CFITrainer.Net® Contributor is honored!

October 9, 2013 — The International Association of Arson Investigators extends its warm congratulations to Daniel Madryzkowski, Fire Protection Engineer at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), who was awarded a 2013 Samuel J. Heyman Service to America Medal last week. Madryzkowski is a longtime contributor to CFITrainer.Net® and one of its most valued experts on fire dynamics and fire behavior.

Madryzkowski received the Heyman Citizen Services Medal for "dramatically improved firefighting practices by conducting and sharing sophisticated research that has saved firefighters' lives and protected property across the nation," according to the release from Partnership for Public Service, the nonpartisan group that presents the awards. Anthony Hamins, Chief of NIST's Fire Research Division, remarked that Madryzkowski is "leading a transformational change in fire service thinking."

"We are honored and truly fortunate to count Dan among the extraordinary group of experts who shape, vet, and present CFITrainer.Net® modules," said IAAI President Rob Rush. "His expertise in fire dynamics is surpassed only by his willingness to share that research and knowledge with others. He has immeasurably enhanced the quality of the CFITrainer.Net® modules he has participated in and we send him our heartfelt congratulations on this well-deserved and prestigious award." Madryzkowski's work appears in a number of CFITrainer.Net® modules, including Introduction to Fire Dynamics and Modeling, A Ventilation-Focused Approach to the Impact of Building Structures and Systems on Fire Development, and An Analysis of the Station Nightclub Fire.

The Samuel J. Heyman Service to America Medals (Sammies) pay tribute to America's dedicated federal workforce, highlighting those who have made significant contributions to our country. Honorees are chosen based on their commitment and innovation, as well as the impact of their work on addressing the needs of the nation. For more information on the awards and the 2013 recipients, visit To read the full article on the medal award and watch video summarizing Madryzkowski's work, visit the recipient profiles page. News Archive