Faculty

Areas of Specialization for Degree Programs Research Interests
Perry Adebar
Professor and Department Head
adebar@civil.ubc.ca
604.822.6820
Structural & Earthquake Engineering

Concrete structures: seismic design, high-rise buildings, shear design, evaluation and repair of structures.

Professor Jim Atwater
Associate Professor
jatwater@civil.ubc.ca
604.822.4694
Environmental Engineering

Solid waste management, leachate generation, characterization and treatment, groundwater contamination, groundwater mitrification/denitrification.

Nemkumar Banthia
Professor
banthia@civil.ubc.ca
604.822.9541
Materials Engineering

Materials engineering; concrete; advanced composite materials; shotcrete, fibre reinforcement, rebound mechanics, kinamatic studies, optimization; supplementary cementing materials in concrete.

Pierre Bérubé
Professor
berube@civil.ubc.ca
604.822.5665
Environmental Engineering

Drinking water treatment, filtration/membrane processes for water and wastewater treatment, distribution system water quality, advanced oxidation, wastewater reuse.

Ruth Derksen
Senior Instructor
ruth.derksen@ubc.ca
604.822.9581

Proficiencies required by students entering first year post-secondary English courses; investigation of the gap between international students’ assumptions about success and a Technical Communication instructor’s measurement of that success; and, designing and revising pedagogical approaches to current communications courses offered in Applied Science.

Ken Elwood
Professor
elwood@civil.ubc.ca
604.822.0581
Structural & Earthquake Engineering

Seismic assessment of existing concrete and masonry buildings, performance-based seismic design, seismic retrofit, nonlinear structural analysis, shake table testing, earthquake disaster resilience.

Geotechnical Engineering

Shear wave velocity for the detection of fines loss in soils, internal erosion in earth dams, seepage-induced instability in gap-graded soils, grain shape and the strength of sands, filtration compatibility of woven and nonwoven geotextiles, pullout resistance of geogrids in static and dynamic loading, debris flow travel distance on steep mountainous terrain, slope stability in engineering practice.

Thomas Froese
Professor
tfroese@civil.ubc.ca
604.822.2027
Project & Construction Management

Construction Engineering and Management, Project Management, Computer-Integrated Construction, Product and Process Models for Architecture, Engineering, and Construction, Computers in Engineering Education.

Eric R. Hall
Professor
ehall@civil.ubc.ca
604.822.2707
Environmental Engineering

Membrane bioreactors for wastewater treatment (UBC Filtration Technology Group), membrane fouling, modeling and simulation of wastewater treatment systems, fate of emerging contaminants during secondary treatment, microbial ecology of biological treatment systems.

Terje Haukaas
Professor
terje@civil.ubc.ca
604.827.5557
Structural & Earthquake Engineering

Probabilistic mechanics, structural reliability and optimization, timber engineering, earthquake engineering, decision making, risk, advanced structural analysis, finite elements, response sensitivity analysis, software development.

John Howie
Associate Professor
jahowie@civil.ubc.ca
604.822.2877
Geotechnical Engineering

Field and laboratory characterization of soils for geotechnical engineering design, ground improvement, foundation engineering.

Michael Isaacson
Professor
isaacson@apsc.ubc.ca
604.822.4338
Hydrotechnical Engineering

Coastal and offshore hydrodynamics, with a particular emphasis on ocean waves and their effects on structures.

Greg Johnson
Senior Instructor
gjohnson@sala.ubc.ca
604.827.3357

Teaching interests include building enclosure design and detailing, environmental controls, building energy use, architectural acoustics, daylighting, solar controls, psychrometry and construction documentation.

Current activity includes co-curation of exhibition on work of architect Daniel Evan White at Museum of Vancouver, October 2013 through March 2014.

Bernard Laval
Professor
blaval@civil.ubc.ca
604.822.2204
Environmental Fluid Mechanics, Hydrotechnical Engineering

Field and 3D numerical modeling techniques to describe the spatial and temporal variations of physical processes and their impacts on transport in lakes and coastal waters.

Environmental Fluid Mechanics, Hydrotechnical Engineering

Environmental fluid mechanics, hydraulics, hydrodynamic stability and mixing, physical limnology, water quality management.

Barbara J. Lence
Professor
lence@civil.ubc.ca
604.822.1365
Hydrotechnical Engineering

Optimizing design and operational strategies of water resources projects, reliable withdrawal-treatment strategies for contaminated groundwater supply systems; asset management strategies for mid-sized water utilities with limited break data, water distribution system operational procedures to meet hydraulic and water quality objectives.

Loretta Li
Professor
lli@civil.ubc.ca
604.822.1820
Geotechnical Engineering, Environmental Engineering

Contaminated site investigation and management, environmental monitoring, risk and impact assessment, soil-contaminant interactions, mobility and migration of contaminants, remediation technology, mine tailings waste disposal and treatment processes.

