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One Gifford Pinchot Drive
Madison, WI 53726-2398
Phone: (608) 231-9200
Fax: (608) 231-9592


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Laura Hasburgh E.
Laura Hasburgh E.

Laura Hasburgh, Ph.D., P.E.

Building and Fire Sciences
Unit: FPL-4716
Materials Research Engineer
One Gifford Pinchot Drive
Madison, WI
United States

Phone: 608-231-9532

Current Research

As a building material, wood is limited in use because it is combustible. However, with the development of engineered wood products and benefits of building with wood, the market for wood structures is increasing. However, the fire performance of new products and the effects on fire growth need to be understood the products can be safely implemented in the building codes. The assessment and prediction of fire hazards and risks; mitigation of fire damage by proper design; and the research, development, and testing of wood-based materials for the built environment directly affects life safety of US citizens. Our current reseach focuses on the development of test methods for obtaining thermophysical properties, evaluating the physical and chemical reactions among the structural wood polymers that occur during pyrolysis, and evaluation of wood properties under non-standard fire scenaios for use in physical mathmatical modeling and performance-based design fire protection engineering.

Research Interest

  • Thermochemical changes and charring behavior in wood
  • Fire growth research as applied to wood products
  • Wildland-urban interface and wood building products


  • University of Wisconsin - Madison, Doctor Of Philosophy Materials Science and Engineering , 2020
  • University of Wisconsin - Madison, Masters Of Science Materials Science and Engineering , 2017
  • University of Maryland - College Park, Masters Of Engineering Fire Protection Engineering , 2010
  • Milwaukee School of Engineering, Bachelor Of Science Architectural Engineering , 2005

Professional Organizations

  • ASTM International, Voting Member Committee E05 on Fire Standards Subcommittee Chair for E05.33 Fire Safety Engineering (2020 - current) and voting member on the following subcommittees: E05.11, E05.14, E05.21, E05.22, E0523, E05.32, E05.33, E05.40, E05.41, E05.42, and E05.43 (2013 - current) (2013 - Current)
  • Society of Fire Protection Engineers, Member Committee member for the Standing Committee for Professional Qualifications and the committee on Research, Tools & Methods (RTM): Design Fire Scenarios (2008 - Current)


  • MSOE Alumni Achievement Award, 2020 Presented by the MSOE Alumni Association board of directors, this award honors graduates of MSOE who have shown outstanding professional accomplishments in their fields while demonstrating public service and leadership.
  • George G. Marra Award, 2019 For excellence in writing and research, presented by the Society of Wood Science and Technology.
  • SFPE's Margaret Law Award, 2019 Presented by the Society of Fire Protection Engineers, this award recognizes individuals who have pioneered advancements associated with engineering fire safety of the built environment.
  • Turnbull Service Award, 2019 Awarded by UW Madison’s Materials Science and Engineering department to honor an exemplary graduate student who has made notable contributions to public service.
  • World Conference on Timber Engineering Young Scientist Award, 2018 This award is for graduate students who are the original author of the full paper who show high quality research in their field of study. Awardees are selected based on evidence of excellent research and contribution in the field of timber engineering.
  • ASTM Emerging Professional, 2017 Identified by ASTM as a new member who has demonstrated the potential to be an industry and/or committee leader.
  • Robert E. Dougherty Educational Foundation Scholarship, 2016 The Robert E. Dougherty Educational Foundation is a not-for-profit foundation whose sole mission is to provide financial assistance to students studying in the field of composite panel materials and affiliated industries.
  • Greater Madison Federal Agency Association Partnership Award, 2014 Recognized for outstanding partnership/teamwork as part of the fire safety research team at FPL.

Below are the 23 US Forest Service publications sorted by year. You may re-sort the list by: Title, Date Posted, Category, Publication or Year.

