2016 40 Under 40: Toby White, PE, LEED AP, 36
Associate, Fire Protection Engineer, Arup, Cambridge, Mass. BS Mechanical Engineering, Worcester Polytechnic Institute MS Fire Protection Engineering, Worcester Polytechnic Institute
Toby White, PE, LEED AP, 36
Associate, Fire Protection Engineer, Arup, Cambridge, Mass.
BS Mechanical Engineering, Worcester Polytechnic Institute
MS Fire Protection Engineering, Worcester Polytechnic Institute
White is an associate and fire protection engineer in Arup's Boston office, engaged in code consulting, development of comprehensive fire and life safety strategies, computational fire and egress modeling, performance-based design, and multidisciplinary project management. He joined the firm after earning his degrees. He has worked in Arup's San Francisco, Hong Kong, Sydney, and Boston offices over the past 13 years. While at Arup, he has worked with people movement, computational fluid dynamics, and zone models to design complex smoke control systems and people-movement strategies. Having begun his career on the West Coast close to Las Vegas, a large portion of his work has been related to large, mixed-use fully integrated casino resorts. White's vast experience on more than 40 projects in the gaming industry has allowed him to develop unique approaches to attain the level of fire and life safety intended by the code. These alternative approaches often necessitate the use of complex computational fire and egress modeling, as well as application of fundamental fire dynamics techniques to justify equivalency to the code. At Arup, he organizes fundraising events for Habitat for Humanity and RedR (an engineering-based disaster response and recovery program) and is an active mentor with the ACE Mentoring program. White is an avid drummer and percussionist. From 2008 to 2014, he was the drummer for Fennario, a Massachusetts-based Grateful Dead tribute band. Since recently becoming a dad, he has taken a hiatus from frequent performances, but occasionally fills in for other bands when the opportunities arise. He also has a passion for traveling, exploring new places, and cultures.