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Gollner, Michael J.

Gollner, Michael J.

Visiting Associate Professor
Fire Protection Engineering
Mechanical Engineering
3104A J.M. Patterson Building, College Park, MD 20742

EDUCATION

  • 2010 – 2012 Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of California, San Diego
    Thesis: Studies on Upward Flame Spread
    Advisor: Prof. Forman A. Williams
     
  • 2010 M.S. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of California, San Diego
    Thesis: A Fundamental Approach towards Storage Commodity Classification
    Advisor: Prof. Forman A. Williams
     
  • 2008 B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of California, San Diego

BACKGROUND

  • Assistant Professor (2012-2017), University of Maryland, College Park
  • Graduate Research and Teaching Assistant (2008-2012), University of California, San Diego

Professional Leadership

  • 2016 – 2018 Board of Directors International Association of Wildland Fire
  • 2015 – 2018 Research Advisory Board NFPA Fire Protection Research Foundation
  • 2014 – present Principal Member NFPA Technical Committee on Wildland and Rural Fire Protection
  • 2014 – 2017 Management Committee International Association of Fire Safety Science (IAFSS)
  • 2012 – present Chair IAFSS Communications Subcommittee

Editorial Positions

  • 2017 – present Editorial Advisory Committee, International Journal of Wildland Fire
  • 2014 – present Associate Editor Fire Technology
  • 2014 – present Guest Editor Frontiers in Mechanical Engineering, Special Issue on Wildland Fires
  • 2014 – present Guest Editor Fire Technology Special Issue on Detection and Suppression
  • 2014 – present Editorial Board Member Fire Safety Journal
  • 2014 – present Editorial Board Member Technology
  • 2016 – present Editorial Board Member Frontiers in Mechanical Engineering

HONORS AND AWARDS

  • 2018 Fire Protection Research Foundation Medal (e-Sanctuary advisory committee), National Fire Protection Association
  • 2017 Proulx Early Career Award International Association of Fire Safety Science
  • 2016 Fire Protection Research Foundation Medal (Pathways to Fire Spread in the WUI Review), National Fire Protection Association
  • 2016 CAREER Award National Science Foundation
  • 2013 Jack Watts Award Outstanding Reviewer for Fire Technology
  • 2010 Chancellor’s Award for Sustainability University of California, San Diego
  • 2010 Recipient, Student Research Grant SFPE Educational and Scientific Foundation
  • 2010 Honorable Mention NSF Graduate Student Researcher Program
  • 2010 Rae K. Hepps Graduate Fellowship University of California, San Diego
  • 2010 Gordon Scholar Jacobs School of Engineering, UC San Diego

 BEST POSTERS AND PAPERS

  • 2017 Delegates Choice Outstanding Image 12th International Symposium on Fire Safety Science
  • 2017 Judge’s Choice Outstanding Student Poster, 12th International Symposium on Fire Safety Science
  • 2017 1st Prize for Artistic Merit - Photo 10th US National Combustion Meeting
  • 2015 Distinguished Paper, Fire Colloquium 35th International Symposium on Combustion
  • 2015 Best Workshop Paper International Conference on Computational Science
  • 2014 3 Readers and Editors Choice Awards HPCwire Magazine
  • 2012 Doctoral Dissertation Fellowship MAE Department, UC San Diego
  • 2011 Best Poster Award 10th International Symposium on Fire Safety Science
  • 2011 Best Fire Science Image Award 10th International Symposium on Fire Safety Science
  • 2011 3rd Place, Science Art Competition US National Combustion Meeting, Atlanta, GA

 

  • Wildland and Wildland-Urban Interface (WUI)
  • Fires Buoyancy-Driven Fluid Dynamics
  • Environmental sustainability
  • Fire Dynamics
  • Combustion
  • Material Flammability

Newly Discovered Blue Whirl Fire Tornado Burns Cleaner for Reduced Emissions; Could Lead to Better Oil Spill Cleanup

Clark School researchers describe a previously unobserved flame phenomenon in a new peer-reviewed paper.

  • ENFP 611, Fire Induced Flows
  • ENFP 489/629, Special Topics

 

Recent Publications and Preprints are available here

 

Eight mechanical engineering students accepted to Future Faculty Program

The program prepares students to achieve career-long success in academia as educators and researchers.

$1.5M FEMA Award to Fund First-of-its-Kind Study of Health Effects on Wildland Firefighters

With a $1.5 million award from the Assistance to Firefighters Grant Program, a UMD engineer will co-lead a research effort to quantify the pulmonary and cardiovascular health consequences to firefighters exposed to wildland fire smoke.

Burgers Program Features Topics in Turbulence

Graduate students from 30 universities and 7 countries come to College Park.

The Blue Whirl: Clark School Research in the News

A team of researchers in the A. James Clark School of Engineering say their discovery of a type of fire tornado they call a blue whirl could lead to beneficial new approaches in reduced carbon emissions and improved oil spill cleanup.

Newly Discovered Blue Whirl Fire Tornado Burns Cleaner for Reduced Emissions; Could Lead to Better Oil Spill Cleanup

Clark School researchers describe a previously unobserved flame phenomenon in a new peer-reviewed paper.

Five Mechanical Engineering Graduate Students Selected for Clark School Future Faculty Program

Graduate students selected for program designed to produce next great engineering professors.

Miller Awarded Green Fellowship for Collaborative Research on the Environment

ME student recognized for research on crop residue burning practices and their impact on the environment.

Singh Among Top 2% of UMD Graduate Assistants

Ph.D. student honored with a 2015 Outstanding Graduate Assistant Award.

Singh Receives Northrop Grumman Graduate Fellowship

Mechanical Engineering grad student Ajay Singh receives Northrop Grumman Graduate Fellowship in Engineering Education.

Combustion Institute Honors Paper on Burning Rate Modeling Breakthrough

Singh’s work named Fire Research Colloquium Distinguished Paper.

Four Mechanical Engineering Graduate Students Selected as Future Faculty Fellows

Althamer, Anderson, Greve and Singh Chosen for Clark School's 2014 Future Faculty Program

American Physical Society (APS)

American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA)