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Poole Fire Protection - Fire Education DayJack Poole One of Nine to Receive the
first-ever Glenn L. Martin Medal

Jack Poole, PE, FSFPE, Principal at Poole Fire ProtectionOn Friday, November 21, 2014, Jack Poole, PE, FSFPE and Principal at Poole Fire Protection was awarded the first-ever Glenn L. Martin Medal from the A. James Clark School of Engineering at the University of Maryland. This award was in recognition of Jack's significant professional achievements and exceptional service to the Clark School community, in particular to the Department of Fire Protection Engineering. The award honored a total of nine individuals who have made a sigificant contribution to the mission and ideals of the A. James Clark School of Engineering. All nine recipients accepted the award in-person at the Annual Recognition Dinner Celebrating Philanthropy, Service and Leadership in the Riggs Alumni Center at the University of Maryland. Dr. James Milke, Chair of the UMD FPE Program presented Jack's award, which reads: For his tireless efforts as an advocate for the field of fire protection engineering and volunteer leadership in the Department of Fire Protection Engineering in the A. James Clark School of Engineering.

CLICK HERE to read Dr. James Milke, Chair of the UMD FPE Program's introduction before presenting Jack's award.
CLICK HERE to read Jack's acceptance speech upon receiving this prestigeous award.
CLICK HERE to view bios about all nine recipients of this award.
CLICK HERE to read the official press release about the event, submitted by the A. James Clark School of Engineering at  the University of Maryland.


About Glenn L. Martin:
Glenn L. Martin appears on the cover of Time MagazineAs one of the nation's aviation pioneers, Glenn L. Martin was a barnstormer who taught himself to fly. In the early 1900s he established the Glenn L. Martin Company to build airplanes. In 1929 he moved the organization, called the Martin Aircraft Company at that point, to Middle River, Maryland (about 45 minutes North of University of Maryland). Martin made his company the leading airplane manufacturer in the nation, producing the bombers, flying boats and other craft that helped the Allies win World War II. In the course of doing so, Martin and his company also developed the next generation of Glenn L. Martin with Franklin D. Rooseveltaviation pioneers, providing training and experience to William Boeing, Donald Douglas, Lawrence Bell and James S. McDonnell, who all worked for Martin before launching their own corporations. In 1944, in commemoration of the 50th anniversary of engineering at the University of Maryland, Glenn L. Martin made a gift to the university of $1.7 million to establish instruction and research in the aeronautical sciences. He made a second gift of $800,000, named in honor of his mother, Minta Martin, the following year. Today, under the university's careful stewardship, Martin's endowment is valued at approximately $56 million and remains a major source of research funding for the faculty, staff and students of what is now the A. James Clark School of Engineering.

CLICK HERE to read the full description of Glenn L. Martin's engineering achievments and his contributions to the University of Maryland (as part of the introductory talk given by Dr. Darryll Pines, Dean of the Clark School, before the announcement of the recipients).


About Jack Poole, PE, FSFPE and His Involvement With the University of Maryland:
Mr. Poole received a Bachelor of Science Degree in Fire Protection Engineering from the University of Maryland, College Park, in 1986. He is a Registered Fire Protection Engineer (P.E.) in 49 States and 3 U.S. Territories and has 28 years' experience in the fire protection industry. He is the Principal of Poole Fire Protection, with headquarters in Olathe, Kansas and offices in Oklahoma City, Guam, Bahrain, Italy and Africa.

As an alumnus of the University of Maryland, Mr. Poole serves as the Co-Chairman on the University of Maryland Fire Protection Engineering Board of Visitors, is a member of the Fire Protection Engineering Curriculum Advisory Committee, served on the Clinical Professor Search Committee, is a Co-Chairman of the Fire Protection Engineering Alumni Club and serves on the Legacy Campaign Committee for the Professor of the Practice.

In addition to being a Fellow of the Society of Fire Protection Engineers (SFPE), he is on the SFPE Board of Directors and Treasure-elect, he serves on the SFPE Education Committee is a member of several NFPA Technical Committees, the ICC, SAME, NSPE, and is a Past President of the American Backflow Prevention Association.

Service to University of Maryland:
 Co-Chair of the Board of Visitors and recently put together the By-Laws for the organization.
 Co-chair of the University Alumni Club and was one of the original members to help organize the Alumni Club.
 Member of the Clinical Professor Search Committee
 Member of the Legacy Campaign Committee to raise money for the Professor of the Practice.
 Member of the Curriculum Advisory Committee and helped write the latest PEOs - program educational objectives.
 Has served as a guest lecturer at a several of the ENFP classes
 Attends the fire protection engineering career fair on a regular basis.
 Hires interns and new grads from the University of Maryland Fire Protection Engineering program.


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