Civil Engineering Welcomes New Department Head & Associate Heads

On July 1st, 2019, the Department of Civil Engineering welcomed Dr. Bernard Laval as the new Department Head. Laval has demonstrated outstanding leadership and administrative skills since joining Department of Civil Engineering in 2002, serving as the Co-director of the UNBC/UBC Environmental Engineering Program and Associate Head of Undergraduate Students. He has also shown a strong commitment to supporting student clubs, promoting and recognizing student achievements, enhancing the quality and diversity of the department’s student body and otherwise ensuring that students have a positive experience at the Faculty.

In addition to his service to the Department and Faculty, Dr. Laval has received a Killam Teaching Prize in 2018, numerous appreciation awards from the Civil Engineering Undergraduate Club and the Applied Science Excellence in Service Award. He has over 25 years of research experience in applied fluid mechanics of inland and coastal waters, including three years developing autonomous underwater vehicles for use as instrument platforms for the study of lakes and coastal waters.

Dr. Laval succeeds Dr. Perry Adebar, who served as Department Head from 2014-2019 and fellow of the Canadian Academy of Engineering. Dr. Adebar’s contributions to the Department of Civil Engineering over the past several years have been highly impactful and are deeply appreciated.

Additionally in July, Civil Engineering welcomed new Associate Head’s for both Undergraduate and Graduate Programs:

Dr. Pierre Berube 

Associate Head

Undergraduate Programs

Dr. Mahdi Taiebat 

Associate Head

 Graduate Programs 

We would also like to thank Dr. Michael Isaacson for all the work he 

has contributioned to Civil student programs over the last two years.

Dr. Isaacson served as the Associate Head, for both the undergraduate and graduate programs.