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SFPE Education & Scientific Foundation

How to Contribute

The SFPE Foundation is able to deliver on its mission because of your support and generosity. By contributing to one of the Foundation’s funds below, you'll help ensure that our work to advance research in fire protection engineering continues. Making an online donation is quick and easy. We welcome donations of all sizes and payment plans – whether it's a one-time gift, a monthly contribution, or part of a matching gift program.

Annual Fund

The SFPE Foundation’s Annual Fund provides funding to support the Foundation’s mission through its operations as well as fund academic student research grants worldwide. Donate here.

Guylène Proulx Scholarship Fund

The Guylène Proulx Scholarship Fund was established in memory of Dr. Guylène Proulx, OC, one of the preeminent researchers and communicators in the field of human behavior in emergencies. This Scholarship honors her legacy by building on the research in her chosen profession. Donations to this fund provide a monetary award of up to $5,000 annually to the Proulx Award recipient, selected by a panel of human behavior experts. Donate here.

Robert W. Fitzgerald Fund Challenge

April Hammond-Berkol created the Robert W. Fitzgerald Fund Challenge in tribute to retired WPI Professor Robert W. Fitzgerald. For every dollar donated to this fund, Hammond-Berkol will match one dollar, up to a maximum of $2,000 per year, for the next five years. All gifts to the Fitzgerald Fund Challenge will be used to ensure sustained funding for the Guylène Proulx Scholarship. Donate here.

Double Your Donation

UL and William Henry Merrill Society Matching Campaign

We are excited to announce the establishment of the UL and William Henry Merrill Society Matching Campaign for the SFPE Foundation. This campaign will match donations to the Annual Fund, the Guylène Proulx Scholarship Fund, and the Robert W. Fitzgerald Fund Challenge. Under this matching campaign, UL will contribute up to $25,000 per year for five years by matching contributions made by SFPE members and SFPE chapters. All contributions made by UL under this campaign will be devoted to student research projects related to fire safety. The UL and William Henry Merrill Society Matching Campaign is a great way for SFPE members and chapters to leverage their contributions because when you contribute, your contribution is doubled.

Corporate Matching Gifts

Many companies offer matching gift programs to encourage employees to contribute to charitable organizations, like the SFPE Foundation. Some companies also provide matching funds to support employee volunteer hours. Most of these programs match contributions dollar for dollar, and some will even double or triple the amount of your gift. Please check with your employer to see if they offer a matching gift program that will match your gift to the SFPE Educational and Scientific Foundation Inc. If your employer requires an Employer Identification Number (EIN) (i.e. Federal Tax Identification Number), please use 04-2701210.

You may mail your completed matching gift form to the address below or email it to jzhu@sfpe.org.

SFPE Educational & Scientific Foundation Inc
Attn: Foundation Matching Gifts
9711 Washingtonian Blvd. Suite 380
Gaithersburg, MD 20878

Your personal donation and matching gift will be directed to the fund you designate above.

Vision

Enhance the scientific understanding of fire and its interaction with the natural and built environment; develop engineering methods to mitigate the adverse consequences of uncontrolled fires; and provide educational and research opportunities for the next generation of fire protection and safety engineers.

Mission

To support research and education to advance the practice of fire protection engineering.

How to Contribute

The SFPE Foundation is able to deliver on its mission because of your support and generosity. By contributing to one of the Foundation’s funds below, you'll help ensure that our work to advance research in fire protection engineering continues. Making an online donation is quick and easy. We welcome donations of all sizes and payment plans – whether it's a one-time gift, a monthly contribution, or part of a matching gift program.

Annual Fund

The SFPE Foundation’s Annual Fund provides funding to support the Foundation’s mission through its operations as well as fund academic student research grants worldwide. Donate here.

Guylène Proulx Scholarship Fund

The Guylène Proulx Scholarship Fund was established in memory of Dr. Guylène Proulx, OC, one of the preeminent researchers and communicators in the field of human behavior in emergencies. This Scholarship honors her legacy by building on the research in her chosen profession. Donations to this fund provide a monetary award of up to $5,000 annually to the Proulx Award recipient, selected by a panel of human behavior experts. Donate here.

Robert W. Fitzgerald Fund Challenge

April Hammond-Berkol created the Robert W. Fitzgerald Fund Challenge in tribute to retired WPI Professor Robert W. Fitzgerald. For every dollar donated to this fund, Hammond-Berkol will match one dollar, up to a maximum of $2,000 per year, for the next five years. All gifts to the Fitzgerald Fund Challenge will be used to ensure sustained funding for the Guylène Proulx Scholarship. Donate here.

Double Your Donation

UL and William Henry Merrill Society Matching Campaign

We are excited to announce the establishment of the UL and William Henry Merrill Society Matching Campaign for the SFPE Foundation. This campaign will match donations to the Annual Fund, the Guylène Proulx Scholarship Fund, and the Robert W. Fitzgerald Fund Challenge. Under this matching campaign, UL will contribute up to $25,000 per year for five years by matching contributions made by SFPE members and SFPE chapters. All contributions made by UL under this campaign will be devoted to student research projects related to fire safety. The UL and William Henry Merrill Society Matching Campaign is a great way for SFPE members and chapters to leverage their contributions because when you contribute, your contribution is doubled.

