Thank you This live web event has ended. Thank you for attending. Contributors Manuel R. Silva, Jr. P.E. Manny Silva is the Chief Engineer and Fellow for JCI’s Fire Suppression Products business. He has over 32 years of engineering experience and for the past 21 years he has developed numerous products for use in fire sprinklers systems and is named on 37 U.S. Patents related to fire suppression devices. .In his current role as Chief Engineer Mr. Silva is involved with the research and development of new fire protection products and is a member of technical committees covering NFPA 13 Sprinkler System Discharge Criteria and Sprinkler System Installation, NFPA 30B and NFPA 1925. Steven L. Shields Steve Shields is a Principal Mechanical Engineer with JCI’s Fire Suppression Products business. He has 30 years of engineering experience, the last 18 of which have been in the support of development and manufacturing of a wide variety of products used in fire protection sprinkler systems. The majority of his career has been spent in the design, specification and procurement of custom tooling and automated equipment used in manufacturing. In his most recent role however, he has been designing the products themselves. Prior to JCI, he worked for a custom precision plastic injection molding firm, where he acquired the knowledge and experience to enable him to design the Polymeric Sprinkler.