New FPE Course: Wildland Fires: Science and Applications

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A new course, "Wildland Fires: Science and Applications" will be taught for the first time in Fall, 2014 here at the University of Maryland, College Park in the Department of Fire Protection Engineering by Prof. Michael Gollner. This course will present an introduction to the global problem of wildland fires with an overview of the social, political and environmental related issues.

The course includes detailed coverage of the science, technology and applications used to predict, prevent and suppress wildland fires. Some specific topics covered will include relevant codes and standards, remote sensing, fire spread theory, risk mapping, research instrumentation, suppression, ignition sources and extreme fire behavior. Engineering analyses in many of these areas, as well as specific coverage of fire protection design in the wildland-urban interface will also be covered.

Students taking the course are expected to have an undergraduate-level understanding of calculus, fluid dynamics, heat transfer and thermodynamics; however students without these requirements showing a strong interest are encouraged to contact the instructor ( for permission to take the course.

The course will be taught as a dual senior-level undergraduate course, ENFP 489W and graduate course, ENFP 629W.

See a flyer for the course along with an outline of topics covered here:
ENFP489W-629W Outline and Promotion (pdf)

Published December 18, 2013