Scott D. Ayers Receives Maatman Fellowship for Second Year

Contact: Arlie Corday, WPI Media & Community Relations

WORCESTER, Mass. - Scott D. Ayers of Plymouth, Mass., a graduate student in fire protection engineering at Worcester Polytechnic Institute, has been named the recipient of the 1999-2000 Gerald L. Maatman Fellowship in Fire Protection Engineering, repeating the honor he earned last year.

Ayers graduated with distinction in May 1999 from WPI, earning a bachelor of science degree in mechanical engineering. A Charles O. Thompson Scholar as a freshman, he was nominated as Sophomore of the Year and has been a member of Tau Beta Pi, the national engineering honor society. He also has been nominated for a Heald scholarship.

The Maatman fellowship, sponsored by the Kemper Foundation, includes a substantial financial award. Gerald L. Maatman is the retired chairman of the board of directors of the Kemper Group of insurance companies and also served as head of the fire protection engineering department at the Illinois Institute of Technology.

David A. Lucht, professor and director of WPI's Center for Firesafety Studies, studied at the Illinois Institute of Technology when Maatman taught there.

"Mr. Maatman is a distinguished leader in the fire protection engineering and insurance fields and it is a real honor for us to have this fellowship in his name here at Worcester Polytechnic Institute," Lucht said.

WPI, founded in 1865, is renowned for its project-based curriculum. Under the WPI Plan, students integrate classroom studies with research projects conducted on campus and around the world.