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WTS International 2019 Women in Transportation Award

Rasha Hassan, a second year M.A.Sc. student at the department, was the recipient of the prestigious WTS International 2019 Women in Transportation Award. The award was presented during the WTS International Annual General Meeting on October 24th, 2019 in Toronto. Working within the McMaster INTERFACE Institute, Rasha’s research is focused on Resilience Quantification and Systemic Risk Mitigation Strategies of Interdependent Transportation Networks, under the supervision of Dr. Wael El-Dakhakhni in collaboration with Drs. Moataz Mohamed and Mohamed Ezzeldin.


Moataz Mohamed awarded grant for research on electric bus transit charging infrastructure


Dr. Mohamed will study how electric bus transit system could benefit from energy storage systems to mitigating their systemic impacts on the utility grid

The Department of Civil Engineering would like to congratulate Dr. Moataz Mohamed, who has been awarded a $23,500 NSERC ENGAGE grant for his research on "Cascading Impacts of Electric Bus Charging Infrastructure Network" in collaboration with Inspectech Analygas group Inc.

This grant will fund advanced real-world based simulation models informing the integration of Energy Storage System (ESS) to advance the operation electric bus transit, with Hatem Ahmed and Mohamed El-Sayed as the lead PhD graduate students.

Dr. Mohamed is developing tools, transferring knowledge and training new generations of competent employable engineers to capitalize on the opportunities associated with the role of disruptive technologies in future cities of tomorrow. There are two main streams to his research:

Public Transit Renaissance through the development of new research models for improving the quality of public transit systems. These models include, yet not limited to, electric buses, behavioural and perceptional models, feasibility assessment, cascading impacts, and innovative service delivery business models.

Disruptive Tools for Transportation Systems through the development of toolboxes informing the integration of various disruptive technologies. This research focuses on the utilization of adaptive analytical models (e.g. ML) for testing, validating, and quantifying the impacts of new technologies in our transportation system, with a focus on autonomous UAVs application in parcel delivery.

Civil Engineering Alumni Spotlight

Rob Casasanta, B.Eng. `93

“My engineering degree has been very valuable in the design and manufacturing work I do. It also taught me how to learn and adapt to new and different situations. Every day brings its challenges and rewards which allows me to continuously learn and improve.” 

Rob Casasanta, along with his two younger brothers, Vic and Luigi, runs Brantford’s LC Bakery Equipment Services Ltd., a successful manufacturer of industrial and commercial bakery and food services equipment.

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