SFPE Announces Its Fellow Class of 2020

SFPE has recognized 9 of its members as Fellows for 2020. Congratulations to our own Armin Wolski, P.E., for this well-deserved recognition for all his efforts in Fire Protection Engineering. Who's next? 

SFPE Fellows represent a distinguished group of members who have achieved a standard of excellence in the profession. Election to Fellow not only recognizes the achievements of fire protection and fire safety engineers as individuals, but also their significant contributions to fire protection engineering and society globally.

Out of a total SFPE Membership of over 4,700, there are only 322 fellows. The 9 members recommended to Fellow by the 2020 Qualifications Subcommittee and approved by the SFPE Board of Directors are listed below. SFPE President Michael A. Crowley, P.E., FSFPE remarked on the newly-named Fellows, “We are excited to recognize and honor the recently elected Fellows of the Society... Congratulations! The Class of 2020 represents well the high level of service and commitment to the Society and to the profession that characterizes elevation to the grade of Fellow. We sincerely thank them for their valued contributions to date and look forward to continued service and leadership in the future.”

Congratulations, Armin!!!

Armin has more than 25 years of experience in the field of building fire safety design and fire protection engineering.  With a B.Sc. in Civil Engineering from U.C. Berkeley, he was introduced to fire protection engineering while working as an assistant in its fire research laboratory.  He holds an M.Sc. in Fire Protection Engineering from Worcester Polytechnic Institute, where he capped off his studies with a thesis on Acceptable Risk in Performance Based Fire Safety Regulations.  Following his passion for the subject, he continued on to publish and present at numerous international conferences on the subject of acceptable risk in fire safety codes. He is a recognized Fulbright Specialist, awarded two grants to share his specialty knowledge in Madrid, Spain and Seoul, South Korea.  Armin regularly volunteers in the building fire safety code development arena, appointed as committee member to the ICC Means of Egress Committee for three code cycles and to the State of California Technical Sub- Committee on Building, Fire, and Other for five code cycles.  He contributed to the SFPE Tall Buildings Design Guide, its forthcoming revision, the forthcoming 2nd Edition of the SFPE Engineering Guide on Fire Risk Assessment, and co-authored the chapter Fire Risk in Mass Transportation in the SFPE Fire Protection Engineering Handbook.  His professional resume includes landmark buildings such as the Venetian Macao, the California Academy of Sciences in San Francisco, and the Mandalay Bay Hotel Casino in Las Vegas.

Also...The Award for Chapter Excellence (ACE)

The NCNSFPE has once again been awarded The Silver Award for Chapter Excellence. While we always hope to gain Gold, and had a long streak of achieving it, we missed out on several events that brought down our score a little this year. However, we are proud to be recognized as one of the best chapters in the world, and look forward to doing the best we can to serve our membership in these challenging times. 

Congratulations to the board on keeping things rolling as smoothly as possible over the past year!




The online SFPE PE exam review course is an excellent preparation tool to ready yourself for the Fire Protection Engineering PE Exam. Each session is taught by one of our 12 subject matter experts over the course of 14 weeks leading up to the PE Exam. Each session is instructed live and allows you the opportunity to interact with our instructors and ask questions as they arise throughout each module. This effective and trusted educational online prep course will help you organize and navigate through the reference materials and allow for maximum retention.

Did you know?

  • SFPE has been providing PE Exam Review courses for over 20 years.
  • 2020 marks the first year the PE Fire Protection Exam moves to Computer-Based Testing (CBT) format.
  • This year, SFPE has a completely new and improved review program to address the new CBT format.
  • In 2019, individuals who participated in the SFPE PE Exam Review Program had a 70% pass rate, higher than the NCEES published pass rate.
  • SFPE is the premier source for NCEES Exam Prep materials.

Planning on taking the PE Exam in 2021? Get a head start on your study prep by joining us this year. Visit sfpe.org/peexamreview for additional information around the course program.

SFPE PE Exam Review Course Instructors:

  • Stephen Dale, Course Lead
  • Mark Aaby
  • Merton Bunker
  • Christopher Butts
  • Derek Duval
  • Bryan Hoskins
  • Daniel Lampke
  • Jeremy Lebowitz
  • Kevin Levy
  • David Nugent
  • Scott Rockwell
  • Steve Sheldon
  • Louis Guerrazzi, SFPE Staff
  • John Frank, Course Advisor

This is a trying time for many of us in the world and we hope all are safe. In light of increased requests for additional studying opportunities, SFPE is adding free pre-course Office Hours for the PE Exam Review program. Registering for our online PE Exam Review course by May 14, will give attendees access to an instructor for an additional 4 hours of open office hours. These sessions will allow attendees who are looking to get a boost on their preparation for the fall FPE Exam opportunity to ask questions and provide some input on areas that they are looking for help with. Each session will focus on two or three areas of the exam and have several of the instructors available to answer. Please find the current office hours schedule below:

Thursday, May 21  6:00pm EDT – 7:00pm EDT – Fire Dynamics/Smoke Control

Thursday, June 4  6:00pm EDT – 7:00pm EDT – Analysis/Fire Detection and Alarms

Thursday, June 18  6:00pm EDT – 7:00pm EDT – Water Based/Special Hazards

Thursday, July 2  6:00pm EDT – 7:00pm EDT – Passive/MOE/Human Behavior

www.sfpe.org/page/PEExamReview has the additional information around the course program.

SFPE Webinar - PE Licensure – How and Why?

On May 4th, we will be holding a free-to-all  webinar “PE Licensure – How and Why?” which will provide an overview for registering and preparing for the PE Exam as well as give attendees an opportunity to have their questions answered. www.sfpe.org/events/EventDetails.aspx?id=1357629&group=



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