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Quintiere, James G.

Quintiere, James G.

Professor Emeritus
Fire Protection Engineering



Educated as a mechanical engineer, Professor Quintiere received a B.S. degree from New Jersey Institute of Technology (1962), and a M.S. (1966) and Ph.D. (1970) from New York University. His career in fire safety began in 1971 when he joined the National Bureau of Standards, now known as the National Institute of Science and Technology. He left in 1989, as Chief of the Fire Science and Engineering Division, to join the faculty of the Department of Fire Protection Engineering.

Dr. Quintiere's research in fire has covered a wide range of topics including compartment fire behavior, fire induced flows, fire growth on materials and scale model studies. He has written 148 journal publications, 54 reports, and co-authored or authored three books:

       1. Principles of Fire Behavior, 2nd edition CRC Press/Taylor Francis, Boca Raton, FL, August, 24, 2016..

       2. Enclosure Fire Dynamics, CRC Press, Boca Raton, FL, Sept. 1999 (B. Karlsson and J. Quintiere)

       3.  Fundamentals of Fire Phenomena, John Wiley and Sons, Ltd. (May 2006)

Dr. Quintiere served as the Chairman of the K-11 Committee on Fire and Combustion of the Heat Transfer Division of ASME (1986-1989), the Chair of the Working Group on Fire Exposures to Structural Elements, SFPE (2000-2005), and Chairman of the International Association for Fire Safety Science (IAFSS) from 1991 to 1997. He received the Department of Commerce Bronze Medal (1976) and Silver Medal (1982); Howard W. Emmons Lecture Award in 1986, the W. Sjolin FORUM Award (2002), and the K. Kawagoe Award (2011) from the IAFSS; and the Rasbash Lecture Medal from the Institution of Fire Engineers, UK, June 2008.  He is a Fellow of the Society of Fire Protection Engineering and the American Society of Mechanical Engineers.  He has been a Visiting Professor at the Technical University of Denmark, University of Science and Technology of China, Tokyo University of Science, University of Ulster, and the University of California – Berkeley.  He also has served on many editorial boards of journals related to fire.

He has taught professional courses related to fire dynamics and fire investigation, and has been engaged in consulting and research activities involving notable fires such as the Branch Davidian fire near Waco TX, Dupont Plaza fire in Puerto Rico, the Meridian Plaza and First Interstate Bank high rise fires, and the 911 incident of the WTC.



Fire dynamics, scaling, flammability, batteries


Stoliarov’s Research Recognized at Premier International Fire Science Symposium

The professor was an invited speaker at the 14th International Symposium on Fire Safety Science to address one of the main challenges in fire research.

The End of an Era

FPE Chair, Jim Milke, retires, leaving some very large boots to fill.

Parham Dehghani Receives IAFSS Best Thesis Award

Dehghani will present his research at the 14th symposium next fall.

9/11 20th Anniversary Commemoration

Join us on September 10 for a reflection and lessons-learned discussion.

Unlocking the Mysteries of Fire ... in Space

A University of Maryland engineer's work aboard the International Space Station could lead to cleaner engines and power plants, and safer living conditions in space.

UMD Fire Researchers Ignite the First of Two Space Station Experiments

BRE experiment commenced aboard the International Space Station on February 8.

UMD Experiments Launched into Orbit on SpaceX Capsule

Fire Protection Engineering research will further understanding of combustion and pollutants.

FPE Ph.D. Candidate Wins 2017 Outstanding Graduate Assistant Award

Akshit Markan will be honored at the UMD Graduate School Fellowship and Awards Celebration on May 11th.

Stoliarov Promoted

FPE faculty member elevated to rank of Associate Professor with tenure.

Society of Fire Protection Engineers (SFPE)

American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME)