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Dr. Marcelo M. Hirschler

   Curriculum Vitae  

Personal

Date of Birth:                May 8, 1947

Place of Birth:               Buenos Aires, Argentina

Education

University:                    University of Buenos Aires 1966-70

  Licentiate in Chemistry.  Major: Physical Chemistry

Post-graduate:              University of Buenos Aires 1971-75

  Doctor in Chemistry.  Major: Polymer Physical Chemistry

Membership Professional Societies

Languages

English, German, Spanish, French

Recent Awards

Employment History

            September 1995 -

                        Fire Science Consultant

                        GBH International, Mill Valley, California

            March 1995 - September 1995

                        Fire Science Consultant

                        GBH International, Rocky River, Ohio

            March 1991 - February 1995

                        Fire Science Consultant

                        Safety Engineering Laboratories, Inc., Rocky River, Ohio

            December 1986 - February 1991

                        R & D Manager - Fire Sciences

                        BFGoodrich Co. - Geon Vinyl Division, Avon Lake, Ohio

            June 1986 - December 1986

                        Sr. R & D Associate - Flammability

                        BFGoodrich Co. - Geon Vinyl Division, Avon Lake, Ohio

            August 1984 - June 1986

                        R & D Associate - Flammability

                        BFGoodrich Co. - Chemical Group, Avon Lake, Ohio

            October 1977 - July 1984

                        Temporary Lecturer (Physical Chemistry)

                        Department of Chemistry - The City University, London, England

            October 1975 - October 1977

                        Post Doctoral Research Fellow

School of Molecular Sciences, University of Sussex, Brighton, E. Sussex, England

            June 1975 - October 1975

                        Researcher - Physical Chemistry of Carbons

                        R & D Department - ALUAR Aluminio Argentino, Buenos Aires, Argentina

            March 1971 - June 1975

                        Post-graduate Research Assistant, Department of Physical Chemistry

                        School of Pharmacy and Biochemistry - University of Buenos Aires

                        Buenos Aires, Argentina

            March 1970 - December 1971

                        Undergraduate Teaching Assistant, Department of Physical Chemistry

                        School of Exact and Natural Sciences - University of Buenos Aires

                        Buenos Aires, Argentina

Employment Responsibilities
(Excluding University Teaching Responsibilities)

Consultancy

Provide scientific expertise in fire sciences testing, research and consulting including:

  1. Consultant to the Vinyl Institute on fire and PVC (1991-96)

  2. Expert on various fire issues, for industrial clients and for law firms

  3. Session chairman on Materials for Increased Fire Safety at Int. Conf. Fire Safety (Dr. C.J. Hilado) (1987-98)

  4. Session chairman at various fire conferences, including: Int. Assoc. Fire Safety Science, BCC Flame Retardancy, American Chemical Society Fire & Polymers and Fire and Materials.

  5. Chairman ASTM E-5.15: Subcommittee on Fire and Interior Furnishings and Contents (1990-95)

  6. Recording Secretary ASTM E-5.15:Subcommittee on Fire and Interior Furnishings and Contents (1988-90 and 1996-)

  7. Recording Secretary ASTM E-5.91: Subcommittee on Planning and Review of Fire Standards (1990-1999 and 2000-)

  8. Recording Secretary ASTM E05: Committee on Fire Standards (2000- )

  9. Chairman ASTM E5.31: Subcommittee on Fire Terminology and Editorial (2000- )

  10. Chairman ASTM E5.13.1: Task Group on ASTM E603, Standard Guide for Room Fire Experiments (1992-).  Developed new version of ASTM E603.

  11. Chairman ASTM E5.13.8: Task Group on New Practice for Large Scale Heat Release Tests (1997- ).  Developed New Practice ASTM E 2067.

  12. Chairman ASTM E-5.15.3: Task Group on Fire Hazard Assessment of Floor Coverings (1987-92)

  13. Chairman ASTM E-5.15.8: Task Group on Full Scale Fire Testing of Upholstered Furniture (1989- ).  Developed ASTM E1537, ASTM E1590 and ASTM E1822.