Corporate Matching Gifts

Many companies offer matching gift programs to encourage employees to contribute to charitable organizations, like the SFPE Foundation. Some companies also provide matching funds to support employee volunteer hours. Most of these programs match contributions dollar for dollar, and some will even double or triple the amount of your gift. Please check with your employer to see if they offer a matching gift program that will match your gift to the SFPE Educational and Scientific Foundation Inc. If your employer requires an Employer Identification Number (EIN) (i.e. Federal Tax Identification Number), please use 04-2701210.

You may mail your completed matching gift form to the address below or email it to jzhu@sfpe.org.

SFPE Educational & Scientific Foundation Inc
Attn: Foundation Matching Gifts
9711 Washingtonian Blvd. Suite 380
Gaithersburg, MD 20878

Your personal donation and matching gift will be directed to the fund you designate above.

About

Chair Welcome || Board of Governors || Governance Documents

Chair Welcome

The mission of the SFPE Foundation is to advance the science and practice of fire protection engineering internationally by advocating and supporting engineering research, technology transfer and education. Formerly known as the SFPE Educational & Scientific Foundation (E&SF), the goals of the SFPE Foundation remain the same. As the Chair of the Board of Governors of the SFPE Foundation, I would like to see closer collaboration between the educational and scientific research interests of our profession in order to fulfill the Foundation’s mission.

There is an old saying in academia that industry has problems looking for solutions, while academia has solutions looking for problems. This saying has merit in the fire protection engineering profession, where many problems are being addressed and much research and testing is being performed without academic input. Having been in academia for most of my career, I am not so naïve to think that academia has all the solutions, but I firmly believe that academia should be part of the solution for many problems. I also think students should be engaged in the process to enhance their professional development.

Think about the wealth of data that is acquired during fire research programs and even during routine fire testing. Add to that the mounds of field data acquired from actual fires and fire protection system performance every day. Most of this data goes unanalyzed for lack of resources and vehicles to analyze the data.

This is where students could be engaged through relatively small research projects that provide them with useful real-world experience, while helping the SFPE Foundation fulfill its research and educational missions. To this end, I would like to see the SFPE Foundation serve as the conduit between industry and academia, with industry providing the financial resources, projects and data for students to work on, academia providing the students and student supervision, and the SFPE Foundation serving as the liaison and facilitator between them.

I make this proposal because I believe that education is the foundation for every profession, so the profession should do everything it can to support the education of its future members. By providing this type of support for higher education in fire protection engineering, the SFPE Foundation will help to foster development of the next and future generations of fire safety professionals throughout the world.

I have shared this proposal with other members of the Foundation’s Board of Governors and received positive feedback for this concept. I would also like to share with you that the SFPE Board of Directors has authorized the development of a new strategic plan for the Foundation and this proposal will be considered as part of the strategic plan development during 2017. We will keep you posted as the new strategic plan solidifies. If you have any questions or comments concerning the SFPE Foundation and these plans, please contact me at foundation@sfpe.org.

Throughout its history, the SFPE Foundation has been involved in several projects that serve both the heritage and legacy of the profession. If you have not browsed the SFPE Foundation’s website lately, please do so. There you will find heritage research documents that have been made available through the Foundation by a number of research organizations as well as the awards and scholarships supported by the SFPE Foundation.

These historical activities, as well as any new initiatives, are only possible through the support of SFPE members, SFPE chapters and corporate sponsors. I ask all SFPE members and chapters, as well as corporate sponsors, to renew your support for the SFPE Foundation. To make a tax deductible contribution to the SFPE Foundation, please send your donation to the attention of the Clerk of the SFPE Foundation, 9711 Washingtonian Blvd, Suite 380, Gaithersburg, MD 20878 or donate online.


 

Frederick Mowrer, Ph.D., P.E., FSFPE
2018 SFPE Foundation Chair


Board of Governors

Officers

Chair

Treasurer

Clerk

  Tod Ossmann Nicole_Testa_Boston
Frederick Mowrer, Ph.D., P.E., FSFPE
Cal Poly - San Luis Obispo
Term: 2019
Tod Ossmann, P.E.
Willis Towers Watson
Term: 2019
Nicole Testa Boston, CAE
SFPE
Term: Ex-officio

Governors

Kerry M. Bell, P.E., FSFPE
Underwriters Laboratories Inc.
Term: 2021
Christopher L. Butts, P.E., SET, CFPS
Pond & Company
Term: 2019
Michael A. Crowley, PE, FSFPE
JENSEN HUGHES
Term: 2020
Sam Dannaway       
Samuel A. Dannaway, P.E., FSFPE
Coffman Engineers, Inc.
Term: 2019
Casey C. Grant, P.E.
Fire Protection Research Foundation
Term: 2021
Bryan Klein
Thunderhead Engineering
Term: 2020
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Peter Senez, P. Eng.
Jensen Hughes
Term: 2021
Deborah L. Shaner, P.E.
Shaner Life Safety
Term: 2019
Victor J. Sordillo, P.E., CSP
SOMPO International Insurance
Term: 2020
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Joseph Talbert, P.E., FSFPE
Jensen Hughes
Term: 2020
Randolph Tucker, P.E., FSFPE
CCRD Partners
Term: 2021
 

Governance Documents

Awards

Arthur B. Guise Medal || Jack Bono Award for Engineering Communications || Student Scholar

Arthur B. Guise Medal

Endowed by R. Keith Guise

The Arthur B. Guise Medal was created to ensure that the engineering and scientific contributions of Arthur B. Guise will not only be remembered but will live on as continuing inspiration and encouragement to those who follow his footsteps in pursuit of scientific achievement.

