Awards & Honors

Each year, the Board of Directors approves the recipients who are deserving of the Society's highest accolades. Information about the Society's awards, including a listing of past recipients, is below. Information on the SFPE Foundation's awards can be found here.

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 Society's first Executive Director. Recipients of the Lund 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 Fire Safety Studies and his tireless efforts on behalf of the fire protection engineering profession. Recipients of the Lucht 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, PE, whose parallel fire protection engineering and Society careers are genuinely worthy of emulation. Recipients of the Nelson Award.

The John J. Ahern President's Award

Initially 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 John L. Bryan Mentoring Award

This Award, established in 2007, recognizes John L. Bryan and his more than fifty years of commitment and dedication to education, 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 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 Rolf H. Jensen Award for Outstanding Committee Service

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

Fire Protection Person of the Year Award

This Award was created in 1973 to recognize significant achievement in protecting 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.

Hats Off Award

The Hats Off Award is designed to recognize Society members who, during 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 Hats 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.

5 Under 35 Award

The 5 Under 35 Award recognizes five individuals each year who represent the profession's top rising leaders who also give back to the fire protection engineering profession and the community. 5 Under 35 Recipients.