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Laura Hasburgh E.

Laura Hasburgh, Ph.D., P.E.

Materials Research Engineer
One Gifford Pinchot Drive
United States

Phone: 608-231-9532
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Current Research

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.

Research Interests

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

Professional Organizations

  • 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.


Research Highlights


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.


Last updated on : 06/09/2021