Alumni News

The Value of International Collaboration: FPE Continues to Put People First
The Department provided a training course to Bangladesh engineers in an effort to extinguish factory fires that have become all too common. February 10, 2017

FPE Celebrates it's 60th Anniversary
Please join us, March 10-12, for a weekend of celebratory activities! February 9, 2017

FPE Remembers Professor Harry Hickey
Dr. Harry E. Hickey passed this morning after battling Alzheimer's. January 30, 2017

Fire Safety Demo Sparks Interest of Local Teen
Sienna Fink of Essex, MD, conducted her own fire experiements and won a national competition. January 4, 2017

University of Maryland to Establish Research Center of Excellence with UTC Climate, Controls & Security and Otis
The University of Maryland announces plans to establish new research center of excellence with United Technologies Corporation’s commercial businesses. December 21, 2016

Clark School Dean Pays Tribute to FPE Alumni
Multiple FPE graduates were honored at the 2016 Dean's Annual Recognition Dinner. December 19, 2016

FPE Hosts 3rd Annual Christmas Tree Safety Demonstration
Fire engineers show possible risk in Christmas tree negligence. December 17, 2016

Sarah Bryan Memorial Fund Continues to Enhance the Student Experience
An endowment fund established to honor FPE founding Chair's late wife provides scholarships for student study. November 16, 2016

Fire Protection Engineering Issues Alumni Video Challenge!
FPE Assistant Director Nicole Hollywood Issues Video Challenge to Dept. Alumni. July 20, 2016

NFPA Awards UMD Research in Pathways of Wildland-Urban Interface Fires
National Fire Protection Association recognizes UMD Fire Protection Engineering research team with 2016 Fire Protection Research Foundation Medal. June 27, 2016

UMD-led Team Advances in SpaceX Hyperloop Pod Competition
Team of students will test prototype design of a new form of transportation in which passenger-carrying pods travel through above-ground tubes at high speeds. February 4, 2016

UMD Students Head to SpaceX Hyperloop Pod Competition Design Weekend
UMD led team aims to build cutting edge prototype for the next generation of transportation. January 13, 2016

University of Maryland Faculty, Alumni Named National Academy of Inventors Fellows
Inductees recognized for prolific spirit of innovation. December 15, 2015

UMD Startup Helps Design Highly Efficient Fire Sprinkler Systems
Custom Spray Solutions' revolutionary device calculates sprinkler system efficiency. December 14, 2015

Leonard to be Honored for Cooperative Control Innovations
Alumna Naomi Leonard to be inducted into Innovation Hall of Fame on Nov. 9. October 15, 2015

FPE Professor Emeritus Recognized for Exceptional Commitment to Education
Frederick Mowrer to receive the 2015 John L. Bryan Mentor Award from SFPE. September 23, 2015

Icove Named Fellow of National Academy of Forensic Engineers
FPE Distinguished Alumnus is an internationally recognized expert in the field. July 30, 2015

FPE Design Challenge Gets High School Students Excited About Engineering
“Junior fire protection engineers” learn about fire phenomena, core strategies in new student-run program. July 7, 2015

FPE Capstone 2015: National Museum of the American Indian
Seniors challenged to demonstrate how to protect life, property in unusual building. July 7, 2015

2015 Alumni Dinner: Distinguished Alumni Ceremony, Photos
Surprise 11th alumnus included in inaugural group of honorees. June 30, 2015

FPE Alumni Publish Book on Performance-Based Fire Safety Design
New “how-to guide” was inspired by FPE online graduate course. May 11, 2015

Myers Wins All S.T.A.R. Fellowship
Ph.D. candidate recognized for excellence in research and education. May 8, 2015

FPE Announces Inaugural Class of Distinguished Alumni
Ten honored for contributions to the department and the field. April 13, 2015

Myers Joins Future Faculty Program
Program prepares graduate students for a career in academia. February 9, 2015

FPE Undergraduates, Professor Share New Experiences
A look back at the first courses taught by FPE’s first clinical professor. January 14, 2015

Protecting Our Forces Abroad
Chris Giordano (B.S. ’83) maintains compliance and safety at Bagram Airfield. January 14, 2015

Alumnus Set to Lead Code Consultants, Inc.
Terry Schultz (B.S. ’00) will become company’s third President on January 1. December 11, 2014

FPE Alumnus Among First to Receive Glenn L. Martin Medal
Jack Poole (B.S. ’86) was one of nine honored by the A. James Clark School of Engineering. December 8, 2014

Three Tributes to John L. Bryan
Family and friends remember the man at the heart of FPE at memorial service. November 21, 2014

UMD Clark School Announces Inaugural Awards Winners
New awards honor alumni, friends for career achievements and contributions to Clark School. November 21, 2014

Alumnus’ Book Now in 4th Edition
Dennis Nolan (B.S. ’77) guides readers through hazard analysis, safety reviews. November 20, 2014

Grad Student Named One of Maryland’s “Innovators of the Year”
Taylor Myers recognized for work as CTO of wood stove designer MF Fire LLC. November 5, 2014

A Tribute to Professor John L. Bryan
Founding Chair and Professor Emeritus, Department of Fire Protection Engineering. October 26, 2014