  14. Chairman ASTM E-5.15.12: Task Group on Vandalized Mattresses for Correctional Institutions (1991-93)

  15. Chairman ASTM E5.15.13: Task Group on Fire Hazard Assessment of Upholstered Furniture (1994- ).  Drafting new guide on fire hazard assessment for health care.

  16. Chairman ASTM E-5.17.94: Task Group on Fire Hazard Assessment of Rail Transportation Vehicles (1991- ).  Developed ASTM E2061, new guide on fire hazard assessment of passenger rail vehicles.

  17. Chairman ASTM E5.21.13: Task Group on Smoke Toxicity for Flashover Fires (1993-7)

  18. Chairman ASTM E5.21.33: Task Group on ASTM E906 (Ohio State University Rate of Heat Release Apparatus) (1994- ).  Developed new version of standard.

  19. Acting Chairman ASTM E5.21.34: Task Group on Smoke Toxicity for Flashover Fires (1997-)

  20. Chairman ASTM E5.21.35: Task Group on Rate of Heat Release Apparatus by Thermopile Method) (1995- ).  Developed new test method ASTM E 2102.

  21. Chairman ASTM E-5.21.3: Task Group on ISO (5659-2) Smoke Chamber (1995-).  Developed new test method ASTM E1995.

  22. Chairman ASTM E-5.32.2: Task Group on 1990 Symposium on Fire Hazard and Fire Risk Assessment (1988-1992).  Editor of ASTM STP 1150 (Fire Hazard & Fire Risk Assessment)

  23. Chairman ASTM E-5.35.2: Task Group on Examples of Fire Hazard Assessment Standards (1989-91)

  24. Secretary ASTM D9.94: Subcommittee on Terminology and Editorial for Electrical Insulation Materials (1994-)

  25. Chairman ASTM D-9.21.3: Task Group on Smoke Obscuration on Burning of Electrical Cables (1987-).  Developed ASTM D5424.

  26. Chairman ASTM D-9.21.7: Task Group on Rate of Heat Release from Electrical Cables (1992-).  Developed ASTM D5537 and ASTM D6113.

  27. Chairman ASTM D-9.21.1: Task Group on Fire Hazard Assessment of Electrotechnical Products (1995-).  Developed Guide ASTM D5425.

  28. Chairman ASTM D9.97-1: Task Group on  March1999 "90th Anniversary Symposium on Electrical Insulating Materials: International Issues" (1997-1999).  Editor of ASTM STP 1376 (1999)

  29. Chairman ASTM F33.05 Task Group on Furnishings within Detention Occupancies (1997- ).  Developed new test methods ASTM F 1534 and F 1550 and new guide ASTM F 1870.

  30. Member NFPA Life Safety Technical Committee on Furnishings and Contents (1992- )

  31. Member NFPA Technical Committee on Hazard and Risk of Contents and Furnishings (1992- )

  32. Member NFPA National Electrical Code CMP 15: National Electrical Code Panel on Places of Assembly (1993-)

  33. Member NFPA Technical Committee on Fire Tests: (1996-)

  34. Member NFPA Technical Committee on Merchant Vessels: (1998-)

  35. Chairman Task Group on Circuit Integrity for CSA C22.2 No. 0.3 (1997-2000)

  36. Member IEEE Technical Committee on Electrical Installations in Ships (IEEE 45) (1999-)

  37. Member IEEE Technical Committee on Shipboard Wire and Cable (IEEE 1580) (2000-)

  38. Associate Editor, Fire and Materials Journal (1991-)

  39. Manager Program for Interlaboratory Precision of Intermediate Scale Calorimeter Test Method (ASTM E1623) (1997-1998)

  40. Member Editorial Board Journal Fire Sciences, Fire Safety Journal, Fire & Flammability Bulletin, Journal of Testing and Evaluation.

 BFGoodrich - Geon Vinyl Division (Fire Sciences Manager)

  1. Head of BFGoodrich fire testing laboratory: routine small scale tests.

  2. Head of BFGoodrich fire research: smoke toxicity and fire hazard assessment; combustion and thermal analysis of poly(vinyl chloride) and other polymers; generation, transport and decay of hydrogen chloride; smoke corrosivity; analytical techniques for measuring combustion products.  Provided a presence at national and international fire conferences: participation and presentation of scientific work.  Carried out full scale fire demonstrations, for research and public relations purposes.  Support of line groups in the development of new commercial compounds.

