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Drs. Lydell Wiebe and Wael El-Dakhakhni granted CRD/OCE VIP 2 with the Canadian Masonry IndustryNovember 24, 2017

The Department of Civil Engineering is pleased to announce that Drs. Lydell Wiebe and Wael El-Dakhakhni have been awarded an NSERC CRD and an OCE VIP 2 to work with the Canadian Concrete Masonry Producers Association and the Canada Masonry Design Centre

Drs. Lydell Wiebe and Wael El-Dakhakhni have been awarded an NSERC CRD and an OCE VIP 2 to work with the Canadian Concrete Masonry Producers Association and the Canada Masonry Design Centre on "Controlled Rocking Reinforced Masonry Systems for Enhanced Resilience under Seismic Risk." This is a five-year project, with a total value of $1.2 million.

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 an Associate Member of the Technical Committee for CSA S16 (Design of Steel Structures) and the Vice Chair of Working Group 9 (Seismic Design) for that Committee. He has received the GJ Jackson Fellowship Award (2005) and the HA Krentz Research Award (2015) from the Canadian Institute of Steel Construction. Dr. Wiebe is also the Secretary of the Canadian Association for Earthquake Engineering, and he led the writing of the New Zealand Design Guide for Controlled Rocking Steel Braced Frames. 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).

Dr. El-Dakhakhni focuses on translating the knowledge pertaining to multi-hazard and network-level vulnerability to usable information that can have direct positive impacts on different stakeholders in our societies. He is the founding Director of the McMaster Institute for Multi-hazard Systemic Risk Studies (INTERFACE), within which his vision has been providing the linking platform for researchers to collaboratively address grand challenges at the interfaces between social-, natural- and medical-sciences and engineering.He is also working on developing system-level resilience quantification tools and cross-disciplinary systemic-risk management frameworks. Within this focus area, he serves as the Director of the Canadian Nuclear Energy Infrastructure Resilience under Systemic Risk (CaNRisk) NSERC-CREATE program. His emergence as a leader in this area has also been recognized through an NSERC-DAS award in 2016, placing him among only a few researchers in Canada recognized with such a prestigious honour twice in their career. Dr. El-Dakhakhni is a member of the leadership team of the ASCE Risk & Resilience Measurement Committee and the ASCE Disaster Response and Recovery Committee. He is also an elected member of the Royal Society of Canada, College of New Scholars, Artists and Scientists.