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.