Civil Engineering professor named Fellow of Canadian Academy of Engineering

Civil Engineering Professor and Dean of Equity, Diversity and Inclusion, Sheryl Staub-French has been inducted as a fellow of the Canadian Academy of Engineering (CAE). She is among fifty-two new Fellows this year.

The CAE is a national institution through which Canada’s most distinguished and experienced engineers provide strategic advice on matters of critical importance to Canada. Fellows are nominated and elected by their peers, based on their achievements and service to the engineering profession.

The new Fellows were inducted today in a virtual ceremony due to complications with the COVID-19 pandemic. An official Induction ceremony is tentatively planned for October 2021.

Dr. Staub-French has demonstrated strong technical originality through multidisciplinary research on sustainable building design, digitalization of building information to optimize performance through Building Information Modelling (BIM), as well as extensive collaborations with industry on smart buildings and cities.

Most notably, her work on BIM adoption has resulted in its incorporation into the Roadmap to Lifecycle Building Information Modeling developed by BuildingSMART Canada, the leading institute for Canadian BIM standards development.

Dr. Staub-French has also made significant contributions to the adoption of collaborative work practices, methods, and tools in BIM coordination. Her research on the subject has been translated into industry best practices in the United States and Canada, while her case studies on BIM implementation in small to medium sized enterprises have been downloaded over 10,000 times.

As the first ever Associate Dean of Equity, Diversity and Inclusion in the Faculty of Applied Science, Dr. Staub-French is a strong leader and advocate in advancing equity and diversity in engineering education and the engineering profession.

Dr. Staub-French’s leadership of the Geering Up Engineering Outreach program has significantly expanded the reach of the program, particularly in helping more kids and youth from underrepresented and underserved communities get access to STEM education.

Currently, Dr. Staub-French is leading initiatives to embed EDI, anti-racism and Indigeneity in the Faculty of Applied Science’s systems, structures and culture. Through her innovative research, dedication to the community, and tireless outreach efforts, she has had a significant impact on the work practices and diversity of the engineering profession.

“It’s a great honour to be recognized by the Canadian Academy of Engineering, and a true privilege to be celebrated for your leadership in and contribution to the engineering profession,” said Department Head Bernard Laval. “My sincerest congratulations to Dr. Staub-French.”

Dr. Staub-French is among three UBC Applied Science faculty members inducted this year. The other Inductees are Walter Mérida of Mechanical Engineering and Warren Poole of Materials Engineering.