Lauren Folk, Civil Engineering graduate student, awarded the 2018 Guylène Proulx OC Scholarship for emergency evacuation research

We are pleased to announce that Civil Engineering MASc student Lauren Folk has been named the recipient of the Society of Fire Protection Engineering Foundation’s 2018 Guylène Proulx Scholarship. This is a very competitive and prestigious international award given annually to a top ranking research student studying Human Behaviour in Fire.

Lauren was awarded this international scholarship as she previously completed a comprehensive review to identify the factors deemed influential in protective action decision making during wildfires. Lauren has extensively written peer reviewed research articles on the subject of Aging Populations and emergency evacuations of retirement homes. Her research work has been largely supported by the consultancy firm ARUP.

As part of her scholarship and her degree, Lauren is studying the impact of human behavior on wildfire evacuations with Assistant Professor John Gales in the Department of Civil Engineering at Lassonde. Her research project includes two main components: 1) a conceptual framework that will examine factors that affect wildfire evacuation decision-making and 2) an evacuation traffic model and route condition assessment.

The award is named in honor of Dr. Guylène Proulx, a researcher in human behavior related to fire and member of the Order of Canada. Guylène’s exceptional efforts to promote how human behavior can be incorporated into a fire safety design have made a significant impact on how fire protection engineers practice today. Proulx received a PhD in architectural planning and environmental psychology from the Université de Montréal in 1992, after which she joined the Institute for Research in Construction of the National Research Council Canada (NRC) to conduct research in human factors related to fire.

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Civil Engineering program receives CEAB Accreditation

It is with great pride and joy we announce that the Civil Engineering undergraduate program at York University has been accredited by the Canadian Engineering Accreditation Board (CEAB). We have been granted 3 years of accreditation, which is the maximum that can be given to a new engineering program. We take this opportunity to thank our students, staff, and faculty for their hard work and dedication in our achieving this important milestone. Together, we will continue to strive to make York Civil Engineering as a destination of choice for aspiring Civil Engineers from all over the world.

MASc student Mena Morcos receives an “Honourable Mention” for his paper at CSCE

Congratulations to Mena Morcos, an MASc student in Civil Engineering for receiving an Honourable Mention for his paper on “Numerical Modelling of Slender Superelastic-Shape Memory Alloy Reinforced Concrete Shear Walls.” at the Canadian Society for Civil Engineering (CSCE) Annual Conference in Fredericton as a part of the 2018 Best Paper Competition.  Mena is supervised by Dr. Dan Palermo.

Professor Dan Palermo recipient of 2018 President’s University-Wide Teaching Award

Dan Palermo, a professor in the Civil Engineering Program in the Lassonde School of Engineering, will receive the President’s University-Wide Teaching Award in the Full-Time Senior Faculty category. Palermo was the first faculty member to join Lassonde’s Civil Engineering program when it was established in 2013. He was instrumental in setting up both the undergraduate and graduate programs.

In their letters of support for Palermo’s nomination, students commented on his enthusiasm, clarity and approachability, his ability to connect theoretical with practical knowledge, and his ability to consistently offer real-world examples of theoretical practices in action. “Dr. Palermo looked for any chance to present real-world examples of lecture material… giving a deeper connection between the concepts and their role in my future career,” wrote one of his undergraduate student nominators. A proponent of experiential learning, Palermo is an avid supporter of involving undergraduate students in research and actively seeks research opportunities for them. His service extends beyond the University and he has hosted and trained MITACS Globalink Research interns in his laboratory. In 2009, Palermo received the Dean’s Teaching Commendation for his graduate course in seismic analysis and design for reinforced concrete structures.

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3rd Annual Graduate Research Day Winners

Long Presentation Winner – Kostas Tsiotsias

Abstract Title: Bond strength of ultra high performance concrete under direct tension pullout

3-Minute Presentation Winner – Rodrigo Alcaino Olivares

Abstract Title:  Fracturing of ancient bedrock surfaces due to climatic effects

Congratulations to both our winners.