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Gollner, Michael

Gollner, Michael

Fire Protection Engineering


  • 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


  • 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


  • 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


  • 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


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.

FPE Honors Two John L. Bryan GRA Award Recipients

Mahdi Tlemsani and Genevieve Tan are the 2021/2022 recipients.

UMD Researchers Identify Structure of Blue Whirls

Multi-institutional study published in Science Advances. 

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. 

FPE Students Engineer Fire Safety Products for the Chance to Win a Scholarship, Possible Product Development

Students presented their 'think tank' ideas to Jensen Hughes judges at the May 16 competition.

Gollner to Weigh in on Wildfires and Public Health

John Hopkins is hosting the April 17th symposium in honor of firefighter Daniel J. Raskin.

$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.

FPE Well-Represented at 2018 International Combustion Symposium

Several faculty members and grad students traveled to Dublin to offer oral presentations on their research.

Gollner Discusses West Coast Wildfire Phenomenon

Interviews conducted with multiple national media outlets.

Wildfire safety from a fire engineering perspective

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

Fire Scientists, Including FPE's Michael Gollner, Offer Perspective on Wildfire Safety

Gollner along with FPE Grad Student, Daniel Gorham, Albert Simeoni of WPI, and Fred Mowrer of Cal Poly interviewed by Wildfire magazine.

UMD Resilience Experts Share Best Practices with Chinese Delegation

The meeting was part of the Department of State's International Visitor Leadership Program.

UMD Researchers Receive Funding to Further Study ‘Fire Whirls’

Drs. Michael Gollner and Elaine Oran will lead the effort.

Harnessing the Power of ‘Fire Whirls’ - A Review

FPE researchers publish analysis in Annual Review of Fluid Mechanics. 

ME/FPE Ph.D. Student Raquel Hakes Receives Dual Fellowships

Hakes named Clark School Doctoral Fellow and National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellow for a total of four years of support.

UMD displays leadership role at IAFSS Symposium

Multiple FPE researchers recognized at international fire conference in Sweden.

FPE PhD Candidate Sriram Bharath Wins 3rd Place in 2017 Dean's Master's Research Competition

Bharath was honored for his research on the recent Blue Whirl phenomenom.

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.

FPE Researcher Ali Tohidi Receives IAFSS Best Thesis Award

Tohidi will offer a presentation on his research at the IAFSS Annual Symposium this summer.

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.

'Blue Whirl' Continues to Make Headlines

Accidental phenomenon of Michael Gollner's research group could hold key to carbon emission reduction.

FPE student papers accepted at Combustion Symposium

5 Fire PhD students had their papers accepted into the 36th International Symposium on Combustion in Seoul. 

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.

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.

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.

UMD to Host National Combustion Meeting

Trouvé chairs premier combustion science meeting.

New Honor for WIFIRE

WIFIRE team wins Best Workshop Paper Award at ICCS 2015.

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.

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

Cyberinfrastructure is designed to predict, monitor and mitigate wildfires.

FPE Professors Highlight Work on Fire Resilence

Presentations part of Mpact Week's Multi-hazard Resilience session.

Theodori Wins Bryan Graduate Research Assistantship Award

Future M.S. student will study data driven wildfire propagation modeling.

Watch FPE Professor Michael Gollner Explain Fire Tornadoes and Wildfire Research

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

Fire Tornado! 4/16 on Discovery Channel in Canada, 4/23 on Science Channel in U.S.

FPE professor Michael Gollner featured in "Forces of Nature" week on Daily Planet.


Faculty members elected to leadership roles; research image wins award.

Tracking the Long-Term Cost of Wildfire Emissions

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

New FPE Course: Wildland Fires: Science and Applications

Gollner introduces new course in Fire Protection Engineering in Fall, 2014.

UMD/USFS Collaborative Project Featured in the New York Times

Everyone has been asking what can be done to combat wildfires.

Prof. Gollner and Marshall Receive Dept. of Homeland Security Grant on Green Buildings

The grant is grant on the Quantification of Green Building Features on Firefighter Safety.

SFPE Engineering Technology Conference and Annual Meeting

The Dept. of Fire Protection Engineering will be well represented at the Austin, TX conference.

Colin Miller Wins the 2013 John L. Bryan GRA Award

Fire Protection Engineering student is recipient of John L. Bryan Graduate Research Assistantship award.

UMD Fire Protection Engineering Students and Faculty Visit MFRI

Donning full firefighting gear and breathing apparatus, they were able to go inside an enclosure fire.

Dr. Michael Gollner to Join FPE Faculty

Dr. Michael Gollner to join faculty of the Department of Fire Protection Engineering at the University of Maryland