JOHNSTON, R.I., USA—Hands-on training experience in the classroom. That’s the goal of a US$100,000 donation from FM Global to Roger Williams University (RWU) in Bristol, Rhode Island, USA, for the school’s new Fluid Mechanics Lab.

FM Global, one of the world’s largest commercial and industrial property insurers, will also collaborate with RWU’s School of Engineering, Computing and Construction Management to investigate how the company may assist the university with developing a fire protection and loss prevention curriculum as part of its engineering program.

“Roger Williams University is proud to partner with FM Global because we share the conviction that the experiential learning that will occur in this lab is essential to the best kind of education for the next generation of employees at FM Global and companies like it,” said RWU Interim President Andrew A. Workman.

Currently, FM Global employs several dozen RWU graduates in various roles across the company. “We know from our company’s own engineering training programs that learning is enhanced when students are able to see and do, rather than just read information in a book,” said Brion Callori, FM Global senior vice president of engineering and research. “We are pleased to support development of this lab, which will give RWU students an invaluable experience while helping to meet the needs of FM Global’s growing workforce,” he added.

The nearly 2,000-square-foot FM Global Fluid Mechanics Lab, which is being built as part of a new academic building now under construction on RWU’s Bristol campus, will accommodate 30 students per session and will be equipped with wind tunnels, a pipe and valve flow testing model, hydraulic flume and hydraulic benches with multiple accessories, as well as the latest audiovisual technology.

“The resources provided in the FM Global Fluid Mechanics Laboratory will significantly enhance RWU’s ability to deliver the first-class experiential education our students deserve and our employers expect,” added Robert A. Potter, dean of RWU’s School of Engineering, Computing and Construction Management.