WPI Graduate Student is Maatman Fellow in FPE

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WORCESTER, Mass. WPI student David Smith of West Wareham, Mass., has received a Gerald L. Maatman Fellowship in Fire Protection Engineering. Smith, who received his B.S. in civil engineering from WPI in 1996, is enrolled in the university's FPE master's degree program.

Smith is a volunteer fire fighter and an EMT in his hometown, where his father is a volunteer fire chief. An active member of the student-operated fire station in Auburn, Mass., he spent last summer working as a student assistant in WPI's Fire Science Laboratory.

The fellowship was established in 1994 by the James S. Kemper Foundation to honor Maatman, who retired in 1995 as chairman and CEO after 29 years with the Kemper National Insurance Companies. Christopher McKeever, an FPE master's degree candidate at WPI, was the university's first Maatman Fellow.

WPI is an independent, technological university founded in 1865. The university operates a distinctive program of instruction, fire research and technology transfer, along with unique graduate degree programs in fire protection engineering. WPI launched the nation's first master's program in fire protection engineering in 1979; a doctoral program in FPE, established in 1991, is the only such program in the country. Fire protection engineering opportunities are available for both high school and college graduates.