ASTM).

In honor of this remarkable legacy, this award recognizes author(s) who have most contributed to the advancement and application of professional fire protection engineering in the prior year.

The award is endowed by Underwriters Laboratories and the recipient(s) also receives a $2,000 honorarium.

2016 Recipients

Nils Johansson, Ph.D.


Stefan Svensson, Ph.D.

Patrick van Hees, Ph.D.

The Jack Bono Award for Engineering Communications was awarded for their paper entitled “A Study of Reproducibility of a Full-Scale Multi-Room Compartment Fire Experiment that appeared in 2015 in Fire Technology” (Volume 51, Issue 3, pp 645-665, doi:10.1007/s10694-014-0408-3). The paper reports the measurements of numerous repeats of the same fire inside a multi-compartment set up conducted during a long period of time. The aim was to capture in-depth and for the first time the reproducibility and degree of variability of compartment fires. The work is impressive and the data is most useful to fire protection engineering. It is not too rare to read in the technical literature about a fire experiment being repeated twice, three times at most, but no study to date provides 45 replicates of the same experiment with subsequent statistically analysis of the data as you have done. The implications of this work are particularly important when engineers compare design and model calculations to experimental measurements from a one or just a few experiments.

Prior Recipients

  • Vytenis Babrauskas, Ph. D. (1997)
  • Jonathan Barnett, Ph.D. (1998)
  • Bernard Cuzzillo, Ph.D. and Patrick Pagni, Ph.D. (1999)
  • Andrew Kim, Ph.D. and Joseph Su, Ph.D. (2000)
  • Stefan Sardquist and Goren Holmstedt (2002)
  • Ian D. Bennetts, Ph.D. and Ian R. Thomas, Ph.D. (2004)
  • Christopher J. Wieczorek, Ph. D., Uri Vandsburger, Ph. D., and Jaon E. Floyd, Ph. D. (2005)
  • Paul A. Croce, Sc.D., John P. Hill, and Yibing Xin, Ph.D. (2006)
  • Justin A. Geiman, Daniel T. Gottuk, Ph.D., P.E., and James A. Milke, Ph.D., P.E., FSFPE (2007)
  • Hui Xie, Lazaros Filippidis, Darren Blackshields, Peter Lawrence, Steven Gwynne, and Edwin R. Galea (2008)
  • Andrew K. Kim, Ph.D. and George P. Crampton (2009)
  • John L. de Ris, Hong-Zeng Yu, and Benjamin Ditch (2010)
  • Yaping He, Prof. (2011)
  • Magnus Arvidson (2012)
  • Ying Zhen Li, Bo Lei, and Haukur Ingason (2013)
  • William C-K Wong, LEED AP, Professor Nicholas A. Dembsey, Ph.D, P.E., FSFPE, Jarrod Alston, P.E., and Chris W. Lautenberger, Ph.D., P.E. for “A Multi-component Data Set Framework for Validation of CFD Flame Spread Models” (2014)
  • Elizabeth Blanchard, Ph.D., Pascal Boulet, Pierre Carlotti, Sylvain Desanghere, Philippe Fromy, J.P. Garo,  and J.P. Vantelon for “Experimental and Numerical Study of the Interaction Between Water Mist and Fire in an Intermediate Test Tunnel” (2015)