Dr. Chris LaFleur has more than 20 years in progressively responsible positions in Risk Management and Fire Protection Engineering. Chris conducts research and development activities in fire risk analysis including failure mode analysis, event trees, fault trees and fire modeling at Sandia National Laboratories. She is responsible for the fire risk program activities in the Risk & Reliability Analysis department. She supports Fire Probabilistic Risk Assessment (Fire PRA) methodology improvements for the Nuclear Regulatory Commission. Her main focuses are implementing a risk informed performance-based approach to hydrogen refueling station design and permitting, conducting research in support of fire codes and standards, development of risk analyses for liquefied natural gas fueled vehicles and locomotives, and assessment of fire hazards in underground munitions facilities.
Chris has been at Sandia since 2010. Prior to Sandia, Dr. LaFleur initiated, developed and implemented the fire risk analysis program at General Motors by collecting and analyzing fire incident data and creating risk-informed decision support tools that impacted safety and productivity for the entire manufacturing enterprise. Chris worked at General Motors for 12 years in various organizations including Global Security, where she managed the corporate global fire protection standards, Worldwide Facilities, where she was in charge of design specification, construction oversight, and acted as liaison to the Authorities Having Jurisdiction for construction projects, and Corporate Risk Management, where she was responsible for risk quantification analysis for several regions and was responsible for business continuity planning , property insurance, and enterprise risk management. Prior to GM, Chris worked as an environmental engineer for Parsons from 1991 to 1998. Professional abilities include development of Monte Carlo risk models, design and programming of relational databases for risk tracking and analysis, and development of risk-informed decision support tools.
Chris is a registered professional engineer in Virginia and New Mexico as well as a Certified Fire and Explosion Investigator. She serves as a principle member of the sprinkler discharge criteria committee of NFPA 13, Installation of Sprinkler Systems, as well as an alternate member of NFPA 2, Hydrogen Technologies Code. She also serves on the CSA Technical Advisory Group on Hydrogen Fueling Station Guidelines (HGV 4.9) and the H2USA Locations Working Group. Chris earned a BS in Geology and Mechanical Engineering from the University of Rochester and an MS in Fire Protection Engineering from the University of Maryland. She also holds a Doctorate of Engineering degree in Manufacturing Engineering focusing on Fire Risk Analysis in a Manufacturing Enterprise from the University of Michigan.