21 Mar INDUSTRY LEADER MARK HOPKINS RECEIVES FIRE PROTECTION’S HIGHEST HONOR WITH 2021 APPOINTMENT TO SFPE FELLOWS OF THE SOCIETY
TERPconsulting is pleased to congratulate Mark Hopkins, PE, FSFPE on his appointment to the Society of Fire Protection Engineers (SFPE) Fellows of the Society. Mark received this prestigious honor because of his expertise, dedication, and extraordinary contributions to the study of fire protection engineering.
“I am thankful to have been nominated and chosen to be part of the 2021 Fellows of the SFPE. I currently serve as president of the Chesapeake Chapter and other leadership roles. I actively participate in technical committees and other events in commitment to the mission of the SFPE. I am truly honored to be part of this distinguished group of members,” Mark said.
Mark was one of only nine engineers inducted into the 2021 class of Fellows of the Society last fall. SFPE Fellows represent a distinguished group of members who have attained significant stature and accomplishment in engineering. Fellows are nominated by their peers for outstanding contributions to the advancement of fire protection engineering and valuable service to SFPE.
His service and contributions to further the study of fire protection engineering has been extensive. During Mark’s nearly 30 years of working in the industry, he was employed at Jensen Hughes for 18 years before joining the National Fire Sprinkler Association (NFSA) as Vice President of Engineering. While at NFSA he oversaw the operations of the engineering department and was the chief technical expert on fire sprinkler systems for the national trade organization. Mark has been in the role of regional director and senior fire protection engineer at TERPconsulting since joining the company in the spring of 2020.
In addition to his experience, Mark has actively leveraged his expertise and leadership abilities to make significant advancements in fire safety. He served as a member of several SFPE national committees, including those on Community Outreach and Advocacy, Research Tools and Methods, and Professional Qualifications. Mark has also served on the SFPE Chesapeake Chapter Board of Directors and was the Capital Regional Fire Sprinkler Association Chairman for the ITM committee. In addition to supporting his local chapters, Mark has shared his expertise with other fire protection engineers by serving as a speaker for numerous SFPE chapters, including Philadelphia, Arizona, Connecticut, Northern California/Nevada, and the Rocky Mountain chapters.
Mark’s service to the profession goes well beyond SFPE. He served as secretary and senior staff representative on multiple NFSA technical committees and councils. Mark has participated in more than a dozen technical committees involved in the development of National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) codes and standards, directed fire sprinkler research, promulgated standards, and taught classes on fire protection systems-related topics. His knowledge and study of fire sprinkler system corrosion have established him as a leading expert on the subject.