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Virginia Charter, Ph.D., PE

Dr. Virginia Charter


Ph.D., Educational Leadership and Policy Studies - Higher Education
Oklahoma State University, 2019


M.S., Fire Protection Engineering
Worcester Polytechnic Institute, 2012

B.S., Fire Protection and Safety Engineering Technology
Oklahoma State University, 2005

Prior to returning to OSU in 2014, she worked in Las Vegas as a Fire Protection Engineer. She has experience in a variety of industries in the built environment including corporate real estate, industrial, government, hospitals, higher education and hospitality. As an engineer, she was responsible for planning and evaluating the fire protection, life safety and risk control systems in buildings and properties. She has taken this experience into the classroom allowing for hands-on applications and real-world case scenarios or projects to supplement the theoretical knowledge taught in the classroom.


Her research is focused on areas that impact fire protection system effectiveness, such as corrosion, application of building and fire codes and standards, the fire problem in informal settlements, and engineering education. She is a licensed Fire Protection Engineer in multiple states.


Dr. Charter remains active in her profession as the Chair of the Higher Education Committee for the Society of Fire Protection Engineers, a Governor of the SFPE Foundation, and a UL Fire Council Member.

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