Professor Nemy Banthia Recipient of the APSC Dean’s Medal of Distinction

Dr. Nemy Banthia has been recognized for his contributions to the advancement of the Faculty’s vision, mission and mandate.

UBC Civil In The Media – Are there toxic chemicals in B.C.’s drinking water?

Professor Rachel Scholes has applied to do research on how much of the toxic substances lurk in B.C.’s drinking water.

Trevor Carey

Assistant ProfessorGeotechnical Engineering, Structural & Earthquake Engineering Contact Office: CEME 2004DPhone: 604.822.2846Email: trevor.carey@civil.ubc.ca Bio Dr. Trevor Carey joined the department of Civil Engineering as an assistant professor in July of 2021. Dr. Carey obtained his Ph.D. in Civil and Environmental Engineering from the University of California Davis (UC Davis) in 2019. Prior to UC Davis, […]

Dan Kovacek

Sessional LecturerHydrotechnical Engineering Contact Bio Dan Kovacek is a PhD candidate in hydrotechnical engineering supervised by Dr. Steven Weijs in the Department of Civil Engineering. His research interests are focused on the nature of uncertainty in water resources management and hydrology. Dan has over 15 years experience in engineering consulting in British Columbia, primarily supporting […]

Professor Nemy Banthia receives $1.5 million from NSERC to develop carbon-neutral materials to rehabilitate Vancouver sewerage

The project will develop carbon-neutral geopolymer materials to coat pipes and manholes.

Mount Polley mine tailings present in Quesnel Lake water eight years after big spill

Although most metal-rich suspended sediment from the disaster has been flushed, some remains in circulation.

UBC Civil led student team aims to build a net-zero student space on campus

Student design team Third Quadrant Design is about to start construction of a new student space on campus that redefines sustainable design.

Turning skyscrapers into trees

Assistant Professor Jongho Lee takes a leaf from nature’s book with new technology that turns buildings into giant trees.

Beverley Ng: “Maximizing friendships and opportunities”

Beverley received the APSC Rising Star Award for her passion and dedication for making meaningful contributions to society.

UBC Civil In The Media – Des données du monde entier permettent d’estimer les risques sismiques en C.-B. (French)

Originally published in: CBC Radio Canada Pendant que la Colombie-Britannique poursuit son programme d’atténuation sismique et continue à rénover ses écoles, des experts expliquent que ces décisions politiques ont été prises sur la base de données issues du monde entier, faute de tremblement de terre majeur survenu dans la province. Les prévisions séismologiques se fondent notamment sur […]

UBC Civil In The Media – Séismes: près de 300 écoles de la Colombie-Britannique toujours à risque (French)

Originally published in: CBC Radio Canada Le programme d’atténuation sismique de la Colombie-Britannique, destiné à mettre 496 écoles de la province aux normes sismiques, arrive à mi-chemin. En date de mai 2022, 202 écoles ont été rénovées ou reconstruites, 25 sont en construction, cinq sont à construire, 14 sont en cours d’analyse de rentabilisation et 250 sont classées parmi les « priorités […]

Interview: Dr. Rachel Scholes featured as Emerging Investigator by RSC for work on reactive nitrogen in drinking water

The series highlight research by newer voices with potential to influence future directions.

UBC Concrete Canoe wins first place at ASCE PNW competition

The team’s victorious finish this year was the result of perseverance and hard work.

Professor Tony Yang receives $1 million NSERC Alliance Missions grant

Dr. Yang and his team of researchers received the grant to develop advanced structural and robotic technologies.

Global structural materials expert awarded top UBC research prize

Professor Nemy Banthia has been awarded the Jacob Biely Research Prize, UBC’s highest research accolade.

UBC Civil PhD students compete in Department Heat of Three Minute Thesis competition

Presenters had three minutes to showcase their research to a non-specialist audience.

