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SFPE Appoints 2019 Board of Directors

Wednesday, January 2, 2019  
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GAITHERSBURG, Maryland, January 2, 2019 — The Society of Fire Protection Engineers (SFPE) has announced its 2019 Board of Directors, comprised of leaders from across the global fire protection engineering community.

As elected representatives of the Society, the Board of Directors is responsible for overseeing the administrative and financial functions of the Society and establishing programs to further the aims of the Society. A principal programmatic aim of the Board is to maintain the Society’s focus on advancing the SFPE mission: to define, develop, and advance the use of engineering best practices, expand the scientific and technical knowledge base, educate the global fire safety community, and reduce fire risk.

“In 2019 we are embarking on a journey to expand the global presence of the Society and to raise the profile of engineers who are appropriately qualified and competent to engineer fire safety designs,” says Brian Meacham, Managing Director of his own consulting firm and 2019 President of the Society of Fire Protection Engineers. “Our 2019 Board is exceptionally qualified to help guide the Society’s efforts in these areas, reflecting significant expertise and experience in fire protection engineering, proven leadership and management skills, and diversity in geographic, gender and sector representation.”

The 2019 members of the Board of Directors are:

  • Brian J. Meacham, PhD, PE, CEng., FIFireE, FSFPE, Managing Principal, Meacham Associates (President)
  • Michael A. Crowley, PE, FSFPE, Vice President, JENSEN HUGHES (President-Elect)
  • Jack Poole, PE, FSFPE, Principal, Poole Fire Protection (Secretary-Treasurer)
  • John “JC” Harrington, PE, FSFPE, Staff Vice President, FM Global (Immediate Past-President)
  • Daniel L. Arnold, PE, FSFPE, Managing Partner, Seneca Fire Engineering
  • Nicole T. Boston, CAE, Chief Executive Officer, SFPE
  • John D. Campbell, PE, PEng., CFPS, FIFireE, Executive Vice President - Engineering, Global Fire Protection Group
  • W.K. Chow, PhD, FSFPE, Chair, Professor of Architectural Science and Fire Engineering, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University
  • Jimmy Jönsson, Director, JVVA Fire & Risk
  • Amanda Kimball, PE, Senior Project Manager, Fire Protection Research Foundation
  • Bob Libby, PE, FSFPE, Vice President, principal, Coffman Engineers
  • Anthony Militello, PE, CSP, FSFPE, Director, Occupational Safety and Health, Department of the U.S. Navy
  • Armelle Muller, Director, CNPP Entreprise – Fire Laboratory, France
  • Beth Tubbs, PE, FSFPE, Senior Staff Engineer, codes and standards development, International Code Council

Meacham is particularly excited about welcoming Jose Luis Fernández as the Society’s new European Director, noting that “Jose Luis will be a great asset to our members and chapters in the SFPE Europe region,” and that “this is a big first step in increasing our support for members located outside of the USA.” As 2019 unfolds, Meacham is “looking forward to the SFPE core competencies for the practice of Fire Protection Engineering becoming widely endorsed and adopted, underpinned by strong university programs in fire protection engineering, a comprehensive SFPE-led continuing professional education program, and the SFPE Handbook of Fire Protection Engineering, the technical resource for the profession.”

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Established in 1950, the Society of Fire Protection Engineers (SFPE) is the global professional society representing those practicing in the field of fire protection engineering. SFPE has over 4,600 members and 97 chapters, including 18 student chapters worldwide. SFPE advances the science and practice of fire protection engineering and its allied fields, maintains a high ethical standard among its members, and fosters fire protection engineering education. SFPE supports the development of the annual Professional Engineer (PE) licensing exam in fire protection and the grading of those exams under the auspices of the National Council of Examiners for Engineering and Surveying (NCEES). Learn more at

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