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International collaboration addressing global health and safety issues to increase the resilience of communities worldwide.

Working in collaboration with The Global School at WPI, the Center for Global Public Safety is an inter-disciplinary research and innovation initiative that brings together industry leaders and universities from around the world to lead an integrated effort to improve global public safety. Academic and industry partnerships are developing solutions to local/global problems while advancing essential technology for the development of smart and safe communities worldwide. To learn more, download a brochure on the Center. 

Tsinghua University in Beijing, China, is lauded as an elite global institution for engineering and research.  This makes it an ideal partner for WPI in launching the Center for Global Public Safety.  In addition, they share a common history through Yi Chi Mei, the 1931 President of Tsinghua University and founder of the College of Engineering at Tsinghua, who graduated from WPI in 1914.

Abstract imagery denoting the center's five main focus areas.

What is the Center for Global Public Safety?

Launched in 2016, the Center for Global Public Safety is a joint research effort using technology and innovation to address natural and man-made public safety threats worldwide. The center will focus on solving local and global problems that deliver impact in five main focus areas:


Laurie Leshin
In the face of global challenges related to public safety, we need to cooperate across national boundaries to find solutions.
Laurie Leshin
President, WPI


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Media Coverage

International Firefighter included WPI in the article, “Measuring What We Value: to Unlock a Budget for Emergency Services, We Need to be Able to Point to Success Around the World.” “All sides agreed that measuring public support and satisfaction was simultaneously one of the most important metrics to decision makers and rarely studied – a subject that GESA (Global Emergency Services Action) is beginning to tackle, working with Worcester Polytechnic Institute’s Global Center for Public Safety. We need to build the tools to help practitioners track the success metrics that are important to them and the communities they serve – but we can’t do it alone,” the article stated.

Earther-Gizmodo published an article about Albert Simeoni, professor and interim fire protection engineering department head, and the work being done at WPI to better understand wildfires and their impact on communities.