Lon Santis became the manager of Technical Services at the IME in 1998 where he manages the IME Technical Committee, the Security Committee, and the Transportation and Distribution Committee and interacts with all federal agencies except EPA. He also oversees the IME Safety Library.
Lon was born near Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and graduated from the University of Pittsburgh with a BS and MS in mining engineering in 1985 and 1986 respectively.
He worked for a short time as a sales representative for The Ensign-Bickford Company before moving to the Pittsburgh Research Laboratory of the U.S. Bureau of Mines, now operated by NIOSH. There, for 12 years, he managed a variety of explosives research projects relating to transportation, initiation systems, permissible explosives, lightning, toxic gasses, and environmental concerns.
Lon has authored dozens of technical papers and given scores of presentations on many explosive safety topics. He is a member of many professional societies and committees including the national and Potomac chapters of the International Society of Explosives Engineers (ISEE), three National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) technical committees, three American National Standards Institute’s (ANSI) committees, and several national and international fire code associations. He is the Chair of the NFPA Technical Committee on Explosives and Chair of the ANSI A10.7 Subgroup on Explosives Safety in Construction.
Lon can be contacted at (202) 266-4333 or firstname.lastname@example.org.