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Affiliated Department or Office
Mechanical Engineering
Civil & Environmental Engineering
BS Worcester Polytechnic Institute
MS Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Practicing fire protection engineers recognize and assess a broad range of fire and life safety risks and, possess the technical knowledge and skills needed to develop effective solutions. Through my academic endeavors and professional practice, I bring practical perspectives to our students' educational experience. My teaching incorporates situations that practicing fire protection engineers face on a routine basis facilitating our students' functional understanding of a fire's physical behavior and impact, and the role of safety systems, regulations and product standards. Our graduates bring immediate value to their employers, customers, and clients whether it be by providing solutions to specific concerns; developing new products, services, or design approaches; or by influencing regulatory policy. My interests lie in fire hazard analysis and the design, evaluation and performance of active and passive fire safety systems. 

Scholarly Work

"Inspection, Testing and Maintenance of Fire Safety Systems in Oil Refineries" Conference Proceedings - 5th SFPE Saudi Arabian Chapter Conference, Dammam, Saudi Arabia, September 2014

"Deciding on Fire Protection Systems: What Factors Come into Play?" Consulting Specifying Engineer, May 2013

"New Approaches for Designing Fire Pump Installations", Consulting Specifying Engineer, December 2012

"Evaluating Occupant Load Factors For Business Operations" (with T. Muha, B. Merrifield, T. Thackeray and T. Wood), Fire Protection Research Foundation, Quincy, MA, April 2012.

"Safety in Tall Buildings", NFPA Journal, March/April 2007

"The Application of Performance-Based Design Concepts for Fire and Life Safety", Supplement 7, Life Safety Code Handbook, 10th edition, NFPA, 2006

Professional Highlights & Honors
President, 2016
Society of Fire Protection Engineers (SFPE)
Chair, NFPA Technical Committee on Fire Pumps, 2022
National Fire Protection Association
UL Fire Council Member, 2022
Underwriter's Laboratories, LLC
Principal Instructor - NFPA 101, Life Safety Code, 2022
National Fire Protection Association
Member - NFPA 13, Technical Committee on Automatic Sprinkler Systems , 2022
National Fire Protection Association
Boston Globe
MBTA was slow to repair or replace standpipe systems used to put out fires

“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.