NFPA launches Fire Protection Engineering Support Fund at Oklahoma State University, University of Maryland and Worcester Polytechnic Institute

April 13, 2016The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), the leading information and knowledge resource on fire, electrical and related hazards, has created the NFPA Fire Protection Engineering Support Fund to further fire protection engineering (FPE) education and research at Oklahoma State University, the University of Maryland and Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI).

NFPA has given many fire protection awards over the course of its 120-year history in the name of fire safety trailblazers, but this support marks the first time that the non-profit organization has committed funds to provide ongoing investment in the future of fire protection engineering. At a time of unprecedented demand for leadership in FPE education, the NFPA funds will directly help these universities recognize fire protection engineering and research students who are tackling today’s most pressing fire protection challenges.

“We applaud these three universities and their students for their commitment to protecting people and property,” said Kathleen Almand, NFPA’s vice president of research. “As the leading global advocate for fire prevention and research, we’re committed to actively supporting future innovators.”

Each institution will distribute awards to students who have demonstrated a strong aptitude and passion for fire protection engineering, a discipline that typically includes a focus on mathematics, physics, chemistry, research and technical writing. The schools will distribute the NFPA funds in the following ways:

  • Oklahoma State University will recognize up to three undergraduate students annually in its Fire Protection and Safety Engineering Technology program who have led their class with technical excellence during their required senior engineering project. A monetary award will be presented to honorees each spring, along with a stipend to pay for travel to NFPA’s Annual Conference & Exposition, where each student will showcase his/her project 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 who play a key role in the university’s extensive outreach program. Throughout the year, top fire protection engineering students visit schools in the region to discuss careers in the FPE field with teenagers involved in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) programs. With NFPA’s support, department leaders can now recognize students that are actively involved in the community engagement program 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 an 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.

“Recipients of NFPA funds represent the future of fire protection engineering,” said Chris Dubay, NFPA’s vice president of engineering. “Supporting these 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.”

The inaugural winners of the NFPA Fire Protection Engineering Support Fund awards will be recognized at NFPA’s Conference and Exposition in Las Vegas, Nevada on June 14, 2016. 

Oklahoma State University LogoAbout Oklahoma State University
Oklahoma State University is a modern land-grant university that prepares students for success. OSU has more than 36,000 students across its five-campus system and more than 25,000 on its combined Stillwater and Tulsa campuses, with students from all 50 states and around 120 nations. Established in 1890, Oklahoma State has graduated more than 260,000 students who have been serving Oklahoma and the world for 125 years. 

University of Maryland LogoAbout the A. James Clark School of Engineering at the University of Maryland
The A. James Clark School of Engineering at the University of Maryland serves as the catalyst for high-quality research, innovation, and learning, delivering on a promise that all graduates will leave ready to impact the Grand Challenges (energy, environment, security, and human health) of the 21st century. The Clark School is dedicated to leading and transforming the engineering discipline and profession, to accelerating entrepreneurship, and to transforming research and learning activities into new innovations that benefit millions. Visit us online, and follow us on Twitter @ClarkSchool.

Worcester Polytechnic Institute LogoAbout Worcester Polytechnic Institute
Founded in 1865 in Worcester, Mass., WPI is one of the nation’s first engineering and technology universities. Its 14 academic departments offer more than 50 undergraduate and graduate degree programs in science, engineering, technology, business, the social sciences, and the humanities and arts, leading to bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees. WPI's talented faculty work with students on interdisciplinary research that seeks solutions to important and socially relevant problems in fields as diverse as the life sciences and bioengineering, energy, information security, materials processing, and robotics. Students also have the opportunity to make a difference to communities and organizations around the world through the university's innovative Global Projects Program. There are more than 45 WPI project centers throughout the Americas, Africa, Asia-Pacific, and Europe.

About the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA)
Founded in 1896, NFPA is a global, nonprofit organization devoted to eliminating death, injury, property and economic loss due to fire, electrical and related hazards. The association delivers information and knowledge through more than 300 consensus codes and standards, research, training, education, outreach and advocacy; and by partnering with others who share an interest in furthering the NFPA mission. For more information visit All NFPA codes and standards can be viewed online for free at

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