Two CIVL Engineers inducted Fellows of the Canadian Academy of Engineering

Two Civil Engineering professors Tarek Sayed and Dharma Wijewickreme have been inducted Fellows of the Canadian Academy of Engineering (CAE) in recognition of their distinguished achievements and career-long service to the engineering profession.

The induction ceremony took place on June 20, 2013 in Montreal in conjunction with the Academy’s 2013 Annual General Meeting and Symposium.

Civil Engineering professor Tarek Sayed is world-renowned for his research on road safety analysis and evaluation. His work on automated road safety analysis using video sensors is being applied in projects in six countries and is considered by many as the future of road safety analysis. He has a number of prestigious awards including the appointment as a UBC Distinguished Scholar, the Award of Academic Merit from the Transportation Association of Canada, and the ITE Wilbur Smith Distinguished Transportation Educator Award. Along with his duties leading the transportation engineering group in his department, he is also currently Senior Editor of the Canadian Journal of Civil Engineering, Director of the UBC Bureau of Intelligent Transportation Systems and Freight Security – Engineering.

Civil Engineering professor Dharma Wijewickreme is an internationally recognized researcher in the field of geotechnical engineering.  He gained 11 years of experience in consulting engineering practice prior to joining academia in 2001. His research activities, which are related to the infrastructure, mining and energy sectors, have been of global significance and have been used extensively. Specifically, his research on earthquake liquefaction of soils and on buried pipelines subject to ground movements has effectively and extensively contributed to advancement of knowledge, has been used in the development of design guidelines for practice, and has been applied to many engineering projects worldwide.

About the CAE

The Canadian Academyof Engineering comprises many of the country’s most accomplished engineers, who have expressed their dedication to the application of science and engineering principles in the interests of the country and its enterprises. Nominated and elected by their peers, Fellows of the Academy are committed to ensuring that Canada’s engineering expertise is applied to the benefit of all Canadians.

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Sherry Green

UBC Faculty of Applied Science