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2002-2003

RJA Contributes to Jensen Endowment at Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Gift of $50,000 made in memory of Rolf Jensen

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Contact: WPI Media Relations, 508-831-5616

WORCESTER, Mass, December 1, 2002 - Worcester Polytechnic Institute today announced a $50,000 contribution from Rolf Jensen & Associates (RJA), Chicago, IL, in support of the newly created Rolf Jensen Memorial Fund Endowment. This fund is named in honor and memory of Rolf H. Jensen, fire protection pioneer and founder of Rolf Jensen & Associates. Jensen died August 13th, 2002 at the age of 73. In announcing the contribution, RJA President Mickey Reiss said, "In addition to his pioneering technical and entrepreneurial talents, Rolf Jensen was the consummate professor. It is most fitting that his name be memorialized at WPI."

Jensen was an Emeritus member of the Worcester Polytechnic Institute Firesafety Board of Advisors where he provided invaluable advice and counsel during the development of the fire protection engineering degree program at WPI. As part of the WPI Entrepreneurs Collaborative, he served as the first Entrepreneur-in-Residence in 1996. The WPI Alumni Association elected him an Honorary Alumnus in 2002. He was a WPI Howard W. Emmons Lecturer and is credited with the original concept for the Graduate Internship Program.

Jensen's career in fire protection spanned more than 50 years. His early resume includes technical management at Underwriters Laboratories in Chicago and a ten-year tour of duty as professor and head of the Department of Fire Protection and Safety Engineering at Illinois Institute of Technology. In 1969, shortly after serving on Chicago Mayor Richard Daley's expert panel investigating the McCormick Place fire, Jensen founded the firm of Rolf Jensen & Associates.

He led the company to a dominant position in code consulting and fire protection engineering, serving as president and chairman until his retirement in 1997. Over the years Jensen was highly active in the National Fire Protection Association and Society of Fire Protection Engineers. He was affiliated with more than a dozen industry associations, served on more than 60 committees and civic boards and presented some 125 papers and presentations in fire protection engineering.

In acknowledging the contribution, Professor David A. Lucht, Director of the WPI Center for Firesafety Studies stated, "We are deeply honored to have the name of Rolf Jensen affiliated with our fire protection engineering program." This perpetual fund will advance the mission of the WPI fire protection engineering degree program and its students. Endowment earnings will support faculty and students.

Contributions in memory of Rolf Jensen can be made to: The Rolf Jensen Memorial Fund Endowment, c/o the Development and University Relations Office, Worcester Polytechnic Institute, Worcester, MA 01609-2280, attention Kathy Kuhlwein. Checks should be made payable to the "WPI Jensen Memorial Fund." All contributions will be credited to the Rolf Jensen Memorial Fund Endowment. WPI is a 501.C.3 non-profit charitable institution. Contributions are tax deductible to the extent provided by law.

About WPI

The third oldest private, independent university of engineering and management studies in the United States, Worcester Polytechnic Institute offers unique graduate degree programs in fire protection engineering at both the masters and doctoral levels as well as a five-year dual-degree program for high school graduates.

A world leader in the advancement of fire protection technology, RJA is the largest quality provider of professional consulting services in conceptual development, design and implementation of fire safety engineering solutions. The company serves clients globally from 17 U.S. offices.