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Steve Kowkabany

Executive Vice President, Engineering

Steve Kowkabany leads the fire protection engineering and life safety consulting practice area at VERTEX. Mr. Kowkabany has been a practicing engineer for over 25 years and began his career as a project engineer and process system designer in the pulp & paper, power generation, and photographic film manufacturing sectors. He transitioned into the field of fire protection after working closely with a variety of industrial fire protection systems in a manufacturing environment. In addition to his extensive experience in heavy industrial and petrochemical fire protection, Mr. Kowkabany has considerable experience in the arenas of residential, military, and commercial fire protection, and has designed fire protection systems for over 500 facilities, as well as provided expert witness and third-party review services for a wide variety of complex projects. Mr. Kowkabany is a licensed fire protection engineer in the states of Alabama, Colorado, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Maryland, Minnesota, North Carolina, Oregon, South Carolina, Texas, Washington and Wisconsin.

Education & Certification

University of Florida
Masters Degree of Science in Mechanical Engineering

Georgia Institute of Technology
Bachelors Degree of Science in Mechanical Engineering


Outside of his corporate efforts, Mr. Kowkabany is passionate about advancing the field of fire protection and civic involvement. He serves as a board member for the Florida Engineering Management Corporation and was appointed to the Florida Fire Code Advisory Council. He also serves on the board of directors of the National Fire Sprinkler Association Florida Region.

Expert Witness Services

Damages, Fire Origin and Cause Investigations

Damages, Fire Protection Engineering

Forensics Technical, Mechanical

Forensics Technical, Plumbing

Forensics Technical, Safety

Standard of Care, Fire Protection