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Fire Science and Engineering // Program Features

Why study fire science and engineering?
Changes in government policies worldwide will affect permissible retardants in critical appliances, transportation and communications within the next few years. All manufacturers of consumer products will be focused on finding new solutions to keep their products flame-retardant and will be looking to experts in this area to lead the way.
 
A survey of industry conducted recently by Accenture confirmed there is a distinct need for fire prevention engineers. Industry partners and trade organizations have also expressed a desire for new research to be conducted in fire protection and safety.
 
There has never been a better time to become an expert in the field of fire science by earning a fire protection engineering degree.
 
Where can a fire protection engineering degree be applied?
Graduates of this program will be able to choose from a variety of jobs in many different facets of fire protection engineering, materials and safety, including:
* Large corporations in the consumer products, materials, transportation and aerospace fields  
  to design and operate complex manufacturing facilities
* Insurance companies to survey facilities
* Safety and standards-setting organizations like UL and NIST
* Government agencies to develop and enforce building and fire prevention codes
* Fire departments to train, advise and implement modern techniques

 
Why study fire science and engineering at Case Western Reserve University?
Case Western Reserve has extensive experience with combustion research and polymer materials synthesis. Our longtime partnership with NASA on Space Exploration Systems programs has included substantial research in fire protection engineering, fire prevention, suppression and detection. Our Macromolecular Science and Engineering Department is the nation’s first stand-alone polymers department. And our current partnerships with UL, NIST and the FAA keep our research and academics on the leading edge.
 
Studying at Case Western Reserve allows students to take full advantage of our renown for academic excellence while also benefiting from our hands-on training to gain practical experience through lab courses and collaboration with professionals active in the field. Our program offers a balanced mix of fundamental learning, practical applications and experiential opportunities.
 
What makes this program distinctive?
The Fire Science and Engineering degree program at Case Western Reserve blends macromolecular science with mechanical engineering to provide a unique combination of educational opportunities and research capability not found in other programs.
 
Studying in Northeast Ohio’s “polymer corridor” of more than 1,500 corporations puts you at the epicenter of the nation’s advanced materials industry. And the university’s close relationship with polymer companies enhances the international network available to the program’s students and alumni.
 
Additionally, the university’s flagship materials program provides a fundamental underpinning to address current issues in fire prevention that are intrinsically materials related but require an understanding of the physical aspects of fire dynamics and polymer chemistry.
 
What core competencies will I learn?
The Fire Science and Engineering program at Case Western Reserve covers all aspects of combustion and fire suppression. After graduating from this degree program, students will be ready to apply their understanding of:
* The chemistry of fire and materials
* Flammability logistics
* Fire dynamics and fire behavior
* Fire risk assessment
* Fire protection engineering
* Combustion
* Fire and safety-related codes
* Human behavior and life safety analysis
* Structural fire protection
* Passive fire protection systems
* Polymer engineering
 
Students also choose from two elective tracks:
* Mechanical track to focus on mechanical engineering and combustion related to fire protection and suppression
* Materials track to focus on polymer chemistry and materials, and the chemistry of flammability and fire suppression
 

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