Fire protection engineering is a unique profession that focuses on protecting people, property and the environment from the ravages of fire especially during the prominent summer fire season. But the Society of Fire Protection Engineers says almost all of it happens out of sight of the general public.

“The one thing that really pulled me into the field was the human element, knowing that the work that we do impacts the life safety of people in a building,” said Teresa Chung, fire protection engineer at Rolf Jensen and Associates, Inc. in Walnut Creek, Ca. “I really wanted to have a positive impact on society and so fire protection engineering drew me in.” Using science and technology, fire protection engineers perform a wide range of roles that make the world safer from fire.