NFPA launched a new Fire Protection Engineering Support Fund at Oklahoma State University, the University of Maryland (UMD) and Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI) this week. NFPA funds will directly help these universities recognize students who are tackling today’s fire challenges.
NFPA has given many fire protection awards in the name of engineering trailblazers, but this marks the first time we have created an ongoing NFPA support program to further advance FPE studies. Students enrolled at these universities are encouraged to talk with their FPE professors and department leaders about the following programs:
- Oklahoma State University will recognize up to three undergraduate students annually in its Fire Protection and Safety Engineering Technology. A monetary award will be presented each spring, along with a stipend to pay for travel to NFPA’s Annual Conference & Exposition, where students will showcase projects to more than 3,000 fire and electrical safety professionals.
- The University of Maryland Department of Fire Protection Engineering will utilize NFPA funds to recognize students in the university’s extensive outreach program. Top UMD fire protection engineering students visit schools in the region to discuss careers in the FPE field. Department leaders can now recognize students that are actively involved in community engagement with a stipend to cover their time and associated travel expenses.
- WPI has created the NFPA Fire Protection Engineering Graduate Support Fund award to be distributed as a single gift annually to a FPE graduate student during their course of study at WPI. Criteria for the award will be developed by the Fire Protection Engineering Department in consultation with the provost and NFPA.
Supporting these institutions and FPE students’ efforts presents a powerful opportunity to reinforce their passion and validate that their research has a real, vital impact on the world of fire protection.