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McAllister, Sara

Research Mechanical Engineer
Focus Area/Association: 
Employee Role: 
Research Scientist
Phone Number: 
(406) 329-4907

RMRS Missoula Fire Sciences Laboratory
5775 US Hwy 10 West
Missoula, MT 59808

Photo: Sara McAllister
  • Ph.D., Mechanical Engineering, University of California, Berkeley
  • M.S., Mechanical Engineering, University of California, Berkeley 
  • B.S., Mechanical Engineering, University of Nevada, Reno
Research topics: 
  • understanding fuel particle ignition
  • combustion fundamentals

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Personal Summary: 

Sara is a Research Mechanical Engineer at the Missoula Fire Sciences Laboratory. Sara's Ph.D. dissertation, sponsored by NASA, focused on material flammability in spacecraft. Sara came to the Forest Service in 2009 as part of the National Fire Decision Support Center. Sara’s research focuses on the fundamental physics of wildland fire. Her main research interest is in understanding fuel particle ignition. She has authored a textbook on combustion fundamentals and over 20 peer-reviewed publications and conference papers. In her spare time, Sara enjoys cycling, running, and racing in triathlons.

Modified: May 20, 2019