2009-2010

Professors Cyganski and Duckworth Highlighted in Telegram Article

Over the past few years, more than $5 million in federal grants have flowed to WPI research projects on firefighting technology, all in collaboration with the Worcester Fire Department.

Over the years, more than $5 million in federal grants have flowed to WPI research projects on firefighting technology, all in collaboration with the Worcester Fire Department. For the past four years, WPI and Worcester firefighters have hosted a conference that draws experts from around the country.

One of the technologies that may soon help is a search and rescue system nicknamed “The Mantenna,” which can help find a firefighter anywhere in a building.

“The technology is proven,” said R. James Duckworth, an associate engineering professor at WPI. If the researchers are successful in obtaining a Federal Emergency Management Agency grant next spring to make the Mantenna waterproof and heat-resistant, he said, the system could be in the hands of the Worcester Fire Department by next fall. Read full article.

December 2, 2009