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WPI Fire Protection Engineering Program Becomes a Department

Kathy Notarianni Named Department Head, Joins Faculty with Tenure

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WORCESTER, Mass. -- April 15, 2005 -- At the latest campus Town Hall Meeting, Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI) Provost Carol Simpson announced that the university's internationally recognized Fire Protection Engineering program is being elevated to the status of a full department, effective immediately. The program was created in 1979, when WPI began offering the nation's first master's degree program in fire protection engineering through its Center for Firesafety Studies. Simpson also announced that Kathy A. Notarianni, the former director of the Center for Firesafety Studies, has been appointed the head of the new department and named to the WPI faculty as a tenured associate professor of fire protection engineering.  Read full article...

April 15, 2005