Civil Engineering Professor a BC Business 2018 STEM Star

Dr. Sheryl Staub-French recognized in the magazine’s list of influential women in STEM

Civil Engineering Professor Sheryl Staub-French was recently acknowledged in BC Business Magazine’s B.C.’s Most Influential Women 2018: Stem Stars, a list that included six faculty members from UBC Applied Science, and several students and alumni. This year’s edition highlights influential women who are industry leaders and innovators in STEM (science, technology, engineering and math), recognizing the gender gap that remains in these fields and the need for female representation. The list recognized Staub-French for her research at UBC, which includes directing the BIM TOPiCS Lab (Building Information Modelling from the perspectives of Technology Organization Process in Context and across Stages).

Dr. Staub-French’s research is focused on understanding and improving best practices for the delivery of sustainable building construction projects through effective and collaborative use of building information modeling (BIM). She has over 15 years of consulting and research experience studying the technological and organizational issues of BIM implementation within different types of AEC organizations and across different types of building projects. She has contributed more than 75 papers in leading journals and conferences on BIM and related topics, and has contributed to the development of guidelines and best practices for BIM adoption and implementation. She is actively engaged with industry to advance BIM adoption, currently serving on the Education Committee for BuildingSMART Canada.

As well as an innovative UBC researcher and professor, Dr. Staub-French is also an active advocate for gender parity in engineering fields. She was recently appointed Advisor to the Dean on Equity, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) for the Faculty of Applied Science and is also the inaugural holder for the Goldcorp Professor for Women in Engineering at UBC. She is Director of the eng•cite program, which aims to engage girls and young women in engineering topics and increase female UBC Engineering enrolment from the current national average of 20% to 50% by 2020.

Dr. Staub-French is committed to encouraging gender equality in STEM by providing role models for aspiring female engineers. In a recent article on her EDI role at APSC, she noted, “Equity is really my life’s passion, a fundamental value that I have, and I want to continue the amazing work that’s been done at APSC and make gender parity and greater representation of minority and marginalized groups a reality here.” Her recognition in BC Business is one more step towards that goal.