Originally from southern California, Victoria graduated from Brigham Young University with a B.S. in Chemical Engineering in April 2014. As an undergraduate, she worked as a research assistant for two years studying the combustion of live fuels in wildfires under Dr. Thomas Fletcher, where she conducted regular experiments and developed several novel data processing methods. She is now a first-year graduate student under Dr. David Lignell pursuing her Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering with a research focus in computational combustion modeling.
Soot formation and transport govern and influence key combustion characteristics of flames. In order to understand the fundamental phenomena, we must use computational models and simulation tools to solve complex, coupled, nonlinear, multiscale, turbulent flow problems. We will use tools such as direct numerical simulation (DNS), one-dimensional turbulence (ODT), and large eddy simulation (LES) to develop and validate accurate soot models for various combustion configurations. These models will then be used to test key assumptions and understand the behavior of soot formation and transport in turbulent flames.