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Gollner, Michael

Gollner, Michael

Visiting Associate Professor
Fire Protection Engineering
Mechanical Engineering
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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

 

UMD Researchers Identify Structure of Blue Whirls

Multi-institutional study published in Science Advances. 

UMD Researchers Identify Structure of Blue Whirls

Phenomenon could lead to improved oil spill remediation and provide a source of clean energy.

Michael Gollner to Receive 2020 Hiroshi Tsuji Early Career Researcher Award

Gollner will be honored at the 38th International Symposium on Combustion next year.

FPE Wildfire Research Projects Receive Funding Twice-over

Grants will fund studies, led by Michael Gollner, of wildfires as they move into communities.

FPE Hosts Multiple Federal Agencies to Discuss Oil-Spill Response Strategy

Meeting intended to help combat effects of oil pollution. 

$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.

Wildfire safety from a fire engineering perspective

California is burning, but University of Maryland engineers can help.

Burgers Program Features Topics in Turbulence

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

UMD displays leadership role at IAFSS Symposium

Multiple FPE researchers recognized at international fire conference in Sweden.

FPE Student Receives NSF Graduate Research Fellowship

Raquel Hakes will use the fellowship to focus on her wildfire research.

UMD Hosts the Premier Combustion Science Meeting in the U.S.

A record number of attendees made the 2017 meeting the most successful in its history.

Two FPE Faculty Members Granted Tenure, Promotion

Drs. Peter Sunderland and Michael Gollner will be promoted, effective August 1.

Gollner to Receive Proulx Award at 2017 IAFSS Symposium

International Association of Fire Safety Science will present Michael Gollner with an early career award at this summer's meeting.

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.

NFPA Awards UMD Research in Pathways of Wildland-Urban Interface Fires

National Fire Protection Association recognizes UMD Fire Protection Engineering research team with 2016 Fire Protection Research Foundation Medal.

Watch FPE Professor Michael Gollner Explain Boreal Fire Science

FPE Assistant Professor Michael Gollner recreates parts of the Fort McMurray blaze.

New Research Reveals How Wildfires Spread

Findings may impact firefighting strategy, safety, effectiveness

Designing Communities to Withstand Wildfires

Gollner group at the forefront of a mostly unexplored field of research.

WIFIRE Wins 3 HPCwire Awards at Int’l High Performance Computing Conference

Cyberinfrastructure is designed to predict, monitor and mitigate wildfires.

Watch FPE Professor Michael Gollner Explain Fire Tornadoes and Wildfire Research

Segment was part of "Forces of Nature" week on Daily Planet.

Tracking the Long-Term Cost of Wildfire Emissions

Gollner, Trouvé part of team backed by UMD Council on the Environment seed grant.

New Faculty Hire Interested in Wildfire Behavior

Combustion, fluid dynamics expert Michael Gollner to join Department of Fire Protection Engineering.