A portrait of Phil DiNenno (1953-2013), former CEO of Hughes Associates (Hughes), a predecessor firm to JENSEN HUGHES, was dedicated in a ceremony held on September 26, 2016 at our Baltimore headquarters. During the ceremony, the DiNenno Prize plaque was also unveiled. The DiNenno Prize, given by NFPA, honors technical innovations that have had a significant impact on public safety and honors the legacy of Phil DiNenno. To learn more about the DiNenno prize, click here.
As CEO of Hughes, Phil transformed the company from a small, highly regarded fire science and engineering firm into a highly respected, full service fire protection engineering firm with an international footprint. Phil provided both technical and business leadership for the company and for the fire community at large. Phil was the founding editor of the Handbook of Fire Protection Engineering, now in its 5th Edition. He served the Society of Fire Protection Engineers (SFPE) in many roles, including president. He also served in leadership positions on National Fire Protection Association’s (NFPA) board, chaired the Standards Council, and received NFPA’s highest honors, the Paul C. Lamb Award and the Standards Medal. To learn more about Phil’s contributions to Hughes and the fire protection industry, click here.
Phil’s portrait was painted by David Lucht, Professor Emeritus of Fire Protection Engineering at Worcester Polytechnic Institute. After a long and successful engineering career that included public service, consulting engineering, and academic leadership, Dave took up painting upon his retirement. He initially focused on landscapes, but later focused on portraits. Dave’s work has been featured in numerous exhibitions and in the press.
Participants in the ceremony were Chris Dubay, Chief Engineer at NFPA, a member of the DiNenno Prize committee, Paul Orzeske, CEO of JENSEN HUGHES, and Dr. Craig Beyler, Technical Director, Emeritus of JENSEN HUGHES. Linda DiNenno, Phil’s widow, unveiled the portrait during the ceremony in the presence of his family, friends and colleagues at JENSEN HUGHES.