Dr. Louis Gritzo is vice president and manager of research with FM Global, one of the world’s largest commercial property insurers. He oversees FM Global’s division of scientists who have expertise in fire, explosions, natural hazards (windstorms, floods and earthquakes), equipment, risk and reliability and cyber hazards. The mission of his organization is to understand property hazards and identify scientifically proven solutions to prevent property and business interruption loss. Gritzo also oversees activities at FM Global’s US$250 million, 1,600-acre Research Campus in West Glocester, Rhode Island, USA, the world’s largest center for property loss prevention research, and scientific laboratories in Norwood, Massachusetts, USA.
Prior to joining FM Global in 2006, Gritzo was manager of fire science and technology at Sandia National Laboratories in Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA, and was a member of its Advanced Concepts Group think tank.
He has served as chair of the Board of Directors of the Innovation Research Interchange (formerly the Industrial Research Institute), chair of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers Heat Transfer Division Executive Committee, and on the Governing Board of the Global Earthquake Model, the ABET Industrial Advisory Committee, the Research Advisory Committee for the National Fire Protection Association, and on advisory committees for several universities. In 2015, he was an invited panelist in two sessions at the United Nations World Conference on Disaster Risk Management in Sendai, Japan. He is also a contributing author to Forbes.com
Gritzo has a Ph.D. in mechanical engineering, with a minor in applied mathematics, from Texas Tech University, USA.