Publication Year: 2021
Title: Determination of Char Rates for Glulam Columns Exposed to a Standard Fire for Three Hours
Source: paper in proceedings
Author(s) Hasburgh, Laura, E..; Bourne, Keith; Barber, David
Year: 2021   view abstract, download publication »
Title: Fire safety of wood construction
Source: Chapter 18 in FPL-GTR-282
Author(s) Dietenberger, Mark; Hasburgh, Laura, E..; Yedinak, Kara
Year: 2021   view abstract, download publication »
Title: Using Thermal Neutron Imaging in Forest Products Research
Source: Environmental Sciences Proceedings
Author(s) Plaza, Nayomi Z.; Ibach, Rebecca E.; Hasburgh, Laura E.; Taylor, Michael
Year: 2021   view abstract, download publication »
Publication Year: 2020
Title: Characterization of wood chemical changes caused by pyrolysis during flaming combustion using x-ray photoelectron spectroscopy
Source: Wood & Fire Safety, 2020. 22-27.
Author(s) Hasburgh, Laura E.; Stone, Donald S.; Zelinka, Samuel L.; Plaza, Nayomi Z.
Year: 2020   view abstract, download publication »
Title: Chemical and Mechanical Characterization of Pyrolysis in Wood
Source: Ph.D. dissertation
Author(s) Hasburgh, Laura, E..
Year: 2020   view abstract, download publication »
Title: Overview of North American CLT fire testing and code adoption
Source: Wood & Fire Safety, 2020. 232-237.
Author(s) Zelinka, Samuel L.; Hasburgh, Laura E.; Bourne, Keith J.
Year: 2020   view abstract, download publication »
Title: Simulating real compartment fire conditions in a furnace
Source: Fire and Materials. 44(3): 333-340.
Author(s) Hasburgh, Laura E.; Bourne, Keith J.; Stone, Donald S.; Zelinka, Samuel L.
Year: 2020   view abstract, download publication »
Publication Year: 2019
Title: Relative humidity versus moisture content relationship for several commercial wood species and its potential effect on flame spread
Source: Fire and Materials. 43(4): 365-372.
Author(s) Hasburgh, Laura E.; Craft, Steven T.; Van Zeeland, Ineke ; Zelinka, Samuel L.
Year: 2019   view abstract, download publication »
Title: Small scale tests on the performance of adhesives used in cross laminated timber (CLT) at elevated temperatures
Source: International Journal of Adhesion and Adhesives. 95: 102436.
Author(s) Zelinka, Samuel L.; Sullivan, Ken ; Pei, Shiling ; Ottum, Noah ; Bechle, Nathan J.; Rammer, Douglas R.; Hasburgh, Laura E.
Year: 2019   view abstract, download publication »
Publication Year: 2018
Title: Ability of finger-jointed lumber to maintain load at elevated temperatures
Source: Wood and Fiber Science. 50(1): 44-54.
Author(s) Rammer, Douglas R.; Zelinka, Samuel L.; Hasburgh, Laura E, E..; Craft, Steven T.
Year: 2018   view abstract, download publication »
Title: Compartment fire testing of a two-story mass timber building
Source: Gen. Tech. Rep. FPL-GTR-247. Madison, WI: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Forest Products Laboratory. 1-480.
Author(s) Zelinka, Samuel L.; Hasburgh, Laura E.; Bourne, Keith J.; Tucholski, David R.; Ouellette, Jason P.
Year: 2018   view abstract, download publication »
Title: Full-scale fire tests of a two-story cross-laminated timber structure
Source: In: Proceedings, WCTE 2018-world conference on timber engineering. Seoul, Republic of South Korea: Korean Institute of Forest Science. 8 p.
Author(s) Hasburgh, Laura E.; Zelinka, Samuel L.; Bourne, Keith J.; Tucholski, David R.; Ouellette, Jason P.
Year: 2018   view abstract, download publication »
Title: Performance of wood adhesive for cross laminated timber under elevated temperatures
Source: In: Proceedings, WCTE 2018-world conference on timber engineering. Seoul, Republic of Korea: Korean Institute of Forest Science. 7 p.