A Tribute to Dr. Bryan by R. Wayne Powell
Executive Director of the National Fire Heritage Center shares his thoughts on FPE's Founding Chair. October 23, 2014

MF Fire: 2nd Place at National Competition, Featured in The Washington Post (VIDEO)
Alumni working to commercialize award-winning wood stove. June 25, 2014

Fire Protection Engineering Appoints First Clinical Professor
New applied faculty position made possible by Legacy Campaign, Clark School support. June 24, 2014

Alumnus Appointed Montgomery County Fire Chief
Steven E. Lohr (B.S. ’90) cites fire protection engineering program as key to his success. May 27, 2014

SFPE Wins Engineering Field Day
Student society members demonstrate their athletic prowess with water balloons, hula hoops. May 2, 2014

Remembering FPE Alumnus and Board Member Thomas C. Brown
Department mourns the loss of a distinguished consultant, instructor, mentor, and firefighter. May 1, 2014

How Can Lighting a Flame Play a CD?
FPE participates in Clark School’s 3rd annual Alumni Cup. March 5, 2014

UL Contributes $250K to UMD Fire Protection Engineering Legacy Campaign
Largest single gift in department's history to support new professor of the practice. January 13, 2014

Clark School's Online Graduate Programs Highly Ranked in 2014 by U.S. News and World Report
Office of Advanced Engineering Education's online graduate program are excellent opportunities for working engineers worldwide. January 8, 2014

SFPE Awards Presented at Luncheon
The Society of Fire Protection Engineering (SFPE) president presided over the the awards luncheon. October 31, 2013

SFPE Engineering Technology Conference and Annual Meeting
The Dept. of Fire Protection Engineering will be well represented at the Austin, TX conference. September 24, 2013

Three Alumni Earn Awards from NFPA
DiNenno, Scheffey and Benferare recipients of awards from the National Fire Protection Association. June 13, 2013

Society of Fire Protection Engineers Visit NIH Campus
SFPE Student Chapter Posts Photos from Their Field Trip April 17, 2013

Winners Selected for FPE Honors and Awards for 2013
Six Fire Protection Engineering undergraduate students will receive the FPE Department Undergraduate Honors and Awards for 2013. April 3, 2013

Alumni Rally to Support Fire Protection Engineering Legacy Campaign for a Professor of the Practice
Campaign for professor of practice to help ensure students stay current on the latest technologies used in the field. March 9, 2013

FPE Team Takes Second Place in Clark School Alumni Cup
The Fire Protection Engineering team competed Feb. 22, 2013 in the Kim Building Rotunda March 7, 2013

Baker to Receive System Staff Award and Campus Recognition
FPE's Pat Baker selected as a USM Board of Regents’ Staff Award recipient September 13, 2012

Clark School Hopes to Attract Fire Protection "Professor of the Practice"
Department alumni spearheading fundraising effort for new position. August 16, 2012

Welch Promoted at Marriott International, Inc.
Stacy Welch Named Senior Director of Fire Life Safety June 13, 2012

FireTEC Launches Blog and Website
Announcing New Blog and Re-designed Website for FireTEC June 8, 2012

Begley Honored as One of 40 Under 40
Fire Protection Engineering alumnus James P. Begley Wins Award May 24, 2012

Lyles to Speak at Commencement
Retired U.S. Air Force general to address engineering grads. May 4, 2012

Tether to Speak at Commencement
Former Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency director will speak at Clark School Ceremony Dec. 22. December 2, 2011

FPE Shines at 10th Symposium of the IAFSS
Fire Protection hosted the 10th Symposium of the International Association of Fire Safety Science July 13, 2011

Fire Protection Mourns Undergraduate Student
John Sivert “Johnny” Brungot died unexpectedly in a fall at his home July 1, 2011

Milke Elected President-Elect of SFPE
FPE Professor James Milke has been elected president-elect of SFPE for 2011. December 2, 2010

Upcoming Maryland Day Highlights
Visit the Clark School Saturday for demonstrations, hands-on activities and more. April 20, 2010

Prof. James A. Milke to Receive the SFPE John L. Bryan Mentoring Award
At its Annual Awards Luncheon, Professor James A. Milke will receive the Society of Fire Protection Engineers (SFPE) John L. Bryan Mentoring Award. October 15, 2009

FPE Colleagues Honor Pat Baker's Service to the University
Patricia C. Baker, Program Management Specialist in Fire Protection Engineering, was honored this spring for thirty years of dedicated service to the University of Maryland. June 2, 2009

James A. Milke promoted to Professor
James A. Milke’s promotion to the rank of professor has been approved by University of Maryland President C. D. “Dan” Mote, and will be effective July 1, 2008. July 10, 2008

Department develops strong partnership with FM Global
The new FM Global Welcome Center in the Department of Fire Protection Engineering (FPE) is now fully operational. December 16, 2007

Alumni Discusses 30 Year Old Landmark Fire
Chris Jelenewicz appeared on a PBS show discussing the 1977 Beverly Hills Supper Club Fire. June 23, 2007

