James "Jim" Milke is Professor and Chair in the Department of Fire Protection Engineering. His principal areas of expertise involve smoke management, fire detection and analyzing the response of materials exposed to fire conditions. Milke is the director of the distance option for the Master of Engineering Program. He received his Ph.D. in Aerospace Engineering from UMD in 1991. He is a member of several professional societies, including SFPE, National Fire Protection Association, and the International Association for Fire Safety Science. He is a member of the Fire Council of Underwriters Laboratories and was a member of the NFPA Standards Council. He was a member of the Core Group of the FEMA Building Performance Assessment Team for the World Trade Center incident on September 11, 2001.