Educated as a mechanical engineer, Professor Quintiere received a B.S. degree from New Jersey Institute of Technology (1962), and a M.S. (1966) and Ph.D. (1970) from New York University. His career in fire safety began in 1971 when he joined the National Bureau of Standards, now known as the National Institute of Science and Technology. He left in 1989, as Chief of the Fire Science and Engineering Division, to join the faculty of the Department of Fire Protection Engineering.
He has written 130 journal publications, 50 reports, and co-authored or authored three books:
1. Principles of Fire Behavior, Delmar Publishers, August 1997.
2. Enclosure Fire Dynamics, CRC Press, Boca Raton, FL, Sept. 1999 (B. Karlsson and J. Quintiere)
3. Fundamentals of Fire Phenomena, John Wiley and Sons, Ltd. (May 2006)