At NFPA, students are the future of global fire science and engineering

Blog Post created by kathleenalmand Employee on Nov 21, 2017
NFPA Interns
Fire protection engineering students are not strangers to NFPA.  We have a very long history of hiring interns and co-ops from Worcester Polytechnic Institute's fire protection engineering program, some of whom have become employees here.  More recently we have expanded our WPI relationship and data science interns are now interning with us and helping us apply modern data techniques to the fire problem.  But we touch the global fire science/engineering student body in a lot of different ways also.  For example:  
  • NFPA's research section sponsors a student poster session at C&E each year - last year we had a dozen or so posters and students from around the world participating.
  • The Research Foundation annually funds a handful of students to undertake small research projects to provide information to our technical committees.
  • NFPA provides fellowship type grants to the three major FPE schools in the U.S. annually - two are used to fund student projects and one is used to support recruitment efforts.
  • We have two Memoranda of Understanding with global universities in developing nations designed to connect them to the global fire science community and NFPA’s resources.
  • We periodically invite international research fellows to join us for a few months to learn from us and share their work - we have had fellows from Korea, China, Sweden, Denmark and Spain and are looking to strengthen our connection to global universities and their students.
  • Our new student membership program (coming soon) is providing an opportunity to connect and gain information from NFPA.
If you have thoughts and ideas or if you are a student who would like to learn more, please let us know.  Students are the future of global fire safety science and engineering and we are committed to supporting them in whatever way we can.