Nelson C. Dunston, M.S.

Nelson Dunston Headshot Assistant Professor

Fire Science & Professional Studies Department
Henry C. Lee College of Criminal Justice and Forensic Science

MS – Fire Protection Engineering, University of Maryland

BA – Chemistry, St. Mary’s College of Maryland

Professional Affiliations
  • Society of Fire Protection Engineers (SFPE)
  • American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE) – Center for Chemical Process Safety
  • Institute of Industrial and Systems Engineers (IISE)
  • American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE)
  • American Society for Quality (ASQ)
  • American Society for Healthcare Engineering
Professional and Research Interests

Fire and Safety Engineering Education, Chemical Process Safety, Healthcare Safety and Engineering, EHS and Facilities Management

Presentations and Publications

Presentation: Fire Protection Engineering Education in the US- Past, Present, and Future – for Danish Fire Protection professionals – NYC, 2012

Presentation (Keynote Speaker): Fire Behavior – The Flash Point – CPCU  of Connecticut, 2011

Presentation (Keynote Lecturer for 3-day seminar):  Fire Protection Engineering in the US  - Architects from Tianjin, China, 2007

Presentation:  Human Behavior in Emergency Situations Through Code Compliance and Modeling, Crisis Management in a New Age “How Safe Are Our Facilities” – University of New Haven School of Business

Presentation (Keynote Speaker): Computer Modeling and Human Behavior in Emergency Incidents, SFPE – Connecticut Valley Chapter, 2006

Presentation: The Effects of Commercially Generated Ozone on Post-Fire Volatile Organic Compounds, SFPE – Chesapeake Chapter, 1997

Publication: N.C. Dunston and S.M. Spivak, A Preliminary Investigation of the Effects of Ozone on Post-Fire Volatile Organic Compounds, J. of Applied Fire Science, Vol. 6, Number 3, 1996

Publications: Featured Author of Chemistry Corner – CHEMTREC Quarterly Magazine, 2000 - 2003

Courses Taught
  • FIRE 2200 Fundamentals of Fire Protection Engineering
  • FIRE 2225 Egress and Life Safety Analysis
  • FIRE 4404 Special Hazards Control
  • FIRE 6625 Chemistry of Fires & Explosions
  • FIRE 6669 Dynamics, Evaluation and Prevention of Structural Fires
  • EASC 1109 Project Planning and Development
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