UBC Civil In The Media – Sensor network can protect roads, bridges from damage caused by flooding

Originally published in: Journal of Commerce Nemy Banthia, a professor of civil engineering at the University of British Columbia (UBC), and his doctoral student Mohammed Farooq have developed a sensor network that can detect the early stages of mudslides and bridge foundation failures that are caused by flooding. What happens when rushing water assaults a […]

Professor Susan Nesbit retires after 22 years at UBC Civil Engineering

Dr. Nesbit’s passion for education transformed the way sustainability education is conceptualized and delivered.

UBC Civil In The Media – Artist paints Vancouver Chinatown’s historic buildings to shed light on once ‘thriving’ neighbourhood

Donna Seto was featured on CBC for her paintings of Vancouver Chinatown’s historic buildings.

How UBC women in STEM are supporting each other to succeed

In honour of International Day of Women and Girls in Science, UBC profiled a number of outstanding women scholars, including Dr. Sheryl Staub-French.

UBC Civil In The Media – Sewage plant samples show Omicron infections dropping in Lower Mainland

Assistant Professor Ryan Ziels talks about his research on detecting COVID in wastewater.

UBC Civil students participate in E-Week

Check out pictures from this year’s E-Week, which annually brings together students from across all UBC Engineering departments to compete and have fun.

All CIVL courses to remain online until February 7, 2022

UBC Engineering returning to in-person classes on February 7.

Two years after UIA Flight PS752 tragedy, UBC Civil Engineering remembers Dr. Mehran Abtahi

Two years ago, Dr. Mehran Abtahi was among those who were tragically lost in the Ukraine International Airlines Flight PS752 crash.

Classes moving online January 10-23, 2022

UBC has announced a two-week transition period when students will take most courses online.

UBC Civil In The Media – Sensor warning system could predict B.C. mudslides, bridge collapse

Originally published in: North Shore News 5G Internet technology is powering a new generation of smart technologies collectively known as the ‘Internet of Things.’ After the worst flooding in B.C.’s modern history, could the new tech also save our homes and bridges? The next generation of wireless internet technology has led to some big promises — […]

Professor Dharma Wijewickreme honoured by the Engineering Institute of Canada

Professor Dharma Wijewickreme has been awarded the prestigious 2022 John B. Stirling Medal by the Engineering Institute of Canada.

UBC Civil In The Media – B.C. Flooding and Landslides

UBC Civil faculty spoke to media to offer their analysis and expertise on the challenges ahead with infrastructure rebuilding.

Two UBC Civil Engineering community members honoured with Dean’s Service Award

Dr. Michael Isaacson and Scott Jackson honoured by the Faculty of Applied Science with the Dean’s Award for Excellence in Service.

BC Natural Disaster Technical Briefing – Webcast Recording

Watch a recording of the webcast featuring our faculty members sharing their observations on the impact of the recent BC natural disasters.

Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Feedback

The Faculty of Applied Science invites your feedback regarding your EDI experiences.

2021 Term 1 Student Advising Protocol

Inquiry Type How to Get in Touch Quick Questions1 to 5 minute question(registration issues, course conflicts, program or process info, resources, contact info, directions, etc.) Zoom Drop-in AdvisingTues/Wed @ 1:30-2pm Undergrad:Zoom link: https://bit.ly/3C5n5YAPasscode: 676321or Phone: 604-827-5821 (Kali) Grad:Zoom link: https://bit.ly/393v7ETPasscode: Amt2F8or Phone: 604-822-4429 (Kevin) No appointment is required. During advising hours, join via the QR […]

UBC Civil Engineering student team wins first place at 2021 EERI Seismic Design Competition

After working virtually on their design over the past year, UBC Civil Engineering student team UBC Seismic placed first in the 2021 Earthquake Engineering Research Institute (EERI) Undergraduate Seismic Design Competition. The competition, organized by the EERI Student Leadership Council (SLC), annually brings together students from over 50 universities across the globe. The goal is […]

Welcome back to UBC Civil

All faculty, staff, and graduate students must complete the UBC Go Forward COVID-19 Safety Training course prior to returning to campus. Guidelines: A daily self-health assessment is required before attending campus. Stay home if you are sick. Use the Thrive Health self-assessment tool for guidance and follow the advice from Public Health. Everyone must follow relevant signage when moving around […]

