Muhammad Agung Santoso is a PhD student in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at Imperial College London. He comes from Indonesia and started his studies in September 2016, funded by the Indonesia Endowment Fund for Education (LPDP). For his undergraduate and postgraduate degrees Santoso studied fire-induced smoke movement in underground facilities, including basement structures and underground metro stations (B.Sc. 2012, M.Eng. 2013) at Universitas Indonesia.
Currently, he is working with Hazelab, research group led by Prof. Guillermo Rein, on the smouldering combustion of tropical peat lands. Smouldering combustion with the associated widespread haze phenomena are a near annual event in Southeast Asia. It is a significant health hazard as well as pollution issue prompting research into the topic. Specifically, his research aims to understand tropical peat fires to support effective prevention and mitigation strategy in this region to reduce size and frequency of these events.