Principal Investigator

Thomas Gernay is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Civil and Systems Engineering at Johns Hopkins University. 

Dr Gernay holds a Master degree in Civil Engineering (2009) and a PhD in Structural Engineering (2012) from University of Liege in Belgium. He was a Fulbright Postdoctoral Fellow at Princeton University (2014-2015). He joined JHU in 2018.

A 2023 NSF CAREER recipient, his work has also been recognized by the AISC Terry Peshia Early Career Faculty Award, the NFPA Foundation Medal, and both the Magnusson Early Career Award and the Best Thesis Award from the International Association for Fire Safety Science (IAFSS). His research has been funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF), National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), the American Concrete Institute (ACI), the American Iron and Steel Institute (AISI), the Belgian American Educational Foundation (BAEF), and the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE), among others.

Dr Gernay is an Associate Editor for Fire Technology, the Springer journal published in conjunction with the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) and the Society of Fire Protection Engineers (SFPE). He is an Editorial Board member of Fire Safety Journal, Elsevier.

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Group at the inaugural Ross B. Corotis Lecture, JHU CaSE, March 2023
Group in front of Latrobe Hall, March 2020

Group members

Jiangyue Xie
PhD Student
Syed Muhammad Shamaim Ali
PhD Student
Chenzhi Ma
PhD Student
Yu Niu
PhD Student
Ester Garcia-Castillo
Co-advised PhD Student
Lalita Lama
Co-advised PhD Student
Jingxian Zhao
Visiting PhD Student

Former group members


Shuna Ni
Postdoc 2018-2020 (now Asst Professor at UMD)
Qi Tong
PhD Student 2019-2023 (now Postdoc at the NIST)
Xia Yan
PhD Student 2018-2022 (now Project Consultant at SGH)
Ranjit Chaudhary
Co-advised PhD Student 2019-2023
Xin Liu
Visiting PhD Student
Jiaqing Pei
MSE Student
Rishiraj Mathur
MSE Student
Paul van der Haert
MSE Student
HyoungSeok Kim
MSE Student
Kristen Corlay
Undergraduate Student
Yun Cheng
Undergraduate Student
Laila Milevski
MICA Intern

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