The medal, authorized in 1982, is bestowed upon an individual for eminent achievement in the advancement of the science and technology of fire protection engineering. Such achievement may be in the areas of research, development, design, innovation, management, education or literature. Accompanying the bronze medal is a $2,000 honorarium provided by R. Keith Guise and the SFPE Foundation.

Arthur B. Guise, P.E., engineer and scientist, was singularly responsible for the development of dry chemicals as fire extinguishing agents used in portable extinguishers and fixed extinguishing systems. During his distinguished fire protection engineering career, spanning five and a half decades, he was responsible for an array of advancements in the technology and practice of fire protection engineering.

Among his contributions:

  • helped establish the Ansul Fire School
  • conceived the free-radical theory of fire extinguishing
  • developed the science and practice of fire extinguishment for high challenge fire hazards such as natural gas, LNG, rubber tires and combustible metals
  • described the methods for evaluating basic extinguishing effectiveness of dry chemicals, halons, carbon dioxide and other agents
  • developed foam compatible dry chemicals
  • developed the principles of flow and distribution of fluidized powder
  • reduced "light water" (perfluorocarbon surfactants) to practice
  • developed "twin agent" extinguishing systems and technology

Guise graduated from Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in 1927 with a B.S. degree in chemical engineering. He subsequently worked in the petroleum industry for the Atlantic refining Company, Cities Service Refining, and the Okmulgee Gas and Oil Company (now Phillips); for Rockwood Sprinkler, U.S. Rubber and from 1935 until 1941 for Factory Mutual Laboratories. In 1942 he joined DuGas engineering, then a subsidiary of Ansul. He spent the next 24 years with Ansul, retiring in 1966. After retiring he engaged in private consulting. During his lifetime he was issued 12 patents.

When Guise died in 1982, there was little doubt that his technical and scientific contributions to fire protection had, in the final analysis, resulted in a significant reduction in the loss of life and property due to fire. He left the world a better and safer place than he found it.

Recipients

2018 Recipients

Guillermo Rein

Past Recipients

  • Arthur B. Guise (1983)
  • Dr. Gunnar Heskestad (1985)
  • Dr. Howard Emmons (1986)
  • Dr. Oliver W. Johnson, PE (1987)
  • Dr. Tibor Z. Harmathy (1989)
  • Walter M. Haessler (1990)
  • Edwin J. "Jake" Jablonski, P.E. (1990)
  • Dr. Phillip H. Thomas, Ceng (1991)
  • George T. Tamura (1992)
  • James F. O'Regan, P.E. (1993)
  • Margret Law, MBE (1994)
  • Dr. Dougal Drysdale (1995)
  • Cheng Yao, M.S. (1997)
  • Dr. John L. Bryan (1998)
  • Dr. Howard R. Baum (1999)
  • Dr. Craig L. Beyler (2000)
  • Dr. R. Brady Williamson (2001)
  • David A. Lucht, P.E. (2002)
  • Dr. Hsiang-Cheng Kung (2003)
  • Dr. Vytenis Babrauskas (2004)
  • Phillip J. DiNenno, P.E., FSFPE (2005)
  • James G. Quintiere, Ph. D., FSFPE (2006)
  • William D. Walton, P.E., FSFPE (2007)
  • Dr. Jose L. Torero (2008)
  • Archibald Tewarson, Ph.D. (2009)
  • Dr. Guyléne Proulx, FSFPE (2010)
  • Dr. Charles Fleischmann, FSFPE (2011)
  • Richard W. Bukowski, P.E., FSFPE (2012)
  • Dr. David A. Charters (2013)
  • Professor Ai Sekizawa, FSFPE (2014)
  • Professor Takeyoshi Tanaka, FSFPE (2015)
  • James A. Milke, Ph.D., P.E., FSFPE (2016)
  • Arvind Atreya, Ph.D. (2017)
  • Guillermo Rein (2018)

Jack Bono Award for Engineering Communications

Endowed by Underwriters Laboratories

The Jack Bono Award for Engineering Communications is named after Jack A. Bono, a Fellow and Past President of the Society who worked at Underwriters Laboratories Inc. (UL) for 44 years.

