Academic Leadership Council

SFPE's Academic Leadership Council (ALC) is made up of fire protection and fire safety engineering and engineering technology programs around the world. The Council fosters communication between the Society and the universities that educate our next generations of fire protection engineering professionals. It also serves to facilitate the sharing of information amongst the global academic community and provide an opportunity for collaboration and partnerships on larger and broader initiatives.   

The initial goals for the Council include:

  • Collaborate to raise awareness of the fire protection engineering discipline.
  • Create a bridge between industry, including government agencies, and universities for awareness of programs, projects, industry needs, and university needs.
  • Increase communication to ensure students and faculty are aware of awards, scholarships, research grants, student opportunities, poster sessions, and other opportunities with both the Society and the SFPE Educational & Scientific Foundation.
  • Aide in mapping the global research being conducted with SFPE’s Research Roadmap as well as identifying gaps and opportunities for collaboration and funding between universities and SFPE. 

In addition, and as part of our strategic goal to support higher education that advances the application of engineering principles to address the challenges of fire, programs participating with the ALC have an opportunity to present an annual webinar showcasing their ongoing and/or completed research to the broader SFPE global fire protection engineering community. The research is also mapped back to the SFPE Research Roadmap.

ALC Members
California Polytechnic State University
Eastern Kentucky University
ETH Zürich
Ghent University
Glasgow Caledonian University
International Master of Science in Fire Safety Engineering
Letterkenny Institute of Technology
Luleå University of Technology
Lund University
Oklahoma State University
State Key Laboratory of Fire Science
Stellenbosch University
Stord Haugesund University College/Western Norway University of Applied Sciences
The University of North Carolina at Charlotte
Ulster University
Universidad Pontificia de Comillas
University of Canterbury
University of Central Lancashire
University of Edinburgh
University of Leeds
University of Maryland, College Park
University of New Haven
University of Queensland
University of Waterloo
University of Western Sydney
Worcester Polytechnic Institute

If you're leading a program and would like to join the ALC, contact Victoria Valentine.