Fire protection engineers must be prepared to assess a broad range of fire and life safety risks, and, in response, develop workable solutions to these concerns. Based on my work experience with the National Fire Protection Association, consulting engineering firms and the insurance industry, I bring “real-world” perspectives to our students’ educational process so they will be better prepared to make the decisions that will be required of them. My lectures, projects and assignments reflect situations that practicing fire protection engineers face, and expand a student’s knowledge of the physical behavior of fire; its impact on people, property and business; and the effect of regulations and fire test standards. My interests lie in the design and evaluation of active and passive fire protection systems including means of occupant egress. In addition to understanding how they will serve society as a whole, our graduates must recognize the value they will bring to their employers, customers, and clients whether it be by providing solutions to fire and life safety problems; developing new products, services, or design approaches; or by influencing regulatory policy.