Prof. Milke receives SFPE 2007 Founders Award
The 2007 recipient of the Chesapeake Chapter Founders Award is Chesapeake Chapter member Dr. James A. Milke, P.E., FSFPE. June 13, 2007

Visit booth 1017 at NFPA Meeting in Boston
Visit booth 1017 at NFPA Meeting in Boston June 4, 2007

University of Maryland Alumni Dinner Information
Tuesday, June 5, 2007 February 1, 2007

UM Blazes Trail with Fire Protection Engineering Program
The department celebrated its 50th anniversary on Oct. 14 with a gala event hosting alumni. October 16, 2006

Alumnus Receives Presenter Award
Jignesh D. Maun has received the 2006 Outstanding Student Presenter Award from the Combustion Institution Central States Section. July 26, 2006


Past Alumni News

Fire Marshall Jeff Collins Becomes Fire Chief

Jeffrey CollinsOn Feb. 28, Jeffrey Collins was sworn in as Palm Beach County Fire Rescue’s new administrator. Chief Collins replaces Steve Jerauld, who announced his retirement in January.

Chief Collins is a 19-year veteran of the fire service, serving the past 17 years with Palm Beach County Fire Rescue. Prior to his selection, Chief Collins served as a deputy chief and fire marshal with PBC Fire Rescue.

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Darmody Named NAVFAC Southwest Engineer of the Year

Kevin DarmodyThe Naval Facilities Engineering Command (NAVFAC) announced the winners of its Military and Civilian Engineers of the Year Awards on January 14, 2013.  Kevin T. Darmody, P.E., M.B.A. (B.S.’04, fire protection engineering) was named the NAVFAC Southwest Engineer of the Year 2013.  Darmody is a fire protection engineer with the NAVFAC Engineering Command in Washington, DC.  Most recently located in San Diego, California, where he served as the lead fire protection engineer and anti-terrorism force protection expert for the half-billion dollar American Recovery and Reinvestment Act project under the supervision of the Resident Officer in Charge of Construction, Camp Pendleton Hospital.

In late 2011, Darmody spent four weeks in the southern jungles of the Philippines supporting NAVFAC Pacific’s mission with Joint Special Operations Task Force – Philippines by performing fire protection and life safety facility inspections of numerous remote bases housing U.S. Special Forces.

He recently returned from a deployment supporting the Department of Defense, Office of the Inspector General, by performing facility fire protection and life safety inspections at Bagram Airfield, Afghanistan, where he spent approximately five weeks.

These deployments were volunteer assignments involving high-risk facilities used by the U.S. Military; both involved austere living conditions in hazardous combat zones.  Darmody accepted both assignments willingly and at risk to his personal safety for the benefit of our war fighters.

Darmody is a Reserve Civil Engineer Corps Officer in the U.S. Navy, has been deployed to Afghanistan and has served as Officer in Charge for multiple commands.  Darmody was promoted and is now back on the east coast at the Washington Navy Yard.

Welch (B.S., ’97) Promoted at Marriott International, Inc.

Stacy WelchCongratulations to Department of Fire Protection Engineering alumna Stacy (Niedhart) Welch, (B.S., ‘97) who has been named Senior Director, Fire Life Safety, Marriott International, Inc., effective July 2012.  Welch will be responsible for global fire protection and life safety for the organization.

Welch has been with Marriott for fifteen years and has held numerous management positions, including her most recent role as director responsible for fire life safety matters related to additions, renovations and the inspection program for nearly one-thousand hotels.  She is known for her vast fire life safety experience with new build construction and conversions, along with her technical expertise, code knowledge and proven leadership.  She has authored several professional publications on subjects such as fire alarm communications, water mist fire suppression and the economics of automatic fire sprinklers.

Welch is a registered professional engineer (P.E.) and serves as a member of the Curriculum Advisory Committee of the Department of Fire Protection Engineering.  She resides in Bethesda, Maryland, with her husband Dave and their two daughters, Allison and Kathryn.

Begley Honored as One of “40 Under 40”

Congratulations to Fire Protection Engineering alumnus James P. Begley (B.S. ’96), who has been recognized by Consulting-Specifying Engineer as one of the 2012 “40 Under 40 Program Winners.”   This award is given to 40 building industry professionals age 40 and younger who stand out in all aspects of their lives.

Begley founded TERPconsulting in 2010 after almost 20 years in fire protection engineering and losing his job amidst the economic downturn.  He is dedicated to his profession and his community.  Begley’s interests range well beyond fire protection and are as varied as writing a monthly food column and volunteering in support of animal welfare.

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The Department of Fire Protection Engineering is pleased to announce that the 50th Anniversary History Book of the Department of Fire Protection Engineering is now available!

The book is a wonderful addition to your library, and is a “must have” for all graduates and friends of the Department of Fire Protection Engineering. It is a hardback book, in color, with glossy pages, and over 200 pages in length!

The 50th Anniversary History Book is filled with many color pictures of the celebration of our 50th anniversary in October of 2006. It contains color group and individual photos of alumni and friends who attended the many events of that memorable and historic weekend celebration.
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Spring 2012

Spring 2012 FPE Department Newsletter [pdf]