Congratulations to our 2019 Brady Wlliamson Annual Scholarship winners!

The NCN-SFPE recently awarded three $2000 scholarships. The purpose of the scholarship is to promote interest and public awareness of the science and practice of Fire Protection Engineering, and to encourage study for a career related to Fire Protection Engineering.

Award Winners

Jason Woo, Delaney Seeburger, and Hunter Gildart

Jason Woo – Jason is a past recipient of our scholarship and has served the City of San Francisco as a firefighter for 17 years before becoming a fire inspector with the Bureau of Fire Prevention.  Through his service as an inspector, his interest in fire protection and life safety issues in the built environment has grown into a passion that lead him to enroll in and pursue his Master’s Degree in Fire Protection Engineering from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo.  As Jason noted in his application, he is the first and only uniformed inspector of the SFFD to pursue a degree in Fire Protection Engineering, and his hope is to bridge the gap between a firefighter’s perspective and an engineer’s perspective.  Jason’s outlook is exemplary, and we hope it will encourage more uniformed firefighters with the interest and technical aptitude to learn more about the world of fire protection engineering.

Delaney Seeburger – Delaney is a past recipient of our scholarship, and has now graduated with her Master’s Degree in Fire Protection Engineering.  Delaney has an exceptional academic record having graduated Cum Laude from Hope College in 2017 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Mechanical and Civil Engineering.  She has high marks in her graduate Fire Protection Engineering coursework, and has continued to excel at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo.  She has a particular interest in the fire protection aspects of Wildland Urban Interface (WUI) areas, and this interest has been reinforced by her previous employment with the National Park Service at Lassen National Park as well as her participation in an exchange program with WPI working on several wildland fire projects there.  Given, the ever worsening impact of wild fires here in California, we are glad to see more young fire protection engineers doing research and expanding our knowledge of wildfires.  Delaney is now employed by Reax Engineering, a local Bay Area consulting firm with offices in Auburn, CA and Washington, D.C., and we are happy to welcome her to the Northern California Fire Protection Engineering community.

James Hunter Gildart – James was first introduced to the world of fire protection engineering through a conversation with his roommates father who happened to be a fire protection engineer.  Luckily, that introduction led to James taking an internship with a Houston-based Fire Protection Contractor.  James’s experience only increased his interest in the world of fire protection engineering, and has led to his pursuit of a Master’s Degree in Fire Protection Engineering at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo where he has excelled.  In addition to his excellent academic record at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, James has demonstrated his passion for the world of Fire Protection Engineering by acting as the Secretary for the student chapter of SFPE at Cal Poly.  James is not only academically gifted, but is also an athlete, having competed as part of the Cal Poly San Luis Obispo swim team.  James grew up in Texas, but now resides in California and is currently employed by Arup in the San Francisco Bay Area.  We’re happy to welcome him to the Northern California Fire Protection Engineering Community.

In the past five years, the NCN-SFPE has granted over $40,000 in scholarship awards to recipients in the Northern California and Nevada areas. We could not have done this without the support of our Members. Thank you!

Marcus Berona, PE, Chairman, Scholarship Committee

Ronnie Thomas, PE, President