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Baum, Howard R.

Baum, Howard R.
Glenn L. Martin Professor, Ph.D.
3106D J.M. Patterson Building


  • Glenn L. Martin Professor, University of Maryland (2006 -)
  • Research Physicist (1975-1983) and Fellow (1983-2006), National Institute of Standards and Technology (formerly National Bureau of Standards)
  • Senior Scientist, Aerodyne Research Inc., Billerica, MA, (1971-1975)
  • Lecturer (1964-1966) and Assistant Professor (1966-1971) Division of Engineering and Applied Physics, Harvard University


  • B. Aeronautical Engineering, Polytechnic Institute of Brooklyn 1957
  • M.S. Applied Mechanics, Polytechnic Institute of Brooklyn 1959
  • Ph.D. Applied Mathematics, (Div. Engineering and Applied physics) Harvard University 1964

Honors and Awards 

  • U.S. Dept. Commerce Silver Medal Award (1981) and Gold Medal Award (1985) for fire modeling and research.
  • Russell Severance Springer Visiting Professor, Dept. of Mechanical Engineering, U.C. Berkeley (1985).
  • Invited Lecturer, Second IAFSS Symposium, Tokyo (June, 1988).
  • Medal of Excellence, IAFSS, for urban fire model (1991).
  • U.S. Delegate, Japan - U.S. heat Transfer Joint Seminar (1991).
  • Japan Society for Promotion of Science Fellow, Tokyo University, Institute of Industrial Science, Murakami and Kato Laboratory (1994).
  • Invited Lecturer, Sixth International Conference on Numerical Combustion, New Orleans (1996).
  • Arthur B. Guise Medal, Society of Fire Protection Engineers, for fire simulation research (1999).
  • Phillip Thomas Medal of Excellence, IAFSS, for corridor smoke modeling, (1999).
  • Fellow and Charted Physicist, Institute of Physics, (1999).
  • Long Term Visitor, Institute of Mathematics and its Applications (IMA), Univ. of Minnesota, Program on Reactive Flow and Transport Phenomena (1999).
  • National Academy of Engineering (2000).
  • Invited Lecturer, Third International Seminar on Fire and Explosion Hazards, Lake Windermere, U.K., (April, 2000).
  • Invited Lecturer, Third International Symposium on Scale Modeling, Nagoya, Japan, (Sept. 2000).
  • Arthur Newell Talbot Lecture, Dept. of Theoretical and Applied Mechanics, Univ. of Illinois, (Mar. 2002).
  • Invited Lecture, Second NRIFD Symposium - Science, Technology, and Standards for Fire Suppression Systems, Mitaka, Tokyo, Japan, (July 2002).
  • Howard W. Emmons Invited Plenary Lecture, Eighth IAFSS Symposium, Beijing, (Sept. 2005).
  • Invited Plenary Lecture, APS Division of Fluid Mechanics Annual Meeting, Chicago, (Nov. 2005).
  • U.S. Dept. Commerce Group Gold Medal Award for contributions to World Trade Center Investigation (2005).
  • Distinguished Paper Award in Fire Research Colloquium, Thirty-First International Symposium on Combustion (2007).
  • NIST Gallery of Distinguished Alumni (2007).

Professional Memberships 

  • NRC Naval Studies Board Panel "ONR Research Activities in Sold and Fluid Mechanics" (1986, 1991).
  • NRC Panel "Status of Nuclear Winter Research" (1987).
  • NRC Committee on Microgravity Research (2001 - 2004).
  • Member Editorial Board, Combustion Theory and Modeling (1997 - 2006).
  • Member Editorial Board, Combustion and Flame (2001 - 2006).
  • Member U.S. Panel, U.S. - Japan Natural Resources (UJNR) Panel on Fire Research and Safety (1996, 1998, 2000), Associate Member (1988, 1992).
  • Board of Visitors, Dept. Fire Protection Engineering, Univ. of Maryland (2004 - 2006).
  • Hurricane Intensity Research Working Group, National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Agency (NOAA), (2005-2006).

Related News 

FPE Well-Represented at 2018 International Combustion Symposium
Several faculty members and grad students traveled to Dublin to offer oral presentations on their research. August 22, 2018

Four FPE Alumni Receive Distinguished Alumni Award
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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. May 1, 2017

New Fire Protection Engineering MOOC Available
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FPE Alumni Publish Book on Performance-Based Fire Safety Design
New “how-to guide” was inspired by FPE online graduate course. May 11, 2015

Faculty members elected to leadership roles; research image wins award. April 10, 2014

Baum Honored with Sjӧlin Award
Professor Howard Baum and team receive the Sjӧlin Award for 2012 June 7, 2012

FPE Shines at 10th Symposium of the IAFSS
Fire Protection hosted the 10th Symposium of the International Association of Fire Safety Science July 13, 2011