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Sunderland, Peter

peter sunderland
Keystone Professor
Fire Protection Engineering
3104E J.M. Patterson Building

Research Interests 

  • Combustion and fire protection, including soot formation and oxidation, laminar diffusion flames, premixed flames, microgravity combustion, hydrogen flames, vehicle fires, firefighter safety, and diagnostics development.


  • 1995 Ph.D., Aerospace Engineering, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor.
  • 1994 M.S., Aerospace Engineering, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor.
  • 1986 M.S., Mechanical Engineering, University of Massachusetts, Amherst.
  • 1983 B.S., Mechanical Engineering, Cornell University, Ithaca

Honors and Awards 

  • Best-Paper Award, Sixth International Seminar on Fire and Explosion Hazards, 2010.
  • Faculty Early Career Award, NSF, 2010.
  • Ralph H. Isbrandt Automotive Safety Engineering Award, SAE, 2008.
  • E. Robert Kent Junior Faculty Teaching Award, College of Engineering, University of Maryland, 2008.
  • Excellence in Oral Presentation, SAE World Congress, Detroit, 2007.
  • Best-Paper Award, Northern Ohio Section of AIAA, 2003.
  • Mentor of the Year, NASA Glenn Research Center, 1999.
  • Best-Paper Award, Combustion Institute Central States Meeting, 1996.

Professional Memberships 

  • American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics, Associate Fellow.
  • American Society for Engineering Education, Member.
  • American Society of Mechanical Engineers, Member.
  • Combustion Institute, Member.
  • International Association for Fire Safety Science, Member.
  • Salamander Fire Protection Engineering Honor Society, Honorary Member.
  • SAE International, Member.
  • Sigma Gamma Tau Aerospace Engineering Honor Society, Member.
  • Sigma Xi Scientific Research Society, Member.
  • Society of Fire Protection Engineers, Affiliate Member.
  • Tau Beta Pi Engineering Honor Society, Member.