Lunch Meeting Agenda

Meeting Date
Monday, September 12, 2022

TOPIC – UL XplorLabs Fire Forensics Presentation

In 2018 a new relationship formed between Cobb Fire, ULXplorLabs and Cobb County Schools with the overarching goal to teach middle school students about fire dynamics and career opportunities.  This unique collaboration resulted in creating a support system between teachers and fire fighters as they learned how to collectively implement ULXplorlabs Fire Forensics curriculum. The collective experience of using a potential arson case, fire investigations, and the presence of fire fighters has successfully motivated our students to think about fire engineering as a possible career, as well as, consider their daily actions associated with fire safety. Since the inception of this unique relationship, teachers and firefighters in the county continue to be trained, collaborate, and work to provide this authentic STEM experience to our students. This initial relationship in Cobb county has now expanded to two additional counties in Georgia: Henry and Cherokee counties; a testimony to how this program has been a positive experience for all stakeholders. In 20(21) SFPE joined this initiative and pledged to support students in thinking about the implications fire behavior and fire safety from an engineering perspective. We would like to share our volunteer experiences with workshop participants, as well as, share ways to investigate patterns of fire behavior using both the UL free curriculum and the experts from our local fire departments.


Speaker – Christina F. Francis, PE, FSFPE Senior Staff Regulatory Specialist for Tesla

 Ms. Francis currently serves as Senior Staff Regulatory Specialist for Tesla, Inc. Her previous roles include Global Fire Protection Engineer for The Procter & Gamble Co. (P&G), loss control associate with Industrial Risk Insurers and design engineer with Bechtel. With almost 30 years in the fire protection industry her experience includes design, construction management, loss prevention, risk management and code consulting on a variety of industrial projects throughout the world. Ms. Francis has a Bachelors Degree in Mechanical Engineering from Auburn University, is a registered professional engineer in Fire Protection and is a Certified Fire Protection Specialist (CFPS). She is a member of the Society of Fire Protection Engineers (SFPE), National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), Industrial Fire Protection Section (past chair) and previous Board Member of Fire Protection Research Foundation.

Speaker – Megan O’Keeffe Senior Content Specialist OREE

Megan O’Keeffe has recently joined the Office of Research Experiences and Education (OREE) as a Senior Content Specialist. With over a decade of experience teaching mathematics and science, her thirst for understanding scientific concepts has driven her to create relevant and engaging lessons for middle and high school students. As a teacher leader in science and STEM education she has facilitated professional developments, presented at local and national conferences, and mentored new teachers. She earned her Bachelor’s of Science in Middle Grades Education, specializing in mathematics and science from Kennesaw State University; later she earned her Master’s Degree in Instructional Technology. Megan looks forward to partnering with subject matter experts to create resources that allow the next generation of scientists and engineers to engage with science in realistic and exciting scenarios. 

The meeting will be held on September 12, 2022. Registration begins at 11:30am Maggiano’s Perimeter – 4400 Ashford Dunwoody Rd. Dunwoody, GA.

Please register online at  BEFORE 2pm Friday, September 9 to ensure you have a seat and to take advantage of the $37.00 advance reservation rate.  If you have any questions, please contact Tracy Williams at

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