Shaheer Ahmad Research Fellow Shaheer Ahmad is a Fire Protection Engineering (FPE) graduate student at the University of Maryland (UMD) and is the sixth recipient of UL's Fire Safety Research Institute Fellowship. The fellowship, established in 2017, supports an FPE graduate research assistant and will be renewed each semester provided the Fellow remains in good academic standing. He received his bachelor’s degree in Fire Protection Engineering (FPE) from the University of Maryland in 2021. During his time at Maryland, he was a member of the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) sponsored Fire Protection Engineering Ambassadors, College Park Scholars, and volunteered as a research assistant in the UMD FPE labs. Shaheer is conducting his Master's thesis on heat transfer and firefighter PPE, or personal protective equipment. More specifically, his research is oriented toward understanding the influence of an air gap between the PPE and the wearer under low exposure thermal conditions.