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George Hadjisophocleous

NSERC Industrial Research Chair on Fire-Safety Engineering Synopsis
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    Dr. George Hadjisophocleous’ research is focused on studying different aspects of fires in buildings to help reduce the risk from fires on life and property.

    Research and Development

    Dr. George Hadjisophocleous is the holder of the Industrial Research Chair on Fire-Safety Engineering, which was created with the vision of developing and testing tools that can be used by fire engineers in designing fire protection systems for buildings. Part of Dr. Hadjisophocleous’ research involves using computer models to predict the performance and fire-safety of light-frame wood buildings, which are commonly used in the construction of newer homes. He also conducts full-scale fire experiments, in collaboration with the National Research Council to quantify fire development in buildings and to obtain data for the validation of computer models. Another aspect of his research looks at the human side of fires to develop models to predict occupant response and evacuation during fires. The overall goals of Dr. Hadjisophocleous’ research is the development of fire risk analysis models that can be used by building designers to improve fire safety in buildings.


    Dr. Hadjisophocleous received his post-secondary education at the University of New Brunswick. He came to Carleton in 2001 with the establishment of the Industrial Research Chair in Fire-Safety Engineering. Previously, he worked at the National Research Council, where he was Senior Research Officer and Group Leader in the Fire Risk Management Program of the Institute for Research and Construction.

    Major Awards/Honours

    • 2004 Fellow of the Society of Fire Protection Engineers
    • 1998 ASHRAE, Best Symposium Paper Award
    • 1998 SFPE Honour Lecturer
    • 1994 SFPE Invited Speaker
    • 1994 IRC Outstanding Achievement Award