Author(s) Zelinka, Samuel ; Pei, Shiling ; Bechle, Nathan ; Sullivan, Kenneth ; Ottum, Noah ; Rammer, Douglas ; Hasburgh, Laura , E..
Year: 2018   view abstract, download publication »
Publication Year: 2017
Title: Laboratory investigation of fire transfer from exterior wood decks to buildings in the wildland-urban interface
Source: Fire Technology, Vol. 53(2):517-534
Author(s) Hasburgh, Laura E.; Stone, Donald S.; Zelinka, Samuel L.
Year: 2017   view abstract, download publication »
Publication Year: 2016
Title: Char rates under design fire scenarios
Source: fplrip-4723-023-UW-Hasburgh-Stone
Author(s) Hasburgh, Laura, E..; Zelinka, Samuel; Stone, Donald
Year: 2016   view abstract, download publication »
Title: Effect of Adhesives and Ply Configuration on the Fire Performance of Southern Pine Cross-Laminated Timber
Source: In: World Conference on Timber Engineering, August 22-25, 2016 Vienna, Austria
Author(s) Hasburgh, Laura, E..; Bourne, Keith; Peralta, Perry; Mitchell, Phil; Schiff, Scott; Pang, Weichiang
Year: 2016   view abstract, download publication »
Title: Fire Performance of Mass-Timber Encapsulation Methods and the Effect of Encapsulation on Char Rate of Cross-Laminated Timber
Source: In: World Conference on Timber Engineering, August 22-25, 2016 Vienna, Austria.
Author(s) Hasburgh, Laura, E..; Bourne, Keith; Dagenais, Christian; Ranger (Osborne), Lindsay; Roy-Poirier, Audrey
Year: 2016   view abstract, download publication »
Title: Wood Products Thermal Degradation and Fire
Source: Reference Module in Materials Science and Materials Engineering
Author(s) Dietenberger, Mark; Hasburgh, Laura
Year: 2016   view abstract, download publication »
Publication Year: 2015
Title: Cellulose Nanocrystal Entrapment of Benzalkonium Chloride in Southern Pine: Biological, Chemical, and Physical Properties
Source: USDA Forest Service, Forest Products Laboratory, Research Paper, FPL-RP-680, 2015; 10 p.
Author(s) Clausen, Carol A.; Yang, Vina W.; Arango, Rachel A.; Hasburgh, Laura E.; Lebow, Patricia K.; Reiner, Richard S.
Year: 2015   view abstract, download publication »
Title: Comparison of the Heat Release Rate from the Mass Loss Calorimeter to the Cone Calorimeter for Wood-based Materials
Source: In: Proceedings Fire and Materials 2015, 14th international Conference and Exhibition, 2-4 February 2015, Hyatt Hotel, Fisherman's Wharf, San Francisco, USA; 2015. pp. 116-126.
Author(s) Hasburgh, Laura E.; White, Robert H.; Dietenberger, Mark A.; Boardman, Charles R.
Year: 2015   view abstract, download publication »
Title: Flame Retardancy of Chemically Modified Lignin as Functional Additive to Epoxy Nanocomposites
Source: In: 26th annual Conference on Recent Advances in Flame retardancy, MAY 18 - 20, 2015 SHERATON STAMFORD HOTEL, STAMFORD CT USA; Session 3: Nanocomposites, 2015; pp. 2-1 - 2-8.
Author(s) Howarter, John A.; Mendis, Gamini P.; Bruce, Alex N.; Youngblood, Jeffrey P.; Dietenberger, Mark A.; Hasburgh, Laura, E..
Year: 2015   view abstract, download publication »
Title: Forest Products Laboratory Research on the Fire Performance of Cross Laminated Timber
Source: Presentation: 2015 Mass Timber Research Workshop, Forest Products Laboratory (FPL), Madison, Wisconsin; November 3-4, 2015
Author(s) Hasburgh, Laura E.; Bourne, Keith J.
Year: 2015   view abstract, download publication »
Title: Improvements to the Understanding of the Fire Performance of Wood over the Past 30 Years-A Tribute to Robert Hawthorne White
Source: Wood Design Focus. Volume 25, Number 3, 2015; pp. 3-7.
Author(s) Zelinka, Samuel L.; Dietenberger, Mark A.; Hasburgh, Laura E.; Bourne, Keith J.; Boardman, Charles, R..
Year: 2015   view abstract, download publication »