Simona is a PhD student in the Hazelab research group supervised by Prof. Guillermo Rein. She is a part of the Pyrolife ITN project focused on creating wildfire resilient communities, through integrated fire management, in Europe. Her research focuses on increasing the wildfire resilience of buildings in the European wildland-urban interface (WUI). The Pyrolife project is funded by the European Commission's Horizon 2020 programme.
In her research Simona will identify the materials and geometries of European WUI building feature components vulnerable to wildfire exposure. CFD computer simulations of the interactions between the wildfire threats of heat, embers, and smoke with the identified building vulnerabilities, will allow definition of design recommendations for increased building resilience to wildfire. Both small and large scale laboratory experiments will be created to validate the simulations and recommendations. This research collaborates with the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) in the USA and The Instytut Techniki Budowlanej (ITB) in Poland.
Simona holds a MEng in Chemical Engineering from the University of Edinburgh. Her master's thesis presented a design for biochar adsorption filters for fluoride and arsenic removal from water.