Faculty Advisor

Rudolph, Jennifer

Faculty Advisor

Selkow, Stanley M.

Project Center

San Jose, Costa Rica


This project researched and designed a fire-testing laboratory for the University of Costa Rica (UCR) to allow its sponsors, UCR and the National Fire Department of Costa Rica to establish their undergraduate Fire Protection Engineering program and test fire properties of common construction materials. The project team developed qualitative and quantitative analysis tools to prioritize instruments for the laboratory. Based on results, the team recommended five pieces of equipment for the laboratory that most closely meet both sponsors' needs, as well as safety measures and a computer-generated layout. Once established, this laboratory will enhance fire protection education and improve fire-fighting techniques in the country.


Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Date Accepted

December 2010

Project Type

Interactive Qualifying Project



Advisor Department

Humanities and Arts

Advisor Department

Computer Science