Department of Civil Engineering welcomes three new faculty members

The Department of Civil Engineering is pleased to extend a warm welcome to three new world-class researchers and educators. Dr. Zachary Bullock joins the Department as an Assistant Professor in the Geotechnical and Structural & Earthquake Engineering research areas. Having dedicated his doctoral studies to soil liquefaction for buildings on shallow foundations, he developed a line […]

UBC Steel Bridge wins first place at Canadian National Steel Bridge Competition

The UBC Steel Bridge design team, comprised of 50 UBC Civil Engineering undergraduate and Master’s students, recently won first place at the 2021 Canadian National Steel Bridge Competition. While the team had consistently placed in the top three in previous years, this was their first time winning the top prize. Supervised by faculty members Drs. Noboru Yonemitsu and Carlos Molina Hutt, the […]

Assistant Professor Ryan Ziels develops new method for near-perfect accuracy in portable DNA sequencing

Researchers can now eliminate almost all errors produced by a widely used portable DNA sequencer, thanks to a new method developed by UBC Civil Engineering Assistant Professor Dr. Ryan Ziels. This advancement will potentially enable scientists out in the field or in smaller labs to study microorganisms, such as the SARS-CoV-2 virus, much more accurately […]

U-WatR initiative led by Dr. Pierre Bérubé receives $1.6 million in CFI funding

The Used-Water to Resources (U-WatR) initiative, led by Civil Engineering professor Pierre Bérubé, has been awarded $1.6 million through the Canada Foundation for Innovation’s 2020 Innovation Fund competition. The competition, which funds up to 40 per cent of a project’s eligible infrastructure costs, aims to “enhance and optimize the capacity of institutions and research communities […]

Dr. Jongho Lee receives NFRF grant to develop artificial trees for extreme weather-resilient cities

UBC Civil Engineering Assistant Professor Jongho Lee has received the New Frontiers in Research Fund (NFRF) grant to develop a tri-layer film that mimics natural trees’ water management function – a technology that will help build extreme weather-resilient cities. A naturally effective dewatering instrument, a tree transpires 97% of the water absorbed by its roots […]

Dr. Sara Beck brings global collaboration to UBC Civil Engineering

The Department of Civil Engineering adds to our roster of world-class researchers and educators and welcomes Assistant Professor Sara Beck to the Environmental Engineering research group. Dr. Beck joins the Department after completing post-docs at the University of Colorado and Eawag, the Swiss Federal institute of Aquatic Science and Technology, opportunities that followed a Fulbright at the […]

Dr. Tamara Etmannski receives Killam Teaching Prize

Assistant Professor of Teaching Dr. Tamara Etmannski has been recognized with the 2020/2021 Killam Teaching Prize. This award is nominated by students, colleagues, and alumni and recognizes exceptional contributions through teaching. In addition to serving as a faculty member in the Department of Civil Engineering, Dr. Etmannski holds several academic leadership roles in the Faculty of Applied […]

U-WatR initiative led by Dr. Pierre Bérubé receives $4 million in CFI funding

Update on June 24, 2021: Total amount for U-WatR CFI Innovation Fund has been awarded at $4M, which consists of funding from Canada Foundation for Innovation, BC Knowledge Development Fund (BCKDF), and various sources.  The Used-Water to Resources (U-WatR) initiative, led by Civil Engineering professor Pierre Bérubé, has been awarded $1.6 million through the Canada Foundation for Innovation’s […]

UBC Civil Engineering welcomes new faculty members Amy Kim and Zhengbo Zou

The Department of Civil Engineering is pleased to extend a warm welcome to two new faculty members: Dr. Amy Kim joins the Department as an Associate Professor in the Transportation Engineering specialization. Dr. Kim’s research centres on modeling various aspects of multimodal transportation systems, and how this can help support strategic planning efforts and policy decisions. […]