Fire Protection Engineering graduates from the University of Maryland are rallying around their department to support the Legacy Campaign for a Professor of the Practice, a new initiative to help ensure students stay current on the latest technologies used in the field. According to Fire Protection Engineering Department Chair James Milke, the professor of the practice will bring hands-on field experience to the undergraduate curriculum and will strengthen the school’s ties with industry.

"This department has been recognized for many years for producing outstanding young engineers and more recently for the high quality of research we conduct,” Milke says. "The main purpose of the professorship is to preserve the connection of the department to the profession and to the applied side of the field.”

Already, the Department has raised close to $500,000 of its $2.5 million goal. Support has come from alumni and industry. Andrews Group, LLC, Poole Fire Protection, and Tyco have each made $100,000 gifts to the campaign.

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