SFPE SD Update

Hi SFPE SD Members,

Our next two meetings will be on  May 12th and June 23rd. We have two great topics that will be announced shortly.  Note that the June meeting is on the 4th Thursday of the month.  After the June meeting we will be off until our September meeting.

Elections for board positions will occur at the June meeting and take effect in September.  The following positions are available:

  • President
  • VP of Operations
  • VP of Administration

If you would like to run for a position please send an email to sfpesd@gmail.con by June 9th.

Also, if you are interested in Corporate Sponsorships, please complete the attached PDF and send to sfpesd@gmail.com and head over to the Sponsorship Page to complete the payment process via Pay Pal.


SFPE San Diego 2016 Corporate Sponsor Letter

SFPE April 2016 Meeting Update

SFPE SD Members,

This is the final reminder that the April meeting has been cancelled to encourage attendance at the Annual Golf Tournament on April 25th. A board meeting will be held on April 21st at 12 pm at Sizzler.

If you are interested in a board position or becoming more involved in the Chapter please attend the board meeting, the meeting is open to all members. Please RSVP and Pay below.

Elections will occur in June and all positions are available with the exception of the Treasure and the Web Manager.

The golf tournament will be April 25th, see attached sign-up form. The deadline to get your company names on the hole signs and banner will be Friday April 15th.

Your Membership Level & Lunch Selection
Steak Cooking Level

March 2016 SFPE San Diego Meeting Topic


James “Andy” Lynch

Director of R&D

Mr. Lynch serves as the Director of R&D for the Fire Risk Alliance (FRA). For over 15 years, Mr. Lynch has amassed a broad range of experience in fire protection engineering, code consulting, fire research and product development. Mr. Lynch has extensive fire testing experience having conducted numerous test series for litigation purposes, the military and commercial products. These projects include the development and testing of a volume sensor for shipboard use, smoke characterization and smoke detector response studies for litigation, comparative testing of smoke detector technologies and UL and FM standardized testing for smoke detectors, optical flame detectors, and suppression systems.

Mr. Lynch is familiar with developing and testing technologies to identify market opportunities, competitive advantages, applications, and obtaining the appropriate listings for use. Mr Lynch has prepared several test plans conducting literature reviews, evaluating code requirements, assessing the market and applications while using standardized testing practices to develop and execute productive test series. Mr. Lynch has analyzed soot growth using laser scattering to evaluate the effect of smoke particle size on smoke detector activation, examined soot deposits on smoke detector horns to identify activation, evaluated UV, IR, Visible and Acoustic detection of events, developed and tested Video Image Detection (VID) technologies, evaluated sprinkler nozzles and water additives and worked with NFPA, UL and FM to develop new code and testing standards for Video Image Detection.

Mr. Lynch has a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering and a M.E. in Fire Protection Engineering from WPI. He is a member or the Salamander Honorary Fire Protection Engineering Society, the National Fire Protection Association, the Society of Fire Protection Engineers, and the International Association Fire Safety Science. Mr. Lynch is a fire testing Committee member which includes NFPA 251NFPA 252NFPA 253NFPA 255NFPA 257NFPA 259NFPA 260NFPA 261NFPA 262NFPA 265NFPA 268NFPA 269NFPA 270NFPA 271NFPA 274NFPA 275NFPA 276NFPA 277NFPA 285NFPA 286NFPA 287NFPA 288NFPA 289NFPA 290NFPA 701NFPA 705 fire codes.


For those who plan to attend, could you please RSVP ASAP for our menu planning purposes at Sizzlers.


Sizzler’s Restaurant

3755 Murphy Canyon Rd, San Diego, CA, (858) 278-6988
Date:  Thursday – March 10th 2016 11:30 AM PDT 

 Important Update

Sizzler’s has changed their menu for our lunch meeting where individual meals are not  available but instead  everyone still has access to their Salad Bar, and we will order Chicken and  Steak buffet style platter sets as needed.

Please use the pay pal link below to prepay and remember to enter your cooking preference for your steak should you choose that option.

Your Membership Level & Lunch Selection
Steak Cooking Level

National Engineers Week

David Phillips, Derek Duval, and Will Fletcher represented the SFPE San Diego Chapter at the 2016 National Engineers Week (NEW) Annual Awards Banquet.  The banquet was held on Friday February 26 at the San Diego Air & Space Museum in Balboa Park.

The banquet included awards for Outstanding Engineer, Outstanding Engineering Educator, Outstanding Engineering Project(s), Dr. Thomas Avolt Kanneman, Outstanding Engineering Service Award, and Co-sponsored Projects Awards.


The banquet also included a keynote speaker Dr. Richard Hallion “Technological Invention and Innovation: A Selective Review” and networking opportunities with other professional societies in San Diego.

The National Engineers Week Foundation is a formal coalition of more than 100 professional societies, major corporations and government agencies dedicated to ensuring a diverse and well-educated future engineering workforce.  The purpose of NEW is to call attention to the contributions to society that engineers make. It is also a time for engineers to emphasize the importance of learning math, science, and technical skills.

For more information check out their website: http://www.new-sandiego.org/.