2016 40 Under 40: Shamim Rashid-Sumar, PE, LEED AP, 37

Director of Business Development—Middle East, Jensen Hughes, Dubai, United Arab Emirates   BS Fire Protection Engineering, University of Maryland


Shamim Rashid-Sumar, PE, LEED AP, 37. Director of Business Development—Middle East, Jensen Hughes, Dubai, United Arab Emirates. BS Fire Protection Engineering, University of Maryland. Courtesy: Jensen HughesShamim Rashid-Sumar, PE, LEED AP, 37

Director of Business Development-Middle East, Jensen Hughes, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

BS Fire Protection Engineering, University of Maryland

Rashid-Sumar joined Jensen Hughes (formerly Aon Fire Protection Engineering) in 2014, bringing with her more than 16 years of experience in building and fire code consulting, fire dynamics, timed-egress modeling, and performance-based design. She is the firm's director of business development for the Middle East. After earning her degree, she worked for 6 years in the Baltimore-Washington, D.C., metropolitan area for Rolf Jensen & Associates Inc., which merged with Jensen Hughes in 2014. In 2007, she took on another challenging assignment in the Middle East to grow the firm's Dubai operations. Her project experience includes hospitals, airports, U.S. federal government facilities, laboratories, hotels, residential apartments, high-rise buildings, and mixed-use facilities. Her specialties include life safety code consultation, fire dynamics and timed-egress modeling for atrium smoke control systems, and fire alarm systems design. She is a member of the United Arab Emirates (UAE) Fire Code Committee and recently worked with industry peers on revising the 2016 edition of the UAE Fire and Life Safety Code of Practice. She is also an NFPA 101 international instructor, a member of the UAE Code Committee, and a member of the SFPE International Committee on Membership and Chapters Relations. Rashid-Sumar volunteers at her local mosque every weekend in the neighborhood of Satwa in Dubai. When not busy keeping the Middle East fire-safe, she is an avid reader of Jane Austen novels and a fan of science fiction films. She also enjoys spending time swimming at her community pool and cooking kid-friendly recipes with her two daughters. She recently joined karate classes with her husband and earned her yellow belt in December 2015.

Product of the Year
Consulting-Specifying Engineer's Product of the Year (POY) contest is the premier award for new products in the HVAC, fire, electrical, and...
40 Under Forty: Get Recognized
Consulting-Specifying Engineer magazine is dedicated to encouraging and recognizing the most talented young individuals...
MEP Giants Program
The MEP Giants program lists the top mechanical, electrical, plumbing, and fire protection engineering firms in the United States.
November 2018
Emergency power requirements, salary survey results, lighting controls, fire pumps, healthcare facilities, and more
October 2018
Approaches to building engineering, 2018 Commissioning Giants, integrated project delivery, improving construction efficiency, an IPD primer, collaborative projects, NFPA 13 sprinkler systems.
September 2018
Power boiler control, Product of the Year, power generation,and integration and interoperability
Data Centers: Impacts of Climate and Cooling Technology
This course focuses on climate analysis, appropriateness of cooling system selection, and combining cooling systems.
Safety First: Arc Flash 101
This course will help identify and reveal electrical hazards and identify the solutions to implementing and maintaining a safe work environment.
Critical Power: Hospital Electrical Systems
This course explains how maintaining power and communication systems through emergency power-generation systems is critical.
Data Center Design
Data centers, data closets, edge and cloud computing, co-location facilities, and similar topics are among the fastest-changing in the industry.
click me