Congrats to NFPA’s own Tracy Vecchiarelli, who was named as one of the Emerging Professionals-5 Under 35 by SFPE! This is the first year that the new honor has been given. The five recipients are recognized for their efforts in giving back to the fire protection engineering profession and the community. Tracy, who is a principal engineer has managed several complex projects for NFPA. She led a small team to build an interactive design selection tool for combustible exterior wall finishes following the Grenfell fire in 2017. Based on the requirements contained in NFPA 5000 and the International Building Code, this tool is used to assist designers and authorities having jurisdiction in establishing the conditions in which the NFPA 285 test is applicable.
Tracy has understood the importance of supporting professional societies beginning with her time at WPI where she served as an officer for the WPI — SFPE student chapter for three years and where she also served as the president of the WPI ASCE student chapter. Her commitment to SFPE continues with her involvement with the New England Chapter. She has served in various roles for the chapter including as president in 2015/2016. Under her leadership, ongoing chapter activities grew and increased in popularity including the annual golf tournament and the trivia night meeting. She serves on the Membership and Chapter Relations Standing Committee and was a member of the nominating committee for SFPE.
The five recipients will be recognized during the SFPE conference later this year, and will be recognized in the FPE magazine and website.