WPI and FM Global Collaboration Extended

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From left to right: Ruud Bosman (FM Global Executive Vice President), Melissa Barter (WPI grad student and "FM Global Fellow"), Nicholas Dembsey (WPI faculty member and "FM Global Scholar"), and WPI President, Dennis Berkey.

WORCESTER, Mass. -- April 22, 2005 -- Building on a working relationship well into its third decade, Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI) and commercial and industrial property insurer FM Global have extended their collaborative fire research agreement through 2007. This comes as WPI prepares for its summer fire research and graduate education projects.

FM Global will continue providing support for WPI associate professor of fire protection engineering Nicholas A. Dembsey, who is designated as the FM Global Scholar, and a WPI graduate student. Since 2003, FM Global has contributed more than $600,000 in equipment and funding to WPI. This includes two state-of-the-art Fire Propagation Apparatus for WPI's Fire Science Laboratory.

"We've made good progress so far," noted Paul Croce, FM Global vice president and manager of research. "I'm looking forward to extending FM Global's collaboration with WPI for the next two years. The future of fire protection research looks quite promising."

"WPI is extremely appreciative of the support and encouragement provided by FM Global to our students and faculty in recent years," notes Carol Simpson, WPI provost and senior vice president. "This support has helped WPI to build preeminence in fire protection engineering, and the extension of our collaborative agreement will allow us to further enhance the program."

WPI is home to the world's leading graduate education program in fire protection engineering. In addition to offering the nation's first master's degree program in fire protection engineering, the university was the first to provide a graduate-level program via distance learning in 1993, and it grants the world's only formal Ph.D. program in the field. WPI has conferred more than 350 master's and doctoral degrees in fire protection engineering, with students hailing from more than 30 countries.

"WPI greatly values this partnership in graduate education and research with a world leader in the field," adds Kathy A. Notarianni, head of WPI's Department of Fire Protection Engineering. "We look forward to continuing our collaboration with FM Global as we together strive to make the world a safer place through science and engineering."

For 170 years, many of the world's top companies have relied on FM Global for superior insurance capacity, cost-effective insurance solutions, and risk assessment services. FM Global's expertise in property-loss-prevention engineering and research is enhanced by the work conducted at the company's sprawling Research Campus in West Glocester, R.I., home to the world's largest fire research and testing facility of its kind.

With offices around the world, FM Global ranks #599 on FORTUNE magazine's list of America's largest corporations, and was named "Best Global Property Insurer" by Global Finance magazine.