Reconciliation + Design Dialogue Series

We invite you to this series of interdisciplinary conversations on reconciliation and design.

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.

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.

UBC Civil Engineering Alumnus Wesley Lin to Strengthen Disaster Resilience During Upcoming Trip to Nepal

The Nepal Safer Schools Project (NSSP) is a Department for International Development (DFID) funded project seeking to increase the safety of approximately 250 vulnerable schools in Nepal and build the resilience of pupils, staff and the wider community to disasters. It is a consortium of Crown Agents, Save the Children and Arup international and NSET is implementing […]

UBC Civil Professor Loretta Li Featured as Keynote Speaker at 2018 STEM Career Conference

On Sept. 16 2018, UBC Civil Professor Dr. Loretta Li was featured as one of the keynote speakers at this year’s STEM Career Conference, held at the Marriott Pinnacle Downtown Hotel. The conference is an annual event for high school and university students who excel at or are interested in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and […]

UBC Civil Engineering Hosts International Students for Vancouver Summer Program

On July 14- August 14, 2018, the Department of Civil Engineering hosted dozens of international undergraduate students for the annual Vancouver Summer Program. The Vancouver Summer Program (VSP) is a four-week academic program offered by various Faculties at the University of British Columbia, Canada for students from cooperating universities. The program provides the opportunity to take two […]

Civil Engineering Alumni Celebrated with Dean’s Medal of Distinction

Peter Taylor and Michael Jacobs to be honoured at 2018 Applied Science Celebration Peter Taylor and Michael Jacobs will be recognized on Thursday, April 12th for their contributions to civil engineering in BC and to the Department at UBC. Starting in 2015, the Dean’s Medal of Distinction was created to celebrate the 100 year history […]

Civil Engineering Graduate Students Turn Up the Heat, Advancing in the 3MT @UBC Competition

Wednesday, February 21, 2018 Graduate students from the Department of Civil Engineering competed in a 3MT @UBC heat on Friday, February 9th, putting their communication skills to the test. Started by the University of Queensland, the 3MT, or Three Minute Thesis, is a way for students to practice presenting their research in a concise but […]

UBC hosts 1st China-Canada Symposium on Structural and Earthquake Engineering

Tuesday, September 5, 2017 | By Lindsay Cashin UBC Civil Engineering successfully hosted the 1st China-Canada Symposium on Structural and Earthquake Engineering (CCSSEE) from August 20 to 24, welcoming students, researchers and industry professionals to the Vancouver campus. Beginning in 2008, UBC and Tongji University have enjoyed a strong, collaborative research alliance, and have jointly […]

Civil grad students host successful fourth annual WEST conference

Wednesday, July 26, 2017 | By Lindsay Cashin Water and Environment Student Talks (WEST) had its fourth annual conference from June 11-13, 2017 at the AMS Student NEST with great success. Over 60 students, professors, and young professionals from seven countries gathered to share research, knowledge and interest in water-related fields. The conference began with […]

Celebrating the Class of 2017

Friday, June 16, 2017 | By Lindsay Cashin On May 31, 2017, following the graduation ceremony for Civil Engineering students, a Graduation Celebration for the Class of 2017 took place at Sage Bistro. Graduating students from undergraduate and graduate programs attended with their friends and family members to celebrate the occasion. Several graduating students were […]

Professor Perry Adebar named Fellow of Canadian Academy of Engineering

Tuesday, June 13, 2017 | By Lindsay Cashin Professor Perry Adebar has been named a Fellow of the Canadian Academy of Engineering. Election to the CAE, one of the highest professional honours accorded an engineer, is based on a nominee’s “distinguished achievements and career-long service to the engineering profession.” Fellows are nominated and elected by […]

Professor Mahdi Taiebat gives keynote presentation at 8th Colombian Conference on Earthquake Engineering

Tuesday, June 6, 2017 | By Lindsay Cashin Professor Mahdi Taiebat was invited by the University del Norte and the Colombian Association of Earthquake Engineering to deliver a keynote presentation at the 8th Colombian Conference on Earthquake Engineering, held in Barranquilla, Colombia, from May 31 to June 2. His presentation was titled “Elasto-plastic constitutive modeling […]

UBC Steel Bridge wins third place overall at Canadian Nationals

Monday, May 29, 2017 | By Lindsay Cashin UBC Steel Bridge earned an impressive third-place finish at the recent 2017 CSCE-CISC Canadian National Steel Bridge Competition. Eight teams converged at Université Laval for the May competition, in a culmination of months of student-driven activity including the conception, design, and fabrication of a scale-model steel bridge, […]

