31 min

Rich Walke - Technical Director at Creative Technology Inc‪.‬ The Burn

    • Technology

Key Takeaways


Rich ’s BackgroundValparaiso University Grad, ,multi-Fraternity member Always wanted to go into engineeringPassion started in Junior High School when he modified a bikeOriginally wanted to be in mechanical engineering, pivoted to civil engineering. 


Working at ULHad a friend who introduced him to the company. Lab work/office work combo was appealing.Did not think of it at Life Safety or Fire Protection.Started in tunnel testingMoved over to fire-resistance group43 years at UL


Project Engineer Work Interior finish materials, insulation materials Steiner Tunnel TestInvolved in the MGM Fire investigation. Several major historical fires had impact on testing methods and codes. 


Impacting ChangeJoined Fire Resistance Group at UL in 1987Niche group that was into Fire StoppingWanted to move the industry forward. Involved in evolutionary changes to standards. Air Leakage Tests didn’t exist at the time. Many standards didn’t exist, drain systems, perimeter fire containment, etc. 


Senior Regulatory EngineerRegulatory Services Group at ULInterfaces with code enforcement committeeInvolved in code developmentOpportunity to do training with code officials 


Consulting WorkRecommissioned his side business of racing cars to become his consulting business. Engineering judgementsTrying to avoid conflicts with the fire industry 




About Rich



I am leveraging my 43 years of experience at UL by providing fire protection related consulting services. Areas of expertise include building materials, fire-resistance-rated construction, and the protection of breaches within fire-resistance-rated construction.



Services provided by Creative Technology include teaching, assistance in identifying and interpreting UL Fire-Resistance Designs, engineering judgments, code development, standards development, writing technical articles and technical manuals, and assistance with product certifications.


RichWalke61@gmail.com



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Key Takeaways


Rich ’s BackgroundValparaiso University Grad, ,multi-Fraternity member Always wanted to go into engineeringPassion started in Junior High School when he modified a bikeOriginally wanted to be in mechanical engineering, pivoted to civil engineering. 


Working at ULHad a friend who introduced him to the company. Lab work/office work combo was appealing.Did not think of it at Life Safety or Fire Protection.Started in tunnel testingMoved over to fire-resistance group43 years at UL


Project Engineer Work Interior finish materials, insulation materials Steiner Tunnel TestInvolved in the MGM Fire investigation. Several major historical fires had impact on testing methods and codes. 


Impacting ChangeJoined Fire Resistance Group at UL in 1987Niche group that was into Fire StoppingWanted to move the industry forward. Involved in evolutionary changes to standards. Air Leakage Tests didn’t exist at the time. Many standards didn’t exist, drain systems, perimeter fire containment, etc. 


Senior Regulatory EngineerRegulatory Services Group at ULInterfaces with code enforcement committeeInvolved in code developmentOpportunity to do training with code officials 


Consulting WorkRecommissioned his side business of racing cars to become his consulting business. Engineering judgementsTrying to avoid conflicts with the fire industry 




About Rich



I am leveraging my 43 years of experience at UL by providing fire protection related consulting services. Areas of expertise include building materials, fire-resistance-rated construction, and the protection of breaches within fire-resistance-rated construction.



Services provided by Creative Technology include teaching, assistance in identifying and interpreting UL Fire-Resistance Designs, engineering judgments, code development, standards development, writing technical articles and technical manuals, and assistance with product certifications.


RichWalke61@gmail.com



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31 min

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