Albert Simeoni
Email
asimeoni@wpi.edu
Office
Gateway Park II 1203
Phone
+1 (508) 8315000 x5162
Affiliated Department or Office
Education
PhD Mechanical Engineering Universite de Corse Pascal 2000
MSc Mechanical Engineering Polytech Marseille 1996
MEng Mechanical Engineering, IUSTI 1996
BS Physics and Applications University of Corsica 1994

Professor Simeoni is an internationally recognized expert in fire and wildland fire and fire science, with over 120 journal papers, conference papers, and book chapters. He has more than 20 years of experience developing experimental, analytical, and numerical techniques to better understand fire dynamics and to predict fire and wildland fire behavior. Before joining WPI, he held academic leadership positions in fire research in the UK (University of Edinburgh) and in France (University of Corsica). He has also experience as a consultant in fire science in the U.S. and has spent over 10 years volunteering and working as a firefighter in France. Starting as a volunteer firefighter, he ultimately led all aspects of fire, wildland fire, and rescue operations, in the capacity of Chief of Fire Station.


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Sustainable Development Goals

SDG 9: Industry, Innovation, and Infrastructure

SDG 9: Industry, Innovation, and Infrastructure - Build resilient infrastructure, promote inclusive and sustainable industrialization and foster innovation

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SDG 11: Sustainable Cities and Communities

SDG 11: Sustainable Cities and Communities - Make cities and human settlements inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable

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SDG 13: Climate Action

SDG 13: Climate Action - Take urgent action to combat climate change and its impacts

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Scholarly Work

Professor Simeoni's research focuses on fire protection engineering, fire safety, and wildfires

Featured works:

Zhou, K., & Simeoni, A. (2021). An Analytical Model for Predicting the Flame Length of Fire Lines and Tree Crown Scorching. International Journal of Wildland Fire, 31(3), 240-254. https://doi.org/10.1071/WF21087

Thomas, J.C., Mueller, E.V., Gallagher, M.R., Clark, K.L., Skowronski, N., Simeoni A., Hadden, R.M. (2021). Coupled assessment of fire behaviour and firebrand dynamics. Frontiers in Mechanical Engineering: Thermal and Mass Transport, 7, . https://doi.org/10.3389/fmech.2021.650580

Di Cristina, G., Skowronski, N.S., Simeoni, A., Rangwala, A.S., Im, S.K. (2021). Flame spread predictions over linear discrete fuel arrays using an empirical B-number model and stagnation point flow. Combustion and Flame, 234, 111644. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.combustflame.2021.111644

Li, B., Yu, L., Simeoni, A., Ji, J.,Wan, H., Ding, L. (2021). Investigation of the flow characteristics around two tandem propane fires in a windy environment. Fuel, 286(2), 119344. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.fuel.2020.119344

Gaudet, B., Simeoni, A., Gwynne, S., Kuligowski, E., Benichou, N. (2021). A review of post-incident studies for wildland-urban interface fires. Journal of Safety Science and Resilience, 1(1), 59-65. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jnlssr.2020.06.010

Schneider, L., Betting, B., Patterson, M., Skowronski, N., Simeoni, A. (2021). Experimental study of fire spread through discontinuous fuels without flame contact. Fire Safety Journal, 120, 103066. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.firesaf.2020.103066

Professional Highlights & Honors
Best Editor Award, 2020
Journal of Safety Science and Resilience
Miegunyah Distinguished Visiting Fellow, 2020
University of Melbourne, Australia
Rashbash Medal for Excellence in Wildland Fire Research, 2019
Institution of Fire Engineers
The Worcester Guardian
WPI students burn Christmas trees to study safety

The WPI student chapter of the Society of Fire Protection Engineers held a laboratory demonstration in which two Christmas trees were burned to show how quickly they can ignite, especially ones that are not consistently watered. The chapter also provided fire safety tips.

Spectrum News 1
WPI fire protection students show how fast a dry Christmas tree can burn

Students in the fire protection engineering program demonstrated in a laboratory how quickly Christmas trees can burn. The demonstration shows the difference in ignition time for a dried-out tree and one that has been watered. Can you guess how high the temperatures reached? Find the answer in this Spectrum News 1 report.