Fire Protection Engineering
Leading the World to Safety
One of two graduate level fire engineering programs in the country, WPI Fire Protection Engineering has driven more research, developed more real-world solutions, and graduated more in-demand experts in the last 30 years.
Whether performing risk analyses with architects, engineering safer ships, investigating explosions, or influencing regulations around the world, fire protection engineers are working in this heroic science to save lives. Protecting our increasingly crowded world from the risk of fire means diving into a stimulating mix of engineering disciplines, mathematics, computer science, and even psychology.
Join the ranks of fire protection engineers through this leading edge FPE program. Learn more...
For over 30 years, WPI FPE graduates have enjoyed the benefits of the best employment opportunities in the most exciting and rewarding new areas of practice. Download this PDF pamphlet...
Fire Protection Engineering Moves to a State-of-the-Art Facility
The new 50 Prescott Street facility will revolutionize WPI’s FPE program with a collaborative educational space and a 3-story burn room designed to capture exceptionally accurate data. Glimpse into how it is affecting teachers, researchers, and students.
- In Honor of the 'Worcester Six,' WPI Created the Center for First Responder Technology The Worcester Cold Storage fire inspired 15 years of research. >
- WPI FPE Alumni, Students and Friends Gather WPI FPE reception was held on the evening of October 13th at the Sky Room in Long Beach, California during the 2014 SFPE’s Expo and Conference. Learn more about what was discussed... >
- WPI to Help Lead a National Study Tackling the Lofty Challenge of Fighting Fires in High-Rises Inspired, in part, by the lessons learned on 9/11, the study will examine the value of using elevators as tools for attacking fires in tall buildings. >
- WPI Announces Faculty Promotions and Tenure Awards The awards recognize 12 distinguished members of the WPI faculty for their teaching, scholarship, and service. >
- WPI Secures $1 Million FEMA Award to Develop Groundbreaking Toxic Gas Sensor for Firefighters The device will reduce line of duty injuries by detecting "invisible killers" hydrogen cyanide and carbon monoxide. >
- International Workshop Held to Discuss Critical Need for Systems to Track First Responders In Buildings Sponsored by the Department of Homeland Security, the workshop featured technology demonstrations and keynote speakers from NASA and Qualcomm. >
- WPI Honored for Developing Technology that Increases Firefighter Safety The Fire Marshal's Award recognizes work on devices that track first responders in buildings and warn them of hazards. >
- With a $1 Million Homeland Security Award, WPI Researchers Examine Fire Safety Concerns Raised by Green Buildings The project follows up on a pioneering WPI report. >
- WPI Research Shows How Earthquake Damage Can Impact Building Fire Safety Performance Report details the results of a groundbreaking 2012 study. >
- GRAD 2014 Registration Deadline is Feb. 24 Sign up now for this annual graduate research poster celebration and competition. >
- WPI's Fire Protection Engineering Expertise Featured in NBC News Reports Reports prepared for Today Show and NBC Nightly News. >
- WPI Announces Faculty Promotions and Tenure Awards In all, 16 faculty members have been promoted and/or tenured, while two professors of practice have been reappointed. >
- National Fire Protection Association Conference Features Research Conducted by WPI Students Projects explored topics ranging from the effects of cultural bias on building evacuation to the dynamics of forest fires and dust explosions. >
- From Boston Tragedy, New Grant Allows WPI to Advance Work Aimed at Safeguarding Firefighters Researchers to explore development of fireproof attack hose. >
- WPI to Offer the First Bachelor's Degree Program in Architectural Engineering in New England Interdisciplinary program will prepare students to address sustainability, energy conservation, and safety in buildings. >
- WPI Research Team to Conduct Groundbreaking Tests Aimed at Better Understanding Post-earthquake Fires Fire tests will be conducted at the University of California, San Diego, on the nation's largest outdoor shake table. >
- WPI Feature on Anderson Cooper 360: Who's keeping cruise passengers safe? WPI’s Kathy Notarianni featured on Anderson Cooper 360 story about cruise ship regulations and the recent high-profile mishaps. >
- Construction Begins on Next Building at Gateway Park Community leaders break ground for $32 million building at WPI'S Gateway Park. >
- WPI and O'Connell Development Group Sign Agreement to Develop Next Building at Gateway Park An April groundbreaking is planned for the new building, which will be a facility with laboratory, educational and office spaces for a range of academic and corporate uses. >
- WPI to Host International Workshop Focused on Technology Solutions for First Responders Highlights include the first public demonstration of the Department of Homeland Security's GLANSER system. >
- GRAD 2013 registration deadline is February 25, 2013 Through two annual events, the university celebrates students' accomplishments, encourages them to share their work with the greater WPI community, and helps them take their research to the next level. >