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The Fire Safety Engineering Group

Key Team Members

Professor Ed Galea
Centre Co-director, FSEG Director
BSc, Dip.Ed, Phd, AMISASI, CMath, FIMA, CEng, MIFireE.

Professor of Mathematical Modelling, the founding Director of the Fire Safety Engineering Group (FSEG) and Co-Director of the Centre for Numerical Modelling and Process Analysis, where he has worked in the area of Computational Fire Engineering (CFE) research since 1985. He is the author of 250+ academic and professional publications, has generated research funding in excess of £5 million between 2008 and 2013, and serves on a number of International/National standards committees concerned with fire safety such as IMO, ISO, BSI and SFPE. He also serves on a number of influential government safety and security committees. He has won a number of awards for his work including; 1999 and 2002 Hodgson Prize from the Royal Aeronautical Society; 2001 British Computer Society Gold Medal, 2002 Queen’s Anniversary prize, 2002 RINA/Lloyds Register Safer Ship Award; 2006 Royal Aeronautical Society Gold Award; 2008 SFPE Jack Bono Award, 2010 Royal Aeronautical Society Bronze Award.

He has contributed to several major Inquires and legal proceedings as an expert in fire and evacuation including: the Paddington Rail Crash, the Swiss Air MD11 crash, and the Admiral Duncan Pub bombing. His work is applied to the building, aviation, maritime and rail industries. His current portfolio of research projects includes include: three EU 7th Framework projects, one exploring aircraft fire, another exploring urban scale evacuation issues associated with disasters and a third exploring active, dynamic, intelligent signage systems to assist in the evacuation of underground stations. He is also working on two KTP projects funded jointly by the EPSRC and the TSB, one concerned with understanding human behaviour in domestic dwelling fires and another concerned with the design of a novel water mist system for domestic environments.

Professor Galea is a Guest Professor at Ghent University Belgium and the Institut Supérieur des Matériaux et Mécaniques Avancés (ISMANS), Le Mans, France where he teaches on Fire Safety Engineering MSc courses. He is a Visiting Professor at several universities including; Beijing Institute for Labor Protection and the Beijing Chemical University. Since 1997 Professor Galea has trained over 500 fire and safety professionals from 38 countries in human behaviour, evacuation modelling, fire dynamics and fire modelling through a series of annual short courses he runs at the University of Greenwich.

Professor Galea is an associate editor for the journals, International Journal of Fire Protection Engineering and the Aeronautical Journal of the Royal Aeronautical Society.

Prof Mayur Patel
BSc, MSc, PhD, FIMA, CMath, CSci

Professor in Computational Fluid Dynamics and head of the fire simulation group of FSEG. He started his research career as one of the first PhD students within the Centre in 1983. Within FSEG he leads the development and applications team for the CFD fire simulation software SMARTFIRE which has users in over 20 countries around the world. His wider interest in CFD means he interacts with all the research groups within the Centre. His research interests in fire and ventilation simulation include: heat/smoke movement in enclosures; dispersion of toxic combustion products from pool fires; modelling technologies for water-mist applications, fires in reduced gravity environments, smoldering fires, post-fire analysis, heat and mass transfer, combustion and radiation, etc. He has published over 150 papers concerning CFD and its applications.

Dr Peter Lawrence
BSc, PhD

Reader in Computational Pedestrian Dynamics and head of the EXODUS development and applications team. He joined FSEG in 1994 on completing a PhD in Mesh Generation by Domain Decomposition. His team of 5 research staff is involved in the research and development of advanced behavioural algorithms for evacuation and pedestrian dynamics. He is also the principal software engineer and manager for the exodus suit of programs which can be found in over 30 countries. His current projects include people circulation simulation; emotion modelling; CAD image recognition; agent interaction with signage systems, and graph theory applied to agent wayfinding algorithms. He has published over 90 papers concerned with evacuation and people circulation research.

Dr John Ewer
BSc, MSc, PhD

Dr John Ewer is a Senior Research Fellow and head of the SMARTFIRE software engineering team. He joined FSEG in 1992, to start research on his PhD in re-engineering a legacy CFD code. His team of 4 research staff is involved in the development and implementation of advanced models for combustion and fire suppression, parallel implementations, visualisation systems and intelligent user interfaces. His current projects include the development of an intelligent "Experiment Engine" to ensure convergence of CFD fire simulations; unstructured meshing techniques, and the development of a hybrid CFD-ZONE fire model. He has published over 32 papers concerned with fire research.

Dr Steve Gwynne
BSc, PhD, CMath, MIMA, MIFireE, CSci

Reader in Evacuation and Pedestrian Dynamics and head of the EXODUS applications team. He joined FSEG in 1997 to undertake a PhD in human behaviour and evacuation modelling. On completing his PhD he joined FSEG as a research fellow in 2001. He has worked as a Senior Scientist for the US fire engineering firm Hughes Associates Inc from 2005 to 2010. In 2010 Dr Gwynne returned to FSEG where he manages FSEG applications research and undertakes research into the design and implementation of mathematical algorithms within the EXODUS software. He co-ordinates the research activities of a team of 4 FSEG research staff. He has published over 80 papers concerned with evacuation and people circulation research. Dr Gwynne is an adjunct faculty member at the University of Maryland Summer Graduate and Distance Learning Courses (Human Response to Fire).