Haavard has over 14 years of experience with complex performance-based fire protection design, forensic analysis, and fire research. His work focuses on application of computer modeling of fire and pedestrian movement to analyze problems such as smoke extraction, structural fire exposure, evacuation and crowd management, battery gas release, and occupant tenability. He was lead researcher for the 2020 NFPA Research Foundation report on Fire Hazards of Modern Vehicles.
He has presented research at technical conferences for the NFPA, SFPE, AIChE, and been published in peer reviewed journals such as Fire Technology. He is a licensed professional engineer in Maryland.