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WPI Demonstrates Christmas Tree Safety with a Live Burn

In an effort to raise awareness about fire safety this holiday season, WPI fire protection engineers hosted a live presentation to show what can happen to a Christmas tree if not properly maintained. Just 63 seconds after the tree ignited, the staged living room scene was engulfed in flames and smoke.

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Featured was the work of Greg Fischer, associate professor, mechanical engineering, who, with his wife, Laurie Dickstein-Fischer, Ph.D., a professor at Salem State, developed the robotic penguin PABI (Penguin Autism Behavioral Intervention) for autistic children. WBZ visited a local classroom to see children interact with the penguin. “This design is close to the point where it could be commercialized,” Fischer said.  “I would think within a couple of years we could get something like this deployed.”