Matthew Moody

Research Mechanical Engineer

Research Topics

Fire behavior
Numerical modeling of fire-induced winds
Energy transport in complex canopies

Personal Summary

Matt is a professionally licensed mechanical engineer with 20 years of industry experience specializing in fluid dynamics. During his PhD in mechanical engineering from the University of Utah, Matt developed the fast-response wildfire spread model QES-Fire. During a postdoctoral appointment at University of California Davis, Matt developed a multiscale plume model for smoke dispersion in the Wildland Urban Interface (WUI). As an adjunct professor at the University of Utah, Matt taught Fluid Dynamics, Heat Transfer, and Finite Element Analysis.

Matt has served as a research mentor for the National Science Foundation’s Research Experiences for Undergraduates program. He has also served as an advisor for mechanical engineering capstone project teams.

Matt's current research centers around the creation and application of numerical 3D models to better understand wildfire behavior in the WUI.

Selected Publications & Products

MJ Moody, R Stoll, BN Bailey Adaptation of QES-Fire, a dynamically coupled fast response wildfire model for heterogeneous environments. International journal of wildland fire 32 (5), 749-766

MJ Moody, JA Gibbs, S Krueger, D Mallia, ER Pardyjak, AK Kochanski, ...QES-Fire: a dynamically coupled fast-response wildfire model. International journal of wildland fire 31 (3), 306-325

MJ Moody, BN Bailey, ER Pardyjak, WF Mahaffee, R Stoll. Adaptation and validation of a voxel based energy transport model for conifer species. Urban Climate 39, 100967