Bono began his 44-year career with UL in 1946, following his honorable discharge from the U.S. Navy and his graduation from Northwestern University. In succeeding years, he held various engineering and management positions including manager of UL’s fire protection department. In May 1978, Jack was named UL’s 7th President and CEO. As President, Jack was known as “The Architect,” overseeing the development and expansion of UL’s testing laboratories in Northbrook, IL, Melville, NY, Research Triangle Park, NC, and Santa Clara, CA, as well as numerous other testing facilities. He also pioneered and formalized UL’s relationships with many outside constituencies, and was a strong proponent of maintaining close working relations with the regulatory community. He served as president of UL until his retirement in 1990.

Bono left behind a remarkable legacy of dedication and service to public safety. Development of the current rating systems for fire extinguishers was among his many accomplishments. In addition to his distinguished service at UL and the Society, Bono was a former member of the board of directors of the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), American National Standards Institute (ANSI) and the American Society of Testing and Materials (ASTM).

In honor of this remarkable legacy, this award recognizes author(s) who have most contributed to the advancement and application of professional fire protection engineering in the prior year.

The award is endowed by Underwriters Laboratories and the recipient(s) also receives a $2,000 honorarium.

Recipients

2018 Recipients

David T. Butry, Ph.D.

Douglas S. Thomas

The Jack Bono Award for Engineering Communications was awarded for their paper entitled "Cigarette Fires Involving Upholstered Furniture in Residences: The Role that Smokers, Smoker Behavior, and Fire Standard Compliant Cigarettes Play" that appeared in 2017 in Fire Technology (Volume 53, Issue 3, pp 1123-1146).

Past Recipients

  • Vytenis Babrauskas, Ph. D. (1997)
  • Jonathan Barnett, Ph.D. (1998)
  • Bernard Cuzzillo, Ph.D. and Patrick Pagni, Ph.D. (1999)
  • Andrew Kim, Ph.D. and Joseph Su, Ph.D. (2000)
  • Stefan Sardquist and Goren Holmstedt (2002)
  • Ian D. Bennetts, Ph.D. and Ian R. Thomas, Ph.D. (2004)
  • Christopher J. Wieczorek, Ph. D., Uri Vandsburger, Ph. D., and Jaon E. Floyd, Ph. D. (2005)
  • Paul A. Croce, Sc.D., John P. Hill, and Yibing Xin, Ph.D. (2006)
  • Justin A. Geiman, Daniel T. Gottuk, Ph.D., P.E., and James A. Milke, Ph.D., P.E., FSFPE (2007)
  • Hui Xie, Lazaros Filippidis, Darren Blackshields, Peter Lawrence, Steven Gwynne, and Edwin R. Galea (2008)
  • Andrew K. Kim, Ph.D. and George P. Crampton (2009)
  • John L. de Ris, Hong-Zeng Yu, and Benjamin Ditch (2010)
  • Yaping He, Prof. (2011)
  • Magnus Arvidson (2012)
  • Ying Zhen Li, Bo Lei, and Haukur Ingason (2013)
  • William C-K Wong, LEED AP, Professor Nicholas A. Dembsey, Ph.D, P.E., FSFPE, Jarrod Alston, P.E., and Chris W. Lautenberger, Ph.D., P.E. for "A Multi-component Data Set Framework for Validation of CFD Flame Spread Models" (2014)
  • Elizabeth Blanchard, Ph.D., Pascal Boulet, Pierre Carlotti, Sylvain Desanghere, Philippe Fromy, J.P. Garo,  and J.P. Vantelon for "Experimental and Numerical Study of the Interaction Between Water Mist and Fire in an Intermediate Test Tunnel" (2015)
  • Nils Johansson, Ph.D., Stefan Svensson, Ph.D., and Patrick van Hees, Ph.D. for "A Study of Reproducibility of Full-Scale Multi-Room Compartment Fire Experiment" (2016)
  • Kevin McGrattan, Ph.D., Richard Peacock, and Kristopher Overholt, Ph.D. for "Validation of Fire Models Applied to Nuclear Power Plant Safety" (2017)
  • David T. Butry, Ph.D. and Douglas S. Thomas for “Cigarette Fires Involving Upholstered Furniture in Residences: The Role that Smokers, Smoker Behavior, and Fire Standard Compliant Cigarettes Play” (2018)

Student Scholar

The Student Scholar Award was established in 2006 by the Board of Governors of the SFPE Foundation to recognize students who are performing research to advance the science and practice of fire protection engineering. The Foundation's Board of Governors makes the selection annually. Nominations are accepted from undergraduate, graduate and post-graduate students and are judged on scientific quality and relevance of their research to the fire protection engineering profession.

The recipient of this award receives a $1,000 honorarium from the SFPE Foundation.


Grants

Student Research Grant || Guylène Proulx Scholarship || Chief Donald J. Burns Memorial Research Grant

Student Research Grant

The Student Research Grants is available to any student studying in the field of fire protection and fire safety engineering.

Purpose

To support baccalaureate, masters and doctoral student research projects in fire safety science or fire protection engineering. A condition of funding is that research must result in a publishable paper and that paper or an alternate presentation must be made available for posting on the SFPE website.

Funding

Requests up to USD $25,000 will be considered. The maximum overhead allocation that the Foundation will approve is 25% of the value of the grant.

