Help FPE Build the Future

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John L. Bryan Chair in Fire Protection EngineeringFPE Dept Chair Discretionary FundFPE General Scholarship FundMilke Endowed Scholarship in FPEFire Education Research (FIRE) Center

Contributions to the University of Maryland Department of Fire Protection Engineering (FPE) help create more educational and research opportunities for our students and faculty members. The generous support of friends and donors allows FPE to provide graduate awards to attract the strongest candidates; discretionary funds to support new faculty and graduate student research, and scholarships to increase college access and affordability. 

Your contribution can have an impact on a student today and far-reaching impacts for tomorrow.


A Destination for Tomorrow's Engineers

In the A. James Clark School of Engineering, students utilize top-of-the-line equipment and lab space to support our rapidly growing programs, and encourage interdisciplinary collaboration and growth.

FPE salt water lab

FPE's unique salt-water laboratory.

Featured Funds

The intent of this Endowment (formerly known as the Legacy Campaign) – initiated by a group of alumni, departmental and Clark School leadership – is to create an endowed fund that will support a permanent faculty member who will ensure that the department’s curriculum includes applications in FPE, and that the department continues to conduct applied research for industry.

It is a hallmark of this program and a feature of our status as an accredited academic department that we graduate students prepared to add value on their first day on the job. The accreditation of this department, however, has a much broader impact on the profession – it is what allows for the continued licensure of fire protection engineers, regardless of the school they attended. Without a professor of the practice, our accreditation (and the continued licensure of fire protection engineers) is threatened.
The milestone of of $3M was achived in Fall of 2022, bolstering stability of the position.  
The mission of our program is to educate graduates to save lives and Clinical Professor Ken Isman is already having an impact. Professor Isman has updated course content to reflect current practices in the field and has spent considerable time mentoring students both inside and outside the classroom.  
If you wish to secure a bright future for the department, consider an investment in this program that does so much to keep us safe. Giving options include one-time gifts, multi-year pledges, and making a gift online. Follow this link to donate to this fund.

Gifts to the FPE Chair's Discretionary Fund provide extremely valuable, unrestricted support for the department. These gifts allow FPE's Department Chair to allocate funding where it is most needed, providing crucial, timely and effective support to areas of need to maintain a world-class teaching and research environment. 

Scholarship support designated specifically for FPE Undergraduate Students can have a profound impact on the lives of student recipients. It helps to alleviate the financial pressure on both the student and their family and allows them to focus on receiving a world-class education at the only accredited undergraduate fire protection engineering program in the world.

James A. Milke (B.S. '76, M.S. '81, Ph.D. '91) and Judith P. Milke established the Dr. James A. Milke Endowed Scholarship in Fire Protection Engineering in April of 2023. This fund provides merit-based scholarships for undergraduate students in the Department of Fire Protection Engineering in the A. James Clark School of Engineering.

A FIRE Center membership provides an opportunity for strategic partnerships between corporations/individuals and the FPE program. Members are given unique access to the intellectual capital (students, faculty and research) of the department while also serving as a gateway to campus research collaborations, access to laboratories and intellectual property licenses.

The high visibility of FIRE Center members creates recognition by students, faculty and the departmental community of your commitment to fire protection engineering education at the University of Maryland. Funds generated through the program support scholarships, student activities, competitions, awards, conferences and other programs that directly benefit students and faculty. Please follow this link for more information.

Your Clark School Contact

Brett Drucker

Associate Director of Development
3106-E J.M. Patterson Building
Phone: 301-405-7152