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Isman, Kenneth E.

Isman, Kenneth E.

Clinical Professor; P.E.
Fire Protection Engineering
3104F J.M. Patterson Building



B.S., Fire Protection Engineering, University of Maryland, 1986
M.S., Management, University of Maryland University College, 2003




From 1987 to 2014, Mr. Isman was an engineer with the National Fire Sprinkler Association (NFSA), where he ultimately rose to the position of Vice President of Engineering. He is a Licensed Professional Engineer in the State of Connecticut and is an elected Fellow of the Society of Fire Protection Engineers (SFPE). Isman has represented the fire sprinkler industry on over a dozen of the National Fire Protection Association’s (NFPA) technical committees, including the Technical Correlating Committee on Automatic Sprinklers, the Committee on Residential Sprinkler Systems, the Committee on Sprinkler System Discharge Criteria and the Committee on Fire Pumps. From 2000 to 2006 he was a member of the NFPA Standards Council. 
A noted author and lecturer, Mr. Isman has written and edited numerous publications and handbooks for the NFSA and SPFE, including the textbook Layout, Detail and Calculation of Fire Sprinkler Systems and the Fire Pump Handbook and Pumps for Fire Protection Systems, co-authored with Milosh Puchovsky. He wrote a regular technical article for the NFSA’s SQ Magazine and served as the editor of Sprinkler TechNotes, its bimonthly newsletter. He has been a speaker at more than 500 seminars and workshops on fire protection systems.




  • Elected Fellow, Society of Fire Protection Engineers (SFPE)
  • Inaugural Class of University of Maryland Fire Protection Engineering Distinguished Alumni (2015)
  • NFPA Standards Medal (2017)
  • SFPE Harold E. Nelson Service Award (2018)


  • Puchovsky, M.T. and Isman, K.E. (1998). Fire Pump Handbook. National Fire Protection Association, Quincy, MA.
  • Isman, K.E. and Puchovsky, M.T. (2002). Pumps for Fire Protection Systems. National Fire Protection Association, Quincy, MA.
  • Isman, K.E. (2007) Layout, Detail and Calculation of Fire Sprinkler Systems.  National Fire Sprinkler Association, Patterson, NY.
  • Isman, K.E. (2010) Layout, Detail and Calculation of Fire Sprinkler Systems, Second Edition. National Fire Sprinkler Association, Patterson, NY.
  • Isman, K.E. (2017) Standpipe Systems for Fire Protection, Springer International Publishing, Cham, Switzerland.

FPE Faculty Friday: Spotlighting Clinical Professor, Ken Isman

Isman, who graduated from FPE in 1986, has been a faculty member for the last six years.

Legacy of Warren Isman Offers New Opportunity for FPE Students 

Endowed Memorial Scholarship provided by the NFPA will be available to incoming undergraduates. 

FPE Engineers Conduct Fire-Safety Program in Israel

Ken Isman, Isaac Leventon and Bill Koffel offer a pilot program in fire dynamics, suppression and alarm systems.

FPE Professor of the Practice: An Update

Clinical Professor Ken Isman offers hands-on learning to FPE students.

FPE and Sponsor Jensen Hughes Offer Holistic ‘Think Tank’ Course

Students are tasked with developing a product, business plan and marketing strategy as a means of advancing the fire protection industry. 

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.

Clark School Dean Pays Tribute to FPE Alumni

Multiple FPE graduates were honored at the 2016 Dean's Annual Recognition Dinner.

Siemens, Koffel Gifts Help Fire Protection Engineering Reach $2.5M Milestone in Legacy Campaign

A $100,000 gift from Siemens, matched by a gift from Bill Koffel, has helped the department raise $2,500,000 towards its endowed Clinical Professor fund.

FPE Capstone 2015: National Museum of the American Indian

Seniors challenged to demonstrate how to protect life, property in unusual building.

2015 Alumni Dinner: Distinguished Alumni Ceremony, Photos

Surprise 11th alumnus included in inaugural group of honorees.

AFSA Announces UMD Legacy Campaign Support

Sponsorship helps strengthen Fire Protection Engineering's undergraduate curriculum.

FPE Announces Inaugural Class of Distinguished Alumni

Ten honored for contributions to the department and the field.

An Interview With FPE’s First Clinical Professor

Kenneth E. Isman discusses his first semester and educational goals.

Fire Protection Engineering Appoints First Clinical Professor

New applied faculty position made possible by Legacy Campaign, Clark School support.

Annual Pump Day in FPE

Fire Protection Hosted its annual Pump Day on April 13, 2012

Society of Fire Protection Engineers (SFPE)