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Realizing the WPI Vision. FPE Academic Department Strategic Plan New Mission: Engineering and Public Policy Full Curriculum Development Launched CPE Program 5/6 faculty positions turned over. Past Five Years . Past Five Years (cont’d). 100 % of faculty have sponsored research

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Realizing the wpi vision

  • FPE Academic Department

  • Strategic Plan

  • New Mission: Engineering and Public Policy

  • Full Curriculum Development

  • Launched CPE Program

  • 5/6 faculty positions turned over

Past Five Years


Past five years cont d
Past Five Years (cont’d)

  • 100 % of faculty have sponsored research

  • Healthy Ph.D. program creating new knowledge

  • Scholarly presence

  • Registrations up > 50%

  • Published new View Book

  • Student/Faculty ratio 14:1

  • 100% Job Placement rate


Wpi advantages
WPI Advantages

  • Global Identity

  • Engineering Excellence

  • Graduate Internship Program

  • Campus/Distance Learning Flexibility

  • 5-Year FPE Masters Program

  • FPE Faculty Leaders

  • Alumni Recognition

  • Multiple NSF Awards


The need for an advanced fire research lab
The Need for an Advanced Fire Research Lab

Attract additional faculty

Restore hands-on teaching

Interdisciplinary undergraduate projects

Meet current research commitments

Grow our research programs

Position WPI Globally


Realizing the wpi vision

President Berkey, July 21st, 2009

“Kathy has done an excellent job building the faculty. This is a premier program in the United States and abroad, now with great strength in (funded) research as well as in preparing students outstandingly for the industry,

where a WPI degree is regarded as

a top credential.”


Realizing the wpi vision1

Realizing the WPI Vision

Presentation to FM Global

August 13th, 2009


Fpe space requirements
FPE Space Requirements

  • Combustion lab – 1,500 sq. ft.

  • Teaching Lab – 2,000 sq. ft.

  • Research Lab – 5,000 sq. ft.

    • Bench Scale Experiments

    • Residential Scale Experiments

    • Sample Preparation/Conditioning

  • Student Spaces – 1,500 sq. ft.

    • Graduate Cubicles/Student Meeting Room

  • 3 Additional Faculty Offices – 600sq. ft.

  • Digitally Equipped Classroom – 400 sq. ft.


  • Wpi fire science facility research and teaching labs naming rights
    WPI Fire Science Facility Research and Teaching Labs– Naming Rights

    I. RESEARCH LAB $500,000

    • Individual Labs $125,000 each

    • Building Fire Systems

    • Fire and Materials

    • Combustion and Explosion

    • Firefighter Safety and Policy [reserved]

    • Regulatory Policy and Risk

    • Fire Modeling

    • Conference Room (2) $50,000 ea. [reserved]

    • Student Lounge $50,000

    • Graduate Offices (5) $25,000 each


    Wpi fire science facility research and teaching labs naming rights1
    WPI Fire Science Facility Research and Teaching Labs– Naming Rights

    II. Teaching Lab $250,000

    Specialty Areas $100,000 each

    Fire and Materials [reserved]

    Combustion & Explosion [reserved]

    Sprinkler [reserved]

    Detection Alarms [reserved]


    Fpe goals next five years
    FPE Goals - Next Five Years

    Hire Two New Faculty

    Further Growth in Programs of Research

    Design/Build Advanced Fire Research Lab

    Engage Broader Range of Industries

    Implement New Curriculum

    Develop Positioning Statement

    Launch Digital Marketing Campaign

    Expand Diversity


    Thank you

    Kathy A. Notarianni, Ph.D., Professor and Head, Department of Fire Protection Engineering

    kanfpe@wpi.edu

    508-831-6786

    http://www.wpi.edu/Academics/Depts/Fire/

    Karen L. Bean, Director of Development

    kbean@wpi.edu

    508-831-4169

    Thank You