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International challenges in the Design and Delivery of education in Fire Protection Engineering; Beth Weckman, University of Waterloo

The education of fire protection engineers in British Columbia, in Canada and internationally is an increasing challenge.

In BC the Masters programme in fire protection engineering at UBC had a major impact internationally but closed in 1997 due to lack of mainstream funding.

The UBC symposium programme managed to deliver leading edge courses including Fire Science and Fire Investigation that contributed to the emergence of leading companies in forensic analysis of fires.

In the next 15 years most of the past UBC graduates will retire leaving a vacuum in the supply of FPEs.

Beth will outline The University of Waterloo's programme in FPE and will discuss national and international developments in the design and delivery of FPE programmes and how the future demands for graduates in FPE can be met through distance delivery and other means.

Design and delivery of programmes in BC may be possible and could enable a resurgence in interest in FPE and a way to bring more graduates on line for the future.

Elizabeth Weckman is a Professor in the Department of Mechanical and Mechatronics Engineering and leads the Fire Research Group at the University of Waterloo. She is also a Professional Engineer of Ontario.

Professor Weckman's research expertise lies in the understanding of the dynamics of fire behaviour, as well as development of improved diagnostics and test methods for measurements in reacting and non-reacting flows and fires. The Fire Research Group's projects entail the application of basic principles of fire science. This work is to enhance current understanding of the behaviour of full-scale fires, the flammability and fire performance of materials and products, fire initiation and spread, and development of next generation methods for fire detection and suppression.

Research and educational activities of the Fire Research Group are supported by The University of Waterloo Fire Research Facility, with its world-class fire research infrastructure. The Facility is associated with The Waterloo Region Emergency Services Training and Research Complex (WRESTRC).

At Waterloo Fire Research Facility, Professor Weckman studies many aspects of fire dynamics, including ignition, flame spread, smoke movement and fire suppression.


Date:  May 30, 2017
Time: Registration and Reception 5:30pm
Location: False Creek Yacht Club (1661 Granville Street)
Cost: Members - $35; Non-members $40. Please bring cash or a cheque payable to BC Society of Fire Protection Engineers to cover the cost of dinner.

Free parking is available in the Yacht Club parking lot.

Start date: 
Tuesday, May 30, 2017 - 17:30

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