Application

The request* must be submitted by the student and must include the student's faculty adviser's recommendation. These should be sent to the SFPE Foundation at foundation@sfpe.org.
  • Submissions may not be longer than 5 pages.
  • Submissions shall include a timeline of major tasks and deliverables.
  • Review and recommendation will be by a global review panel comprised of fire safety experts. Final decisions rest with the Foundation's Board of Governors.

Deadline

Submissions will be accepted at any time.

Evaluation Criteria

Applications for research grants must, in addition to the research plan, provide written documentation addressing each of the evaluation criteria. Clear, concise written examples of prior research and experience will greatly aid the evaluation process. The following specific criteria will apply to the review of each application.

Technical Merit – 35%. This is a measure of the quality of the research plan and the possibility that it will yield valid and broadly applicable results or contribute to knowledge in the profession. The plan will be evaluated according to the following:

  • Does the hypothesis or objective have a supported basis?
  • Does the approach follow accepted procedures of scientific inquiry?
  • Are the means of evaluating experimental results appropriate?
  • Is there anything novel about this research?

Usefulness – 35%. This is a measure of the potential impact of the research on the field of fire protection engineering. Applicants should provide information to help determine the following:

  • Will the research produce results that are useful for fire protection engineers?
  • Will the research advance the student, adviser, or institution in such a way that, individually or collectively, they will be able to contribute to the future of fire protection engineering?

Qualifications – 15%. Applicants should provide the following information:

  • Number of fire protection engineering students whose research was supervised by the faculty supervisor in the last 5 years.
  • Number of students in other engineering disciplines whose research was supervised by the faculty adviser in the last 5 years.
  • List of faculty adviser's major publications resulting from research assisted by students in the last 5 years.

Achievability – 15%. This is a measure of whether the proposed plan can be carried out within the stated time frame. Applicants should specifically identify the following:

  • Human and facility resources available (or planned) at the home institution.
  • Facilities or assistance to be provided from another institution.
  • Recipients

    2017

    • Frantz Richter from Imperial College London awarded 5K to provide partial support for the Computational Investigation of the Timber Response to Fire, which is a study that focuses on the creation of a toolkit to more accurately predict the charring rate of timber, thereby helping fire engineers and regulators assess the safety of proposed building designs. 
    • Dr. Michael Gollner from University of Maryland awarded 5K to provide partial support for the graduate student program instructor and lecture and laboratory materials for An Introduction to Math and Physics through Fire Dynamics, which is an unique, semester-long, on-campus high school bridge program designed to introduce students to advanced concepts in chemistry, physics, and mathematics through the lens of fire dynamics, so as to increase their exposure to, and understanding of, the value of these concepts, which are typically taught independently as separate areas of study.

    2015

    • Dr. Brian Meacham from Worcester Polytechnic Institute awarded 5K to provide partial support for development of a textbook entitled Fire Performance Analysis for Buildings, which will be published by John Wiley & Sons. The textbook will provide a framework for evaluating the performance of buildings against fire scenarios which link the fire, active and passive fire defenses, people, building architecture, and site conditions. The award will help support the participation of students and others to assist in the completion of fire performance analysis examples, supporting graphics and the final technical review.
    • Dr. Brian Meacham from Worcester Polytechnic Institute awarded 5K to provide partial support for the research project Post-Earthquake Fire Performance of a Light-Gauge Cold-Formed Steel Framed Building. The funds from this grant will support room-scale fire tests in order to assess the fire performance of structural and non-structural systems, including exit system components (corridors, stairs, doors), fire- and smoke-rated compartmentation (walls and ceilings), exterior system performance (walls, windows), and if time and resources permit, active fire protection systems. The research is slated to begin in May 2016 and findings will be summarized and disseminated via multiple formats, including conference papers, journal articles and technical reports.
    • Egle Rackauskaite from Imperial College London awarded 15K to provide partial support for the research project Response of Steel and Concrete Structures to Travelling Fires. The funds will go towards creating a collaboration between the Imperial College London and the University of Michigan to investigate and compare the structural response of steel frames and concrete frames to travelling fires. The research will capture the fire heterogeneity effect on the structural response and quantify it in a probabilistic framework. This will identify the critical fires that could lead to the most severe conditions for the structures.

    2014

    • Isaac Leventon from The University of Maryland awarded $11,607 to provide partial support to provide a new high school bridge course: An Introduction to Math and Physics through Fire Dynamics. The funds will go towards creating a semester long program that is designed to introduce students to advanced concepts in chemistry, physics, and mathematics, through the lens of fire dynamics to increase their exposure to, and understanding of, the value of these concepts, which are typically taught independently as separate areas of study. By studying the content of this course as it applies to a series of real world applications, student awareness of the responsibilities and career opportunities of a fire protection engineer is also developed. Watch a story on The University of Maryland funded course Sparking a Love for Science by Studying How Christmas Trees Burn.

    2013

    • Dr. Jose Torero from The University of Queensland awarded 5K to provide partial support to the creation of a fire safety engineering program and The University of Queensland SFPE Student Chapter (UQ-SFPE). The UQ-SFPE has been active since October 2014. You can find all the great things UQ-SFPE is doing here.

