Bethesda, MD (PRWEB) January 09, 2014
Carl F. Baldassarra, PE, FSFPE, takes the office as president of the Society of Fire Protection Engineers (SFPE) for 2014. Currently, Baldassarra is an executive vice president at Rolf Jensen & Associates’ corporate offices in Chicago, where he has been since 2009. He also served as President of Schirmer (Aon) Engineering Corporation, where he worked for more than 35 years.
A 40-year veteran of the profession, Baldassarra has served SFPE since 2005 on its Board of Directors. He has also served on Fire Protection Engineering Magazine’s Editorial Board and as Chair of the Society’s Public Awareness Committee. Baldassarra is an SFPE Fellow, a distinguished group of members who have attained significant stature and accomplishment in engineering. He has been a member of the Chicago Chapter since 1973 and served on its Executive Committee, Special Events Committee, and as its Editorial Committee Chair.
Baldassarra is a well-known consulting engineer in the profession who has made significant contributions to the profession of fire protection engineering by advancing the science and technology that makes people and property safe from fire.
During his career, Baldassarra has developed innovative fire protection strategies and analyses for some of the world’s most prominent buildings, from airports and high-rise buildings, to government facilities and institutions of higher learning. He has been an active participant in many NFPA technical committees, the model building and fire code development committees, and organizations such as the Chicago Committee on High-Rise Buildings, the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat, the International Code Conference, the National Institute of Building Sciences, and the Underwriters Laboratories Fire Council.
He holds a B. S. degree in Fire Protection Engineering from the Illinois Institute of Technology, and a MBA from Lake Forest Graduate School. He is a licensed engineer in several states.
Other new 2014 Board positions include Daniel Madrzykowski, P.E., FSFPE, a fire protection engineer with the National Institute of Standards and Technology, who will serve as SFPE’s president-elect for 2014; and Joshua W. Elvove, P.E., FSFPE, a fire protection engineer who has 33 years of overall fire protection and life safety experience who will serve as its immediate past president.
Jim Begley, P.E., FSFPE, principal with TERPconsulting, will serve a two-year term as a vice-president; and Michael Strömgren, fire safety engineer and regulatory specialist at SP Technical Research Institute of Sweden, will serve a two-year term as a director.
A full listing of the SFPE Board of Directors can be viewed at http://goo.gl/tup3Al.
About the Society of Fire Protection Engineers (http://www.sfpe.org)
Organized in 1950, the Society of Fire Protection Engineers (SFPE) is a global organization that represents engineers engaged in fire protection. Through its membership of over 5,000 professionals and 65 international chapters, SFPE advances the science and practice of fire protection engineering while maintaining a high ethical standard. SFPE and its members serve to make the world a safer place by reducing the burden of unwanted fire through the application of science and technology.