Jose L. Torero joined The University of Queensland in 2012 as Professor of Civil Engineering and Head of School. He came from The University of Edinburgh where he was the Head of the Institute for Infrastructure and Environment, BRE Trust/ RAEng Professor of Fire Safety Engineering and Director of the BRE Centre for Fire Safety Engineering.
Jose previously held the Landolt & Cia Chair in Innovation for a Sustainable Future at Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne (Switzerland), 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 he 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. Professor 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.