    Guylène Proulx, OC Scholarship

    Guylène Proulx, OC Scholarship is given annually to a student studying in the field of human behavior.

    About Guylène Proulx

    Guylène Proulx, an outstanding researcher in human factors and human behavior related to fire, received her PhD in architectural planning/environmental psychology from the Université de Montréal in 1992, following which she joined the Institute for Research in Construction, National Research Council Canada (NRC) to conduct research in human factors related to fire. For that research, she received international acclaim from all of the diverse interests in the fire safety community.

    Her research included investigations in: human response to fire alarms, fire alarm audibility and signal recognition, effectiveness and impact of voice communication messages on evacuation, typical actions taken after fire alert, evacuation movement, timing of escape, time to start evacuating, social interaction during emergency, performance of fire warning systems and photo luminescent marking, evacuation strategies for various occupancies and peoples with disabilities.

    She was a great communicator of fire protection engineering and fire safety science and an ambassador for the entire profession by raising public awareness of fire safety issues. She was also an effective teacher; serving as an Adjunct Research Professor at Carleton University and an Adjunct Associate Professor of Fire Protection Engineering at the Worcester Polytechnic Institute. As well, she helped develop and teach the SFPE Short Course on Human Behavior in Fire Emergencies.

    Dr. Proulx was the recipient of significant awards from NRC and the Government of Canada for efforts in sharing research findings and promoting fire safety, including the 2007 Public Service Award of Excellence from the Government of Canada. Less than a week before her death in 2009, she was informed by the Office of the Governor General of Canada that she had been named an Officer of the Order of Canada, the most prestigious award given to Canadian civilians in recognition of “a lifetime of outstanding achievement, dedication to community and service to the nation.”

    She was passionate about giving back to her profession. She was a member of SFPE’s Board of Directors and of the Educational and Scientific Foundation Board of Governors. She was a Past President and Board member of SFPE’s National Capital Region Chapter. As well, she was a key member of SFPE’s Task Group on Human Behavior in Fire.

    Guylène Proulx was considered by all who knew her to be one of the preeminent researchers and communicators in the field of human behavior in emergencies. Her enduring legacy, as stated by her international colleagues, is the body of her research work. This scholarship honors her legacy by building on the research in her chosen profession.

    Application Information

    Application period for the 2019 scholarship to be announced.


    Guylène Proulx Scholarship Recipients

    Guylène Proulx was considered by all who knew her to be one of the preeminent researchers and communicators in the field of human behavior in emergencies. Her enduring legacy, as stated by her international colleagues, is the body of her research work. This scholarship honors her legacy by building on the research in her chosen profession. Below is a list of outstanding recipients of this prestige scholarship.
    • 2018 – The Impact of Human Behavior on Wildfire Evacuations
      Lauren Folk & John Gales. PhD., Department of Civil Engineering, York University. Toronto, Canada
    • 2017- Increasing Safety in Aging Societies
      Paul Geoerg and Professor Armin Seyfried, University of Wuppertal
    • 2016 – Towards Fire Safe Schools: Investigation of Pedestrian Evacuation Dynamics and the Human Behaviours of Children and the Influence of Training on Evacuation Performance
      Glenn Hamilton and Dr. Patrick Lennon, Letterkenny Institute of Technology.
    • 2015 – Human Performance Data from Planned Trials on Passenger Ships at Sea
      Robert Brown and Professor Edwin Galea, University of Greenwich

    Robert W. Fitzgerald Fund Challenge

    The April Hammond-Berkol Fund is a donation challenge in tribute to the recently retired Professor Robert W. Fitzgerald of the Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI). Fitzgerald is a member of the WPI Class of 1953 and served as a professor of civil engineering, helping to establish WPI’s fire protection engineering program. His pioneering efforts to develop a rational, systemic approach toward analyzing building fire safety also culminated in the book, Building Fire Performance Analysis.

    For more than 30 years, WPI’s world-renowned program in fire protection engineering has been engaged in education and research aimed at solving real-world problems and making the world a safer place.

    April Hammond-Berkol, a WPI graduate with degrees in mechanical and fire protection and who recently retired from Zurich Insurance Company as a risk engineer, created the fund with a $10,000 pledge. The April Hammond-Berkol Fund Campaign will be a permanent endowment, which will secure its perpetuity by only allowing use of the interest and investment income of the fund and leaving the principal intact. Proceeds of the fund will be sent to the Proulx Scholarship Fund to help secure its principal endowment.

    The return on the investment will be transferred to the Proulx Scholarship Fund until the principal amount of the fund reaches a minimum level of $62,000, an amount considered adequate to sustain a quality Proulx Scholarship award for the near future. The SFPE Foundation board of governors may adjust the amount of returns transferred from the Hammond-Berkol Fund if and when the minimum principal required for the Proulx Scholarship award changes in the future. Once the minimum Proulx Scholarship Fund level is achieved, the income from the campaign can be used at the discretion of the board of governors.

