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Bruce Ferguson
Bruce is a senior executive at the City of Edmonton experienced in delivering large-scale residential, commercial, and institutional construction and development projects.
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Larry Staples
Larry Staples currently serves as an advisor to the Construction Owners Association of Alberta (COAA). His working life has encompassed over 35 years of leadership for engineering consulting and research organizations. Larry Staples is also known for his volunteer leadership, spanning three decades in the engineering profession.
Darcy Trufyn
Darcy Trufyn joined Capital Power in 2009 and is now the Senior Vice President of Operations, Engineering and Construction. In his present capacity, he is responsible for Operations, Construction, Engineering, Health, Safety and Environment and Supply Chain. Darcy oversees the safe operation of more than 2,400 megawatts of power generation (natural gas, solar, coal, biomass and wind) across North America.
Fraser Forbes
Dr. Forbes pursues research in process modelling and identification, process control, and engineering optimization. Recent areas of focus include operations optimization, stochastic and dynamic optimization, vector or multi-criteria optimization, application of post-optimality and sensitivity analysis to decision-making, model-based control of distributed parameter systems, distribution shaping control, and structured approaches to automation system benefits analysis
Robert Driver
Professor Driver conducts research in areas related to behavior and design of steel structures, including seismic, bolted and welded connections, progressive collapse mitigation, and development of new structural systems.
Carlos Cruz Noguez
Dr. Cruz-Noguez is the current chairholder of the MCAA Endowed Chair of Masonry Structures, with the mandate to drive innovation in masonry research and to develop safer, more durable, and high-performance masonry systems.
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Mark Hagel
Dr. Hagel Holds a Bachelor of Science in Actuarial Science and Applied Mathematics, a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering, and a Doctor of Philosophy in Civil Engineering all from the University of Calgary. Prior to employment with the Alberta Masonry Council, Mark worked as a Technical Services Engineer for the Canadian Concrete Masonry Producers Association (CCMPA) addressing inquiries from the design community and working in partnership with Canada Masonry Design Centre (CMDC) on the MASS design masonry software. He then moved on to the role of a Building Envelope Engineer and Structural Engineer with a Calgary engineering firm. Mark’s thesis dissertation, “Service Life Prediction of Connectors in Masonry Veneer Wall Systems”, was heavily
rooted in building science, structural engineering, and the durability of building components and he currently serves on the National Research Council’s (NRC) working group that is developing the Guideline on Design for Durability of the Building Envelope. Mark has taught first year engineering courses as a sessional professor at both the University of Calgary and Mount Royal University.
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Jim Kanerva
Jim was a long-term employee and Shop Operations Manager at Waiward Steel Fabricators Ltd. He is currently the general manager at C.W. Carry Ltd. He holds an undergraduate degree in Mechanical Engineering and a Master of Engineering degree in Engineering Management from the University of Alberta
Travis Chorney
As senior vice president, Travis is part of a team responsible for the overall strategic direction, safety, quality, and business growth for PCL Industrial. Since joining the PCL family in 1996, he has held various roles of increasing responsibility within PCL’s industrial business in the management and operation of heavy industrial construction projects. His notable projects include the UE-1 Expansion for Syncrude in Fort McMurray and the Scotford Upgrader at Shell’s facility in Fort Saskatchewan. Travis is a registered professional engineer.
Amir Jamshidi
Dr. Jamshidi is currently working at Supreme Group as the Director of Engineering Services. He obtained his Ph.D. in Structural Engineering from the University of Alberta in 2016 focused on progressive collapse of steel structures. Amir has worked on many prominent projects in North America including the Rainier Tower, SeaTac Airport, Waterdale Bridge, The Leaf at Canada's Diversity Gardens, Regina Bypass, and the Southwest Calgary Ring Road. Amir is heavily involved in the technical and engineering communities through the Steel Centre, ASCE, AISC and NSBA. He is a Steel Centre Industry Advisory Council, CISC Education and Research Council, and chair of the Education and Research subcommittee for the Alberta region.
Simaan AbouRizk
Simaan M. AbouRizk is a Distinguished University Professor and a Tier 1 Canada Research Chair in Operations Simulation in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the University of Alberta. Simaan is considered an expert in the development and application of computer simulation for construction planning, productivity improvement, constructability review, and risk analysis.
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Aminah Robinson Fayek
Dr. Aminah Robinson Fayek is a professional engineer and a professor in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the University of Alberta. She holds a Tier 1 Canada Research Chair in Fuzzy Hybrid Decision Support Systems for Construction, and she is in her third consecutive term as NSERC Industrial Research Chair (IRC) in Strategic Construction Modeling and Delivery.
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Yasser Mohamed
Dr Mohamed is a Professor and member of the Hole School of Construction Engineering in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the University of Alberta. His research is in the general area of modeling and automation of construction operations using simulation and data mining tools.
Alireza Bayat
Dr. Bayat’s research interests include trenchless construction of underground and road infrastructures. As the NSERC IRC in Underground Trenchless Construction, Dr. Bayat will research methods to install and rehabilitate underground infrastructure, focusing on cold region climates.
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Ahmed Hammad
Dr. Ahmed Hammad recently left the University of Sharjah, United Arab Emirates (UAE), to join the University of Alberta, where he is an Associate Professor in Construction Engineering and Management. Prior to joining academia, Dr. Ahmed spent 25 years in industry managing numerous multi-billion dollar Engineering, Procurement, and Construction (EPC) projects.
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Ming Lu
Ming Lu is a Professor of Construction Engineering and Management (CEM) in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering University of Alberta. Dr. Lu is widely known in the academic community of construction for contributions in (1) quantitative methods for construction engineering and management (2) computing in civil engineering, (3) automation in construction, and (4) education in construction.
Leila Hashemian
Dr. Hashemian is an Assistant Professor at the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, University of Alberta. Her research focuses primarily on asphalt material characterization and mix design. During the past four years at the University of Alberta, Dr. Hashemian has been involved in the Integrated Road Research Facilities (IRRF) activities, including analysis of flexible pavement response to thermal-induced strains, falling weight deflectometer (FWD) tests, and controlled vehicle loading.
Ali Imanpour
Ali Imanpour joined the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the University of Alberta in 2017. Professor Imanpour was a postdoctoral fellow at McGill University before joining the University of Alberta. From 2006 to 2010, he worked as a structural engineer for the Deputy of Research at the University of Tehran, Iran. His current research activities include the development of seismic design procedures for steel framed structures using analytical and experimental methods.
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Yuxiang Chen
Dr. Yuxiang Chen, is an assistant professor in the School of Building Science and Engineering in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the University of Alberta. He obtained all of his post-secondary degrees in building engineering from Concordia University in Montreal, Canada. Yuxiang joined the University of Alberta in July, 2015. His research expertise is on high-performance buildings, with focuses on energy efficiency and peak demand reduction.