CWC National Undergraduate Timber Engineering Course

In collaboration with Canadian Wood Council and WoodSmart, our research team developed an off-the shelf undergraduate course for timber engineering for use by any academic, and especially those teaching in Canada. The course encompasses module based learning, featuring: Physical and Mechanical properties, Structural Wood Products, Strength and Modification Factors, Design processes, Tension and Compression members, Bending, Connections,…

CSA Scholarships in Steel and Accessible Design

Really great to see all the really interesting CSA student scholarship projects across the country! Team member and scholarship recipient Chloe Jeanneret presents in this video of her research thesis work on steel connections in fire and our goals to develop Canadian steel standards for fire design. We will be announcing a large grant next…

NSERC and OGS Scholarship Results and 2022-23 Research Group Positions

We are using Narrow Spectrum Illumination to study deformations in fire conditions of various materials. We are very pleased to announce our fire research team's results for the NSERC (federal) and OGS (provincial) student scholarships for 2021-22. This year alone team members have been awarded over $250k in research scholarships. Nine of our team members…

Informal Settlements and Fire

We are very excited to announce our paper “Human Behaviour in Informal Settlement Fires in Costa Rica” has been accepted in Safety Science (Elsevier). This study was led by York University - Lassonde School of Engineering graduate student Sara Guevara Arce and supported by soon to be doctoral candidate Chloe Jeanneret who took her first corresponding role of a manuscript. The…

Group Updates 2020-21

Its been awhile since we have updated the community on our progress at York University. You can follow our research activities. So this post serves as this update following a seperate posting in the IAFSS newsletter Recent Research Projects When lab restrictions came into place back in March 2020, a number of data collection initiatives…

YorkUFire EDI Initiatives

Yesterday team members (Bronwyn Chorlton and Neir Mazur) and collaborators (Jennifer Ellingham) presented their research with their second organized workshop. This one was on “Gender Differences in Graduate Engineering Student Experiences”. Team members have been investigating the leaky pipeline and following their study of industry, and undergraduate experiences last year, now they considered those experiences…

Graduate Positions 2020

The YorkU fire team has a number of currently advertised graduate positions where we are looking for strong graduate students with creativity and interest in fire related themes. We are currently recruiting 3 masters students and 2 doctoral students. Both Domestic and International students are being considered and the positions are fully funded and connected…

York Fire Lab

Our fire lab funding was made official with a CFI-ORF grant this September. This funding advances equipment and technology for material study in fire and conducting data collection in HBIF studies with modern camera equipment. The grant will allow the fire testing lab at York University in Toronto, Canada to scale up fire testing technology.…

Evacuation Study of a Cultural Centre

Our team's recent human behaviour in fire research in collaboration with ARUP will be presented at Interflam in London, UK this July. Two of our multi-disciplinary papers represent an ongoing research project performed over the last three years: “Fire evacuation and strategies for cultural centres.” And “The effects of Linguistic Cues on Evacuation Movement Times”.…

Heritage Materials in Fire

At York University, our fire research team studies heritage materials and their response to fire. Our focus has been to consider timber and masonry. Doing these studies we are in the midst of preparing revised international guidance for these important structures. More recently the events in Paris have emphasized why this is such a serious…