In 1979, WPI established the first graduate degree program in fire protection engineering building on our early contributions to the fire protection engineering movement starting in the 19th century.
One of the first references to fire protection engineering as a discipline appeared in the WPI Journal in 1898. Henry Lucian Phillips, WPI class of 1893, wrote: “It’s safe to prophesy that not many years will lapse before scientific colleges will seriously consider this subject [fire protection engineering] and include regular lectures or courses upon it in their curriculum [sic].”
Little did Phillips know that 81 years later his alma mater would establish the first U.S. graduate degree program in fire protection engineering.
Today, the Fire Protection Engineering Department is a thriving, internationally vibrant melting pot of academic disciplines. WPI’s Fire Protection Engineering program, teachers, and graduates with dynamic engineering backgrounds from more than 40 countries continually make their mark upon fire protection engineering progress worldwide.