Professor Emeritus Fire Protection Engineering, University of Maryland
Dr. Steven Spivak is Professor Emeritus and served as Chair of the Department of Fire Protection Engineering from 1993 until 2001.
On the faculty from 1970, his affiliation with Fire Protection Engineering was from 1992; he also worked in textile fire research, fiber science and polymer/chemical engineering. He presently maintains a full-time consultancy as textile fire safety expert, plus textiles and furnishings cleaning and performance specialist. These activities include Technical Advisor to the Restoration Industry Association, Science Advisory Chair to the Cleaning Industry Research Institute, science advisor to the National Assn. of State Fire Marshals, and others.
Contributions have been as: (a) author and professor of standards information and standards education, (b) in consumer and textile fire safety standards and promotion of consumer product standards generally, c) contributions to private and public sector standards systems, including ANSI, ISO, ASTM Intl, NFPA Intl, NASFM and several Federal agencies (GSA, CPSC, DoC, FTC, Treasury), and (d) as a research scholar in fiber and textile science, including textiles, clothing and furnishings flammability.