WPI Students Win Fire Protection Engineering Scholarships

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WORCESTER, Mass. Worcester Polytechnic Institute graduate students Mark Driscoll of Winthrop, Mass., Alison Wakelin of Christchurch, New Zealand, and David Waller of Glastonbury, Conn., have been selected to receive scholarships from M&M Protection Consultants of Chicago, Ill. The $1,000 scholarships are based on financial need and prior scholastic achievement. Each of the recipients is a candidate for a master's degree in fire protection engineering.

Driscoll, who graduated from WPI in 1994 with a degree in chemical engineering, also received the scholarship in 1995. He is currently completing a graduate internship with 3M in St. Paul, Minn. Wakelin, a first-year FPE student, received her undergraduate degree in civil engineering from the University of Auckland. Waller, a 1994 WPI graduate who majored in mechanical engineering, recently completed a graduate internship at 3M. He is currently one of six WPI FPE students who staff the Auburn, Mass., fire station in return for free housing. 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.

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.