NSF CAREER grant given to Dr. Neda Yaghoobian


Dr. Yaghoobian's proposal for firebrand transport to NSF was awarded this month. 

There are, currently, 4.5 million U.S. homes at high or extreme risk of wildfires. From January to June
2020 alone, there were 19,762 wildfires compared with 14,968 wildfires in the same period in 2019, with
439,422 acres burnt, compared with 277,745 acres in 2019. Recognizing the scale of this growing
problem, the objectives of this CAREER award are to advance the fluid-dynamic understanding of
firebrand transport in the firebrand shower phenomenon that is the major mechanism responsible for rapid
wildfire spreads, and to increase the general public’s scientific literacy and motivate a wide spectrum of
students to engage in this emerging field. This research will advance the prediction and mitigation of fire
spread into wildfire-prone areas and elevate the importance of fire science in the national landscape.

Well done, and congrats, Neda!