Faculty Spotlight: Anthony Cole

Faculty Spotlight: Anthony Cole

Assistant Professor Tony Cole has 26 years of experience in fire protection ranging from firefighting to engineering and design. Prior to that, he was a Senior Fire Protection Engineer with the Saudi Arabian Oil Company (Saudi Aramco) in Dhahran, Saudi Arabia. His responsibilities included project plan review, technical standards and specifications development, plant fire risk analysis, special studies and projects, and large-scale emergency response.

Professor Cole answered the following questions about why he chose to enter this field, what he enjoys most about teaching, and how he spends his spare time.

Why did you choose this field?

Since I was about 4 years old, I wanted to be a fire fighter. In fact, it's really all I can ever recall thinking about. Perhaps I was a product of the television series "Emergency!". I originally started in the public fire service in the Cincinnati area as a paid firefighter. During that time, I began to develop an interest in the fire inspection and fire safety engineering aspect of the fire service, specifically the industrial fire protection field.

What are the highlights of teaching?

I've always enjoyed teaching and sharing ideas as it relates to fire protection. Perhaps it comes from just sitting around the firehouse, sharing experiences of what not to do. Later in my career, I found myself working in Saudi Arabia mentoring young engineers in the field of industrial fire protection. There, I found that I enjoyed the exchange of ideas and different ways of looking at problems and developing different problem solving solutions. What I enjoy the most, and perhaps the highlight of teaching, is seeing the students grow over time. I enjoy watching them develop code searching skills and how to apply those skills to real-world problems.

What do you like to do in your spare time?

In my spare time, I enjoy hunting, sport shooting and traveling. I have had the opportunity to travel to more than 50 countries over the past 15 years. I enjoy seeing and experiencing different cultures and trying exotic cuisine.

Published on August 28, 2013