    The April Hammond-Berkol Fund Campaign is a challenge donation. For every dollar donated to the fund from SFPE members and friends, Hammond-Berkol will contribute one dollar (up to a maximum $2,000 per year) for the next five years for a maximum of $10,000 during the five-year campaign. April Hammond-Berkol made an initial contribution of $2,000 at the end of 2017 to kick-off the campaign.


    UL and William Henry Merrill Society Matching Campaign

    We are excited to announce the establishment of the UL and William Henry Merrill Society Matching Campaign for the SFPE Foundation. This campaign will match donations to the Annual Fund, the Guylène Proulx Scholarship Fund, and the Robert W. Fitzgerald Fund Challenge. Under this matching campaign, UL will contribute up to $25,000 per year for five years by matching contributions made by SFPE members and SFPE chapters. All contributions made by UL under this campaign will be devoted to student research projects related to fire safety. The UL and William Henry Merrill Society Matching Campaign is a great way for SFPE members and chapters to leverage their contributions because when you contribute, your contribution is doubled.

    About UL and the William Henry Merrill Society

    UL fosters safe living and working conditions for people everywhere through the application of science to solve safety, security and sustainability challenges. The UL Mark engenders trust enabling the safe adoption of innovative new products and technologies. Everyone at UL shares a passion to make the world a safer place. We test, inspect, audit, certify, validate, verify, advise and train and we support these efforts with software solutions for safety and sustainability. To learn more about us, visit UL.com.

    The William Henry Merrill Society serves as a tribute to the founder of UL by whose vision Underwriters Laboratories was created and through whose genius its engineering service for the protection of life and property was established. The membership of the William Henry Merrill Society is comprised of staff within UL’s organization who are designated as Corporate Fellows or Distinguished Members of Technical Staff on the basis of their overall contributions to the fulfillment of UL’s safety mission.


    The Chief Donald J. Burns Memorial Research Grant

    The Chief Donald J. Burns Memorial Research Grant funds is no longer awarded. The purpose of this grant was to utilize information modeling as a means of improving infrastructure safety and fire service preparedness. The Grant is named in memory of FDNY Assistant Chief Donald Burns. Chief Burns died in the collapse of the World Trade Center Towers on September 11, 2001, while setting up his command post to direct the evacuation.

    Funding for this grant was provided by Bentley Systems Incorporated. Bentley is a global leader in providing architects, engineers, geospatial professionals, constructors, and owner-operators with comprehensive software solutions for sustaining infrastructure.


    Recipients

    2017 – Visual Localization Systems for Fire Brigade Using BIM Technology
    Paula Smyczek, Dr. Piotr Tofilo and Dr. Adam Krasuski, Main School of Fire Service

    2016 – Real-Time Fire Monitoring and Visualization for the Post-Ignition Fire State in a Building
    Paul Beata, Dr. Ann Jeffers and Dr. Vineet Kamat, University of Michigan
    (Final Report [PDF])

    2015 – Fire Navigator Research
    Nahom Daniel and Dr. Guillermo Rein, Imperial College London
    (Final Report [PDF])

    2014 – Development of a Cyber Physical System for Fire Safety
    Rosalie Faith Wills and Dr. Andre Marshall, University of Maryland
    (Final Report [PDF]| Presentation [PPT])

    2013 – Property Risk Optimization by Predictive Hazard Evaluation Tool (PROPHET)
    Austin Anderson and Dr. O.A. Ezekoye, The University of Texas at Austin
    (Final Report [PDF]| Presentation [PPT])

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    Donors

    Thank you to our generous donors who provide ongoing support to the SFPE Foundation. Our educational and scientific research efforts would not be possible without you!

    2018 Annual Fund Donors

    • Anonymous - $277
    • Brian Byungkug An - $25
    • Kerry Bell - $1,000
    • W.C. Boyte - $25
    • Richard L. P. Custer - $100
    • FM Global Employee Match - $200
    • Melvin K. Harano - $50
    • Tim Hawthorne - $3,004.23
    • Randy Lane - $25
    • Sultan Salem Al Maskri - $1,000
    • Kirti Bhushan Mishra - $57.50
    • Robert MacGregor Peart - $50
    • Sarah A. Rice - $25
    • Rocky Mountain Chapter - $1,500
    • Timothy Rouns - $25
    • Richard A. Rowlands - $35
    • Sompo Employee Match - $100
    • Victor J. Sordillo - $100
    • Tennessee Valley Chapter - $500
    • James M. Tolos - $25

