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Society Awards


The John J. Ahern President's Award

Originally created by the SFPE Board of Directors in 1987 as the President's Award, it honors individuals whose conspicuous contributions deserve very special recognition by the Society and its leadership. The Award was renamed in 1993 to honor the Society's first President. Recipients of the Ahern Award.


The D. Peter Lund Award

The Board of Directors established the D. Peter Lund Award in 1997 to recognize significant contributions to the advancement of the professional recognition of the fire protection engineer. This award is named in honor of D. Peter Lund, CAE, the first Executive Director of the Society. Recipients of the Lund Award.


Fire Protection Person of the Year Award

This Award was created in 1973 to recognize significant achievement in the protection of humanity and the environment from the ravages of unwanted fire and an outstanding contribution to fire protection from outside the membership of SFPE which is broad in scope and has apparent lasting effects. Recipients of the Fire Protection Person of the Year Award.


The David A. Lucht Lamp of Knowledge Award

This award honors an organization, company, or individual that has contributed substantially to increasing the opportunities for higher education in fire protection engineering. The award is named for David A. Lucht in recognition of his 25 years of leadership and dedication to the Worcester Polytechnic Institute Center for Firesafety Studies and his tireless efforts on behalf of the fire protection engineering profession. Recipients of the Lucht Award.


The John L. Bryan Mentoring Award

This award, established in 2007, is in recognition of John L. Bryan and his more than fifty years of commitment and dedication to education and mentoring students and practicing fire protection engineers. This award is presented to an individual who exemplifies commitment and dedication to educating, training and advising fire protection engineers. The recipients are recognized for freely and unselfishly providing their expertise to other individuals in order to assist them in enhancing their education, advancing their careers, and expanding their experience and knowledge in fire protection engineering. Recipients of the Bryan Award.


The Harold E. Nelson Service Award

The Board of Directors created the Harold E. Nelson Service Award in 1987 to recognize dedicated and inspired service to the ideas and goals of the Society. The award is named after Harold E. "Bud" Nelson, P.E., whose parallel fire protection engineering and Society careers are truly worthy of emulation. Recipients of the Nelson Award.


The Rolf H. Jensen Award for Outstanding Committee Service

The Rolf H. Jensen Award recognizes persons who have rendered unselfish, extraordinary and unusual service on a SFPE committee. The committee service must contribute to Society goals and to the profession of fire protection engineering. Recipients of the Jensen Award.


Hat's Off Award

The Hat's Off Award is designed to recognize Society members who, in the course of their SFPE assignments, put forth that extra effort ... walk that extra mile ... to ensure that the effort expended was the absolute best. Recipients of the Hat's Off Award.


Award for Chapter Excellence (ACE)

The SFPE Board of Directors established the Award for Chapter Excellence (formerly called Chapter Excellence Awards) in 2005 to recognize Chapters that demonstrated excellence in contributing to the needs of their members and the Society. Three levels of recognition are awarded -- Gold, Silver, and Bronze. Recipients of the Chapter Excellence Award.


Foundation Awards

The following research awards are given by the SFPE Foundation. For more information about the Foundation or to donate to support the awards it gives out annually, in addition to other grants and forms of research support, visit the Foundation website


The Arthur B. Guise Medal

This award is presented by the SFPE Foundation and represents its most prestigious research award. The Arthur B. Guise Medal recognizes eminent achievement in the advancement of the science and technology of fire protection engineering and is named in memory of the achievements of Arthur Guise, who singularly developed dry chemicals for use as fire extinguishing agents. The achievement may be in research, development, design, innovation, management, education or literature. Recipients of the Guise Medal.


The Jack Bono Award for Engineering Communications

The Foundation's Board of Governors established the Bono Award in 1994 to recognize the author(s) of the paper published in SFPE's Journal during the prior year that has most contributed to the advancement and application of professional fire protection engineering. Recipients of the Bono Award.


Student Scholar Award

This award was established in 2006 by the Foundation's Board of Governors to recognize high-performing students who are conducting research to advance the science and practice of fire protection engineering. Nominations are accepted from undergraduate, graduate and post-graduate students and are judged on scientific quality and relevance of their research to the fire protection engineering profession. Recipients of the Student Scholar Award.

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