August 8, 2019 – The Fire Apparatus Manufacturers’ Association (FAMA) awarded its 2019 Phillip L. Turner Fire Protection Scholarship to University of Maryland student William Calcagno. Calcagno was selected to receive the $5,000 scholarship in recognition of his commitment to research and steadfast focus towards the improvement of fire safety.
Calcagno has worked in the FireTEC lab at the University of Maryland since April 2017. It was during his time in the lab that Calcagno found his passion for research and defined his goal of a research-based career in fire protection engineering. Through working in the FireTEC lab, Calcagno contributes to the safety of society, while continuing to improve his research skills.
Calcagno plans to pursue a master’s degree in Fire Protection Engineering. After graduate school, Calcagno hopes to focus his knowledge towards the improvement of fire safety and prevention in the commercial market, to protect consumers from fire risks.
The Phillip L. Turner Scholarship is awarded annually by FAMA and has been sponsored since 2009 by FAMA member Akron Brass Co., a worldwide marketer and manufacturer of high-performance life safety, firefighting and emergency rescue equipment.
“As a leader in innovative fire suppression products for over 100 years, Akron Brass understands the importance of education and the role it plays in the advancement and progression of our industry. We couldn’t be more excited to continue our longstanding commitment to FAMA and the Phillip L Turner scholarship program and are thrilled to recognize William Calcagno as this years’ scholarship recipient,” stated Danny Teixeira, Vice-President Fire Suppression Group, Akron Brass.
Lou Milanovich, FAMA Education Committee Chair, stated, “William was selected to receive the scholarship because of his determination and great desire to make a successful career in the field of fire protection engineering.”
On behalf of FAMA, we wish William much success in his future endeavors.
The Fire Apparatus Manufacturers’ Association (FAMA) is a non-profit trade association organized in 1946. Members of FAMA are committed to enhancing the quality of the fire apparatus industry and emergency service community through the manufacture and sale of safe, efficient fire apparatus and equipment.