March 1, 2013—The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) Board of Directors has appointed a new member to serve on the Association’s Standards Council through December 2013: Daniel J. O'Connor of Glenview, Ill. This appointment fills the vacancy left by the late David Demers.
O'Connor, P.E. is the Chief Technical Officer of Aon Fire Protection Engineering, where he provides technical leadership and expertise to staff on a company-wide basis. This is often in the areas of fire modeling, human behavior, and new fire protection technologies and research-related projects. He is responsible for organizing and assigning Aon and Schirmer staff to participate in NFPA, Society of Fire Protection Engineers (SFPE), and other building code and technical standards committees. He provides leadership on marketing and sales activities for high-profile projects and new market initiatives by the firm.
In addition to serving as Chair of the Technical Committee on Initiating Devices for Fire Alarm and Signaling Systems (NFPA 72) and as a member of numerous other NFPA Committees, O'Connor is Chair of the SFPE Task Group on Human Behavior; and Co-Chair of the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitats (CTBUH) Fire Safety Working Group. He earned his Master of Science degree in fire protection engineering at the University of Maryland and is a registered professional engineer in Illinois.
The NFPA Standards Council, a 13 member body appointed by the board of directors of NFPA, is charged with overseeing the NFPA codes and standards making process. Generally, the duties of the Council include supervising activities related to NFPA codes and standards development, acting as administrator of rules and regulations, and serving as an appeals body.
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