Dr. Jörg Imberger inspires with EFM special guest lecture

Wednesday, April 26, 2017 | By Lindsay Cashin Dr. Jörg Imberger, a world-renowned expert in environmental fluid mechanics, visited UBC-Vancouver on April 18 to give a special guest lecture on the management of threatened lakes. The lecture was co-hosted by Civil professor Greg Lawrence, APSC Dean Marc Parlange, and professor Rich Wildman of Quest University. […]

Professor Don Mavinic named Fellow of Engineers Canada

Friday, March 31, 2017 | By Lindsay Cashin Pictured left to right: APEGBC President Bob Stewart, P.Eng., Professor Don Mavinic, and APEGBC CEO and Registrar Ann English, P.Eng. Photo credit: Andrea Sunderland. Professor Don Mavinic was recently named a Fellow of Engineers Canada. The fellowships honour individuals who have given “noteworthy service to the engineering […]

UBC Civil Engineering ranked top in Canada for 2017

Thursday, March 16, 2017 | By Lindsay Cashin For the third year in a row, QS World University Rankings has ranked UBC Civil Engineering as the top civil engineering department in Canada. Regarded as one of the three most influential and widely observed university measures, the rankings by British company Quacquarelli Symonds (QS) are based […]

2017 Minerva Canada James Ham Safe Design Competition

Wednesday, December 14, 2016 | By Lindsay Cashin Civil undergrads: do you have an idea for an innovation to solve a workplace safety problem? Minerva Canada is holding a competition to challenge engineering students to improve the design of an existing device, process, or system; envision a new design that reduces hazards; or create a […]

Professor Mavinic honoured with 2016 WEF Fellowship

Thursday, November 10, 2016 | By Lindsay Cashin Professor Don Mavinic has been named a 2016 Fellow of the Water Environment Federation (WEF). WEF is a technical and educational organization dedicated to improving the quality of water, and boasts a membership of 33,000 water professionals and 75 affiliated Member Associations around the world (including the […]

Professor Carlos Ventura receives 2016 H. A. Krentz Research Award

Thursday, October 20, 2016 | By Lindsay Cashin Professor Carlos Ventura has received the 2016 H.A. Krentz Research Award from the Canadian Institute of Steel Construction (CISC). The award is given to the individual with the top-ranked research topic for the CISC 2016 Grant Competition. Prof. Ventura’s propsed study, entitled Performance Based Seismic Design of Steel […]

Civil Class of ’61 celebrates 55-year reunion

Tuesday, October 18, 2016 | By Lindsay Cashin The Civil Engineering BASc Class of 1961 got together to celebrate in Vancouver on October 15, 55 years after they graduated. Eleven members of the class (which originally had 37 members) were able to attend the reunion, and were joined by current Department Head Perry Adebar. The […]

Meet the New Civil Club President!

Friday, September 30, 2016 | By Lindsay Cashin The Civil Club is off to a great start for 2016-2017, and this year’s President, Erica Mason, is looking ahead to a year of growth for the organization. Erica, a seasoned student leader, has been involved with the Civil Club since second year, serving in a range […]

CSCE Student Chapter celebrates International Steel Day

Tuesday, September 27, 2016 | By Lindsay Cashin The UBC Canadian Society for Civil Engineering (CSCE) Student Chapter toured two Vancouver steel manufacturing facilities to celebrate International Steel Day on September 16. Pacific Bolt Manufacturing Ltd. and George Third & Son both opened the doors of their shops to help students understand the benefits and […]

Vancouver Summer Program: second year a success

Friday, September 16, 2016 | By Lindsay Cashin For the second year in a row, UBC Civil Engineering welcomed an international group of university students for four weeks of learning and exploration at UBC-Vancouver as part of the Vancouver Summer Program. The program, designed to give students from UBC partner universities the opportunity to study […]

New Civil students experience design, construction, and seismic testing on 2016 Imagine Day

Friday, September 16, 2016 | By Lindsay Cashin UBC Civil Engineering welcomed 142 second year students to the Civil Engineering Program on Imagine Day. The new Civil students enjoyed a full-day program that began with introductions to Department leaders and a review of the Undergraduate Handbook, followed by Mission ImposCIVIL – a scavenger hunt designed […]

