Worcester Polytechnic Institute Graduates at R.W. Sullivan

Thursday, May 08, 2014

Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI) is one of only a few schools in the country that provides a Fire Protection Engineering program as part of its curriculum. R. W. Sullivan currently employs (15) WPI graduates, six of whom have completed their Master’s degree in Fire Protection Engineering. Four others are in the process of completing the Master’s degree program.

WPI recently constructed a new building, Gateway Park II, which will be the new home of the Fire Protection Engineering (FPE) Department. R. W. Sullivan was hired to design the full Mechanical, Electrical, Plumbing and Fire Protection systems within the building. The construction consists of a combination of laboratory and office space. Currently, space within the building is being leased to two biotechnology companies and is the location of the WPI School of Business. A unique attribute of the Fire Protection Engineering lab space is a two story annex used as a Burn Lab. The Burn Lab contains a large torch used for controlled ignition of materials for research purposes, a 20x20 foot canopy exhaust hood, a high temperature automatic sprinkler system to protect the space and deluge system to extinguish controlled fires.

WPI graduates employed at R.W. Sullivan have contributed to the design of the MEP/FP systems within the new WPI building including the Fire Protection system for the distinct Burn Lab. Unique skills acquired by students while enrolled at the technical school, have allowed graduates to use what they’ve learned and provide engineering services back to the school. R. W. Sullivan Engineering is proud to provide the WPI Fire Protection Engineering program with innovative technologies to support the education of future engineers.

News Posted by Fasha L. Onorato

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