The Department of Fire Protection Engineering (FPE) at the University of Maryland’s A. James Clark School of Engineering is pleased to announce that Dr. Michael Gollner will join the department this fall as a new Assistant Professor.
Michael Gollner recently graduated from the University of California, San Diego with a PhD in Mechanical Engineering, majoring in Combustion and minoring in Fluid Dynamics. His previous research, working with his adviser Prof. Forman A. Williams, investigated an approach to commodity flammability ranking in warehouses and the propagation of fires through industrial, wildland and built environments. This work was performed in collaboration with Prof. Ali Rangwala from Worcester Polytechnic Institute, utilizing facilities from both institutions. Michael’s current research interests include material flammability, flame spread, boundary layer combustion and sustainability in the built environment. He investigates these topics using experimental and theoretical techniques to elucidate important physics in these problems, applying these results to practical applications relevant to wildfires and fires in the built environment.