WPI Students Receive Fire Protection Engineering Scholarships

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WORCESTER, Mass. -- Six WPI graduate students recently received scholarships to continue their studies in fire protection engineering.

Keum-Ran Choi of the Republic of Korea, Romeo Gervais of Wyoming, R.I., and Paul Lucason of Lunenburg, Mass., were selected System Sensor/Notifier scholarship recipients for 1998. The $2,000 scholarships, given for one or two years, are based on financial need and prior scholastic achievement. They are awarded annually through a generous contribution from the Pittway Corporation Charitable Foundation on behalf of the Pittway Systems Technology Group in Naperville, Ill., and its Notifier and System Divisions.

Choi received a master's degree in architectural engineering from Kyungpook National University in Korea and is enrolled in the FPE doctoral program. Gervais, a volunteer firefighter for the Auburn (Mass.) Fire Department, graduated in May with a bachelor's degree in civil engineering and is studying for a master's in fire protection engineering. Lucason, a volunteer for the Lunenburg Fire Department, received his B.S. in mechanical engineering from WPI in 1998 and is also studying for an FPE master's degree.

M&M Protection Consultants of Chicago, Ill., recently awarded scholarships to FPE master's degree candidates Darren Chin of Worcester, Mass., Brian Gagnon of Coventry, Conn., and David Waller of Glastonbury, Conn. The $1,000 scholarships are based on financial need and prior scholastic achievement. M&M Protection Consultants is a wordwide organization dedicated to the protection of lives, the conservation of property, and the continuity of business. The more than 300 professionals who are part of the organization serve as consultants in hazard control to those who manage risks through hazard identification, evaluation, and elimination or mitigation.

Chin completed his bachelor's degree in civil engineering in May as part of the University's dual-degree B.S./M.S. program in fire protection engineering. Gagnon, who received his bachelor's degree in civil engineering from WPI in May 1997, is currently serving an internship with the Assistant Secretary of the Navy, Office of Safety and Survivability in Washington, D.C. Waller, a volunteer firefighter with the Auburn Fire Department, graduated from WPI in 1994 with a bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering. He is completing his master's thesis titled "Hydrofluoric Acid Concentration Modeling in Shipboard Engine Rooms" and expects to receive his graduate degree in October 1998.

WPI is an independent technological university founded in 1865. The University offers graduate degree programs in fire protection engineering at both the master's and doctoral levels, as well as a five-year, dual-degree program for high school graduates.

WPI was ranked among the top 50 national universities in the 1997 edition of U.S. News and World Report's Best Colleges Guide and was ranked 35th among the top national institutions in the magazine's Best College Values report.