PhD Mechanical Engineering University of California, Berkeley 2017
MS Mechanical Engineering University of California, Berkeley 2014
BS Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering Case Western Reserve University 2012
Professor Urban's research is focused on the physical processes controlling whether or not flammable material ignites and then understanding how it burns. Much of this research has focused on small, hot objects such as firebrands (burning debris from an existing fire). Recently, Professor Urban received a grant to use the International Space Station for research that could help predict the spread of wildfires back here on Earth.
New announcement will allow WPI to build upon its longstanding expertise in fire protection to study new fire detection methods, robotics solutions to enhance first responder safety, and fire suppression systems for wildfires.