Sheldon Tieszen Student Awards Sponsored by the FORUM

These Awards are sponsored by the International FORUM of Fire Research Directors (, a group composed of the Directors of fire research organizations throughout the world, which aims to reduce the burden of fire (including the loss of life and property, and effects of fire on the environment and heritage) through international cooperation on fire research. The award recognizes excellence in an IAFSS symposium paper in fire safety science by a student making a significant contribution to that paper.

Award, Eligibility and its Privileges

Each Sheldon Tieszen Student Award consists of a plaque and a US$1,250 cash payment to assist the recipient with symposium-related expenses toward their attendance at the IAFSS Symposium. It is intended that eight awards will be offered, for a total of US$10,000.

To be eligible, a student needs to be enrolled in an academic course of study at the time the paper is submitted to the Symposium Program Committee. Recipients must present their papers at the Symposium.  The student will normally be the first author on the paper accepted for presentation at the IAFSS Symposium.

Nomination Process

An Email to corresponding authors of accepted papers to the Symposium will invite nominations for the award.  At that time, the corresponding author needs to follow instructions, indicating that the student is interested in being considered for the FORUM Student Travel Award, and that the student nominee is the first author and will present the paper at the Symposium.  If a student is not the first author, a letter from the senior author is required to itemize the student’s contribution to the paper.

Selection Considerations

The five criteria used to identify the best paper are:

  • Pertinence: Is the paper pertinent to the aims of the Association? Does it epitomise “a forum dedicated to all aspects of fire research and their application to solving problems presented by destructive fire”?
  • Utility: Are the results useful? Will this work save lives? Will it enhance fire service efforts? Will it lead to new areas of research? Will it be incorporated into standards and codes?
  • Significance: Does it add significantly to our knowledge? Are there new results? Are they both accurate and important?
  • Rationality: Does the paper link experiments and theory? Have the results been both verified and explained? Does the work display wisdom, logic and intellectual insight?
  • Eloquence: Is the paper well written? Is there a worthwhile story which is described in a concise yet readable manner?

Selection Body

The award recipients will be selected by the IAFSS Awards Committee in coordination with the Chair of the FORUM.

Past Recipients


  • Sebastian Ukleja for the paper “Carbon Monoxide and Smoke Production Downstream of a Compartment for Underventilated Fires”
  • Sung-Han Koo for the paper “Sensor-linked Fire Simulation using a Monte-Carlo Approach”


  • Ying Zhen Li for the paper “The Fire Growth Rate in a Ventilated Tunnel Fire.”
  • Tomoaki Nishino for the paper titled “Modeling Recognition Degree of Refuges by Kyoto City Residents in Post-earthquake Fire Event.”
  • Sindra Summoogum for the paper  “Formation of Polychlorinated Dibenzo-p-Dioxins and Polychlorinated Dibenzofurans and Their Precursors in Fires of Pyrethroid Pesticide Alpha-Cypermethrin.”
  • Zhibin Chen for the paper “Large Eddy Simulation of Fire Dynamics with the Improved Eddy Dissipation Concept.”


  • Franz Evegren for the paper “Fire testing of external combustible ship surfaces”
  • Vermina Lundström for the paper “The Effect of Raised Walkway Design on Evacuation Behaviour in Rail Tunnels”
  • Patrick Summers for the paper “Residual Constitutive Behavior of Aluminum Alloys after Fire Exposure”
  • Melanie Rochoux for the paper “Towards predictive simulation of wildfire spread at regional scale using ensemble-based data assimilation to correct the fire front position”
  • Nicholas L. Brogaard and Martin X. Sørensen for the paper  “A New Experimental Rig for Oil Burning on Water – Results for Crude and Pure Oils”


  • Obinna Akaa (Univ. Canterbury, New Zealand)
  • Mohamad Lutfi Ramadhan (Univ. Indonesia)
  • Franz Richter (Imperial College London)
  • Rémi Stroh (LNE, France)
  • Joshua Swann (Univ. Maryland)
  • Maria Thomsen (UC Berkeley)
  • Rahul Wadhwani (Victoria Univ.)
  • James White (Univ. Maryland).
  • Cong Zhang (Univ. Maryland).


  • Elias Bearinger (Virginia Tech)
  • Mohamed Beshir (University of Edinburgh)
  • Jian Chen (NIST/University of Science and Technology of China)
  • Juan Cuevas (The University of Queensland)
  • Natalia Flores (Stellenbosch University, South Africa)
  • Lauren Gagnon (UC Berkley)
  • Carmen Gorska (The University of Queensland)
  • Vinny Gupta (The University of Queensland)
  • Qi Li (Wuhan University/NIST)
  • Andrea Lucherini (The University of Queensland)
  • Martina Manes (University of Edinburgh)
  • Karina Meerpoel-Pietri (Università di Corsica, France)
  • Xingyu Ren (University of Maryland)
  • Felix Wiesner (University of Edinburgh)
  • Nan Zhu (University of Science and Technology of China)