The results for the annual NFPA Fire Safety Educational Memorial Fund Committee awarded scholarships are in! These awards are given to students who have demonstrated strong leadership potential, exhibited academic achievement and who have contributed to fire safety activities. So without further ado, let’s meet our four extraordinary winners!
Brian E. Elias, who is a Ph.D. candidate in Fire Protection Engineering at Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI), is the recipient of the prestigious John L. Jablonsky Scholarship. A born leader, he was elected to the position of company president for a local ambulance service when he was only 19.
At WPI he was given the opportunity to work as a research assistant on a project that involved evaluating the safety of portable gasoline containers. His construction of an apparatus and test procedure that could evaluate the performance of flame arresting devices installed on portable gasoline containers was featured on NBC News Investigation.
A trained paramedic, Brian spends his free time driving the North Stonington ambulance.
He plans to continue complete his Ph.D. in one year and then pursue a career as a professor of fire science, while simultaneously continuing his work as a consulting engineer.
The John L. Jablonsky Scholarship is awarded to recognize the growth of fire science and fire engineering programs