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Growing number of climate disasters causing problems

Climate change is challenging infrastructure like seawalls, drainage culverts, and wastewater systems. Carrick Eggleston, professor and head of WPI’s Department of Civil, Environmental, & Architectural Engineering explains that extreme rainfall is happening more frequently in New England, and in some places, a storm that used to have a 1 in 100 chance of happening in any given year now has a 1 in 8 chance of happening in any given year.

Boston 25

Milosh Puchovsky, associate head of the Department of Fire Protection Engineering, provided analysis for this Boston 25 News report on the challenging dynamics of electric vehicle fires.

Boston Globe

“These systems have to be ready 24 hours a day, seven days a week.” Fire protection engineering professor Milosh Puchovsky spoke with the Boston Globe about the importance of standpipes, a type of fire suppression equipment. The Globe’s article analyzes records on standpipe repairs following the failure of a standpipe during a fire at an MBTA station earlier this year.

Boston 25

Boston 25 News interviewed Professor Milosh Puchovsky, fire protection engineering, was interviewed about potential fire hazards associated with solar panels on homes. “Just having the panel on the roof would change the risk because you are introducing an electrical current where one was not previously,” he told the station, adding that rooftop solar panels can be safe and effective if properly installed and regularly maintained after installation.  

Facilitiesnet

Facilitiesnet sought insight from Professor Milosh Puchovsky, fire protection engineering, for the article (2nd graph), “Valve Problems, Water Quality Can Affect Fire Sprinkler Functionality.”