WPI Graduate Student Receives Bugbee Scholarship

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WORCESTER, Mass. Worcester Polytechnic Institute graduate student Robert Till of Marlborough, Mass., has been selected to receive this year's Percy Bugbee Scholarship, a $2,500 award. Till, a doctoral candidate in fire protection engineering, graduated from Rutgers University with a degree in mechanical engineering and received his master's degree in fire protection engineering from WPI in 1993. His doctoral dissertation is titled "The Quantification of a Building's Design for Local Manual Fire Suppression."

The Bugbee scholarship was established in 1987 by the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) in honor of the association's first field engineer. A 1920 graduate of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Bugbee was often called "Mr. Fire Prevention." He led the NFPA for 30 years and was the founder and first honorary president of the International Conference of Fire Protection Associations and the first member of the Society of Fire Protection Engineers. He retired in 1969 as the NFPA's chief administrator and died in 1989 at the age of 91.

Worcester Polytechnic Institute is an independent technological university founded in 1865. The WPI Center for Firesafety Studies operates a distinctive program of instruction, fire research and technology transfer, along with unique graduate degree programs in fire protection engineering. The Institute launched the nation's first master's program in fire protection engineering in 1979. Fire protection engineering education opportunities are now available to students at all degree levels.