Presentation Title: “Simulating the Seismic Performance of Buildings and Communities”
Professor Terje Haukaas, P.Eng., PhD
Department of Civil Engineering
University of British Columbia, Vancouver
Terje Haukaas is a Professor at the Department of Civil Engineering at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver. Specializing in structural engineering he received his PhD degree from the University of California at Berkeley in 2003 funded in part by a Fulbright Fellowship. His background is from Norway where he worked as an engineer and master builder of carpentry. Dr. Haukaas conducts research on probabilistic modelling of a broad range of hazards and impacts with emphasis on numerical simulation models. Software development for risk analysis is an integral part of Dr. Haukaas’ research. He developed the first version of the Matlab toolbox FERUM and he implemented the first reliability and sensitivity options in OpenSees. He later spearheaded the development of Rt, a program for multi-hazard and multi-model risk analysis. Dr. Haukaas has won several teaching awards, including the 2016–2017 UBC Killam Teaching Prize, and he has published more than 35 journal papers and 50 conference papers. He was the early-career keynote speaker at the 11th International Conference on Structural Safety and Reliability in New York in 2013 and he was the Chair of the 12th International Conference on Applications of Statistics and Probability held in Vancouver in 2015, attended by more than 300 delegates from 40 countries.
Presentation Title: “Hybrid Wood-Based Modular Solutions for Tomorrow’s Buildings – From Research to Construction”
Cristiano Loss, PhD, M.Sc.
Assistant Professor and Associate Chair in Wood Building Design and Construction
Faculty of Forestry, Department of Wood Science
University of British Columbia, Vancouver
Dr. Cristiano Loss holds an Associate Chair in Wood Building Design and Construction at the University of British Columbia (UBC). Dr. Loss received his M.Sc. in Civil Engineering and PhD in Engineering of Civil and Mechanical Structural Systems from the University of Trento (Italy), and worked as a post-doctoral fellow and instructor in integrated wood engineering at the same University. Before joining the UBC Department of Wood Science, Faculty of Forestry, Dr. Loss worked with the Wood Design Engineering Research Group at the University of Northern British Columbia’s Wood Design Centre in Prince George, and other research Labs in Europe. Dr. Loss is an expert in high-performance wood-based systems and performance-based optimum design procedures for the development of cost-effective safer mid- to high-rise buildings under extreme events. Throughout his career, he was involved in many R&D industrial projects, as well as in research projects funded by the Italian Civil Protection Department and the interuniversity consortium ‘Laboratories University Network of Seismic Engineering.’ His work gained international recognition, publishing extensively in peer-reviewed journals and conference proceedings, as well as providing practitioners with several research reports and manuals. He was a member of the Italian group for developing the Italian seismic design guidelines for timber structures. He also holds two patents.
Presentation Title: “Isolated Bridge Abutments – A Comparison with Traditional Abutments”
Mohammad Saifuzzaman, P.Eng., M.Eng., PE
Principal Engineer and Engineering Manager
Mohammad is a Senior Bridge Engineer with 20+ years of experience, working as an Engineering Manager with Parsons Inc. He achieved his Bachelor degree from Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology, Dhaka, Bangladesh and Master’s degree from McGill University, QC, Canada. His major bridge project experiences are – Reference Concept Design of the Pattullo Bridge, Canal Lachine Bridge, New Champlain Bridge, St. Croix River Crossing, Tappan Zee Hudson River Crossing, Golden Ears Bridge, JJ Audubon Bridge, and so many overpasses.
Presentation Title: “Universally Accessible Fare Gate – Using a Technology Approach”
Nadia Krys, P.Eng., PE, PMP
Senior Project Manager, Engineering & Project Services
Nadia Krys has a B.Sc. in Civil Engineering with a specialization in Structural Engineering. She is a registered professional engineer in British Columbia and New York State and is a Project Management Professional. As an Engineer, she has a track record of designing, managing, and delivering complex, time-sensitive, multi-faceted, and multi-stakeholder infrastructure projects in New York City and British Columbia. Nadia is a Senior Project Manager at TransLink and is responsible for delivery of Capital Engineering projects within the Transit Authority. Projects delivered to date have been as complex as an operating SkyTrain station upgrade, facility seismic upgrade, head end development for next train departure as well as universally accessible faregates project.
Outside of work, her interests include traveling and enjoying the beautiful British Columbia outdoors.
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