Fire Protection Engineer Jonathan Eisenberg Joins Arup

New hire will develop viable and creative fire solutions for clients

Jan 31, 2014, 13:41 ET from Arup

BOSTON, Jan. 31, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Arup, a multidisciplinary engineering and consulting firm with a reputation for delivering innovative and sustainable designs, announced today that Jonathan Eisenberg, P.E. has joined the company as an associate principal in the fire practice. Based in Boston, Jon brings more than 25 years of domestic and international experience in fire protection, chemical engineering, and chemical process facilities management.

In this role, Jon will be responsible for developing fire protection features and consulting on design safeguards for industrial, chemical and laboratory facilities across many engineering disciplines. His expertise spans many areas, including hazardous materials storage and use, hazard analysis for suppression and detection basis of design, classified electrical requirements, flammable and combustible liquid hazards, and explosion control.

"Arup is a world leader in performance-based fire engineering and our advanced approach to this discipline allows us to handle the safety challenges posed by all types of structures," said Josh Yacknowitz, associate principal at Arup. "Jon's extensive fire engineering experience will be a valuable addition to Arup's fire protection consulting and design team."

Prior to joining Arup, Jon delivered major capital projects, including:

  • Boston University National Emerging Infectious Diseases Laboratory, Boston: a $175 million, 192,000 SF bio-containment lab building on the medical center campus
  • Harvard University Laboratory for Interface Science and Engineering, Cambridge, Mass.: a new 135,000 SF building housing a Group H-5 semiconductor clean room and associated Group-H bulk chemical rooms
  • Horsehead Corporation, Forest City, N.C.: a zinc extraction plant containing bulk combustible and corrosive liquid processing tanks and their associated internal and external fire protection; and
  • Six Semiconductor, Belo Horizonte, Brazil: a semiconductor fabrication plant containing a Group H-5 fabrication area with associated mechanical spaces, as well as liquid and gas storage and dispensing.

"Fire engineering is a vital aspect of all building design processes," said Jon. "I am looking forward to using my fire engineering skills and industrial/chemical process background to design safe infrastructures that fulfill clients' needs, and to build our industrial and laboratory work across the region."

Jon is a nationally known expert in industrial, chemical, and laboratory fire protection and hazard analysis, and is a frequently published author and speaker on industrial and laboratory fire protection topics.  He holds a bachelor's of science in chemical engineering from Lafayette College and a master's of science in fire protection engineering from Worcester Polytechnic Institute. He is also a member of the Society of Fire Protection Engineers (SFPE); the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), where he serves as principal on the 2, 30, 45 and 318 technical committees; and the American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE). He has written numerous publications including "Industrial Fire Protection-Challenging and Complex Hazards," Fire Protection Engineering Magazine, 4Q 2013; and "MEP Roundtables on Manufacturing and Industrial Facilities," Consulting and Specifying Engineer, 2012 and 2013.

Arup's fire engineering practice has worked on numerous projects across the world including the Northeastern Interdisciplinary Science and Engineering Building in Boston; the Gates Center for Computer Science and Hillman Center for Future Generation Technologies in Pittsburgh; Marina Bay Sands in Singapore; the Neuroscience and Psychology Complex in Princeton, N.J.; the Deep Underground Science and Engineering Laboratory in Lead, S.D.; the Procter & Gamble/Gillette Manufacturing and Packaging Facility in Irapuato, Mexico; and the Columbia University Northwest Corner Building Interdisciplinary Science Laboratory in New York City.

About Arup
Arup is the creative force at the heart of many of the world's most prominent projects in the built environment and across industry. Its engineers and consultants deliver innovative projects across the world. Arup opened its first US office 25 years ago, and now employs 1,000 in the Americas. The firm was founded in 1946 with an enduring set of values that fosters a distinctive culture, intellectual independence and collaborative approach. The people at Arup are driven to find a better way to deliver better solutions for their clients. (