Dr. John Gales begins January 2018 as an Assistant Professor at York University in the Department of Civil Engineering. From 2014 to 2017, he was Assistant Professor in Fire Safety Engineering at Carleton University, he remains a visiting professor at that institution. He received his structural engineering doctorate from the University of Edinburgh in the United Kingdom in 2013. He received his master’s degree in 2009 at Queen’s University Canada. Dr. Gales’ primary research interests include resilient structural fire design, human behaviour in fire, sustainable construction materials, and re-purposing (or adaptation) of building infrastructure. His research is active in various international collaborations and student exchanges related to fire safety engineering research with the University of Canterbury in New Zealand, Imperial College London in the United Kingdom, CERIB in France, and NIST in the USA. His students have been recipients of 22 major scholarships and awards. To date he has over 95 scientific contributions. His primary industry collaborators are the consulting firms Arup (Human behaviour in emergencies) and Entuitive (structural engineering). He is one of four Task Group Chairs in the Fire Protection Committee of the American Society of Civil Engineers, the leading structural fire committee in the United States. He is Chair of the sub-committee on Fire Behaviour and Safety of Structures of the Canadian Society of Civil Engineers. He has sat on the editorial board of Fire Technology (Springer-Nature) since 2013 and has joined the editorial board of Fire and Materials (John Wiley) as Associate Editor in 2017.


Our research team’s interests are quite diverse, but fundamentally we want to grow Fire Safety Engineering in North America and abroad. Shown above is the current skyline of London which people can draw inspiration from (photo curt. CJ).

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