Dr. Sutula graduated from the University of Maryland, College Park with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Fire Protection Engineering in 1997 and completed his Master of Science Degree in Fire Protection Engineering in 1998. While at the University of Maryland, Dr. Sutula conducted research exploring the low strain regime of counter-flow diffusion flames. In 2009, Dr. Sutula completed his Doctor of Philosophy Degree in Engineering from the Graduate School of Engineering and Electronics at the University of Edinburgh, Scotland. His research involved the development of a methodology for the prediction of flame extinction and suppression in three-dimensional normal, reduced, and micro-gravity environments. Dr. Sutula is also a licensed professional engineer in Fire Protection Engineering.
Dr. Sutula's professional interests include the research of novel supression designs and mechanisms, terrestrial and extra-terrestrial fire safety, the modeling of smoke and carbon monoxide transport, carbon monoxide toxicology, computational fluid dynamics, and forensic fire and explosion investigation and reconstruction. He is a principal member of the Carbon Monoxide Detection standard (NFPA 720) and is also an alternate member of the the National Fire Alarm Code (NFPA 72) Technical Committee on Single- and Multiple-Station Alarms and Household Fire Alarm Systems.
Presently, Dr. Sutula is a full-time Senior Engineer at Combustion Science & Engineering, Inc. with over 13 years of experience in the field of Fire Protection Engineering. As a senior-level Fire Protection Engineer at CSE, Dr. Sutula’s expertise includes fire origin and cause investigation, fire victim toxicology, fire, smoke, and carbon monoxide modeling, custom fire experimentation, product failure analysis, post-fire reconstruction, and building code review. Dr. Sutula has conducted numerous fire investigations and has served as a consultant on a variety of litigation matters spanning a broad range of both criminal and civil cases involving residential, commercial, and industrial fires. In addition to his role as a Senior Engineer with CSE, Dr. Sutula has recently been appointed to the role of Adjunct Lecturer for the distance learning program of the Department of Fire Protection Engineering at the University of Maryland and is currently the instructor for the department's Advanced Fire Suppression course.