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Dr. Brian Baetz

Professor (Emeritus)

Department of Civil Engineering

Sustainable Infrastructure; Sustainable Communities; Resilient Communities; Municipal Solid Waste Management Planning; Green Buildings; Environmental Systems Analysis; Optimization Modelling; Decision Support Systems; Contemplative Pedagogy
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My research interests lie in the synthesis of a range of modelling approaches (optimization, simulation, decision analysis) to problems in the areas of sustainable and resilient communities and hydrological and environmental systems analysis.  The development of prototype decision support systems for improved decision-making in these areas is a key focus of my research.  In essence, I am a systems engineer who is interested in the development of more resilient and integrated communities.


B.A.Sc., M.A.Sc. University of Toronto Ph.D. Duke


Brian Baetz  has research interests in the areas of sustainable and resilient communities, green infrastructure, and contemplative pedagogy.  His bachelors and masters degrees in Civil Engineering are from the University of Toronto, and his PhD in environmental engineering is from Duke University.  He is a former Chair of the Department of Civil Engineering at McMaster University, a former Chair of the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Tulane University in New Orleans, and a former Director of McMaster’s Engineering and Society Program.  Brian is a licensed Professional Engineer in the Province of Ontario, and a Fellow of the Canadian Society for Civil Engineering.


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