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Scholarship Support

June 2, 2016

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We are pleased to announce that the Greater Atlanta Chapter (GAC) of the SFPE has awarded a total of $8,000 in scholarship support to six students enrolled in the FPE program at Cal Poly. This award is made possible by the various fundraising activities the GAC of SFPE organizes each year, including its highly successful Annual Fire Safety Conference. Thank you to the GAC for its generous support for our students.


Cal Poly’s Director of Fire Protection Engineering Programs Honored with National Award

September 29, 2015

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SAN LUIS OBISPO — Frederick W. Mowrer, director of the Fire Protection Engineering Program (FPE) at Cal Poly, will be awarded the 2015 John L. Bryan Mentoring Award by the Society of Fire Protection Engineering (SFPE).

The award is presented to an individual who exemplifies commitment and dedication to educating, training and advising fire protection engineers. Recipients are recognized for freely and unselfishly providing their expertise to other individuals. The award was established in 2007 in honor of the late John L. Bryan, the founding chair of the Department of Fire Protection Engineering at the University of Maryland, who was known for dedication to his students’ success.

“I am very honored to receive the John L. Bryan award because of what it represents,” said Mowrer, who worked with Bryan for seven years at the University of Maryland. “This award means more to me than all the other awards I have received during my career.” In his acceptance, Mowrer thanked the SFPE as well as his past and present students for the recognition.

Mowrer played a key role in the development in 2009 of Cal Poly’s FPE master’s degree program, which has grown in size and stature under his guidance. Cal Poly offers a master’s degree in FPE as well as two graduate certificates: FPE Science and FPE Applications. The programs are offered on campus and online, serving students all over the world. The online master’s program was ranked among the top 50 online master’s in engineering degree programs by U.S News and World Report in 2014.

Fire Protection Engineering professionals are in high demand, particularly on the West Coast. The discipline utilizes science and technology to minimize the damage done by destructive fires.

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