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Marshall, Andre

Marshall, Andre
Associate Professor, Ph.D.
Co-Director of Fire Testing and Evaluation Center (FireTEC)
Department of Aerospace Engineering
3104H J.M. Patterson Bldg.

Research Interests 

Dr. Marshall’s research is focused on characterizing turbulent flow transport in fires and flames using advanced diagnostics and models. Current flows of interest include unconfined and bounded fire plumes and fire suppression sprays.  Dr. Marshall is applying scale-modeling principles to the plume dispersion problem in his DOJ sponsored research to develop small-scale test methods for fire investigation and forensic analysis.  As part of his NSF CAREER Award and research sponsored by FM Global, Dr. Marshall is developing state-of-the art experimental methods and modeling techniques to analyze sprinkler discharge characteristics.  Dr. Marshall is also very active in propulsion research.  Currently he is performing an experimental investigation to characterize near-wall mixing and heat transfer along film cooled propulsion surfaces in support of the NASA Moon-Mars Crew Exploration Vehicle development.  He is also characterizing atomization in fuel injection sprays as part of his NSF CAREER research.  Additional information about Prof. Marshall, his research team, and their activities is provided below.

In addition to his research activities, Dr. Marshall directs the Fire Testing and Evaluation Center (FireTEC) at University of Maryland.  This center performs a wide variety of small and medium scale testing to support clients with interests ranging from fire investigation to product development and evaluation.  Additional information about the FireTEC mission, labs, capabilities and activities is provided below.


  • University of Maryland, 2001-Present, College Park, Maryland
    Associate Professor
    Fire Protection Engineering and Aerospace Engineering (Adjunct)
  • Rolls-Royce Corporation, 1996-2001, Indianapolis, Indiana
    Senior Project Engineer – Combustion Technology Acquisition


  • University of Maryland, 1993-1996, College Park, Maryland
    Doctorate of Philosophy in Mechanical Engineering – Thermal Fluids
  • Georgia Institute of Technology, 1987-1992, Atlanta, Georgia
    Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering – Thermal Sciences
    Bachelor of Mechanical Engineering with High Honor

Honors and Awards 

  • SFPE Hat’s Off Award
  • IAFSS Best Research Image Award
  • NSF CAREER Award
  • NASA AST Award for Low Emissions Advancement
  • GE Aircraft Engines Engineering Achievement Award

Professional Memberships 

  • American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA)
  • International Association for Fire Safety Science (IAFSS)
  • Society of Fire Protection Engineers  (SFPE)

Selected Publications 

  • Ren, N., Blum, A. F., Zheng, Y. H., Do, C. and Marshall, A. W., “Quantifying the Initial Spray from Fire Sprinklers,” Fire Safety Science - Proceedings of the Ninth International Association of Fire Safety Science, IAFSS, Karlsruhe, Deutschland, Accepted, 2008.
  • Wu, D., Guillemin, D., and Marshall, A. W., “A Modeling Basis for Predicting the Initial Sprinkler Spray,” Fire Safety Journal, Vol. 42, pp. 283-294, 2007.
  • Yao, X., and Marshall, A. W., “Quantitative Salt-Water Modeling of Fire Induced Flows for Convective Heat Transfer Model Development,” ASME Journal of Heat Transfer, Vol. 129, pp. 1373-1383, 2007.
  • Cruz, C. A. and Marshall, A. W., “Surface and Gas Phase Temperature Measurements Along a Film Cooled Wall”, AIAA Journal of Thermophysics and Heat Transfer, Vol. 21, pp. 181-189, 2007.

Selected Lectures

  • Marshall, A. W., “Advances in Water-Based Fire Suppression Modeling: Evaluating Sprinkler Discharge Characteristics,” International Fire Sprinkler Conference, Copenhagen, Denmark, 2008.
  • Marshall, A. W., “Quantitative Analysis of Fire Induced Convective Transport via the Salt-Water Analogy,” The Combustion Institute (UK Section), London, United Kingdom, 2005.

