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Why are we celebrating?-June 2020 Special Edition Newsletter

Updated: Jun 25, 2020

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Chris Crivello has been named one of Consulting-Specific Engineer Magazine’s 40 Under 40 winners! Chris started here in 2011 as an intern, and quickly became passionate about fire protection engineering. Six short years later, Chris was promoted to Partner and Principal. Since then, he has won NFSA’s Top Tech Competition, outscoring his competitors by a nearly 5-to-1 ratio during the competition, and has helped RAN grow to nearly double the size since he started. Congratulations, Chris!

Two of our team members have graduated from Master’s programs!

Glenn DeFrees, MSFPE

I wanted to get my masters to further my education and gain crucial knowledge in the field of Fire Protection Engineering. My future goals include passing Principles of Engineering exam this fall and becoming a licensed Fire Protection Engineer. With my advanced degree and my eventual licensing as a professional engineer, I am looking forward to providing the best fire protection designs for our clients.

Jennifer Secor, MBA

After graduating from Siena College with a marketing degree, I decided that in order to be more effective in my career I needed to continue my schooling to become a more well-rounded businesswoman. Though I don’t see myself pursuing any further formal schooling, I’m looking forward to learning a lot through my experience with RAN.

1. Why you did you want to intern at RAN Fire Protection Engineering?

Patrick: I wanted to work at RAN because they specialize in all aspects of fire protection engineering. In order to become a well-rounded fire protection engineer, I feel it would be best to learn at an elite company like RAN. The staff at RAN are highly motivated and have lots of knowledge and experience that they are willing to share.

Sam: I have loved both of my last two summers interning at RAN. The company has given me ample opportunities to grow as a designer, despite my young age which I greatly appreciate. Overall, I came back because I love the company and the people who work here.

2. What attracted you to the fire protection engineering discipline?

Patrick: Community service was a very big part of my life growing up. I enjoy spending my time helping people. I became a volunteer firefighter to help people in need. This is when I knew that fire protection engineering would be the perfect career choice for me as it allows me to work to save lives and protect property.

Sam: By the time I was in middle school, I knew that I wanted to study engineering. However, I didn’t know what discipline I wanted to study. Fire protection engineering came up when I was CPR certified at my local fire department, and the instructor’s son was a fire protection engineering. A conversation with him sparked my interest in the field.

3. What your goals for your internship this summer?

Patrick: I hope to absorb as much knowledge and experience from the staff at RAN. My goal is that this internship experience helps make me a better student and an even better fire protection engineer.

Sam: My goal for my internship this summer is to continue to learn more about the field and become more independent in my work.

4. What is something fun and interesting about yourself?

Patrick: When I am not in the office, I’m cooking for my friends and family. I love to grill and smoke foods on my smokers. I also enjoy watching sports and visiting the different college and professional arenas and stadiums.

Sam: Outside of school and work, I love playing volleyball and being a part of my school’s step team.

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