Dr. Ousmane Hisseine – Faculty of Engineering
Ousmane Hisseine

Dr. Ousmane Hisseine


Bio-inspired materials and their structural applications, cement and concrete composites, infrastructure sustainability and resilience, low-carbon construction, material-oriented structural design, multifunctional construction materials, multi-scale characterization, ultra-high-performance concrete for bridge construction and repair

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  • Assistant Professor

    Civil Engineering


Dr. Hisseine’s research group aims at fostering decarbonization pathways in the cement concrete sector to support local and global net-zero-carbon ambitions, thereby propelling the deployment of sustainable and resilient civil infrastructure. Our research focuses on material-oriented integrated design of civil infrastructure, with a particular interest in cement and concrete composites. We combine experimental and analytical approaches for the development of low-carbon cements, valorization of industry byproducts in concrete, multi-scale characterization and design of high-performance fibre-reinforced cementitious composites, sustainable repair solutions for aging concrete infrastructure, and durability of concrete infrastructure in a changing climate.

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Dr. Hisseine obtained his B.Sc. and M.Sc. in Civil Engineering at the University of Sharjah (United Arab Emirates) where he also served as a Lecturer. He obtained his Ph.D. in Civil Engineering from the University of Sherbrooke (QC, Canada) as a Vanier Scholar. Prior to joining McMaster University, Dr. Hisseine was a Lecturer at the University of Sherbrooke and a Postdoctoral Fellow at Laval University’s Laboratory of Nano- and Micromechanics. Dr. Hisseine is a past recipient of  several awards and recognitions including: the First rank in the FRQNT Postdoctoral Fellowship for 2021 (Committee 05E: Manufacturing and Construction); the Best Ph.D. Thesis Award at the University of Sherbrooke for 2020; the Leonardo da Vinci Medal for 2018; Canada Vanier Scholarship; Pierre-Claude Aïtcin Scholarship from the American Concrete Institute-Quebec and Eastern Ontario; the Best Master Thesis Award at the University of Sharjah in the UAE; and Sharjah Governor’s Scholarship.