Students test solar-powered sensors to detect early-stage wildfires

Ankita Mohapatra, assistant professor in the College of Engineering and Computer Science at Cal State Fullerton, recalls driving through Irvine in ...

December 1, 2022
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Ankita Mohapatra, assistant professor in the College of Engineering and Computer Science at Cal State Fullerton, recalls driving through Irvine in late October 2020, with a blizzard of ash caused by the Silverado Fire enveloping the sky. With the soot reigning down, Mohapatra was stuck with an idea. Perhaps scientists and engineers can use smart technology to develop a system capable of detecting fires in their early stages, well before the flames grow out of control. Student research assistant Connor Bartholomew measures the wind during a fire prevention experiment on the grounds of the arboretum at California State University, Fullerton on Tuesday, November 15, 2022.

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