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Dr. Wael El-Dakhakhni


Department of Civil Engineering

Director, McMaster Institute for Multi-Hazard Systemic Risk Studies (INTERFACE)

Department of Civil Engineering

Director, CaNRisk-CREATE

Department of Civil Engineering

Co-Director, Centre for Effective Design of Structures

Department of Civil Engineering

Martini, Mascarin, and George Chair in Masonry Design

Department of Civil Engineering

Systemic Risk Modeling; Interdependent Network Visualization; Simulation and Analysis; Response Prediction under Multi-hazard Scenarios.
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Dr. El-Dakhakhni’s first research area 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.

His second research area focuses on experimentally and analytically examining the structural performance under extreme loading induced by both natural (e.g. seismic) and anthropogenic (e.g. blast) hazards. He holds the Martini, Mascarin and George Chair in Masonry Design, and is also the Director of the McMaster Applied Dynamics Laboratory and the Co-Director of the McMaster Centre for Effective Design of Structures. In addition to his numerous related publications, Dr. El-Dakhakhni is also heavily involved in knowledge mobilization in this area, where he has served/been serving on several code and standards committees in Canada and the USA, including TMS 402/602. He is also a voting member on the National Building Code (NBC) of Canada Standing Committee-Earthquake Design, task group on evaluating the seismic response modification factors for all building systems in Canada. A Fellow of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE), Dr. El-Dakhakhni has been recognized through several prestigious research awards including an Ontario Early Researcher Award, an NSERC Discovery Accelerator Supplement (DAS) in 2011, the Alan H. Yorkdale Research Award and the John B. Scalzi Research Award.


B.Sc. (Ain-Shams, Egypt) M.Sc., Ph.D. (Drexel, USA)


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·         McMaster University Scholar (2017).

·         Member, Royal Society of Canada, College of New Scholars, Artists and Scientists, (as of 2016).

·         John B. Scalzi Research Award, The Masonry Society (TMS), (2016).

·         Dean of Engineering Doctoral Mentoring Honour Roll, McMaster University (2016).

·         NSERC Discovery Accelerator Supplement (2016).

·         Director, NSERC-CREATE on Canadian Nuclear Energy Infrastructure Resilience under Systemic Risk (CaNRisk) (as of 2016).

·         Fellow, American Society of Civil Engineers, (2015).

·         Founding Director, McMaster Institute for Multi-hazard Systemic Risk Studies [INTERFACE] (as of 2015).

·         NSERC Discovery Accelerator Supplement (2011).

·         Alan H. Yorkdale Award for outstanding journal paper worldwide on masonry, from the ASTM International, (2010).

·         Early Researcher Award, (2010).

·         Associate Editor (Seismic Effects, Concrete and Masonry) ASCE Journal of Structural Engineering, (since 2010).

·         Martini, Mascarin & George Chair in Masonry Design (since 2007), Department of Civil Engineering.