SFPE Foundation announces seven recipients of annual awards

SFPE Foundation announces seven recipients of annual awards

The SFPE Foundation, a charitable organisation focused on enhancing the scientific understanding of fire and its interaction with the natural and built environment, is pleased to celebrate the seven recipients of its 2022 awards.

The organisation celebrated seven recipients:

  • Albert Simeoni, Ph.D.: Professor and Department Head, Department of Fire Protection Engineering, Worcester Polytechnic Institute, USA was presented the Arthur B. Guise Medal, for his eminent achievement in the advancement of the science and technology by connecting wildland fire science and fire safety science to better address wildland fire threats as a component of fire protection engineering practice.
  • Erik Smedberg: Ph.D. Student, Division of Fire Safety Engineering, Lund University, Sweden was presented the Dr. Guylène Proulx, OC Scholarship, for his undertaking of research in the field of human factors and human behaviour related to fire or emergencies, specific to the investigation of how exit choice is influenced by the presence of people with mobility limitations.
  • Haavard Boehmer, P.E., Michael S. Klassen, Ph.D., P.E. and Stephen M. Olenick, P.E., MBA were all presented the Jack Bono Award for Engineering Communication, endowed by UL Research Institutes. They were awarded in recognition of the advancement and application of professional fire protection engineering through their article, “Fire Hazard Analysis of Modern Vehicles in Parking Facilities,” in the September 2021 issue of Fire Technology.
  • Iffah Umairah Zulmajdi: Ph.D. Candidate, Universiti Putra Malaysia, Malaysia was presented the Student Scholar Award, for her research into the fire simulation assessment of residential compartment fire scenarios to advance the science and practice of fire protection engineering.
  • Hafizha Mulyasih, S.T., M.T., Universitas Indonesia, Indonesia was presented the Frederick W. Mowrer Global Scholar Award, for her contribution to the development of fire protection expertise in countries with rapidly expanding infrastructure through her research into the study of peat smouldering combustion and suppression methods in Southeast Asia.

Leslie Marshall, Ph.D., Director, SFPE Foundation, said: “In an industry with so many talented individuals working to advance our life-saving work, it is important to pause and to celebrate the accomplishments of these individuals who have done – and continue to do – so much to enhance the scientific understanding of fire and its interaction with the natural and built environment.

“On behalf of the SFPE Foundation Board of Governors, we are so pleased to congratulate and to celebrate our seven 2022 award recipients.”

The awards will be presented by Peter Senez, Chair, SFPE Foundation Board of Governors, during the SFPE Annual Conference & Expo in Detroit in October 12-14, 2022. Nominations for the 2023 awards will open next year.