Mark Ackerman

Position Summary/ Research Interest:

Mark recently retired from the University of Alberta after spending 30+ years on campus. He started a small consulting company that designs and builds specialized research equipment. He continues to be active in the wildland fire area as well as the protective clothing and equipment research facility.

Recent projects have included a flash fire clothing evaluation system for South Korea, a steam/hot water protection system for protective clothing and a test apparatus to simulate vehicle cabs when exposed to wild fire for the US Forest Service.

Mark's areas of interest are:

  1. Safety in wildland fire operations.
  2. Performance of FR Clothing under high pressure steam and/or hot fluids
  3. Evaluation of the protective qualities of fire resistant clothing systems. This work involves the use of an instrumented mannequin to evaluate the energy transfer and subsequent skin damage occurring during short duration flash fires.
  4. Teaching design in the undergraduate engineering program. How to educate students in the most effective design processes and methods.

Key words: energy conservation in buildings, heat transfer, air infiltration, house heating, fire resistant clothing evaluation


Ackerman Mark Y., “Thermal Decomposition of Selected Flame Resistant Clothing Materials”, AATCC Review, American Association of Textile Chemists and Colorists, May-June 2011

Fleck, B. A., Arnold, S. C., Ackerman, M. Y., Dale, J. D., Klaczek, W. and Wilson, D. J.,“Field Testing Residential Fan-Assisted Gas-Fired Furnaces (Part II): Effects of Altitude onSteady State Efficiency and Nitric Oxide Emissions (RP 1182)”, Trans. ASHRAE Vol 115, 2009, Part 1, 19 pages

Sati R., Crown E., Ackerman M., Gonzalez J. and Dale D., 2008, “Protection from Steam at High Pressures: Development of a Test Device and Protocol”, International Journal of Occupational Safety and Ergonomics, Vol. 14, pp. 29-41.

Ackerman M.Y. and Stout C., 2007, “Senior Design in a Paperless Environment”, ASEE Annual Meeting, Honolulu, HI, Paper #AC2007-1604.

Crown E.M., Lawson L.K., Dale J.D. and Ackerman M.Y., 2005, “Moisture Effects in Heat Transfer Through Clothing Systems: Implications for Performance Standards”, 4th NRIFD Japan International Symposium for Fire Fighting Activities, Toyko, Japan. pp 35-47.

Mark Ackerman

Mark Ackerman

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