WPI Professor Nicholas Dembsey Named FM Global Scholar

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WORCESTER, Mass. - November 7, 2003 - - Nicholas A. Dembsey, associate professor of Fire Protection Engineering at Worcester Polytechnic Institute has been named the FM Global Scholar for 2003-2005. This position is funded and supported by commercial and industrial property insurer FM Global, headquartered in Johnston, Rhode Island, a world leader in scientific fire research for more than a century. The support will assist Prof. Dembsey and one of his doctoral students in their research focus on composite material flammability and performance-based applications.

"Our partnership with WPI's premier program in fire protection engineering is something we are proud to be a part of," said Dr. Paul Croce, FM Global vice president and manager of research. "We expect the knowledge and insight gained will be invaluable to students."Professor Dembsey earned his BS in civil engineering at the University of Michigan and MS at the University of California at Berkeley. He completed his PhD in civil engineering (fire safety engineering science) at Berkeley under the direction of professors Pagni and Williamson, working in the areas of compartment fire measurement and model evaluation. At WPI his teaching and research focus is in fire dynamics and fire modeling.

In recent years, Dembsey's work has evolved into the areas of fiber reinforced polymer (FRP) composites and the performance-based applications of these material systems, in collaboration with industry. In 2003 he was appointed chair of the newly created FRP Fire Performance Task Force of the American Composites Manufacturers Association (ACMA).

"This is a great honor for Professor Dembsey and a richly-deserved recognition of his innovative and important work" said WPI Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs John F. Carney III. " We are grateful to FM Global for this generous recognition and support."

About FM Global

For nearly 170 years, many of the world's top corporations have relied on commercial and industrial property insurer FM Global for cost-effective insurance and, more importantly, to better understand the nature and causes of fire, natural hazards and other risks to help maintain continuity in their business operations. With offices around the world, FM Global's clients benefit from its superior insurance capacity, risk assessment services and proven property loss prevention engineering expertise and research. With more than US$2.8 billion in policyholder surplus, FM Global is rated A+ (Superior) by A.M. Best and was named 'Best Global Property Insurer' and 'Best Property Insurer - North America' by Global Finance magazine.

About WPI

Founded in 1865, WPI is a pioneer in technological higher education. Its unique Center for Firesafety Studies is celebrating its 25th anniversary in 2004. Through the center, WPI offers graduate program of study in fire protection engineering at both the masters and doctoral level as well as five year dual degree programs for high school graduates.