Goss and O’Neal, Inc. Win Siemens Award for Fire and Life Safety Design

Tom Goss, EKU student and winner of the 2017 Siemens Engineering Innovation Award for fire and life safety design

This is the proudest moment of my fire protection career.

Tom Goss, an EKU Online fire protection and safety engineering technology student, was among the winners of the fourth annual Siemens Engineering Innovation Award for fire and life safety design. He accepted the honor June 5 at Fenway Park in Boston during the National Fire Protection Association’s annual conference.

“This is the proudest moment of my fire protection career,” said Goss. “I am over the moon.”

Goss works as a design specialist for the fire safety group at O’Neal, Inc. in Greenville, SC. The company was selected for their innovative design approach incorporating Siemens’ Firefinder XLS fire panel into an existing specialty polymers site for Solvay in Augusta, GA. The design allows first responders to quickly take control if a fire occurs while conserving the amount of water used to extinguish it.

Goss was especially pleased to accept the award with EKU Fire and Safety associate professor William Hicks by his side. He credits the team’s success, in part, to what he gained from Eastern Kentucky University’s fire protection program.

“In my twenty years of fire protection design, this is, by far the hardest project I have ever worked on,” he wrote in an email to EKU staff. “The fact that I was able to work with a mentor of mine, Mike Cromer (a former P.E. at O’Neal,) and I was able to apply heat flux calculations that I learned at EKU, really make this award special to me. “

The project was selected by a panel of fire protection experts that included Dr. James Milke, chair of the Department of Fire Protection…

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