People

Principal Investigator

Postdoctoral Scholars

Ali Tohidi
Postdoctoral Scholar
Topics: Fire Spread, Firebrand Generation and Transport, Fire Whirls

 

Visiting Scholars

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Liu Quiong
Visiting Professor
Topic: Flame Spread

 

Graduate Students

Pietro Maisto
Ph.D. Student
Mechanical Engineering
Email: scramboy.umd@gmail.com
Topic: Smoke Transport in Green Buildings
Sponsor: Department of Homeland Security, FP&S Grant

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Raquel Hakes
Ph.D. Student
Mechanical Engineering
Topic: Firebrand ignition of fuels
Sponsor: Clark School Doctoral Fellow / NSF GRFP

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Sriram Bharath Hariharan
Ph.D. Student
Mechanical Engineering
Topic: Fire Whirls
Co-advised with Prof. Elaine Oran (Aerospace Engineering)
Sponsor: NSF

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Xingyu Ren
Ph.D. Student
Topic: Flame spread
Sponsor: National Science Foundation

 

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Evan Sluder
M.S. Student
Fire Protection Engineering
Topic: Intermittent heating of fine fuels
Sponsor: USDA Forest Service


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Hamed Salehizadeh
M.S. Student
Topic: Firebrand ignition of WUI fuels
Sponsor: National Institute for Standards and Technology

 

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Samiyah Mustafa
M.S. Student
Topic: Wildland-Urban Interface

 

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Kun Zhao
Ph.D. Student
Visiting from USTC, China
Topic: Flame spread
Sponsor: Chinese Scholarship Council

 

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Yu Hu
Ph.D. Student
Visiting from Tsinghua University
Topic: Fire Whirls
Sponsor: Chinese Scholarship Council

 

Undergraduate Students

 

Matthew Weston-Dawkes
B.S. Student
Fire Protection Engineering
Topic: Intermittent Heating of Wildland Fuels
Sponsor: NSF

 

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Erin Griffith
B.S. Student
Fire Protection Engineering
Topic: Firebrand Ignition of Structural Fuels / Spaceport Fire Safety

 

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Seth Lattner
B.S. Student
Fire Protection Engineering
Topic: Firebrand Ignition of Structural Fuels / Spaceport Fire Safety

 

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Alicea Fitzpatrick
B.S. Student
Fire Protection Engineering
Topic: Firebrand Ignition of Structural Fuels / Spaceport Fire Safety

 

 

Alumni

Ph.D. at the University of Maryland
Ajay V. Singh, Ph.D., 2015 A Fundamental Study of Boundary Layer Diffusion Flames(First Position, Postdoctoral Scholar at Stanford University. Current Position, Assistant Professor, IIT Kanpur)
Colin H. Miller, Ph.D., 2017 “Fluid Dynamics of Boundary Layer Combustion“.
Wei Tang, Ph.D., 2017 “Forward Heating in Wind-Driven Flames,” (
Current Position: Contractor for Dakota Engineering at the National Institute for Standards and Technology, Wildland-Urban Interface Group.)

Masters of Science at the University of Maryland
Brian Hall, M.S., 2014 Transient Fire Load on Aluminum Ferries(Now Lieutenant at US Coast Guard)
Zhao Zhao, M.S., 2014Flame Spread Through Wooden Dowels(Now FPE at City of Dallas)
Daniel Gorham, M.S., 2014Studying Wildland Fire Spread Using Stationary Burners(Now Project Manager, NFPA FPRF)
Colin Miller, M.S., 2014Upward Flame Spread Over Discreet Fuels
Brian Cohen, M.S., 2014 “In Situ Burning Alternatives (Now at Arup, NYC)
Sara Caton, M.S., 2016 “Laboratory Studies on the Generation of Firebrands from Cylindrical Wooden Dowels” (Now at Jensen Hughes)
Nathaniel May, M.S., 2017 “Moisture Content Effects on Energy and Emissions Released During Combustion of Pyrophytic Vegetation“.
Raquel Hakes, M.S., 2017 “Thermal Characterization of Firebrand Piles” (Now PhD student at UMD)
Wuquan Cui, M.S. as part of the IMFSE Program, 2017 “Influence of Double-Skinned Facades on Fire Safety.”
Sriram Barath Hariharan, “The Structure of the Blue Whirl: A Soot-Free Reacting Vortex Phenomenon.”


Undergraduates at the University of Maryland
Nicole Welch, B.S.
Irene Lemboros, B.S., RISE Scholar
Sara Caton, B.S.
Conor McCoy, B.S., Engineering Honors
Raquel Hakes, B.S., RISE Scholar
Sara Caton, B.S.
Kyle Kohler, B.S.
Stephanie Poole, B.S.
Stephen Ernst, B.S.
Peter Raia, B.S.
Joseph Praydis, B.S.
Daniel Gorham, B.S.

Visitors
Jan Zimlich, University of Mannheim, Germany, 2015
Jens Triller, University of Mannheim, Germany, 2014-15
Lini Jiang, USTC
Xinje Huang, Anhuhi University, China, 2016-17

Collaborators

Antonio L. Sánchez, University of California, San Diego
Xinyan Huang, Imperial College, London, UK
Yuji Nakamura, Toyohashi University of Technology, Japan
Ali Rangwala, Worcester Polytechnic Institute, USA
Forman A. Williams, University of California, San Diego, USA
Elaine S. Oran, University of Maryland, USA
Brian Meacham, Worcester Polytechnic Institute, USA
Kristopher Overholt, NIST, USA
Peter Sunderland, UMD, USA
James Quintiere, UMD, USA
Mark Finney, USFS, USA
Sara McAllister, USFS, USA
Jack D. Cohen, USFS, USA
Daniel Gorham, NFPA, USA