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Jerry Reinert
Friedman ’58 Honored for Service to Fire Protection Industry

The National Fire Sprinkler Association (NFSA) named Michael Friedman ’58 this year’s Golden Sprinkler Award recipient in recognition of lifetime contributions to the fire sprinkler industry.

For nearly 25 years, from 1969 to 1993, he ran the successful fire protection contracting company A.C. McDonald Inc. in Baltimore, Md. In 1993, he began a consulting firm specializing in training and education.

Earlier in his career, Friedman was a nuclear engineer for Union Carbide Chemical Co., a chemical engineer with the Monsanto Chemical Co., and then director of manufacturing for Clairol Inc., a division of Bristol Myers Co.

Friedman has been active as a member of the NFSA board of directors, serving as chairman for two terms. He oversaw establishment of the first national certification program for the fire protection engineering technician under the National Institute of Certification in Engineering Technologies.

Friedman earned a B.S. in chemical engineering from RPI and an M.S. in chemical engineering with emphasis on nuclear engineering from MIT.

Rensselaer Magazine: June 2002
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