Kamelia Atefi is an Assistant Professor in the Lassonde School of Engineering at York University. She completed her Masters, Doctoral, and Postdoctoral studies in Civil Engineering at the University of Waterloo. Prior to joining York University in Aug 2020, she was an Assistant Professor in the Civil, Structural, and Environmental Engineering Department at the University at Buffalo, NY, since 2016. K.

Atefi is a registered professional engineer in Ontario.Atefi has over twelve years of research experience in constitutive, analytical, and numerical modeling in computational geomechanics. Her research contributes to development of resilient and sustainable energy production/storage technologies, and design for climate change through a fundamental understanding of coupled geomechanical processes (hydraulic-mechanical-thermal-dynamics). Her current research involves: enhancement of hydrocarbon, geothermal, and aquifer storage recovery operations; prediction of geo-environmental impacts of deep production/injection operations; tunneling in extreme geological settings; geomechanics of glacier basal motion; and bio-mediated soil improvement.


Ph.D., Civil Engineering (Geotechnical), University of Waterloo, ON, Canada

M.A.Sc., Civil Engineering (Geotechnical), University of Waterloo, ON, Canada

B.A.Sc., Civil Engineering, Iran University of Science and Technology, Tehran, Iran