  3. Technical consultant for BFGoodrich on litigation and other external affairs regarding fire and combustion toxicity.

  4. Standards activities representing BFGoodrich: e.g. ASTM, NFPA, Canadian Standards Association.

  5. Vinyl industry spokesperson.

  6. Chairman Technical Fire Sciences Subcommittee, Coordinating Committee for Fire Safety, Society of the Plastics Industry.  Main spokesperson on fire activities for the plastics industry.  Liaison with Center for Fire Research (National Bureau of Standards), NFPA, NIBS, etc. 

  7. Technical Monitor SPI Carbon Monoxide and Fire Fatalities Project, etc. (1987 - 91)

  8. Chairman Combustibility Subcommittee, Vinyl Institute Technical Committee.  Technical monitor of projects at Center for Fire Research (NBS), Southwest Research Institute.

  9. Chairman ASTM E-5.15: Subcommittee on Fire and Interior Furnishings and Contents

  10. Secretary ASTM E-5.91: Subcommittee on Planning and Review of Fire Standards

  11. Chairman ASTM E-5.15.3: Task Group on Fire Hazard Assessment of Floor Coverings

  12. Chairman ASTM E-5.15.8: Task Group on Full Scale Fire Testing of Upholstered Furniture

  13. Chairman ASTM E-5.31.3: Task Group on Smoke Toxicity Definitions

  14. Chairman ASTM E-5.32.2: Task Group on 1990 Symposium on Fire Hazard and Fire Risk Assessment

  15. Chairman ASTM E-5.35.2: Task Group on Examples of Fire Hazard Assessment Standards

  16. Chairman ASTM D-9.21.3: Task Group on Smoke Obscuration on Burning of Electrical Cables

  17. Member of NIBS Smotox Steering Committee (1987 - 91)

  18. Member of NFPRF Risk Assessment Advisory Committee (1987-91)

  19. Session chairman on Materials for Increased Fire Safety at Int. Conf. Fire Safety (Dr. C.J. Hilado) (1987 - 91)

  20. Session chairman at Combustion Institute Eastern Section meetings

  21. Session Chairman at Fire Retardant Chem. Assoc. meetings

  22. Member of ASTM Task Groups E-5.21.70 and D-9.21-4 (smoke corrosivity test development), ASTM E-5.21.02 and E-5.21.03 (smoke obscuration test development), and E5-21.11 (quick toxic fire hazard assessment)

BFGoodrich - Chemical Group & Geon Vinyl Division

i-v      As subsequent job, at a lower level of responsibility.

Department of Chemistry - The City University

  1. Supervision of postgraduate and undergraduate research students.

  2. Research in combustion and air pollution: medium and high molecular weight hydrocarbons, liquid fuels (gasoline, diesel efficiency and effects of additives), polymers (thermal decomposition, flammability and flame retardance: efficiency and mechanism), cellulosic materials (cellulose, cotton, cigarette paper: mechanisms and means of decreasing emissions), emission processes of gaseous pollutants, etc.

  3. Consultant to the "Unit for Oxidation and Combustion Technology": Ministry of Defense and industrial contract research organization.

  4. Consultant to the OECD (Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development; Paris, France): industrial and automotive pollution issues.

School of Molecular Sciences - University of Sussex

Research in physical organic chemistry: syntheses and kinetics of radioactive decay by protiodetritiation of polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons.

R & D Department - ALUAR Aluminio Argentino

Planning for setting up a laboratory and literature search.

Department of Physical Chemistry - School of Pharmacy and Biochemistry - University of Buenos Aires 

Research into polymerization mechanisms, leading to Ph.D.


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GBH International
2 Friar's Lane
Mill Valley, CA, 94941, USA
Tel: (415) 388-8278 - FAX: (415) 388-5546

Email: gbhint@aol.com

GBH International, 2002.