Dr. Lydell Wiebe – Faculty of Engineering
Lydell Wiebe

Dr. Lydell Wiebe


Earthquake engineering, structural dynamics, seismic resilience, self-centering systems, controlled rocking systems, steel structures, reinforced masonry

Areas of Specialization

  • Associate Professor

    Civil Engineering

  • Associate Chair – Undergraduate

    Civil Engineering


Dr. Wiebe is developing tools and educating people to meet the structural engineering challenges of a rapidly urbanizing globe.

Motivated by a vision for a society that is more sustainable, equitable, and resilient, his research group uses large-scale experiments and advanced numerical modelling to develop economical ways of revolutionizing seismic performance.

The end goal of this research is to transform seismic resilience from a lofty ambition, reserved for only special structures, to a routine outcome of all modern design.

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Lydell Wiebe received his BASc (2005) and PhD (2013) in Civil Engineering from the University of Toronto, and his MSc in Earthquake Engineering from the ROSE School in Pavia, Italy (2008). He is the Chair of Working Group 9 (Seismic Design) for CSA S16 (Design of Steel Structures), and he has received the GJ Jackson Fellowship Award and the HA Krentz Research Award from the Canadian Institute of Steel Construction. Dr. Wiebe is Vice-President of the Canadian Association for Earthquake Engineering and a member of the Editorial Boards of the Journal of Earthquake Engineering and the Canadian Journal of Civil Engineering.

Dr. Wiebe has received numerous awards for his teaching, including the McMaster University Faculty of Engineering Teaching Excellence Award (2017) and the McMaster Students Union Award for Excellence in Teaching (2014, 2017).

Outside the university, Dr. Wiebe enjoys the taste of cold water after a long run, the sound of making music with others, the sight of his kids running ahead of him on a hike in the woods, and the smell of his homemade bread baking in the oven.

B.A.Sc (Toronto)

M.Sc (ROSE School)

Ph.D (Toronto)