Chief Donald J. Burns Memorial Research Grant

The Chief Donald J. Burns Memorial Research Grants purpose was to utilize information modeling as a means of improving infrastructure safety and fire service preparedness. The Grant is named in memory of FDNY Assistant Chief Donald Burns. Chief Burns died in the collapse of the World Trade Center Towers on September 11, 2001, while setting up his command post to direct the evacuation.

Funding for this grant was provided by Bentley Systems Incorporated. Bentley is a global leader in providing architects, engineers, geospatial professionals, constructors, and owner-operators with comprehensive software solutions for sustaining infrastructure. 


2017 – Visual Localization Systems for Fire Brigade Using BIM Technology 
Paula Smyczek, Dr. Piotr Tofilo and Dr. Adam Krasuski

2016 – Computing Infrastructure for Multi-Criteria Wireless Sensing and Real-Time visualization Network for Intelligent Firefighting
Paul Beata, Dr. Ann Jeffers and Dr. Vineet Kamat, University of Michigan

2015 – Fire Navigator Research
Nahom Daniel and Dr. Guillermo Rein, Imperial College London (Final Report [PDF])

2014 – Development of a Cyber Physical System for Fire Safety (Final Report [PDF]| Presentation [PPT])
Rosalie Faith Wills and Dr. Andre Marshall, University of Maryland

2013 – Property Risk Optimization by Predictive Hazard Evaluation Tool (PROPHET) (Final Report [PDF]|Presentation [PPT])
Austin Anderson and Dr. O.A. Ezekoye, The University of Texas at Austin