The University of Maryland's Department of Fire Protection Engineering (FPE) just announced the appointment of the department's first endowed Clinical Professor, to Ken Isman (B.S. '86, fire protection engineering). Isman is a 27 year veteran at the National Fire Sprinkler Association where he most recently served as Vice President. Since 1987, Isman served on over 19 Technical Committees for NFPA including the Correlating Committees on Automatic Sprinklers and Safety to Life. From January of 2000 until December of 2006, Ken additionally served as a member of the NFPA Standards Council. Ken’s knowledge of the regulatory landscape and his deep familiarity with so many NFPA codes and standards will serve the University and the students quite well.
Isman's appointment was made possible by FPE's Legacy Campaign for a Professor of the Practice. Launched in 2012 by a group of FPE alumni, departmental and Clark School leadership, the campaign has raised almost $1.3 million toward its $2.5 million goal. Financial support from A. James Clark School of Engineering Dean Darryll Pines enabled Isman's hiring and arrival this August, while the campaign is still ongoing.