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Personal Chair: Luke Bisby

Luke Bisby has been made Arup Professor of Fire and Structures.

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Professor Bisby is also Acting Director of the University’s BRE Centre for Fire Safety Engineering at the University of Edinburgh and Deputy Head of the Institute for Infrastructure and Environment.

He was previously Reader and the Ove Arup Foundation/Royal Academy of Engineering Senior Research Fellow in Structures in Fire at Edinburgh.

Professor Bisby was born (to English parents) and raised in Canada.

He was educated in Structural Engineering and Applied Mechanics (BEng) at McGill University, Montreal.

He undertook subsequent graduate work in Structural Engineering (MSc and PhD) at Queen’s University, Kingston.

He was Assistant Professor of Structural Engineering and Chair of Undergraduate Studies at Queen’s University from 2003 to 2008, before immigrating to the UK to take up his readership at Edinburgh.

While educated as a Structural Engineer, Professor Bisby now works more broadly in the field of Fire Safety Engineering. He collaborates with consultants, architects, fire scientists, regulators, sociologists, and government to holistically address the numerous issues relevant to fire safety in the built environment.

In addition to his primary technical research focus, he is interested in engineering education, and in public engagement with science and engineering.