On Dec. 16, 2013, the Members’ Day of CAST (China Association for Science and Technology) & the award ceremony of 13th National Award for Youth in Science and Technology was held in the Great Hall of the People in Beijing. Professor Weiguo Song and other 98 researchers in China achieved this award. Prof. Song is a member of IAFSS, works at the State Key Laboratory of Fire Science of the University and Science and Technology of China.
The National Award for Youth in Science and Technology is oriented to the broad masses of young scientific and technological researchers in China. Its aim is to cultivate a group of young academic leaders in the frontiers of world science and technology, to praise and award their outstanding achievements in the national economic development, social progress, science and technology innovation, and to motivate them to make new continuous contributions. The award was issued every two years to no more than 100 winners. Totally 1297 researchers and 1 research group were awarded in the past 13 sessions since 1987. Among them, 40 winners have been elected as academicians of the Chinese Academy of Sciences and 28 winners have been elected as academicians of the Chinese Academy of Engineering.
In the past decade, Prof. Weiguo Song have been devoted to studies of evacuation models that reflect the fundamental forces of crowed evacuation under fire environment, evacuation analysis methods considering both efficiency and accuracy. Some of his research results have been applied in dozens of large public buildings such as the Beijing Olympic Stadiums, Potala Palace and so on. His collaborative work with Dr. Jason Averail et al. at NIST on stairwell counterflow of pedestrians promoted the revision of the International Building Code. In the past years, Prof. Song has achieved the second-class National Award of Science and Technology Progress, Lu Jia Xi Youth Excellence Prize of Chinese Academy of Sciences, Science and Technology Award for Young Scientist of Anhui Province, first-class Huaxia Construction Award for Science and Technology, first prize of Science and Technology Award of the Ministry of Public Security and other awards.