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…

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…

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…

Athena SWAN and Other UK-Canada Collaborations on the Topic of Diversity and Inclusivity

The month of October has been incredibly productive for our women in engineering project (led by yours truly, Natalie). Early in the month, I had the pleasure of attending the Athena SWAN conference hosted by York University, and just a couple of weeks ago I had the opportunity to travel to England to link up…

2018 Fire and Evacuation Modeling Technical Conference – Maryland

Earlier this month, I had the pleasure of attending and presenting at the 2018 Fire and Evacuation Modeling Technical Conference (FEMTC). It was hosted by Thunderhead Engineering and held in Gaithersburg, Maryland, right around the corner from the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST). This three day event spanning from October 1st to 3rd was…

The Experiences of Women in Undergraduate Engineering

The following is a guest post by research assistant and team member, Natalie Mazur. This June, Natalie is presenting The Experiences of Women in Undergraduate Engineering at the 9th Canadian Engineering Education Association’s Annual Conference., Vancouver, Canada. The paper can be downloaded here .  A long-standing issue in the field of engineering has been the…

Workshop on Advancements in Evaluating the Fire Resistance of Structures

Dr. Gales will be chairing the Workshop on Advancements in Evaluating the Fire Resistance of Structures to be held Thursday December 6th and Friday December 7th, 2018. This workshop is sponsored by ASTM Committee E05 on Fire Standards and will be held at the Washington Hilton in Washington, DC, in conjunction with the December standards…

SFPE 12th International Conference on Performance Based Codes and Fire Design – Hawaii

Members of our team attended the SFPE fire conference in Hawaii last week. Team member Hailey Quiquero gave a fantastic presentation on modelling timber structures in fire from a FEM point of view. Her work is a collaboration with the University of Canterbury. Dr. Gales gave a presentation regarding steel connections based on team alumni Matt…