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Chris Lautenberger, PhD, PE

Lead, Wildfire Forecasting Team

Co-founder and Principal Engineer, Reax Engineering

Chris is the Lead of the Wildfire Forecasting Team, developing near-term risk forecasting tools. His responsibilities include building code, fire code consulting, fire science research, the design of fire protection and life safety systems, thermal sciences, atmospheric processes, and forensic reconstruction of fires. His work combines fire and building codes and related standards with technical aspects of fire science such as combustion, heat transfer, fluid dynamics, thermodynamics, fire dynamics, and fire modeling. Chris has co-taught graduate-level courses in fire dynamics and fire modeling in the Department of Fire Protection Engineering at California Polytechnic State University–San Luis Obispo.