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Quintiere, James G.

James Quintiere
Professor Emeritus, Ph.D.

Research Interests 

Fire dynamics, scaling, flammability.

Research Projects


Educated as a mechanical engineer, Professor Quintiere received a B.S. degree from New Jersey Institute of Technology (1962), and a M.S. (1966) and Ph.D. (1970) from New York University. His career in fire safety began in 1971 when he joined the National Bureau of Standards, now known as the National Institute of Science and Technology. He left in 1989, as Chief of the Fire Science and Engineering Division, to join the faculty of the Department of Fire Protection Engineering.

Dr. Quintiere's research in fire has covered a wide range of topics including compartment fire behavior, fire induced flows, fire growth on materials and scale model studies. He has written 130 journal publications, 50 reports, and co-authored or authored three books:

       1. Principles of Fire Behavior, Delmar Publishers, 0-8273-7732-0, August 1997.

       2. Enclosure Fire Dynamics, CRC Press, Boca Raton, FL, Sept. 1999 (B. Karlsson and J. Quintiere)

       3.  Fundamentals of Fire Phenomena, John Wiley and Sons, Ltd. (May 2006)

Dr. Quintiere served as the Chairman of the K-11 Committee on Fire and Combustion of the Heat Transfer Division of ASME (1986-1989), the Chair of the Working Group on Fire Exposures to Structural Elements, SFPE (2000-2005), and Chairman of the International Association for Fire Safety Science (IAFSS) from 1991 to 1997. He received the Department of Commerce Bronze Medal (1976) and Silver Medal (1982); Howard W. Emmons Lecture Award in 1986, the W. Sjolin FORUM Award (2002), and the K. Kawagoe Award (2011) from the IAFSS; and the Rasbash Lecture Medal from the Institution of Fire Engineers, UK, June 2008.  He is a Fellow of the Society of Fire Protection Engineering and the American Society of Mechanical Engineers.  He has been a Visiting Professor at the Technical University of Denmark, University of Science and Technology of China, Tokyo University of Science, University of Ulster, and the University of California – Berkeley.  He also has served on many editorial boards of journals related to fire.

He has taught professional courses related to fire dynamics and fire investigation, and has been engaged in consulting and research activities involving notable fires such as the Branch Davidian fire near Waco TX, Dupont Plaza fire in Puerto Rico, the Meridian Plaza and First Interstate Bank high rise fires, and the 911 incident of the WTC.

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

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Fire Protection Engineering research will further understanding of combustion and pollutants. June 6, 2017

FPE Ph.D. Candidate Wins 2017 Outstanding Graduate Assistant Award
Akshit Markan will be honored at the UMD Graduate School Fellowship and Awards Celebration on May 11th. May 4, 2017

Stoliarov Promoted
FPE faculty member elevated to rank of Associate Professor with tenure. April 10, 2015

Three Tributes to John L. Bryan
Family and friends remember the man at the heart of FPE at memorial service. November 21, 2014

Ongoing Uncertainty: Reconsidering a Disaster
Quintiere proposes insulation and fuel load should be re-examined in the collapse of the World Trade Center. April 18, 2014

FPEs Bustamante Goes Zero-G
Michael Bustamante participates in micro-gravity testing June 7, 2012

Bustamante Wins Prestigious NASA Fellowship
Michael Bustamante selected as a NASA Space Technology Research Fellow July 14, 2011

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

Prof. Quintiere questions NIST investigation of 9/11 WTC disaster
Professor Jim Quintiere questions the NIST investigation of the 9/11 collapse of the World Trade Center Towers. February 4, 2008

Prof. Milke receives SFPE 2007 Founders Award
The 2007 recipient of the Chesapeake Chapter Founders Award is Chesapeake Chapter member Dr. James A. Milke, P.E., FSFPE. June 13, 2007

Congratulation to our 2 new PhD Graduates!
Tingguang Ma and Yunyong Utiskul are now quasi-Doctors. November 17, 2006

Prof. Quintiere receives SFPE Guise Medal
FPE Faculty recogized for outstanding contributions to Fire Science and Engineering September 21, 2006