Jose L. Torero

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José Luis Torero (born in Lima, Peru) is a professor in fire safety engineering at the University of Queensland. He was formerly the BRE/RAEng Chair of Fire Safety Engineering at the University of Edinburgh. He is Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering (UK) since 2010,[1] the Australian Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering since 2014 and The Royal Society of Edinburgh (UK) since 2008.[2] He held the BRE/RAE Chair in Fire Safety Engineering and directed the BRE Centre for Fire Safety Engineering from 2004 to 2012.[3]

He is co-Chair of Fire Safety at the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat since 2009.[4]

Jose Torero in the Fire Lab of the University of Edinburgh

He is currently the Editor-in-Chief of Fire Safety Journal [5] and editorial board member of the journals Fire Technology,[6] and Progress in Energy and Combustion Science.[7]


Torero has contributed mainly to the fields of combustion and fire sciences.[8] His research work is in fire dynamics, flame spread, smouldering, combustion in microgravity, smoke detection, protection and suppression systems, and professional education in fire safety engineering. Since moving to Edinburgh in 2001 he has developed expertise in the behaviour of structures in fire and the use of combustion to remediate contaminated land.[9]

He has received several awards that include the Tam Dalyell science prize (2010),[10] Lord Ezra Award by the Combustion Engineering Association (2009),[11] the Arthur B. Guise Medal from the Society of Fire Protection Engineers (2008), Bodycote Warrington Fire Research Prize (2007), FM Global Award at the 5th Fire and Explosions Hazard International Seminar (2007), William M. Carey (2001) and Harry C. Bigglestone (2001) best paper awards, the Lilly-Center for Teaching Excellence (1996) and E. Robert Kent (1998) Outstanding Teaching awards and honorary membership to the Salamander Fire Protection Engineering Society.[citation needed]

Torero has served as a consultant to numerous organisations around the world.[12] He has been an invited researcher at NIST, at the University of Texas at Austin, the University of California at Berkeley, the University of Bremen, the Catholic University of Santiago (Chile), the Instituto Nacional de Tecnica Aeroespacial (INTA, Spain), and the Universities of Poitiers, Bourges, Ecole de Mines de Saint Etienne and Aix-Marseille (France)[citation needed].


Torero is the head of School of Civil Engineering at the University of Queensland. Prior he held the BRE Trust/RAEng Chair in Fire Safety Engineering at the University of Edinburgh where he joined as a Reader in Fire Dynamics in 2001, from the University of Maryland where he was an Associate Professor at the Department of Fire Protection Engineering and an Affiliate Associate Professor at the Department of Aerospace Engineering.[citation needed]

Previously he was Chargé de Recherche at the French National Centre for Scientific Research. He obtained his PhD in 1992 from the University of California, Berkeley, where he studied smouldering combustion and fire safety. He had graduated with a BSc in Mechanical Engineering from Pontificia Universidad Católica del Perú.


  1. ^ "Academy elects unique national resource to assist in economic recovery". The Royal Academy of Engineering. Retrieved 2010-09-25. 
  2. ^ "Fellowship / Election of Fellows /2008". The Royal Society of Edinburgh. Retrieved 2010-09-25. 
  3. ^ "Prof. Jose Torero website". The University of Edinburgh. Retrieved 2007-08-02. 
  4. ^ "Fire & Safety Working Group". The Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat. Retrieved 2010-09-25. 
  5. ^ "Fire Safety Journal". Elsevier. Retrieved 2010-09-26. 
  6. ^ "Fire Technology Journal". Springer. Retrieved 2007-08-02. 
  7. ^ "Progress in Energy and Combustion Science Journal". Elsevier. Retrieved 2007-08-02. 
  8. ^ "Research in action - Video interview to Prof Jose Torero". The University of Edinburgh. Retrieved 2010-09-25. 
  9. ^ "In Situ Smouldering Combustion: A Novel Remediation Concept for NAPL Source Zones". The University of Edinburgh. Retrieved 2007-09-09. 
  10. ^ "Tam Dalyell Prize winner lecture". University of Edinburgh. Retrieved 2010-11-17. 
  11. ^ "Congratulations for winning the 2009 Lord Ezra Award in combustion". Edinburgh Fire Research Blog, The University of Edinburgh. Retrieved 2009-10-23. 
  12. ^ "Fire safety expert - Prof Jose Torero". The University of Edinburgh. Retrieved 2010-09-25. 

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