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McAllister, Sara

Research Mechanical Engineer
Focus Area/Association: 
Employee Role: 
Research Scientist
Phone Number: 
(406) 329-4907

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

Photo: Sara McAllister
  • Ph.D., Mechanical Engineering, University of California, Berkeley
  • M.S., Mechanical Engineering, University of California, Berkeley 
  • B.S., Mechanical Engineering, University of Nevada, Reno
Research topics: 
  • understanding fuel particle ignition
  • combustion fundamentals

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Personal Summary: 

Sara is a Research Mechanical Engineer at the Missoula Fire Sciences Laboratory. Sara's research interests include understanding fundamental combustion and heat transfer processes related to the spread of wildfires.  In particular, she has two main research projects.  The first is to better understand the ignition process in both live and dead fuels subject to different forms of heat transfer.  The second is to examine how the burning behavior of a fuel bed is affected by its characteristics and environmental conditions.

Modified: May 22, 2020