Richard J. Davis is 2009 president of the Society of Fire Protection Engineers

Richard J. Davis takes office as President of the Society of Fire Protection Engineers (SFPE) for 2009. Davis is an Assistant Vice President and Senior Engineering Technical Specialist with FM Global.

A member of SFPE since 1982, Davis has served on the Society’s Board of Directors for nine years and is a member of its engineering licensure committee. In 2000, he was made an SFPE Fellow. SFPE Fellows represent a distinguished group of members who have attained significant stature and accomplishment in engineering. He also served as President of the SFPE New England Chapter and was recognized by that chapter in 1991 with its Richard E. Stevens Award for distinguished service in the interest of fire protection engineering.

“Throughout Davis’s career he has made significant contributions to the profession of fire protection engineering by advancing the science and technology that makes our world safe from fire,” said Chris Jelenewicz, Engineering Program Manager with the Society of Fire Protection Engineers. “He is widely recognized for his work in structural fire protection and smoke management systems.”

At FM Global, Davis writes or revises numerous FM Global data sheets and research reports on property loss prevention including those on safety during construction, combustibility of building materials, fire resistive assemblies and protection of openings within them, exterior fire exposure, designing buildings for deflagrations and heat and smoke venting.

Davis holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering from Lowell Technological Institute and a Master of Science degree in Civil/Structural w/emphasis in Fire Protection from Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI). He is a professional engineer (PE) in the State of Massachusetts and has served as an adjunct professor in fire protection engineering at WPI and Northeastern.

Davis also serves or served on numerous National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) Committees and has revised or written chapters in various handbooks on various aspects of fire safety related to building during construction, including the NFPA Fire Protection Handbook, Inspection Manual and “Fire Protection of Storage Facilities.”

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