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Burning Question: Jose Torero Interviewed by Terp Magazine

Burning Question: Jose Torero Interviewed by Terp Magazine

Photo by John Consoli
Photo by John Consoli

FPE Professor Jose Torero was recently interviewed by Terp Magazine reporter, Chris Carroll.

"Choking smoke from a fire in a half-finished apartment building blanketed the University of Maryland in April, neatly illustrating some of the core research topics of José Torero, a world-renowned fire-safety expert with a particular interest in blazes in tall buildings who had recently returned to campus.

Torero taught in College Park from 1995 to 2001 before leaving to pursue research opportunities at universities in Scotland and Australia. Among them, the Peruvian professor set alight an abandoned high-rise in Glasgow to increase knowledge of how fires engulf buildings, and participated in forensic investigations ranging from West Virginia’s Sago Mine disaster to building collapses following the Sept. 11, 2001 attack on the World Trade Center.

This year, he accepted joint appointments as the John L. Bryan Chair in Fire Protection Engineering and director of the Center for Disaster Resilience. And he’s been tapped to work on an inquiry into the Grenfell Tower fire in London, which killed more than 70 people in June.

Torero’s basic message: In a time of great technological advances, builders and regulators must focus on safety as much as on efficiency and innovation. He recently sat down with Terpto discuss his global career in fire engineering."

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