Related News 

UMD displays leadership role at IAFSS Symposium
Multiple FPE researchers recognized at international fire conference in Sweden. June 21, 2017

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

FPE Department Featured on NSTA Blog
March Career of the Month: Fire Protection Engineer April 5, 2017

FPE student papers accepted at Combustion Symposium
5 Fire PhD students had their papers accepted into the 36th International Symposium on Combustion in Seoul.  October 26, 2016

UMD Startup Helps Design Highly Efficient Fire Sprinkler Systems
Custom Spray Solutions' revolutionary device calculates sprinkler system efficiency. December 14, 2015

Marshall Group Fire Safety Modeling System Highlighted by SFPE
Cyber Physical System development was supported by the Chief Donald J. Burns Memorial Research Grant. September 28, 2015

UMD to Host National Combustion Meeting
Trouvé chairs premier combustion science meeting. June 18, 2015

Myers Wins All S.T.A.R. Fellowship
Ph.D. candidate recognized for excellence in research and education. May 8, 2015

Myers Joins Future Faculty Program
Program prepares graduate students for a career in academia. February 9, 2015

UMD Clark School Highlights Disaster Resilience at Mpact Week
Five-day event focused on role of engineers in disaster prevention, mitigation, and response. November 26, 2014

FPE Professors Highlight Work on Fire Resilence
Presentations part of Mpact Week's Multi-hazard Resilience session. November 14, 2014

Fire Protection Engineering PSAs Promote Campus Fire Safety (VIDEO)
Marshall and FPE undergraduates produce three videos for free distribution. August 20, 2014

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

Fire Protection Team wins IAFSS Award
FPE Research Team wins 11th IAFSS Symposium Best Fire Science Image Award February 21, 2014

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. September 26, 2013

SFPE Engineering Technology Conference and Annual Meeting
The Dept. of Fire Protection Engineering will be well represented at the Austin, TX conference. September 24, 2013

UMD Fire Protection Research Highlighted by National Science Foundation
Dr. Andre Marshall's work to improve fire sprinklers highlighted on NSF website. June 10, 2013

Winners Selected for FPE Honors and Awards for 2013
Six Fire Protection Engineering undergraduate students will receive the FPE Department Undergraduate Honors and Awards for 2013. April 3, 2013

Marshall Spray Systems Research Earns Grants
Fire protection engineering professor and colleagues to quantify fire-spray interactions, form company. September 18, 2012

Clark School Wins Major Research Instrumentation Awards
NSF funding for research to improve spray technology, creation of x-ray center for nano research. September 10, 2012

FireTEC Launches Blog and Website
Announcing New Blog and Re-designed Website for FireTEC June 8, 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

Quintiere, Marshall, Trouvé present UM fire research in China
Profs. Quintiere, Marshall and Trouvé just returned from the 33rd International Symposium on Combustion that took place on August 1-6 in Beijing, China. September 23, 2010

Marshall Earns Prestigious Early Career (PECASE) Award
André W. Marshall, associate professor, Department of Fire Protection Engineering, is the recipient of the 2007 National Science Foundation (NSF) Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE). December 23, 2008

Department develops strong partnership with FM Global
The new FM Global Welcome Center in the Department of Fire Protection Engineering (FPE) is now fully operational. December 16, 2007

Profs. Marshall and Trouve to receive NASA funding
Profs. Marshall and Trouve to contribute to $7.8M/year research project, 20 universities involved. September 25, 2007

Four Faculty Earn NSF CAREER Awards
Martins, Yu, Aranda-Espinoza and Marshall selected for 2007 grants. March 14, 2007

Prof. Marshall receives prestigious NSF CAREER Award
Prof. André Marshall's Research in fire suppression supported by NSF March 5, 2007

Faculty Promotions Announced
Five Clark School faculty members receive tenure effective summer 2007. February 23, 2007