As announced in June by NFPA and Hughes Associates, the DiNenno Prize is a memorial to Philip J. DiNenno (1953-2013), the highly regarded former CEO of Hughes, to honor his tremendous contributions to fire safety. This prestigious award recognizes important innovations that enhance public safety, including building, fire, and electrical safety.
Nominations are due by November 1, 2014 by public safety experts and leading organizations which have been invited to participate. A prize selection committee, consisting of Hughes and NFPA senior staff, will consider invited nominations submitted from around the world.
The DiNenno Prize, considered the “Nobel Prize of public safety,” presents a Diploma and Medal to the distinguished recipient as well as a monetary award funded by an endowment.
“Phil was one of the smartest guys I’ve ever met, someone who really had vision,” Craig Beyler, a technical director at Hughes and a member of the DiNenno selection and prize committees, said in a recent interview for an NFPA Journal article about the Prize. “That’s what’s perfect about this award—it really fits with his persona.”
Chris Dubay, the chief engineer at NFPA, told NFPA Journal, “Phil was so influential and impactful across the entire NFPA organization. Losing Phil so suddenly, everyone thought it was important to find a way to recognize the enormous contributions he made here.” Dubay is also a member of the DiNenno Prize selection committee.
The Prize is presented at the NFPA Annual Meeting, where the winner is invited to present a plenary lecture on the Prize winning innovation.
More information can be found at www.nfpa.org/dinenno.