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Isman, Kenneth E.

Isman, Kenneth E.
Clinical Professor, P.E.
3104F J.M. Patterson Building


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.


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

Honors and Awards 

Elected Fellow, Society of Fire Protection Engineers (SFPE)

Related News 

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. September 9, 2018

FPE Professor of the Practice: An Update
Clinical Professor Ken Isman offers hands-on learning to FPE students. October 4, 2017

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.  May 17, 2017

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

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

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. September 9, 2016

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

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

AFSA Announces UMD Legacy Campaign Support
Sponsorship helps strengthen Fire Protection Engineering's undergraduate curriculum. June 2, 2015

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

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

An Interview With FPE’s First Clinical Professor
Kenneth E. Isman discusses his first semester and educational goals. October 26, 2014

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

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

Annual Pump Day in FPE
Fire Protection Hosted its annual Pump Day on April 13, 2012 April 16, 2012