Date of release: Thursday, July 20, 2017

Jake Pauls, one of the founding fathers of evacuation dynamics, a relatively new area of research, is to be honoured by the university today (Thursday 20 July).

He will receive the degree of Honorary Doctor of Science (HonDSc) in a graduation ceremony at the Greenwich Campus. This award is in recognition of his long and distinguished career in research and professional service as an architect, engineer and scientist, and the influence and inspiration he has been to others in these fields.

Jake's research in evacuation dynamics is one of the main themes of the university's world-renowned Fire Safety Engineering Group (FSEG). He has visited the university several times and has been a keynote speaker at two international conferences organised by the university.

He was an important supporter of the group's research project concerning the World Trade Centre Evacuation. His support for this project during the selection process contributed to them winning the EPSRC grant, the largest award from this area that the university has ever won.

This year Jake will be celebrating 50 years of professional activity and service in building use and safety. He has achieved world-wide recognition as a key figure in the development of evacuation science and his research has both inspired and influenced evacuation researchers around the globe.

Jake is an inspirational speaker and gives his time freely to assist in the development of evacuation researchers. During his career he has produced more than 100 publications, delivered worldwide presentations and made a documentary film focusing on research building use and safety.

A special lecture by Jake Pauls will take place on Wednesday 19 July, between 11am and 2pm at King William Court (KW315).

Story by Public Relations

Picture: Jake Pauls.