Design Challenge

2017 FPE Design Challenge

The Department of Fire Protection Engineering (FPE) will offer the FPE Design Challenge (FPEDC) during the spring term at selected high schools in the Baltimore/Washington D.C. area. This project involves the design, construction, and (burn) testing of a small housing model where the challenge is to provide innovative means of fire detection and suppression. The FPEDC is a principal aspect of our recruiting and outreach mission.  


The competition includes three phases:

  1. A series of short lectures and discussions on fire protection principles
  2. Mentoring of the high school students as they develop their designs
  3. An experiment where a fire is ignited in the housing model to test the performance of the fire safety aspects of the design

Participating high schools:

DeMatha Catholic High School
4313 Madison St, Hyattsville, MD 20781

Elizabeth Seton High School (Industry Partner- AECOM; Lead- Chris Fike)
5715 Emerson Street, Bladensburg, MD 20710

Mount St. Joseph's High School (Industry Partner- Reliance; Lead-Kevin Hall)
4403 Frederick Ave, Baltimore, MD 21229

Mount de Sales Academy  (Industry Partner- Koffel & Associates; Lead- Kristin Steranka)
700 Academy Rd, Catonsville, MD 21229

Maryvale Preparatory Academy
11300 Falls Road, Lutherville, MD 21093