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I earned my master’s from the Erasmus Mundus International Master’s in Fire Safety program, a partnership that includes Ghent University (Belgium), Lund University (Sweden), and the University of Edinburgh (UK). With concurrent BS degrees in math and chemical engineering from Virginia Tech, the international program gave me experience and established an international professional network that I will continue to build upon while at WPI. My FPE interest started with a small accidental fire in a DuPont lab where she worked as a co-op student. My particular interest is the fundamentals of pit ...

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Xiaoyue Pi is a PhD student in the Department of Fire Protection Engineering at Worcester Polytechnic Institute. She received her B.S. in Fire Protection Engineering from Nanjing Tech University in 2014, and M.S. in Fire Protection Engineering from University of Maryland in 2015. Her current research interest is pool fire burning enhanced by nucleate boiling, advised by Professor Ali S. Rangwala. She has been involved in projects, including zone modeling of unstable behavior in mechanically-ventilated compartment fires, and experimental study on water curtain diluting the gas dispersion. 

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Nate holds a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering and an M.S. in Fire Protection engineering both from WPI. Nate joined the combustion lab as a Ph.D. student in January 2019 under Professor Rangwala. As a Ph.D. student, Nate's work focuses on pool fire burning rate analysis and oil spill cleanup research.

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