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Jason A. Sutula


Principal Fire Investigator / Principal Fire Protection Engineer

Areas of Expertise

Fire + Life Safety Systems Design
Product Liability
Battery Failure Analysis + Consulting
Fire Suppression Systems Design + Consulting
Fire + Explosion Investigation
Vehicle Fires
Fire Modeling
Lithium-Ion Battery Fire Failure Analysis
Loss Prevention Engineering
Appliance Fire + Failure Investigation
Fuel + Gas System Investigations
Smoke Control Systems


Jason A Sutula, PhD, PE, is an internationally recognized expert in the fields of fire dynamics, fire and explosion investigation, and fire protection failure analysis. He is specialized in the areas of lithium-ion battery fire investigation, fire injury and death due to burns or carbon monoxide poisoning, and forensic analysis of combustion equipment such as gasoline and diesel engines, fuel-fired furnaces, and fireplace inserts. Dr. Sutula has investigated and analyzed hundreds of fire and explosion losses that range from residential fire injury and death cases to large-scale chemical plant explosions, industrial manufacturing fires, and large commercial facility fires. He has additional forensic expertise related to fire suppression system failure, fire detection sensor failure, self-heating to ignition, textile response to fire exposure, and combustible dust explosions. Dr. Sutula has routinely utilized custom fire experimentation and computer fire modeling in support of his forensic analyses, and has successfully testified in depositions and court as an expert witness. He is the Secretary of the Board of Governors for the National Association of Fire Investigators (NAFI) and provides training to other fire investigators through NAFI investigation seminars. Additionally, he holds Adjunct Lecturer positions at the University of Maryland and Eastern Kentucky University, where he teaches Advanced Fire Suppression, Fire Dynamics, Fire Behavior and Combustion, Fire Protection Design, and Industrial Fire Protection.

Education / Certifications
  • PhD, College of Science and Engineering, University of Edinburgh
  • MS, Fire Protection Engineering, University of Maryland
  • BS, Fire Protection Engineering, University of Maryland
  • Registered PE: DE, MD
  • Certified Fire Investigator, IAAI
  • Certified Fire and Explosion Investigator, NAFI
  • Certified Vehicle Fire Investigator, NAFI
  • Certified Fire Investigation Instructor, NAFI

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