The prestigious DiNenno Prize, modeled after the Nobel Prize, recognizes important breakthroughs that have had a significant impact on public safety, including building, fire and electrical safety. The prize is named for the late Philip J. DiNenno (pictured here), the highly regarded former CEO of Hughes Associates and distinguished NFPA board leader, in recognition of his extraordinary contributions to fire safety. Nominations for the Prize are by invitation-only. Invitations were sent to prominent public safety organizations and individual public safety experts. The deadline to nominate an innovation is November 1, 2016. The winner will be announced in May 2017 and the award will be given at a plenary session at the 2017 NFPA Conference & Expo (C&E), to be held June 5-7, in Boston, MA.
The 2016 DiNenno Prize winner was the technical achievement, oxygen consumption calorimetry. The award and prize money were presented to Dr. William Parker of the National Bureau of Standards (now the National Institute of Standards and Technology) for developing the device, a notable foundation of modern quantitative fire protection engineering. Oxygen consumption calorimetry determines the heat release rate of a fire by measuring the rate at which oxygen is consumed. It is often used to evaluate the fire safety of materials and assemblies, making it a crucial element of modern fire testing methods.
What great discovery will earn the 2017 DiNenno Prize?