MARK HOPKINS, PE, FSFPE, ANNOUNCED AS FEATURED PANELIST FOR SFPE22 ANNUAL CONFERENCE & EXPO IN OCTOBER

MARK HOPKINS, PE, FSFPE, ANNOUNCED AS FEATURED PANELIST FOR SFPE22 ANNUAL CONFERENCE & EXPO IN OCTOBER

Mark Hopkins, SFPE Detroit Speaker

TERPconsulting regional director Mark Hopkins, PE, FSFPE, will be joining several of his esteemed colleagues in the fire protection engineering field for a live panel discussion at the SFPE22 Annual Conference & Expo in Detroit, MI next month.

“The panel discussion I’m participating in during the SFPE Annual Conference & Expo in October will focus on how excess liability shedding, inconsistent practice, and misunderstanding of stakeholder roles can each devalue the practice of fire protection engineering. Alignment of terms and practice is an essential step in establishing fire protection engineers as valuable members of the AEC industry,” explains Mark, who adds that if you’re planning to be at the conference, be sure to attend this general session from 5 to 6 p.m.

The October 13th panel discussion titled “Delegated Fire Protection Engineering – A Panel Discussion on Expectations and Practice” will be moderated by Brandon Wilkerson, founder/principal of Rated Engineering. Mark’s fellow SFPE panelists will include John Denhardt, VP of Engineering, AFSA; Jonathan Lund, Fire Marshal of the Des Moines Fire Department; and Mike Stone, Field Sales Engineer for Johnson Controls.

Organized by the SFPE Engineering Practice subcommittee, additional panel discussion points will include regional variability, and risks and lessons learned from the perspective of engineers, contractors, and other industry stakeholders.

“Our panel topic has stemmed some interesting discussions at the grassroots level,” says Mark, who brought this issue into discussions at the Chesapeake Chapter and in SFPE Engineering Practice subcommittee meetings after moderating a similar panel discussion at the Capital Region Fire Sprinkler Association earlier this year. Mark is currently the president of the Chesapeake Chapter and an active participant in the SFPE Engineering Practice subcommittee.

The SFPE22 Annual Conference & Expo will feature 60+ presentations structured around the topics of fire dynamics, building design, resilience, sustainability, forensics, human behavior, fire safety/systems, fire service, research, human behavior, and evacuation modeling. If you haven’t registered yet, sign up here: https://www.sfpe.org/annual22/home.

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