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Glenn Hamilton Awarded Guylène Proulx, OC Scholarship

Thursday, February 18, 2016  
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The SFPE Foundation announced that the second Dr. Guylène Proulx, OC Scholarship has been awarded to Glenn Hamilton, an MSc student at Letterkenny Institute of Technology in Ireland.


This scholarship was established in 2014 in honor of the late Dr. Guylène Proulx, an outstanding researcher in human factors and human behavior related to fire, and a passionate advocate for fire safety awareness. Her enduring legacy is the body of her research work, as well as the future research this annual scholarship will enable.


The scholarship will assist in funding Mr. Hamilton’s research project, “Towards Fire Safe Schools: Investigation of Pedestrian Evacuation Dynamics and the Human Behaviours of Children and the Influence of Training on Evacuation Performance.” Hamilton is a Fire Officer and has worked in both fire prevention and education as well as operational response for the past twelve years. His experience in inspecting buildings and the assessment of pre-fire human behavior motivated his current research. “I am very aware that the human response to a fire or fire queue is in many cases a more important factor than the length of a corridor or the width of an exit, parameters which attain much focus at design stage because they are easy to measure rather than because they’re important. My goal is to make a small contribution to an area which it is perceived as lacking statistical data and trends,” explains Hamilton.


Dr. Patrick Lennon, Lecturer and Research, Engineering, Letterkenny Institute of Technology is supervising this research project. The results of the study will be presented at a future SFPE conference.


“Guylène Proulx was one of the preeminent researchers in the field of human behavior in emergencies. This research honors her legacy through focusing on some of our most vulnerable members of society, our children,” said April Hammond-Berkol, Chair of the SFPE Foundation’s Board of Governors. “This segment of our population is often overlooked and this research will provide data that will influence future codes and evacuation model parameters for children.”


For more information about the scholarship, or to make a donation to the SFPE Foundation, visit the Foundation website.

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