Bekah Schrader Research Fellow Bekah Schrader is currently a fire protection engineering graduate student at the University of Maryland (UMD). She graduated with her bachelor's degree in fire protection engineering with a minor in global engineering leadership from UMD in May 2022. At UMD, she was a National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) ambassador for the Department of Fire Protection Engineering and part of the Research, Instruction, and Service in Engineering (RISE) Leadership Academy. Through RISE, she participated on a research project that examined decking assemblies and their response to wind-driven firebrand attacks. Additionally, she co-founded a virtual summer camp for high school girls interested in engineering research. Bekah joined the FSRI team in 2019 as a summer intern. During her internship, she worked on wildland-urban interface (WUI) fire research, various literature reviews, and assisted with large-scale experiments. Bekah’s graduate work focuses on the failure modes of residential window systems when exposed to exterior fires.