2020 TA Excellence Award Winner


Congratulations to Bronwyn Chorlton who is recipient of the 2020 TA Excellence Award!

This award recognizes excellence in and commitment to teaching in the department.

The adjudication committee was especially impressed with the supporting letters that highlighted Bronwyn’s commitment to student success, organized and informative lab sessions, and the support she offered her fellow TAs.

Bronwyn’s efforts have helped create a positive and enriching learning experience for our students.

Doctoral Student wins “Best Presentation Award” at Water Quality Symposium


Research on global environmental safety earns Professor Satinder Brar international award

York University’s James & Joanne Love Chair in Environmental Engineering, Satinder Brar, first became interested in research and the environment at a young age in India thanks to her grandfather, a farmer, who taught her the values of environmental sustainability.

Satinder Kaur Brar

Since then, the civil engineering professor’s distinguished accomplishments in the fields of environmental sustainability and green chemistry have broken boundaries, initiating many practical projects around the world, making great improvements to global environmental safety.

In recognition of that work, the Save the Environment (STE) presented the International Achiever Award to Brar in October 2019 during the National Conference on Water Crisis, Public Health and Sustainable Solutions & First Annual Meet of Save The Environment, organized at Indian National Science Academy in New Delhi, India.

Recognized as an international wastewater researcher, Brar’s work contributes meaningfully to these UN SDGs, as her work aims to find innovative ways for cleaning contaminated water, ensuring communities have access to clean and safe drinking water for generations to come. Brar is often invited to talks during international forums and conferences on applied biotechnology, which is the science of manipulating microorganisms to produce antibiotics and hormones.

With more than 400 publications and an outstanding h-index – an author-level metric that measures both the productivity and citation impact of scholarly publications – of 50, Brar has made it her mission to find harmony between economical advancements and environmental conservation.

This award is a testament to the massive impact Brar’s work is having on the planet.

“[Brar’s] scientific accomplishments have indeed brought laurels to our nation. [She] is truly an exemplary inspiration for environmentalists and biotechnologists across the world,” Kshipra Misra, president, STE.

Within an environmental context, York University is ranked relatively high for various United Nation’s (UN) Sustainability Development Goals (SDG) including:

  • 12th in the world for Sustainable Cities and Communities
  • 14th in the world for Climate Action
  • 22nd in the world for Consumption and Production

For more on Brar, visit her York University profile.

Professor Dan Palermo receives Outstanding Associate Editor award

In addition to busy days as a professor and Chair in the Civil Engineering Department, Dan Palermo was recently recognized as one of the 2018 Outstanding Associate Editors for the Canadian Journal of Civil Engineering.

The accolade recognizes the efforts and commitment of exceptional members of the journal’s editorial board.

The journal depends on its editorial board to ensure that it continues to publish top-tier research. Palermo’s contributions have ensured the journal maintains a high standard of quality with every publication.

Professor Satinder Brar – Eddy Principles/Processes Wastewater Medal Winner

Congratulations to Dr. Satinder Brar for being this year’s Eddy Principles/Processes Wastewater Medal Winner, selected by the Water Environment Federation. The honour is bestowed for research that makes vital contributions to the existing knowledge of the fundamental principles of wastewater treatment. Professor Brar, and her co-authors, have been awarded the medal for their paper entitled: “Acute Impact of Chlortetracycline on Nitrifying and Denitrifying Processes”. 

Capstone Design Group Finished in the Top Six at CSCE Competition

York Students Syed Husain and Jordan Santorsola did an excellent job representing the Civil Engineering Department and York University at the CSCE Capstone Competition held at the Sheraton Laval and Convention Centre from June 12-15, 2019.  Of the 18 teams in the competition, Jordan and Syed finished just outside of the top 3 and were one of only six teams in contention for the top 3 spots.   This is the first year that the Civil Engineering Department at York University has participated in the competition.

Congratulations Syed and Jordan!!


2019 TA Excellence Award Winner

Congratulations to Adrien Sparling who is recipient of the 2019 TA Excellence Award!

This award recognizes excellence in and commitment to teaching in the department.

The adjudication committee was especially impressed with the supporting letters that highlighted Adrien’s eagerness to support and motivate students, preparation, and attention to detail. Adrien’s efforts have helped create a positive and enriching learning experience for our students.


4th Annual Graduate Research Day Winners

Long Presentation Winner – Josephine Morgenroth

Abstract Title:  Probabilistic Modelling vs. Machine Learning for Streamlining Geomechanical Data

3-Minute Presentation Winner – Ahmad Mohammadi


Abstract Title: A Real-Time Threat Analysis Tool to Improve the Roadway Safety for First Responders

Congratulations to both our winners!


Transportation Planning Professional of the Year Award

York University adjunct professor, Dr. Sabbir Saiyed, has been awarded the Transportation Planning Professional of the Year at the Ontario Traffic Council’s (OTC) 2019 annual conference. The award takes into account Dr. Saiyed’s significant contribution to the transportation planning profession and the initiatives undertaken with OTC and other professional organizations. Dr. Saiyed was instrumental in forming the OTC’s Transportation Planning Committee in 2002 and has presented numerous educational sessions and workshops.

In addition to his position at York University, Dr. Saiyed is the Manager of Transportation System Planning at the Region of Peel and is an adjunct professor at the University of Toronto. He is also the Chair of the Urban Transportation Council and Past Chair of the Transportation Planning and Research Standing Committee at the Transportation Association of Canada (TAC). Dr. Saiyed holds a Master’s degree from Carleton University and a PhD from the Royal Military College of Canada in the field of Civil Engineering, specializing in Transportation Planning and Engineering.

As the Manager of Peel Region’s Transportation System Planning group, Dr. Saiyed was instrumental in forming the Smart Freight Centre (SFC), a centre of excellence for goods movement solutions. The SFC is a partnership between the Region of Peel, McMaster University, the University of Toronto, and York University. Dr. Saiyed leads a team that is involved in various additional initiatives, such as developing Peel Region’s Transportation Innovation Strategy, Data Management Strategy, providing the technical inputs for their Long Range Transportation Plan, and conducting various transportation planning and modelling studies.

As a part of his engagement of the next generation of transportation, Dr. Saiyed has also been involved in the ITE York University Student Chapter as both an advisor and a presenter.

Congratulations Dr. Saiyed on being awarded the OTC’s 2019 Transportation Planning Professional of the Year!