About FPE

The Department of Fire Protection Engineering was established within the Clark School of Engineering in 1956.

To date we offer the only fully ABET accredited undergraduate program and one of three graduate degree programs in the U.S. For additional information regarding our accredidation, please follow this link.

Our faculty - currently nine full-time professors - are highly recognized in the profession, four being fellows in professional engineering societies and all being highly active in a broad range of professional organizations associated with fire safety. 

The rapid growth of science and technology give way to new opportunities and demand for uniquely trained fire protection engineers. We foster a sustained growth of our graduate program through increased opportunities in research for our students. In particular, we focus on recent advances in material testing practices, fire detection, performance-based design and modeling techniques to predict fire growth, smoke movement or the response of building systems in design and fire investigation applications.

Our laboratory facilities provide hands-on experience with "standardized" ASTM test procedures and permit the investigation of fire dynamics principles. Graduate and undergraduate students alike use these facilities extensively.

To learn more about the study of Fire Protection Engineering, follow this link to an instructional video offered by Nicole Hollywood, Assistant Director of Student Services.