The more I learn from the program, the more I learn that FPE ensures individuals and communities will become safer places.
Siri Kamma '23, M.S. '24
Hometown: Sisaket, Thailand
Since Siri Kamma was a girl, she had wanted to make the world a safer place. She would later discover that pursuing a career in fire protection engineering would align with these goals.
“At the beginning, I did not know how I was going to fulfill my dream, but the more I learn from the program, the more I learn that FPE ensures individuals and communities will become safer places,” she said.
As a master’s student at the Department of Fire Protection Engineering (FPE), Kamma works with the Materials Flammability Research Group, under the guidance of Professor Stanislav Stoliarov, studying the transport properties of flexible polyurethane foam, a material commonly used in upholstery and mattresses.
The danger that the polyurethane foam poses, she says, is that when it burns or it gets close to a heat source, the material will melt and act as a liquid fuel pool that rapidly spreads fire. Using a controlled atmosphere apparatus, Kamma is working on developing a pyrolysis model to understand the mechanisms that drive fire growth when fueled by this foam.
Stoliarov is her role model as a researcher, Kamma says, who inspires her to perform research activities that play a positive impact on society, to ultimately fulfill her aspirations of making the world a safer environment.
At FPE, Kamma was the recipient of the Spring 2023 Outstanding Senior Award while completing her bachelor’s degree, and a previous teaching fellow for the “Introduction to Life Safety Analysis” course. In the long term, she plans to become an instructor of fire safety engineering in hopes to give back to the community of educators who taught her.