Jasper Hawkins, former member of NFPA's Board of Directors and Standards Council, passed away on September 4 in Phoenix, AZ at the age of 82. Mr. Hawkins began his architectural practice in 1958 and it continued through most of his life. He always had some aspect of architecture or planning going on up until the end. In 1976, he became a Fellow of the American Institute of Architecture. As an architect, he made a difference – not just in design and building, but also from the life safety and codes and standards side of the profession. He served his profession and the U.S. construction industry in many different capacities – as a member of the Board of Trustees of Underwriters Laboratories (UL); as a member of the Board of Directors of NFPA; as a member of the Standards Council of NFPA; as a member of the Governor’s Blue Ribbon Commission on Fire Codes – MGM Fire in Nevada; Chairman of the American Institute of Architects (AIA) Codes and Standards Committee; and as Chairman of the American Institute of Architects National Codes and Standards Committee. He also served on NFPA's Fire Prevention Code (1974-1980) and Building Heights and Areas (1976-1980) Technical Committees.
Ronald Hall Kirby
Ronald Hall Kirby, passed away on October 1. He was 78 years old. Mr. Kirby had a 45-year career with Simplex Time recorder Company. He was an active member of the National Fire Protection Association, the Automatic Fire Alarm Association, The National Electrical Manufacturer’s Association and an honorary member of the Society of Fire Protection Engineers. He was honored by these organizations many times over the years for his major contributions to the fire protection industry.
JENSEN HUGHES Welcomes Brian Lattimer As The New Vice President of R&D
Brian Lattimer, PhD to our team as the new Vice President of Research & Development. Brian’s mission will be to further develop our growing portfolio of Research & Development projects. Brian has more than 22 years of experience as a recognized expert in material response in fires, heat transfer, fire dynamics, fire modeling, robotics and technology for firefighting. His computational and experimental background allows him to lead developing solutions for a broad range of safety related problems.
Brian spent the last 8 years at Virginia Tech, serving as a Professor of Mechanical Engineering, the Director of Extreme Environments, Robotics and Materials Lab, Co-Director of the TREC Lab, and Advisor for over 30 graduate students and 50 undergraduate students in research projects. Prior to his tenure at Virginia Tech, Brian was a Senior Engineer with JENSEN HUGHES (formerly Hughes Associates, Inc.) for 11 years. He has over 130 technical publications on his work.
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