The 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.

Isman’s 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.

From 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.

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