Wanted: new Civil Student Groups! Applications for departmental affiliation welcome. Deadline September 15

Tuesday, August 30, 2016 | By Lindsay Cashin New and returning Civil undergrad students are encouraged to join a Civil Student Group. With half a dozen Civil-specific competition teams and student chapters running, there’s bound to be something for everyone! Learn more about Civil Student Groups. Students who have an idea for a new Civil Student […]

UBC Civil Engineering welcomes student visitors from Dominican Republic

Friday, August 19, 2016 | By Lindsay Cashin Thirty-six university students from the Dominican Republic spent the month of July at UBC-Vancouver this summer, immersed in advanced training for earthquake engineers. The Training Program for Earthquake Engineers from the Dominican Republic, hosted at UBC by Professor Carlos Ventura, gave the students the opportunity to learn […]

Professor Thomas Froese receives CSCE 2016 Walter Shanly Award

Monday, July 11, 2016 | By Lindsay Cashin Prof. Froese pictured (right) at CSCE 2016 Awards Gala, with CSCE President Tony Bégin. Professor Thomas Froese has received the 2016 Walter Shanly Award from the Canadian Society for Civil Engineering (CSCE). This award is the pre-eminent award of CSCE’s construction division, given in recognition of outstanding […]

Civil in the news: Loretta Li’s Whistler corrosion study

Monday, July 11, 2016 | By Lindsay Cashin Professor Loretta Li discusses her new investigation on corrosion in the Whistler water distribution system, to be undertaken with the Resort Municipality of Whistler and Kerr Wood Leidal Associates Ltd., with Pique Newsmagazine.

Watch: Engineers Canada profiles 2016 Gold Medal Award recipient Prof. Don Mavinic

Wednesday, June 1, 2016 | By Lindsay Cashin On May 26 at the Engineers Canada Awards Gala in Charlottetown, Professor Don Mavinic was honoured by the engineering profession alongside several of Canada’s most outstanding engineers. Watch the Engineers Canada profile of Professor Mavinic, the 2016 Gold Medal recipient (six minute video):

Professor Loretta Li to investigate corrosion in Whistler water distribution system

Thursday, May 19, 2016 | By Lindsay Cashin Back row, L-R: Siobhan Robinson (Kerr Wood Leidal Associates Ltd.), Perry Adebar (UBC Civil Engineering). Front row, L-R: Michael Day (Resort Minicipality of Whistler), Loretta Li (UBC Civil Engineering), Chris Johnston (Kerr Wood Leidal Associates Ltd.) In 2014, the Resort Municipality of Whistler (RMoW) saw a risk […]

Prof. Don Mavinic’s 2016 Engineers Canada Gold Medal Award highlighted in House of Commons

Monday, May 16, 2016 | By Lindsay Cashin Professor Don Mavinic’s 2016 Engineers Canada Gold Medal Award was highlighted by Jonathan Wilkinson, Member of Parliament for North Vancouver, in the House of Commons last week. Professor Mavinic has been selected for the award due to his exceptional achievements in the Canadian engineering community; work-related achievements, […]

Engage With Images: APSC Photo Contest!

Monday, April 18, 2016 | By Lindsay Cashin UBC Applied Science is seeking original photos that bring ENGAGE 2020 ( to life. Show us what you love about Civil Engineering and help us highlight our people, research, learning and community. Share it with us, tell us why it’s special and be eligible to win! CASH […]

Civil grad students set to host Northwest Graduate Student Symposium in Geotechnical Engineering

Monday, April 11, 2016 | By Lindsay Cashin The graduate students of the Geotechnical Research Group are hosting the next Northwest Graduate Student Symposium in Geotechnical Engineering (NGSSGE) from May 5th to 7th, 2016 in Vancouver, B.C. This two-day symposium will discuss current research activities, common regional research interests, similarities and differences of geotechnical graduate […]

UBC Concrete Toboggan second overall at Great Northern Concrete Toboggan Race 2016

Tuesday, February 9, 2016 | By Lindsay Cashin UBC Icy Unit. Photo courtesy of UBC Concrete Toboggan. UBC Concrete Toboggan achieved second place overall at this year’s Great Northern Concrete Toboggan Race (GNCTR) – their best result in over a decade. Twenty five engineering students made up team UBC Icy Unit, which travelled to the University […]

One week left to help Lower Mainland families this holiday season: join Prof. Mavinic in supporting food bank and toy drive

