Sara McAllister2017-10-25T20:12:34+00:00

Sara McAllister

Mechanical and Fire Engineer

“I went from being the little girl handing my dad tools while he was under the car to being the one under the car. I wanted to know more about combustion because, well, that’s what makes cars work.”

Career Highlights
  • Researcher at the Missoula Fire Sciences Laboratory
  • Explores how biomass ignites and fuels forest fires with a goal to reverse-engineer the spread of fires
  • Studied flammability risks inside NASA’s next-generation space shuttle to make astronauts safer
  • Growing up, she spent countless hours with her dad repairing complex gadgets, building things and learning what makes cars work

STEM Gems Club

Is a career as a Mechanical and Fire Engineer in your future? Are you curious about how the everyday things around you work? STEM Gem Sara McAllister is a mechanical engineer specializing in fire engineering. Her research explores how biomass ignites and fuels forest fires; her ultimate goal is to reverse engineer the spread of fires. Watch one of the videos. Then, with your STEM Gems Tribe, discuss, explore, reflect, and act.