University of Maryland’s Department of Fire Protection Engineering (FPE)
has appointed the department’s first endowed Clinical Professor,
Kenneth E. Isman (B.S. ‘86, fire protection engineering). The Clinical
Professor’s role is to bring hands-on field experience to the
undergraduate curriculum and strengthen ties with industry.
appointment was made possible by FPE’s Legacy Campaign for a Professor
of the Practice. Launched in 2012 by a group of FPE alumni, departmental
and A. James Clark School of Engineering leadership, the campaign has
raised almost $1.3 million toward its $2.5 million goal. Financial
support from Clark School Dean Darryll Pines enabled Isman’s hiring and
arrival this August, while the campaign is still ongoing.
1987 to 2014, 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). He has served on over a dozen NFPA
technical committees and is a noted author, lecturer, and speaker.
For more information, go to fpe.umd.edu/legacy-campaign