Victor Lo
Professor
kvlo@civil.ubc.ca
604.822.4880
Environmental Engineering

Biological process applications in waste treatment and utilization [aerobic and anaerobic treatments of and nutrients recovery from food processing and agricultural wastewaters and solid wastes including composting, and anaerobic digestion. Application of microwave enhanced advanced oxidation process in nutrients solubilization from organic slurries.

Donald S. Mavinic
Professor
dsm@civil.ubc.ca
604.822.4752
Environmental Engineering

Landfill leachate management, biological waste treatment processes, wastewater residuals treatment, nitrification and denitrification processes, phosphorus removal and recovery, diffused aeration studies, drinking water pipe corrosion studies and disinfection by-products in drinking water.

Dr. Yahya Nazhat
Yahya Nazhat
Instructor
ynazhat@civil.ubc.ca
604.822.0581

Ground improvement methods, specially GI by Dynamic Compaction; application of high speed photography in geotechnical research; geotechnical physical modelling

Susan Nesbit
Professor of Teaching
nesbit@civil.ubc.ca
604.822.8703

Engineering education as a socio-curricular system; Curricula design and assessment; Beliefs and attitude development in engineering education

Marc Parlange
Professor and Dean
dean@apsc.ubc.ca
604.827.4722
Environmental Fluid Mechanics, Hydrotechnical Engineering

Water Resources; Atmospheric Boundary Layer; Wind engineering; Evaporation; Turbulence; Large Eddy Simulation; Soil and snow physics; Environmental wireless sensor networks; Watershed and eco-hydrology; Lidar.

Tarek Sayed
Professor
tsayed@civil.ubc.ca
604.822.4379
Transportation Engineering

Full Bayes safety models, Automated safety analysis using computer vision techniques, Safety evaluations, Traffic conflicts techniques, Pedestrian modeling, and ITS.

Ziad Shawwash
Assistant Professor
shawwash@civil.ubc.ca
604.649.2390
Hydrotechnical Engineering

Modeling and optimization of large-scale civil engineering systems; planning, design and operation of hydroelectric generating facilities; use of decision, policy and risk analysis techniques in water resource planning and management; use of artificial intelligence systems in water resource and hydroelectric systems.

Sheryl Staub-French
Associate Professor
sherylsf@civil.ubc.ca
604.827.5118
Project & Construction Management

Virtual Design and Construction (VDC), Building Information Modeling (BIM), collaboration and integrated project delivery, design and construction coordination, 4D (3D + time) visualization, interactive workspaces

Mahdi Taiebat
Associate Professor
mtaiebat@civil.ubc.ca
604.822.3279
Structural & Earthquake Engineering, Geotechnical Engineering

Theoretical and computational geomechanics, constitutive modeling of engineering materials, geotechnical earthquake engineering, static and dynamic soil-structure interaction.

Thomas Tannert
Assistant Professor
thomas.tannert@ubc.ca
604.822.1334
Structural & Earthquake Engineering

Design of timber joints, Lateral stability of hybrid structures, Mechanical characterization of timber, Assessment and monitoring of timber structures.

Reza Vaziri
Professor
reza.vaziri@ubc.ca
604.822.2800
Structural & Earthquake Engineering, Materials Engineering

Finite element analysis; Mechanics of composite materials; Constitutive modeling of engineering materials, Plasticity, Damage mechanics; Process modeling of composite structures; Analysis of impact and blast loading of metallic and composite structures.

Carlos Ventura
Professor
ventura@civil.ubc.ca
604.822.6946
Structural & Earthquake Engineering

Earthquake engineering, structural dynamics, full scale vibration testing, shake table testing. Seismic risk evaluation and hazard management studies. Investigation of earthquake effects on man-made structures.

Geotechnical Engineering

Response of soils under earthquake loading with particular emphasis on liquefaction of silts; Advanced Soil Pipe Interaction Research (ASPIReTM) program with physical modeling to solve pipeline engineering problems; and advanced laboratory geomaterial characterization research to solve earthquake geotechnical engineerin

Tony Yang
Assistant Professor
yang@civil.ubc.ca
604.822.3864
Structural & Earthquake Engineering

Seismic behavior and design of steel, concrete and composite structures, seismic behavior and design of tall buildings, develop performance-based evaluation methodology and code design procedures for new and existing structures, using innovative structural component and systems to improve structural performance, including the use of innovative active, semi-active and passive energy dissipation systems, develop accurate and cost effective experimental methods to analyze structural response under extreme loading conditions.

Noboru Yonemitsu
Senior Instructor
noboru@civil.ubc.ca
604.822.9642
Hydrotechnical Engineering

IR-NDT technologies, Turbulent Fluid Mechanics, Environmental Fluid Mechanics, Ecological Fluid Mechanics, Waste water treatment.