, New Hire Spotlight: Anthony Capuano, Fire Protection Engineer, Harrington Group Inc

Like a lot of college freshmen, Anthony Capuano entered Worcester Polytechnic Institute unsure of what he wanted to study. It wasn’t until an open house session about the university’s fire protection program that he first learned about the field, and after a couple introductory classes, he enrolled in the five-year combined B.S./M.S. engineering program.

“I had no idea what it was before I saw the open house, but my grandfather was a firefighter, and it just seemed really interesting to me,” Anthony said.

Once he landed on his career path, he was all in — after earning a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering in 2016, he graduated with a master’s in fire protection engineering a year later and passed the P.E. in 2021. His primary focus so far has been on sprinkler design, and now that he’s joined Harrington Group he’s looking forward to digging into other facets of the industry like fire alarms, smoke control, facility testing and performance-based design. For him, the most rewarding aspect of the job is facing different challenges every day and finding new ways to add value for the clients. Anthony came on board in late February, and said the change has been exactly what he needed.

“Everyone is so open and willing to help, and it’s very refreshing to be a part of it,” he said.

Born and raised in Massachusetts, Anthony lives north of Boston and loves the work-life balance that working from home allows. He spends his spare time hunting, fishing, hiking, playing in an adult baseball league and coaching his nephew’s sports teams.