WPI is internationally recognized for research on a wide range of fire science topics and for developing groundbreaking approaches for protecting people and property from the dangers of fire. WPI faculty, research, and student projects across Fire Protection Engineering and associated departments use these facilities for research and project work.

Like all other academic disciplines at WPI, fire protection engineering is a finely tuned blend of traditional classroom instruction and hands-on lab work. Working side-by-side in labs outfitted with state-of-the-art technology and using the advanced research and teaching methods, teams of faculty members and students tackle the most challenging questions in fire science of today and tomorrow.