Rashid Bashir

Contact Information

416 736 2100 ext. 33315


Campus Address

BRG 333A 11 Arboretum Ln. York University, Toronto ON M3J 1P3


Dr. Rashid Bashir is an Associate Professor of geotechnical/geoenvironmental engineering in Lassonde School of Engineering at York University in Toronto.  He earned his Ph.D. in Civil Engineering from McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario with specialization in contaminant hydrogeology and computational mechanics.  Dr. Bashir has more than 14 years of experience in areas of Geotechnical and Geoenvironmental Engineering, Mine & Contaminant Hydrogeology and Computational Mechanics.

Before Joining York University, Dr Bashir worked as a senior geotechnical engineer with Golder Associates in their Saskatoon office. He was a member of Golder’s Unsaturated Soils Group. Dr. Bashir was mostly involved in numerical aspects of unsaturated flow and transport. He designed a number of soil covers around the world for tailings management facilities and landfills. He was also involved in performance evaluation of soil covers and has designed a number of soil cover test plots for performance monitoring. He has also served as an external reviewer for the shaft pilot holes studies in Northern Saskatchewan. Dr. Bashir was also the task leader and one of the lead authors for the initial screening reports for two sites in Northern Saskatchewan, as part of site selection for Canada’s Deep Geological Repository for Used Nuclear Fuel.

Before joining Golder Dr. Bashir worked as Corporate Mine Hydrogeologist for Cameco Corporation in Saskatoon, SK.  Apart from providing hydrogeology support to operations in Northern Saskatchewan, he was also engaged in dewatering of the Cameco’s flooded Cigar Lake Mine. He implemented depressurization at two of the Cameco’s operating mines in northern Saskatchewan. Dr. Bashir also provided hydrogeology support to Cameco’s corporate development group for potential acquisitions around the globe. He has also testified in front of Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission as a subject matter expert. Dr. Bashir has considerable project management experience and has managed large and complex mining projects. He is also a qualified Safety, Health, Environment and Quality auditor and a TapRooT® investigator.

  • Ph.D. in Civil Engineering from McMaster University (Hamilton, Ontario)
  • M.Sc. in Civil Engineering from King Fahd University of Petroleum & Minerals (Dhahran, Saudi Arabia)
  • B.Sc. in Civil Engineering from The University of Engineering and Technology, Taxila (Taxila, Pakistan)
Areas of Expertise/Interest
  • Unsaturated Flow and Transport
  • Unsaturated Soil Mechanics
  • Effect of Climate Change on Geotechnical Design
  • Mine Waste Management & Soil Cover Design
  • Contaminant Hydrogeology
  • Mining Hydrogeology
  • Soil Structure Interaction
Recent Publications
  • Bashir R, Sharma, J. (2015). Discussion: Climatic influence on geotechnical infrastructure: a review. Environmental Geotechnics (http://www.icevirtuallibrary.com/content/article/10.1680/envgeo.14.00049)
  • Bashir R, Sharma J, Stefaniak, J. (2015). Effect of hysteresis of soil-water characteristic curves on infiltration under different climatic conditions. Canadian Geotechnical Journal. 10.1139/cgj-2015-0004
  • Bashir, Rashid and James Hatley. Inflows in uranium mines of northern Saskatchewan, risks and mitigation. CIM (Canadian Institute of Mining, Metallurgy and Petroleum) Journal. 4(2) (2013), 95-108.
  • Hatley, F. J. and R. Bashir. Shaft sinking experience in Athabasca Basin and geoscientific investigations for future shafts. Geomechanics and Tunnelling, 4(5) (2011), 454-463.
  • Bashir, R., J. E. Smith and D.E. Stolle. The effect of ionic strength of soil water on surfactant induced unsaturated flow. Canadian Geotechnical Journal, 48(4) (2011), 644-654
  • Smith, J.E., E.J. Henry and R. Bashir. Solute-dependent Capillarity Induced Focused Flow During Infiltration into Alcohol Contaminated Soil. Vadose Zone Journal, 10(1) (2010), 403-411
  • Bashir, R., J. Smith, D. Stolle and Eric Henry. On the importance of hysteresis in numerical modelling of surfactant-induced unsaturated flow. Soil Sediment Contamination: An International Journal, 18(3) (2009), 264-283
  • Bashir, R., J.E. Smith and D.E. Stolle. Surfactant induced unsaturated flow: Instrumented horizontal flow experiment hysteretic modelling. Soil Science Society of America Journal, 76(6) (2008), 1510-1519.
  • Bashir, R., D.E. Stolle and J.E. Smith. A flux-based alternative formulation for variably saturated subsurface flow. Journal of Hydrologic Engineering, ASCE, 12(5) (2007), 210-222.
  • Al-Shayea, N., S. Abduljauwad, R. Bashir, H. Al-Ghamedy and I. Asi. Determination of parameters for hyperbolic model of soil. Geotechnical Engineering Journal, 156 (2003), 105-117
Research Opportunities

Dr. Bashir currently has openings for students pursuing their Masters or PhD at the Department of Civil Engineering in York University.