David A. Lucht
David A. Lucht
- Director Emeritus, Center for Firesafety Studies
- Professor Emeritus, Fire Protection Engineering
Professor David Lucht’s career in the fire protection field spanned a period of over 45 years in business, government and academia. In 1978, he became the first director of the Center for Firesafety Studies at WPI, where he oversaw the startup of the Fire Protection Engineering graduate degree program, fund raising, recruiting, marketing, and media relations.
During Professor Lucht’s 25 years as head of the program, WPI launched the nation’s first MS degree curriculum in fire protection engineering. A first-of-its kind PhD program was started in 1991, and the first global distance learning FPE degree program was launched in 1993. These milestones helped WPI become recognized as the worldwide leader in fire protection engineering graduate education.
After retiring from WPI in 2005, Professor Lucht has remained active in the fire safety arena. He is a Fellow and Past President of the Society of Fire Protection Engineers (SFPE) and chaired the SFPE Board of Directors. He is a member of the CTC Public Safety Technology Center Board of Trustees.
Honors and recognitions include the SFPE President’s Award (1988), Harold E. Nelson Service Award (1993), the John J. Ahern Award (2000), the Arthur B. Guise Medal and Prize (2002), the New England Chapter Person of the Year Award (2004), and the David Rasbash Memorial Medal from the Institution of Fire Engineers (London, 2006). In 2005 the SFPE created the prestigious David A. Lucht Lamp of Knowledge Award in his honor.