WPI Graduate Students Receive Pittway Scholarships

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WORCESTER, Mass. Worcester Polytechnic Institute fire protection engineering graduate students Keum-Ran Choi of Worcester, Mass., Mark Reed of Leomister, Mass., and Nathan Wittasek of Woodstock, Vt., have received System Sensor/Notifier Scholarships. In February 1996, Pittway Systems Technology Group of Naperville, Ill., contributed $11,000 to WPI to support scholarships for worthy FPE students and the Insitute's FPE Distinguished Scholar Endowment. Choi received her bachelor's and master's degree in architectural engineering from the Kyungpook National University in Taegu, Korea. She came to WPI in 1995 to complete a master's and doctorate in fire protection engineering.

Reed, who received his bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Lowell (now the University of Massachusetts, Lowell) in 1990, recently enrolled in WPI's FPE master's program. Wittasek enrolled in WPI's dual-degree B.S./M.S. program in 1991. He received his bachelor's degree in civil engineering in 1995 and expects to complete the requirements for his master's degree in September 1996, when he will enroll in the FPE doctoral program. Wittasek is one of several WPI students who staff the Auburn, Mass., fire station. He and his fellow student volunteers supplement the force between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m., when the need for call firefighters is greatest.

Pittway Group President Fred Conforti notes that in addition to the commitment of Pittway and its Notifier and System Sensor Divisions to the support and encouragement of young people interested in pursuing fire protection engineering careers, the company actively support co-op students and interns, giving them a chance to gain firsthand experience in the world of fire protection.

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.