Two Universities Join to Establish Masters Program

ST. PAUL, Minn. – November 16, 2011 – The University of St. Thomas (UST) and the University of Maryland have announced a joint agreement to promote a Master’s in Fire Protection Engineering program in the Twin Cities region. The program, focused exclusively on the practice of fire protection engineering, will be the first program in the Midwest region in 25 years. 
 
The 30-credit master’s program will be offered to students beginning in the Spring 2012 term. Course-work will be a combination of on-campus work at the University of St. Thomas (UST) and distance learning with the nationally recognized Department of Fire Protection Engineering at the University of Maryland (UMD).  Interested students with degrees in Engineering are eligible to apply. The Memorandum of Understanding between UMD and UST, allows selected graduate program courses from the University of St. Thomas to apply directly to the UMD Fire Protection Engineering master’s program.  
 
“We have a history of responding to industry needs in Minnesota,” said Don Weinkauf, Dean of Engineering at the University of St. Thomas. “The University of Maryland has 50+ years of history in Fire Protection Engineering education and research, and we saw this partnership as an opportunity to add that expertise to our regional community.”
 
Today, the University of St. Thomas has over 600 students attending evening graduate engineering programs, studying disciplines such as Manufacturing Engineering, Systems Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Software Engineering and Technology Management. The vast majority of these students are employees of Twin Cities companies. Midwest companies, fire protection contractors and consulting engineering firms, as well as fire marshal’s offices will benefit from local availability of skilled fire protection engineers.
 
Dr. James Milke, Chairman of the UMD Department of Fire Protection Engineering and incoming President of the Society of Fire Protection Engineers, believes this is the right time to invest in this collaboration. 
 
“St. Thomas is uniquely suited to bring fire protection engineering back to the Midwest. Dean Weinkauf saw the opportunity to provide value to his students and to the region. By combining UMD’s fire protection engineering program experience and UST’s 25-year history of providing evening masters programs in engineering, this vision will become a reality,” said Dr. Milke.
 
For more information regarding the University of St. Thomas log onto www.stthomas.edu/engineering

Please visit http://www.oaee.umd.edu/grad/fire/ for more information on the University of Maryland’s Fire Protection Engineering Program.

 
About the University of St. Thomas 
Graduate programs in Engineering at the University of St. Thomas (UST) were started in 1986. The School of Engineering currently has over 600 students attending evening graduate engineering programs, studying disciplines such as Manufacturing Engineering, Systems Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Software Engineering, Regulatory Science and Technology Management.    There are over 3,000 alumni from these master’s programs.   Additionally, the School of Engineering at UST also maintains ABET-EAC accredited bachelor programs in Electrical and Mechanical Engineering. 
 
 
About the University of Maryland
In 1956, theDepartment of Fire Protection Engineeringwas established within the School of Engineering at the University of Maryland. A graduate program in the Department was started in 1989 within the Department and in 2003 a distance option was initiated. To date the University of Maryland offers the only fully accredited undergraduate program and one of three graduate degree programsin the U.S. More than 1,300 graduates from the Department are now employed in industry, consulting engineering, Federal, state or local government, military, fire service, and insurance companies.

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