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NFPA’s Philip J. DiNenno Prize Awarded to the Affordable Home Smoke Alarm

Philip J. DiNenno

Philip J. DiNenno

In honor of the late Philip J. DiNenno, the highly regarded former CEO of Hughes Associates who passed away in 2013, the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) and Hughes Associates have established the DiNenno Prize to recognize significant technical developments that enhance fire safety. 

The DiNenno Prize was established to create a legacy in the name of Philip DiNenno. In addition to honoring his memory, the DiNenno Prize will encourage and recognize significant technical developments that have an impact on public safety, including building, fire, and electrical safety. A prize committee will consider nominations submitted from around the world. More information can be found at www.nfpa.org/dinenno.

“Phil will be remembered as one of the most outstanding leaders that NFPA has ever had,” said NFPA President Jim Shannon. “He was an extraordinarily effective advocate for fire safety and the most respected person in fire protection engineering of his generation. NFPA is honored to join with Hughes Associates to establish the DiNenno Prize.“

DiNenno was recognized for his many accomplishments in the fire protection field including the NFPA Standards Medal and the Lamb Award. Throughout his career he provided leadership to the fire protection engineering profession, most recently as CEO of Hughes Associates. He served in a number of leadership roles in the Society of Fire Protection Engineering (SFPE), including president, and was awarded the Guise Medal, SFPE’s highest honor. He was the founding editor of the SFPE Fire Protection Engineering Handbook and provided the direction of excellence that is still the charge today. DiNenno also provided leadership to NFPA within technical committees, as chair of the Standards Council, and as a member of the Board of Directors. He was a pioneer in the use of computer fire modeling to understand the growth and effects of fire. He played a significant role in the development of non-ozone depleting fire suppression technologies, working with industry, NFPA, U.S. EPA, the World Bank, and the United Nations. 

“It is our honor at Hughes Associates to not only memorialize our friend, colleague and mentor, but to inspire others to reach further to enhance public safety, just as Phil strived to do in so many different ways for his entire career,” said Wayne Moore of Hughes Associates.

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