Security+Life Safety Systems (S+LSS) magazine has named Ed Brown its new managing editor; a senior electrical engineer, Brown was most recently the managing editor of necdigest, a publication of the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) that covers the National Electrical Code. S+LSS is published by the National Electrical Contractors Association (NECA) for the 46+ percent of electrical contractors who now specify, design and install security and life safety systems. It is also published as a supplement to NECA’s ELECTRICAL CONTRACTOR magazine.

“Ed’s background will benefit our readers through a powerful combination of technical and editorial expertise, especially as we’re quickly becoming a more technical publication,” said John Maisel, ELECTRICAL CONTRACTOR and S+LSS publisher. “He’ll help us continue to grow as a dedicated resource for electrical contractors who are increasingly involved in integrated building systems and design/build.”

As managing editor of necdigest, Brown developed stories, managed authors and edited all editorial content. He wrote a regular column on V/D/V (voice/data/video), feature articles on energy-efficient lighting, programmable logic controllers, surge suppression, switching power supply technology and covered new product news. Brown’s articles have been used in college and vocational training classes. He also recently served as a technical copy editor for Media Content Marketing in New York City, where he edited articles for peer-reviewed computer journals published by the Association for Computing Machinery.

Prior to the editorial positions, Brown worked as a senior electrical engineer for Cober Electronics, Norwalk, Conn. He was responsible for project management, system design, controls engineering, product design, power engineering, electronic and electromechanical design. Earlier, he served as a project engineer for Del Electronics in Valhalla, N.Y.

Brown earned a master’s degree in electrical engineering from the City College of New York and a Master of Arts degree in sociology from the New School for Social Research.

Launched in 2003, S+LSS magazine currently covers six vertical markets: education; healthcare; government; public places (amusement, museums, arenas and stadiums); hotels/resorts/gaming; and financial (banks, brokerages, insurance and retail).