Steve Kerber is the Executive Director of the Fire Safety Research Institute (FSRI) at UL Research Institutes. He leads a fire safety research team dedicated to addressing the worlds unresolved fire safety risks and emerging dangers to reduce death, injury and loss from fire. Steve has led research in the areas of fire safety engineering, firefighter safety, fire forensics, and fire science. FSRI’s research reaches hundreds of thousands of firefighters around the world, informing them on how changes in technologies and in their communities may impact their work environment to improve their safety and effectiveness. FSRI partners with Universities, community leaders, local, state and federal government officials, NGO’s and industry to study the worlds most pressing fire safety needs, including battery fire safety, wildland urban interface fires, firefighter health and safety, material evolutions and computational modeling.
Steve is also a 13-year veteran of the fire service, volunteering his service at the College Park Fire Department in Prince George's County Maryland where he served at ranks up through Deputy Chief. Steve has also been appointed to the rank of Honorary Battalion Chief by the Fire Department of New York, was named the 2014 International Society of Fire Service Instructors and Fire Engineering George D. Post Instructor of the Year, was awarded the 2019 Metropolitan Fire Chiefs President’s Award of Distinction and is a Fellow of the Society of Fire Protection Engineers.