Laura Hasburgh, Ph.D., P.E.
Materials Research Engineer
One Gifford Pinchot Drive
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As a building material, wood is limited in use because it is combustible. However, with the development of engineered wood products and benefits of building with wood, the market for wood structures is increasing. However, the fire performance of new products and the effects on fire growth need to be understood the products can be safely implemented in the building codes. The assessment and prediction of fire hazards and risks; mitigation of fire damage by proper design; and the research, development, and testing of wood-based materials for the built environment directly affects life safety of US citizens. Our current reseach focuses on the development of test methods for obtaining thermophysical properties, evaluating the physical and chemical reactions among the structural wood polymers that occur during pyrolysis, and evaluation of wood properties under non-standard fire scenaios for use in physical mathmatical modeling and performance-based design fire protection engineering.
Thermochemical changes and charring behavior in wood
Fire growth research as applied to wood products
Wildland-urban interface and wood building products
- University of Wisconsin - Madison, Doctor Of Philosophy Materials Science and Engineering 2020
- University of Wisconsin - Madison, Masters Of Science Materials Science and Engineering 2017
- University of Maryland - College Park, Masters Of Engineering Fire Protection Engineering 2010
- Milwaukee School of Engineering, Bachelor Of Science Architectural Engineering 2005
- ASTM International, Voting Member (2013 - Current)
Subcommittee Chair for E05.33 Fire Safety Engineering (2020 - current) and voting member on the following subcommittees: E05.11, E05.14, E05.21, E05.22, E0523, E05.32, E05.33, E05.40, E05.41, E05.42, and E05.43 (2013 - current)
- Society of Fire Protection Engineers, Member (2008 - Current)
Awards & Recognition
- MSOE Alumni Achievement Award, 2020
Presented by the MSOE Alumni Association board of directors, this award honors graduates of MSOE who have shown outstanding professional accomplishments in their fields while demonstrating public service and leadership.
- George G. Marra Award, 2019
For excellence in writing and research, presented by the Society of Wood Science and Technology.
- SFPE's Margaret Law Award, 2019
Presented by the Society of Fire Protection Engineers, this award recognizes individuals who have pioneered advancements associated with engineering fire safety of the built environment.
- Turnbull Service Award, 2019
Awarded by UW Madison’s Materials Science and Engineering department to honor an exemplary graduate student who has made notable contributions to public service.
- World Conference on Timber Engineering Young Scientist Award, 2018
This award is for graduate students who are the original author of the full paper who show high quality research in their field of study. Awardees are selected based on evidence of excellent research and contribution in the field of timber engineering.
- ASTM Emerging Professional, 2017
Identified by ASTM as a new member who has demonstrated the potential to be an industry and/or committee leader.
- Robert E. Dougherty Educational Foundation Scholarship, 2016
The Robert E. Dougherty Educational Foundation is a not-for-profit foundation whose sole mission is to provide financial assistance to students studying in the field of composite panel materials and affiliated industries.
- Greater Madison Federal Agency Association Partnership Award, 2014
Recognized for outstanding partnership/teamwork as part of the fire safety research team at FPL.
- Dietenberger, Mark; Hasburgh, Laura, E..; Yedinak, Kara. 2021. Fire safety of wood construction.
- Plaza, Nayomi Z.; Ibach, Rebecca E.; Hasburgh, Laura E.; Taylor, Michael . 2021. Using Thermal Neutron Imaging in Forest Products Research.
- Hasburgh, Laura E.; Stone, Donald S.; Zelinka, Samuel L.; Plaza, Nayomi Z. 2020. Characterization of wood chemical changes caused by pyrolysis during flaming combustion using x-ray photoelectron spectroscopy.
- Zelinka, Samuel L.; Hasburgh, Laura E.; Bourne, Keith J. 2020. Overview of North American CLT fire testing and code adoption.
- Hasburgh, Laura E.; Bourne, Keith J.; Stone, Donald S.; Zelinka, Samuel L. 2020. Simulating real compartment fire conditions in a furnace.
- Hasburgh, Laura E.; Craft, Steven T.; Van Zeeland, Ineke ; Zelinka, Samuel L. 2019. Relative humidity versus moisture content relationship for several commercial wood species and its potential effect on flame spread.
- Zelinka, Samuel L.; Sullivan, Ken ; Pei, Shiling ; Ottum, Noah ; Bechle, Nathan J.; Rammer, Douglas R.; Hasburgh, Laura E. 2019. Small scale tests on the performance of adhesives used in cross laminated timber (CLT) at elevated temperatures.
- Rammer, Douglas R.; Zelinka, Samuel L.; Hasburgh, Laura E, E..; Craft, Steven T. 2018. Ability of finger-jointed lumber to maintain load at elevated temperatures.
- Zelinka, Samuel L.; Hasburgh, Laura E.; Bourne, Keith J.; Tucholski, David R.; Ouellette, Jason P. 2018. Compartment fire testing of a two-story mass timber building.
- Zelinka, Samuel ; Pei, Shiling ; Bechle, Nathan ; Sullivan, Kenneth ; Ottum, Noah ; Rammer, Douglas ; Hasburgh, Laura , E. 2018. Performance of wood adhesive for cross laminated timber under elevated temperatures.
- Hasburgh, Laura E.; Stone, Donald S.; Zelinka, Samuel L. 2017. Laboratory investigation of fire transfer from exterior wood decks to buildings in the wildland-urban interface.
- Dietenberger, Mark; Hasburgh, Laura. 2016. Wood Products Thermal Degradation and Fire.
- Clausen, Carol A.; Yang, Vina W.; Arango, Rachel A.; Hasburgh, Laura E.; Lebow, Patricia K.; Reiner, Richard S. 2015. Cellulose Nanocrystal Entrapment of Benzalkonium Chloride in Southern Pine: Biological, Chemical, and Physical Properties.
- Hasburgh, Laura E.; White, Robert H.; Dietenberger, Mark A.; Boardman, Charles R. 2015. Comparison of the Heat Release Rate from the Mass Loss Calorimeter to the Cone Calorimeter for Wood-based Materials.
- Howarter, John A.; Mendis, Gamini P.; Bruce, Alex N.; Youngblood, Jeffrey P.; Dietenberger, Mark A.; Hasburgh, Laura, E. 2015. Flame Retardancy of Chemically Modified Lignin as Functional Additive to Epoxy Nanocomposites.
- Zelinka, Samuel L.; Dietenberger, Mark A.; Hasburgh, Laura E.; Bourne, Keith J.; Boardman, Charles, R. 2015. Improvements to the Understanding of the Fire Performance of Wood over the Past 30 Years-A Tribute to Robert Hawthorne White.
|Cellulose Nanocrystals Chemically Entrap Biocide in Wood|
Can cellulose nanomaterials play a role in the development of novel preservatives to protect wood products from biodeterioration?
|Comparison of Two Bench-scale Tests Used for Obtaining Heat Release Rate|
There is a growing demand for material properties to be used as inputs in fire behavior models designed to address building fire safety. This co ...
|Evaluating Fire Performance of Adhesives used in Cross-Laminated Timber|
Our research focuses on the study of how adhesives used to hold wood composites together perform under fire to ensure strong, fire-safe construc ...
|Fire performance of CLT buildings|
Fire tests demonstrate that CLT buildings can be designed to withstand fire.
|Wood Adhesives at High Temperatures|
Researchers examined the performance of finger-jointed lumber to understand how it performs in fire.