Awards & Honours

UBC Civil Engineering is ranked #1 in Canada,* making us one of the top research institutions in the world. Those who make us a world-renowned department strive for excellence and have been recognized through various awards, honours, and chairships.

*QS World University Rankings by Subject 2021

Awards

Faculty teaching and research awards from within the last ten years:

  • 2022, Dharma Wijewickreme, John B. Stirling Medal, Engineering Institute of Canada
  • 2021, Carlos Molina Hutt, US National Science Foundation Travel Award, University of Texas, San Antonio
  • 2021, Dharma Wijewickreme, G. Geoffrey Meyerhof Award, Canadian Geotechnical Society
  • 2021, Tamara Etmannski, Killam Teaching Award, University of British Columbia
  • 2020, Loretta Li, R.A. McLachlan Memorial Award, Engineers and Geoscientists BC
  • 2020, Nemy Banthia, Alumni Distinguished Award for Contributions to Teaching and Research, IIT-Delhi
  • 2020, Nemy Banthia, Special Award for Strengthening Canada-India Bond through Science, Drishti Awards Gala
  • 2020, Tony Yang, Meritorious Achievement Award, Engineers and Geoscientists BC
  • 2019, Amy Kim, Petro Canada Young Innovators Award, University of Alberta
  • 2019, Carlos Molina Hutt, Shah Family Innovation Prize, Earthquake Engineering Research Institute
  • 2019, Carlos Ventura, Outstanding Civil Engineer of the Year, Civil Engineering Association of Quetzaltenango
  • 2019, Pierre Berube, Excellence and Innovation in the Water and Waste Industry Award, British Columbia Water and Waste Association
  • 2019, Nemy Banthia, Excellence in Technology and Innovation Award, VNIT Alumni Awards
  • 2019, Tony Yang, Sandy Cormack Award, New Zealand Concrete Society
  • 2019, Tony Yang, Technology Award, New Zealand Concrete Society
  • 2018, Bernard Laval, Killam Teaching Prize, University of British Columbia
  • 2018, Nemy Banthia, Global Citizenship Award, Alumni UBC 2018 Achievement Awards
  • 2017, Nemy Banthia, Global Nagpur Awards in Science and Technology, Global Nagpur Summit
  • 2016, Carlos Ventura, H.A. Krentz Research Award, Canadian Institute of Steel Construction
  • 2016, Terje Haukaas, Killam Teaching Prize, University of British Columbia
  • 2015, Carlos Ventura, Champions of Earthquake Resilience Award, Development of Performance-Based Seismic Retrofit Guidelines of Schools in BC
  • 2015, Carlos Ventura, NRCan Recognition Award Earth Science Sector, District of North Vancouver Earthquake Risk Assessment
  • 2015, Tarek Sayed, Prince Michael International Road Safety Award
  • 2014, Tarek Sayed, Centennial Road Safety Award, Transportation Association of Canada
  • 2013, Carlos Ventura, Soft Engineering Award of Excellence, Association of Consulting Engineering Companies of British Columbia
  • 2013, Carlos Ventura, Past President Award, Society for Experimental Mechanics
  • 2013, Carlos Ventura, Lieutenant Governor’s Award of Excellence, Association of Consulting Engineering Companies of British Columbia
  • 2013, Carlos Ventura, Canadian Consulting Engineering Awards, Association of Consulting Engineering Companies
  • 2012, Pierre Berube, Donald R. Stanley Award, Canadian Society of Civil Engineering
  • 2012, Jonathan Fannin, CGS Geosynthetics Award, Canadian Geotechnical Society
  • 2011, Carlos Ventura, H. A. Krentz Research Award, Steel Structures Education Foundation
  • 2011, Nemy Banthia, Wolfson Merit Award, Royal Society of the United Kingdom

Honours

Faculty honours from within the last ten years:

  • 2021, Carlos Ventura, Fellow, Canadian Society for Civil Engineering
  • 2020, Nemy Banthia, Fellow, Indian Academy of Engineering
  • 2018, Amy Kim, McCalla Professorship, University of Alberta
  • 2018, Carlos Ventura, Fellow, Society for Experimental Mechanics
  • 2018, Dharma Wijewickreme, Fellow, Engineering Institute Canada
  • 2016 – 2018, Steven Weijs, Leading Scholar, Green College
  • 2015, Carlos Ventura, Fellow, Engineering Institute of Canada
  • 2014, Tarek Sayed, Fellow, Engineering Institute of Canada
  • 2013, Greg Lawrence, Fellow, Canadian Society for Civil Engineering
  • 2013, Jonathan Fannin, Fellow, Engineering Institute of Canada
  • 2013, Loretta Li, Visit Fellowship, ESPR of Taiwan National Science Council
  • 2013, Dharma Wijewickreme, Fellow, Canadian Academy of Engineering
  • 2013, Dharma Wijewickreme, Fellow, Canadian Society for Civil Engineering
  • 2013, Dharma Wijewickreme, Horst Leipholz Medal, Canadian Society for Civil Engineering
  • 2013, Tarek Sayed, Fellow, Canadian Academy of Engineering
  • 2013, Tarek Sayed, Fellow, Canadian Society for Civil Engineering
  • 2012, Greg Lawrence, Fellow, Canadian Academy of Engineering
  • 2012, Jonathan Fannin, Visiting Erskine Fellowship, University of Canterbury
  • 2012, Jongho Lee, Korean Honor Scholarship, The Embassy of the Republic of Korea in the United States of America
  • 2012, Mahdi Taiebat, Norman Medal, American Society of Civil Engineers
  • 2011, Nemy Banthia, Fellow, Royal Society of Canada
  • 2011, Susan Nesbit, Sustainability Teaching Fellowship, University of British Columbia

Canada Research Chairs

Each year, the Canada Research Chairs Program invests approximately $295 million to attract and retain a diverse cadre of world-class researchers, to reinforce academic research and training excellence in Canadian postsecondary institutions.

  • Nemy Banthia – Tier I Canada Research Chair in Infrastructure Rehabilitation and Sustainability
  • Greg Lawrence – Tier I Canada Research Chair in Environmental Fluid Mechanics
  • Tarek Sayed – Tier I Canada Research Chair in Transportation Safety and Advanced Mobility