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Jimenez, Daniel

Mechanical Engineer
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RMRS Missoula Fire Sciences Laboratory
5775 US Hwy 10 West
Missoula, MT 59808

  • M.S., Civil/Environmental Engineering, Washington State University
  • B.S., Chemical Engineering, Rutgers University
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Dan is a research engineer at the Missoula Fire Science Lab. Dan is a Montana State Certified Emergency Medical Technician (EMT). He serves as the fire behavior research representative on the National Wildland Fire Coordinating Group (NWCG), Fire Behavior Subcommittee. He also serves as the medical awareness representative on the Lab Safety Committee.

Dan’s research has included studies on heat transfer and fluid flow model development and validation used to predict incident heat, temperature, wind profiles, and fire effects on forest landscapes, vegetation, and soil types. In collaboration with scientists at the Fire Lab and elsewhere, he has worked on the development and delivery of computer software to support fire and fuels managers, including the soil heating component of FOFEM (First Order Fire Effects Model), FireStem (a physics-based tree mortality model), and WindWizard (a gridded wind profile model). In addition, he works with fellow Lab engineers and technicians to design, develop and fabricate field instrumentation used for data collection on prescribed and wildland fires.


  • First Order Fire Effects Model (FOFEM)
  • FireStem
  • WindWizard
Modified: Apr 17, 2019

Select Publications & Products

Jimenez, D. M.; Forthofer, J.; Reardon J. A.; Butler, B. W. 2007. Fire Behavior Sensor Package Remote Trigger Design, Proceedings for the 2nd Fire Behavior and Fuels Conference, The Fire Environment – Innovations, Management, and Policy, Destin, FL.

Butler, B. W.; Webb, B. W.; Jimenez, D. M.; Reardon, J. A.; Jones, J. L. 2005. Thermally induced bark swelling in four North American tree species. Canadian Journal of Forest Research. 35:1-10.

Jones, J. L.; Webb, B. W.; Jimenez, D.; Reardon, J.; Butler, B. 2004. Development of an advanced one-dimensional stem heating model for application in surface fires. Canadian Journal of Forest Research. 34(1):20-30.

Jimenez, D. M.; Butler, B.; Reardon, J. 2003.Stem mortality in surface fires. Part II. Experimental measurements of the thermal response of tree stems to heating by fires. Proceedings of the 2nd International Wildland Fire Ecology and Fire Management Congress, Orlando, FL.

Butler, B. W.; Cohen, J.; Latham, D. J.; Schuette, R. D.; Sopko, P.; Shannon, K. S.; Jimenez, D.; Bradshaw, L. S. 2003. Measurements of radiant emissive power and temperatures in crown fires. Canadian Journal of Forest Research. 34(8):1577-1587.

Tonkovich, A. L. Y.; Jimenez, D. M.; Zilka, J. L.; LaMont, M.; Wang, Y.; Wegeng, R. S. 1998. Microchannel chemical reactors for fuel processing. Proceedings of the Second International Conference of Microreaction Technology, March 1998, New Orleans, LA.

Balmer, M. L.; Tonkyn, R.; Kim, A.; Yoon, S.; Jimenez, D.; Orlando, T.; Barlow, S. 1998. Diesel NOx reduction on surfaces in plasma. Society of Automotive Engineers, Inc.

Tonkovich, A. L. Y.; Call, C. J.; Wegeng, R. S.; Jimenez, D. M.; Drost, M. K. 1996. Microchannel heat exchangers for chemical reactors. Proceedings of the 1996 National Heat Transfer Conference, Houston, TX.

Tonkovich, A. L. Y.; Zilka, J. L.; Jimenez, D. M.; Roberts, G. L.; Cox, J. L. 1996. Experimental investigations of inorganic membrane reactors: a distributed feed approach for partial oxidation reactions. Chemical Engineering Science. 51(5):789-806.

Tonkovich, A. L. Y.; Zilka, J. L.; Jimenez, D. M.; Roberts, G. L. 1996. Inorganic membrane reactors for the oxidative coupling of methane. Chemical Engineering Science, 51(11):3051-3056.