About the Department

Limitless Opportunity, Global Impact

Fire Protection Engineering at WPI is a challenging, interdisciplinary program that combines our curriculum of engineering, mathematical, and computer disciplines, together with courses on explosion phenomena, regulatory reform, marine safety, fire modeling, and more.

The FPE faculty and our student body are from many nations worldwide with varied academic backgrounds in engineering, science, and beyond. By attracting the best and the brightest geographically and academically, we have created an academic environment with diverse perspectives vital to FPE.

As an FPE student, you’ll have access to technologically advanced laboratories, paid internship opportunities, and cutting-edge research with globally recognized faculty. Students leave with a superior grasp of fire protection engineering making them some of the most sought-after FPE graduates in the world.

FPE and You

Learn how you can join the ranks of this challenging, interdisciplinary field of study, moving your career forward and helping to make the world a safer place.

 
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  • A History of Excellence

    Program Profile

    In 1979, WPI established the first U.S. graduate degree program in fire protection engineering, though faculty and students had been contributing to the field as early as the 19th century.

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  • Top Jobs and Salaries

    Program Profile

    WPI is the first stop for a long list of industry and government employers. The 2007 median income for fire protection engineering professionals was $98,200.

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  • An Interdisciplinary News

    Program Profile

    The FPE faculty have a wide spectrum of backgrounds—in chemical, electrical, mechanical, civil, and aerospace engineering, as well as public policy and risk management.

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