Monday, December 14, 2015 | By Lindsay Cashin Join Professor Don Mavinic in helping families across the Lower Mainland this holiday season. Don is coordinating efforts to support the Greater Vancouver Food Bank and the Metro Vancouver Firefighters Association’s annual toy drive. There are three ways you can help: 1) Send a cheque (preferred method […]

Innovate 2015: Prof. Greg Lawrence’s presentation video now available

Thursday, December 10, 2015 | By Lindsay Cashin Professor Greg Lawrence shared his research passion at Innovate 2015 this year, in a presentation inspired by the new Master of Engineering Leadership (MEL) in Integrated Water Management. View his seven-minute presentation below. Learn more about Innovate 2015, and view presentations given by six other APSC faculty members, […]

Prof. Nemy Banthia Awarded for STEM leadership

Thursday, December 10, 2015 | By Lindsay Cashin Professor Nemy Banthia was given the inaugural Drishti Foundation’s Award in Leadership in Science and Technology for “his contributions to developing international research programs aimed at global development.”

Prof. Tarek Sayed’s innovative road safety technology selected for a 2015 Prince Michael International Road Safety Award

Wednesday, November 18, 2015 | By Lindsay Cashin UBC Civil Engineering’s Automated Computer Vision Road Safety Analysis System, led by Dr. Tarek Sayed, was selected to receive a Prince Michael International Road Safety Award. The novel automated road safety analysis techniques developed by Dr. Sayed and his UBC research team offer a solution that can […]

Earthquake Day

Thursday, October 29, 2015 | By Lindsay Cashin UBC partnered with the Vancouver Public Library (VPL) and the City of Vancouver to bring Earthquake Day to downtown Vancouver on October 15. Held as part of the University’s Centennial celebrations, Earthquake Day was conceived as a free public event to coincide with ShakeOut BC Day, with […]

Q&A with Prof. Ventura: preparing for an earthquake in BC

Thursday, October 15, 2015 | By Lindsay Cashin October 15 is officially ShakeOut BC Day, and more than 750,000 British Columbians are expected to participate in this year’s drill. In this Q&A, UBC earthquake safety expert Carlos Ventura talks about the nature of earthquakes and what’s being done to ensure that the buildings where we […]

Prof. Wijewickreme appointed President-Elect of the Canadian Geotechnical Society

Thursday, October 15, 2015 | By Lindsay Cashin Professor Wijewickreme of UBC Civil Engineering has been named President-Elect of the Canadian Geotechnical Society. This appointment will commence in January 2016, and will be followed by a two-year term as President, beginning January 2017. With a membership base exceeding 1,200 across Canada and globally, the Canadian […]

Remembering Fred Koch

Wednesday, September 30, 2015 | By Lindsay Cashin Fred Koch, Civil Engineering Research Associate in the area of pollution control and waste management, passed away on September 15th, 2015. Fred was a very important member of UBC Civil Engineering, and was highly regarded and well-liked by faculty, staff, and students. Over the almost forty years […]

Civil in the news: Dr. Robert Sexsmith comments on Dewdney bridge closure

Thursday, September 24, 2015 | By Lindsay Cashin Dr. Robert Sexsmith, Civil professor emeritus, spoke with the Vancouver Sun about the conditions that led to the recent Dewdney Slough Bridge closure. Read the full story.

Meet the new Civil Club Co-Presidents!

Tuesday, September 22, 2015 | By Lindsay Cashin Simbo Pyo (pictured far left) and Shara Viaje (pictured near left), the Co-Presidents of Civil Club for 2015-2016, are excited to be welcoming civil engineering undergrads back to school this month, and to be leading the club through this year’s academic, professional, and social agenda. Shara and […]

Vancouver Summer Program brings partner university students to UBC Civil Engineering

Thursday, August 27, 2015 | By Lindsay Cashin 31 university students from across China spent four weeks immersed in life at UBC-Vancouver to learn about civil engineering as part of the Vancouver Summer Program. The program, designed to give students from UBC partner universities the opportunity to study at a world-renowned university while improving their […]

Q&A with Taylor Curran: Civil undergrad and Toronto 2015 Pan Am Games medalist

Monday, August 24, 2015 | By Lindsay Cashin Civil undergrad Taylor Curran competed in field hockey with the Canadian Men’s National Team at this summer’s Pan Am Games in Toronto. Read on for his reflections on life as a student athlete, highlights of the Pan Am Games, and what’s next for this soon-to-be BASc Civil […]