Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering

Dr. Ya-Ting Liao Received NSF Early CAREER Award

Ya-Ting Liao, Assistant Professor in Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering has recently received the prestigious NSF Faculty Early CAREER award.  The grant supports her project titled "CAREER: Understanding the Role of Buoyancy Flow for Accurate and Robust Scale Modeling of Upward Flame Spread".  The project, funded at $500K, is scheduled to start on July 1, 2020.

The project will study how fire behaviors change from small laboratory scale to large real-world scales, as found in structures or forest fires. This scalability problem is a long-standing challenge in fire science, one that limits generalizability of laboratory testing. Filling this knowledge gap will improve the relevance of standard safety tests and lead to safer structures and products. The project will employ experiments, numerical simulations, and theoretical modeling to control, study, and predict fire behavior at various scales.

The Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) Program is a Foundation-wide activity that offers the National Science Foundation's most prestigious awards in support of early-career faculty who have the potential to serve as academic role models in research and education and to lead advances in the mission of their department or organization.

Ya-Ting’s 2019 CAREER adds to a series prestigious awards that have been received by junior faculty in the EMAE department over the past few years, including Umut Gurkan (CAREER, 2016), Bo Li (CAREER, 2017), and Kati Daltorio (ONR YIP, 2018).