    2017 Annual Fund Donors

    • Anonymous - $325
    • Austin - San Antonio Chapter - $500
    • Kathleen Almand - $100
    • Luis F. Arango -25
    • Daniel L. Arnold - $500
    • Carl F. Baldassarra - $500
    • Sam Beale - $40
    • Kerry M. Bell -100
    • Timothy W. Bowe
    • Thomas J. Bravante
    • Christopher L. Butts
    • Guy T. Castino
    • Central Savannah River Area Chapter - $675
    • Central Virginia Chapter - $200
    • Bernard J. Cosh
    • Michael A Crowley - $500
    • Richard J. Davis
    • Sean S. Donohue - $100
    • Jason E. Floyd - $200
    • Scott A. Futrell
    • Raymond A. Grill - $500
    • Melvin K. Harano
    • John S. Hardy
    • John C. Harrington - $500
    • Paul F. Hart
    • Dwight H. Havens
    • Robert Henry
    • Robert J. Keough
    • Amanda Kimball
    • Bryan Klein - $500
    • David P. Klein
    • Randy L. Lane
    • Jeffrey LaSalle
    • Alana MacLellan-Bonnell - $100
    • Jeffrey A. Maddox - $1,000
    • L. Jeffrey Mattern
    • Connor McGill - $25
    • Kevin McGrattan - $2,000
    • Brian J. Meacham
    • Wallace Merrell
    • Anthony J. Militello - $100
    • Frederick W. Mowrer - $500
    • New Jersey Chapter - $1,000
    • Daniel J. O'Connor - $500
    • Tod B. Ossmann - $100
    • Jack W. Poole - $100
    • Ralf Prior - $50
    • Paul E. Rivers - $1,000
    • Richard A. Rollands
    • Normand Roy - $20
    • Michael Saade
    • Peter Senez - $500
    • Philip Sconyo
    • Deborah L. Shaner - $1,000
    • J. Sargent Slicer
    • Orville M. Slye
    • Robert D. Sullivan - $25
    • Joseph Talbert - $100
    • James M. Tolos
    • Beth A. Tubbs
    • Lisa VanBuskirk
    • Victor Sordillo
    • Underwriters Laboratories
    • David Walencewicz

    2016 Annual Fund Donors

    • Daniel Arnold
    • Austin/San Antonio Chapter
    • Russell Bainbridge
    • Andrew Biery
    • Brian Byung Kug An
    • Timothy Bowe
    • Michael Crowley
    • James David
    • William Davis
    • Daniel P. Finnegan
    • Paul Fitzgerald
    • Alice Formosa
    • Scott Futrell
    • J. Gonzalez
    • April Leyla Hammond
    • Evan Haynes
    • Melvin Harano
    • Kevin Hornyak
    • Amanda Kimball
    • Thomas Kraft
    • Dann Layou
    • George H. McCall
    • New England Chapter
    • New Jersey Chapter
    • Michael Newman
    • Robert Peart
    • Gary Percy
    • Rocky Mountain Chapter
    • Raymundo Rodriquez
    • Richard Rowlands
    • Glen Satre
    • Southern California Chapter
    • Steven Spivak
    • John R. Stauder
    • Arthur Tiroly
    • James Tolos
    • David Walencewicz
    • Laura Woody

    2018 Proulx Donors

    • Richard Davis - $100
    • Chris Jelenewicz - $100
    • New York Metropolitan Chapter - $1,000
    • Deborah Shaner - $100

    2017 Proulx Donors

    • April Leyla Hammond-Berkol
    • Samuel Dannaway
    • Richard "Dick" J. Davis $100
    • Mid-South Chapter
    • Ralf Prior - $50
    • St. Lawrence Chapter

    2016 Proulx Donors

    • Harold Locke
    • St. Lawrence Chapter

    2015 Proulx Donors

    • Samuel Dannaway
    • New England Chapter
    • St. Lawrence Chapter
    • Beth Tubbs

    2014 Proulx Donors

    • Mid-South Chapter
    • New York Metropolitan Chapter
    • SimplexGrinnell
    • St. Lawrence Chapter

    2013 Proulx Donors

    • Brian Meacham
    • Mid-South Chapter
    • O. Salem
    • SimplexGrinnell
    • St. Lawrence Chapter

    2012 Proulx Donors

    • FM Global
    • Peter Johnson
    • Lund University
    • Daniel Madrzykowski
    • Brian Meacham
    • National Fire Protection Association (NFPA)
    • New York Metropolitan Chapter
    • SimplexGrinnell
    • St. Lawrence Chapter
    • David Yung

    2011 Proulx Donors

    • Dirk Haley
    • Jeffery Mattern
    • Ken Richardson
    • St. Lawrence Chapter
    • David Yung

    2018 Fitzgerald Donors

    • Christopher Joseph Beckman - $50
    • Samuel S. Dannaway - $250
    • FM Global Employee Match - $1,000
    • Andrew Harmsworth - $100
    • Lucie Hasalova & Vaclac Vystrcil - $85.50
    • Thomas Izbicki - $100
    • Jeffrey Mattern - $500
    • Tod B. Ossmann - $50
    • Joseph Talbert - $100
    • Beth Alyson Tubbs - $100
    • Tara Wilson - $100
    • Thomas Steven Wright - $200

    2017 Fitzgerald Donors

    • April Hammond-Berkol - $2,000
    • Samuel Dannaway - $1,000
    • Ralph Foster - $100
    • David Jacoby - $100
    • Peter Johnson - $100
    • Eddie Laroque - $100
    • Dan Madrzykowski - $200
    • Jeffrey Mattern - $250
    • Ralf Prior - $50
    • Amal Tamim - $100
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