Michael Aaron

Associate Principal


Michael Aaron joined WJE in 2016 with more than thirty years of project experience and professional training in fire protection engineering. Mr. Aaron is a known expert in fire protection, design/build work, and construction management for all types of aircraft hangars. He is familiar with a wide range of fire protection challenges and is experienced in project management, code requirements and interpretation, construction inspection, field investigation, testing, and preparing reports, plans and specifications. He is heavily involved with NFPA standards development and has extensive experience with large water supplies, fire pumps, high-expansion and AFFF foam, sprinklers, and fire alarm systems.

Prior to joining WJE, Mr. Aaron worked at Rolf Jensen & Associates (now Jensen Hughes), where he directed the firms’ Military Projects and Hangar Design Services. During his career at Rolf Jensen, he designed fire suppression and fire alarm systems, performed life safety and code consulting for various facilities, and inspected and tested system installations. Prior to his career at Rolf Jensen, Mr. Aaron was a Fire Protection Engineering Specialist and Mechanical Engineer with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers for more than five years.


Fire Protection System Design

  • Pease KC-46A Hangars - Portsmouth, NH: Expansion of two existing ANG hangars *
  • Dassault Falcon Jet - Little Rock, AR: New fourteen-bay hangar fire protection; pump house *
  • FedEx Hangar - Memphis, TN: Large hangar fire protection design *
  • MacKown Dental Clinic - Lackland AFB, TX: Facility fire protection design; life safety *


Code Consulting

  • Fire Protection Engineering Criteria - U.S. Air Force: Drawings, funding document study *
  • Clean Agent Study - Code and performance requirements for clean agent selection *
  • F-35 Flight Simulator - Eielson AFB, AK: Life safety code issues; fire protection design *
  • Coast Guard Fixed & Rotary Hangar Study - Clearwater, FL: Code compliance alternatives for aircraft facilities *


Design/Build Projects

  • Warm Storage Hangar - Fort Wainwright, AK: Helicopters, foam, sprinkler, and fire alarm *
  • Advanced Military Maintenance Repair and Overhaul Center - Al Ain, UAE *
  • NDIA CP26 - Doha, Qatar: World’s largest aircraft hangar for Qatar Airlines; revision of design to resolve complex issues *
  • NDIA CP11 - Doha, Qatar: Emiri hangars AFFF foam, fire alarm, and sprinkler *
  • C-17 Maintenance Complex - JBER AFB, AK: Dual-bay hangar and support facilities *
  • Great Lakes Naval Station, Multiple Recruit Barracks – North Chicago, IL: Four phases of military housing *


Construction Administration

  • F-22 LO Composite Repair - Hickam AFB, HI: Paint hangar fire protection systems *
  • NDIA CP96 - Doha, Qatar: General aviation hangar for Qatar Airlines *
  • Madison Square Garden - New York, NY: Fire alarm and smoke control upgrade *
  • Mount Sinai Hospital Medical Center - Chicago, IL: Sprinkler upgrade *


Peer Review

  • Hindan C-17 Bed Down - Ghaziabad, India: C-17 hangar complex and support facilities *
  • Repair Hangar 1905 - Savannah, GA: Fire pump, foam, sprinkler, fire alarm upgrade *
  • NASSCO MLP3 - San Diego, CA: Aqueous film foam system performance of naval ship *
  • Maintenance, Repair, and Overhaul for Oman Facilities  - Muscat and Salalah, Oman: Hangar, cargo warehousing, and office and transfer facilities *

* Indicates with previous firms

Professional Affiliations

National Fire Protection Association (NFPA)
Society of American Military Engineers (SAME)
Society of Fire Protection Engineers (SFPE)


Mechanical Engineer in CA
Professional Engineer in IL and WA  


State University of New York at Buffalo
Bachelor of Science, Mechanical Engineering, 1982