2nd Annual Graduate Research Day Winners

Presentation Winner – Adrien Sparling

Abstract Title: Out-of-Plane Performance of Concrete Masonry Walls with Near-Surface Mounted Reinforcement

Poster Winner – Parnian Izadi

Abstract Title:  Enhancement of anaerobic digestion process using Biostreme and vitamins as additives

Congratulations to both our winners.


Civil students excel in their first ever Troitsky Bridge Building Competition

The winners of the Lassonde Bridge Building competition, which took place last November, were sent this March to compete in the Troitsky Bridge Building Competition in Concordia University in Montreal.

This is an annual competition where engineering students design and build model bridges out of popsicle sticks, toothpicks, white glue and dental floss. The competition tests the participants’ design and engineering skills.

This was the first time a team from York University participated in any civil engineering competition.  Due to the hard work and dedication of each of the team members, they placed 11th out of 47 teams nationwide.

This is an amazing score for first time participants and a great way to showcase our program and talented students.  Congratulations to our participants!


1) Konrad Kaczor (2nd year Space Engineering Student)

2) Jacob Samson (2nd year Space Engineering Student)

3) Stevie Kloutsouniotis (2nd year Civil Engineering Student)

4) Dania Al-Adhami (3rd year Civil Engineering Student)




Professor Usman Khan has found a new forecasting method to predict the risk of floods


Mitac Scholarship for PostDoc

We are happy to announce that Scott Briggs, Dr. Magdalena Krol’s PostDoc, has received a Mitacs Accelerate Scholarship to “Model Geochemical and Hydrogeological Processes in a Deep Geological Repository for Used Nuclear Fuel”. Congratulations Scott!


Lassonde EXPO

The Lassonde EXPO, where Lassonde students showcase their final projects, pitches and prototypes on the main floor of the Bergeron Centre for Engineering Excellence, is an important day for students and faculty alike. In addition to this, the first place winners of CEL’s first event “Build A Boat” had discussed their design solution and were presented with certificates of recognition from members of the Civil Faculty. The pictures below will show the design process that took place at the event on March 31 from 5:30-8:30, as well as the awards handed out to the winners.

Team 2

Engineering Design Process

Team Professorship

Team Professorship!

Team Professorship testing

Team Professorship Testing their Boat

Team 1

Getting ready for Testing!


Testing Stage!


First Place Winners!

Design Process

Explaining Design Process

Dr. Krol handing out awards

Presentation of Awards to Winners

Group Picture

Build A Boat Winners with Civil Faculty!

CIVL 2000 Final Presentations

March 28 was a very exciting and nerve-wracking day for the second year students enrolled in LE CIVL 2000 as it was Final Presentation day! This was the day for teams to present all they had worked on in their project for the past 4 months with their respective Faculty Supervisor. The different streams that teams could choose from were Geotechnical, Structural, Environmental, and Transportation and the respective Faculty Supervisors were Dr. Sharma, Dr. Palermo, Dr. Eldyasti, and Dr. Park.

LE CIVL 2000 gives students the chance to connect with clients and industry members to learn more about the engineering design process and to apply their current technical skills and knowledge to a real-life problem to a professional standard. Lectures were made engaging and interactive as prominent industry and academic professionals were invited to speak to the students about major topics and issues in engineering. Simulating the real world experience, project teams had to work with their Faculty Supervisor in the preparation and submission of a formal design report and an oral presentation to clients and other guest members.

The Department of Civil Engineering would like to thank all the clients and other respective members for taking the time to come to the presentations, as well as the time dedicated to the students throughout the project, and observe what their team had worked so diligently on for the past semester.


CIVL2000 Group Photo