Professor of Civil Engineering
Professor & Head of Department of Civil, Environmental & Geomatic Engineering
Dr. José Torero joined the University of Queensland in 2012 as Professor of Civil Engineering and Head of School. He earned a BSc from the Pontificia Universidad Catolice del Peru (1989) and a MSc (1991) and PhD (1992) from the University of California Berkeley. Before joining UQ, Dr. Torero served as the Head of the Institute for Infrastructure and Environment, the BRE Trust/RAEng Professor of Fire Safety Engineering, and Director of the BRE Centre for Fire Safety Engineering. Additionally, he was an Associate Professor at the University of Maryland (USA) and Charge de Recherche at the Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique (France). He is a fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering, the Royal Society of Edinburgh, and the Building Research Establishment.
In 2008, Dr. Torero was awarded the Arthur B. Guise Medal by the Society of Fire Protection Engineering and, in 2011, the Rasbash Medal from the Institution of Fire Engineers (UK) for eminent achievement in the advancement of the science of fire safety.
Dr. Torero has received numerous education-related awards, and in 2010 he received the Tam Dalyell Prize for Excellence in Communicating Scientific Knowledge to the Public. His work on bringing technology to the Fire Service was the subject of the April, 2007, BBC Horizon show: “Skyscraper Fire Fighters,” which has been shown in more than 30 countries.
He is the author of a book and more than 500 other technical documents for which he has received multiple awards. Currently Editor-in-Chief of Fire Safety Journal, Dr. Torero was Associate Editor of Combustion Science and Technology (2005-2010). He is a member of the Editorial Board of Progress in Energy and Combustion Science, Fire Technology, Journal of Fire Protection Engineering, Fire Science and Technology and the International Journal for High-Rise Buildings. He is the vice-chair of the International Association for Fire Safety Science, chair of the Fire Safety Working Group of the International Council for Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat and a member of numerous influential committees and standards development bodies.
Dr. Torero is a consultant to many private and government organizations around the world, having participated in landmark projects such as the Buncefield, Sago Mine, and Texas City Explosions, the collapse of the World Trade Centre and the design of complex infrastructure. He is recognized for leading edge research in a broad arrange of subjects associated to fire safety and for the development of many innovative educational programs in several countries. Dr. Torero is a co-inventor of the STAR technology.