FPE Professors Participate in 1st International Fire Science Summer School

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Arnaud Trouvé and James Quintiere, both professors of fire protection engineering at UMD, were recently invited to participate in the First Asia-Pacific Combustion Institute Summer School (APCISS), Fundamental Combustion Problems in Fires, held November 10-15 in Viña del Mar, Chile.

The program included a series of lectures on fundamental aspects of fire dynamics - including pyrolysis processes, flame spread, smoldering, turbulent combustion, radiative heat transfer, soot formation, experimental diagnostics, flammability tests, compartment fire modeling and outdoor fire modeling – as well as computational and experimental workshops. Approximately 55 students, primarily MS/PhD students and early-career researchers involved in fire research in the Asia Pacific and South America regions, attended the week-long event.

“While still new in the area of fire science, Summer Schools and Workshops have become a familiar component in the life of many research communities,” said Trouvé. “They provide an opportunity to expose a diverse group of students to the state of the art in fire science. They also provide an opportunity to get the students to interact during a week-long program with a team of instructors who are leading subject matter experts. Finally, they provide an opportunity for students and instructors to socialize together, network and develop a sense of belonging to the same fire research community.”

The program was organized by Andres Fuentes, a professor at the Universidad Técnica Federico Santa María (Valparaíso, Chile), and Pedro Reszka, a professor at Universidad Adolfo Ibañez (Santiago, Chile), and was endorsed and sponsored in part by The Combustion Institute.

The Department of Fire Protection Engineering is currently making plans to organize a similar Summer School of Fire Safety Science at UMD in June 2020. More information on this initiative will be made available soon.

Published December 2, 2019