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Gollner, Michael J.

Affiliate Assistant Professor
Aerospace Engineering
Fire Protection Engineering
Mechanical Engineering
3104A J.M. Patterson Building, College Park, MD 20742
Email: 
Phone: 
301-405-6667

Research Interests 

  • Wildland and Wildland-Urban Interface (WUI) Fires
  • Buoyancy-Driven Fluid Dynamics
  • Environmental sustainability
  • Fire Dynamics
  • Combustion
  • Material Flammability

Background 

  • Assistant Professor (2012-Present), University of Maryland, College Park
  • Graduate Research and Teaching Assistant (2008-2012), University of California, San Diego

Education 

  • 2010 – 2012 Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of California, San Diego
    Thesis: Studies on Upward Flame Spread
    Advisor: Prof. Forman A. Williams
  • 2010 M.S. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of California, San Diego
    Thesis: A Fundamental Approach towards Storage Commodity Classification
    Advisor: Prof. Forman A. Williams
  • 2008 B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of California, San Diego

Selected Publications 

 

Upward Flame Spread over Discrete Fuels
Miller, C.H. and Gollner, M.J., Fire Safety Journal, 77, 2015, pp. 36-45.

The Influence of Buoyant Dynamics on Wildfire Spread
Finney, M.A., J.D. Cohen, J.M. Forthofer, S.S. McAllister, M.J. Gollner, D.J. Gorham, K. Saito, N.K. Akafuah, B.A. Adam, J.D. English., In Press in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences

Local Burning Rates and Heat Flux for Boundary Layer Diffusion Flames Under Forced Flow (PDF)
Singh, A.V. and Gollner, M.J., Accepted for publication in the AIAA Journal

A methodology for Estimation of Local Heat Fluxes in Steady Laminar Boundary Layer Diffusion Flames (PDF)
Singh, A.V. and Gollner, M.J., Combustion and Flame, 162, 2015, pp. 2214-2230.

Estimation of local mass burning rates for steady laminar boundary layer diffusion flames (PDF)
Singh, A.V. and Gollner, M.J., Proceedings of the Combustion Institute, 35(3), 2015, pp. 2527-2534.
Selected Distinguished Paper, Fire Colloquium, 35th International Symposium on Combustion

Correlations for Evaluation of Flame Spread over an Inclined Fuel Surface (PDF)
Huang, X. and Gollner, M.J., accepted to the Fire Safety Science, 11, 2014 (In Press).

Burning on Flat Wicks at Various Orientations (PDF Pre-print)
Zhang, Y., Bustamante, M.J., Gollner, M.J., Sunderland, P.B., Quintiere, J.G., Journal of Fire Sciences, 32(1), 2014, pp. 51-71.

On the heat transferred to the air surrounding a semi-infinite inclined hot plate (PDF)
Gollner, M. J., Sanchez, A. L., and Williams, F. A., Journal of Fluid Mechanics, 732, 2013, pp. 304-315.

Experimental Study of Upward Flame Spread of an Inclined Fuel Surface (PDF)
Gollner, M. J., Huang, X., Cobian, J., Rangwala, A. S. and Williams, F. A., Proc. Comb. Inst. 34(2), 2012, pp. 2531–2538.

Burning behavior of vertical matchstick arrays (PDF)
Gollner, M.J., Xie, Y., Lee, M., Nakamura, Y., and Rangwala, A.S., Comb. Sci. Tech. , 184(5), 2012, pp. 585–607.

Warehouse commodity classification from fundamental principles. Part II: flame height prediction (PDF)
Overholt, K., Gollner, M.J., Williams, F.A., Rangwala, A.S. and Perricone, J., Fire Safety Journal, Volume 46, Issue 6, August 2011, Pages 317-329.

Warehouse commodity classification from fundamental principles. Part I: commodity and burning rates (PDF)
Gollner, M.J., Overholt, K., Williams, F.A., Rangwala, A.S. and Perricone, J., Fire Safety Journal, Volume 46, Issue 6, August 2011, Pages 305-316.

Upward flame spread over corrugated cardboard (PDF)
Gollner, M.J., Williams, F.A., and Rangwala, A.S. . Combustion and Flame 158. 7 (2011):1401-1412.

Reports and Other Articles

Pathways for Building Fire Spread at the Wildland Urban Interface (NFPA Site)
Gollner, M.J., Hakes, R., Caton, S. and Kohler, K., Fire Protection Research Foundation, National Fire Protection Association, March, 2015.

Literature Review on Hybrid Fire Suppression Systems
Raia, P. and Gollner, M.J., Fire Protection Research Foundation, National Fire Protection Association, May 2014.

Fire Safety Design and Sustainable Buildings: Challenges and Opportunities: Report of a National Symposium
Gollner, M.J., Kimball, A. and Vecchiarelli, T., Fire Protection Research Foundation, National Fire Protection Association, 2013.

The Flammability of a Storage Commodity
Gollner, M.J., Fire Protection Engineering Magazine, Society of Fire Protection Engineers, April 2014.

 

Honors and Awards 

Dr. Gollner recently received the following awards:
 
  • 2015 Best Workshop Paper, International Conference on Computational Science
  • 2015 Distinguished Paper, 35th International Symposium on Combustion
  • 2014 3 Readers and Editors Choice Awards, HPCwire Magazine
  • 2013 Jack Watts Award, Outstanding Reviewer for Fire Technology
  • 2012 Doctoral Dissertation Fellowship, MAE Department, UC San Diego
  • 2011 Best Poster Award, 10th International Symposium on Fire Safety Science
  • 2011 Best Fire Science Image Award, 10th International Symposium on Fire Safety Science
  • 2011 3rd Place, Science Art Competition, US National Combustion Meeting, Atlanta, GA
  • 2010 Teaching Assistant Excellence Award, MAE Dept., University of California, San Diego
  • 2010 Gordon Scholar, Jacobs School of Engineering, University of California, San Diego
  • 2010 Chancellor’s Award for Sustainability, University of California, San Diego
  • 2010 Recipient, Student Research Grant, SFPE Educational and Scientific Foundation
  • 2010 Honorable Mention, Graduate Student Researcher Program, National Science Foundation
  • 2010 Rae K. Hepps Graduate Fellowship, University of California, San Diego

Professional Memberships 

  • The Combustion Institute, Member
  • International Association of Fire Safety Science, Member
  • National Fire Protection Association, Member
  • Society of Fire Protection Engineers, Member
  • American Physical Society, Division of Fluid Mechanics, Member
  • The American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics