Research Chairs

It takes the best to attract the best.

The Faculty of Engineering partners with government, industry, and other supporters to create faculty positions called research chairs. Research chair positions provide funding to attract and retain the best engineering researchers from around the world.

The Faculty of Engineering attracts more than $70 million in sponsored research funding from external sources annually, which directly impacts our more than 210 professors and 1,500 to 1,600 graduate students. The Faculty of Engineering is one of the most successful faculties across the University of Alberta in attracting Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) funding and is a leader in securing partner-based NSERC programs nationally.

The Faculty of Engineering currently hosts:

  • 18 Canada Research Chairs (CRCs)
  • 3 NSERC Industrial Research Chairs (IRCs)
  • 12 University of Alberta Engineering Research Chairs (UAERC)
  • 13 Endowed Chairs and Professorships
  • 2 Foundation-Supported Chairs

Canada Research Chairs (CRCs)

The Canada Research Chairs Program aims to achieve research excellence in engineering and natural sciences, health sciences, humanities, and social sciences. They invest up to $311 million per year to attract and retain some of the world's most accomplished and promising minds.

  • Amina Hussein
    Associate Professor, Electrical and Computer Engineering
    Canada Research Chair in Laser-Plasma Based Diagnostics (Tier 2)
  • Aminah Robinson
    Professor, Civil and Environmental Engineering
    Fuzzy Hybrid Decision Support Systems for Construction (Tier 1)
  • Amit Kumar
    Professor, Mechanical Engineering
    Canada Research Chair in Assessment of Energy Systems (Tier 1)
  • Clayton Deutsch
    Professor, Civil and Environmental Engineering
    Natural Resources Uncertainty Management (Tier 1)
  • Cor-Paul Bezemer 
    Associate Professor, Electrical and Computer Engineering
    Canada Research Chair in Quality Assurance of Intelligent Systems (Tier 2)
  • Hao Liang
    Associate Professor, Electrical and Computer Engineering
    Intelligent Energy Systems (Tier 2)
  • Hongbo Zeng
    Professor, Chemical and Materials Engineering
    Intermolecular Forces and Interfacial Science (Tier 1)
  • Janet Elliott
    Professor, Chemical and Materials Engineering
    Thermodynamics (Tier 1)
  • João Soares
    Professor, Chemical and Materials Engineering
    Advanced Polymer Reaction Engineering (Tier 1)
  • Juliana Leung
    Professor, Civil and Environmental Engineering
    Canada Research Chair in Data Analytics in Subsurface Flow Systems (Tier 2)
  • Mohamed Gamal El-Din
    Professor, Civil and Environmental Engineering
    Canada Research Chair in Sustainable and Resilient Wastewater Treatment for Reuse (Tier 1)
  • Peichun (Amy) Tsai
    Associate Professor, Mechanical Engineering
    Fluids and Interfaces (Tier 2)
  • Tongwen Chen
    Professor, Electrical and Computer Engineering
    Canada Research Chair in Intelligent Monitoring and Control (Tier 1)
  • Tian Tang
    Professor, Mechanical Engineering
    Multiscale Modeling of Soft Materials and Interfaces (Tier 1)
  • Tony Qiu
    Professor, Civil and Environmental Engineering
    Cooperative Transportation Systems (Tier 2)
  • Vicente Gonzalez
    Professor, Civil and Environmental Engineering
    Canada Research Chair in Digital Lean Construction (Tier 1)
  • Xiaolei Wang
    Associate Professor, Chemical and Materials Engineering
    Canada Research Chair in Batteries for Sustainability (Tier 2)
  • Xuehua Zhang
    Professor, Chemical and Materials Engineering
    Soft Matter at Interfaces (Tier 1)

NSERC Industrial Research Chairs (IRCs)

The NSERC Industrial Research Chairs Program  aims to create collaborations between universities and partners in industry and the public sector. These grants are funded jointly by the IRC program and the partner organization.

  • David Zhu
    Professor, Civil and Environmental Engineering
    Urban Drainage
    Partners: City of Edmonton, City of Calgary, Stantec Consulting Ltd.
  • Michael Hendry
    Professor, Civil and Environmental Engineering
    Railway Engineering
    Partners: Canadian National Railway Company, Transport Canada, National Research Council Canada
  • Tony Qiu
    Professor, Civil and Environmental Engineering
    Intelligent Transportation Systems
    Partners: TELUS, Stantec, IBI Group, ATS Traffic, City of Edmonton

university of Alberta engineering research chairs (uaerc)

The University of Alberta Engineering Research Chair (UAERC) Program is a competitive program within the Faculty of Engineering, aiming to foster collaborative partnerships with industry.

  • Arman Hemmati
    Associate Professor, Mechanical Engineering
    Emissions Reduction Technologies in Energy Transportation
  • Biao Huang
    Professor, Chemical and Materials Engineering
    Smart Automation
  • Carlos Cruz-Noguez
    Associate Professor, Civil and Environmental Engineering
    Robotic Wall Construction Using Innovative Building Blocks and Processes for Enhanced Productivity, Safety, and Sustainability
  • Hassan Dehghanpour
    Professor, Civil and Environmental Engineering
    Rock Fluid Interactions in Subsurface Energy Systems
  • Hongbo Zeng
    Professor, Chemical and Materials Engineering
    Sustainable Oilsands Engineering
  • James Hogan
    Associate Professor, Mechanical Engineering
    Development and Advanced Manufacturing of Next-Generation Materials
  • Mahdi Tavakoli
    Professor, Electrical and Computer Engineering
    Healthcare Robotics
  • Mohamed Al-Hussein
    Professor, Civil and Environmental Engineering
    Industrialization and Decarbonization of the Construction Process
  • Mohamed Gamal El-Din
    Professor, Civil and Environmental Engineering
    Community-Based Wastewater Management Towards a Circular Economy
  • Ryan Li
    Professor, Electrical and Computer Engineering
    Smart Grids Automation
  • Ying Hei Chui
    Professor, Civil and Environmental Engineering
    Advanced Wood Construction
  • Yuxian Chen
    Associate Professor, Civil and Environmental Engineering
    Resource-Efficient Buildings for Cold Climates

Endowed Chairs and Professorships

Endowed chairs and professorships are the most prestigious positions offered by the university and ensure the University of Alberta continues to successfully compete for exceptional educators and researchers who bring a wealth of expertise. The Faculty of Engineering is currently home to chairs in a variety of fields of engineering research. 

  • Arno De Klerk
    Chemical and Materials Engineering
    Mancal Professorship in Coal Technologies
  • Carlos Cruz Noguez
    Civil and Environmental Engineering
    MCAA Northern Region Chair in Masonry Systems
  • Clayton Deutsch
    Civil and Environmental Engineering
    Chair in Mining Engineering
  • Erin Bobicki
    Chemical and Materials Engineering 
    Teck Cominco Chair in Mineral Process Systems
  • Farook Hamzeh
    Civil and Environmental Engineering
    Ledcor Professor in Construction Engineering
  • Hongbo Zeng
    Chemical and Materials Engineering
    CNOOC Professor of Bitumen Processing
  • James Hogan
    Mechanical Engineering
    George Ford Chair in Materials Engineering
  • Karim El-Basyouny
    Civil and Environmental Engineering
    City of Edmonton Chair in Urban Traffic Safety
  • Lianne Lefsrud
    Chemical and Materials Engineering
    Risk, Innovation, and Sustainability Chair
  • Marnie Jamieson
    Chemical and Materials Engineering
    William G. Magee Chair in Process Design
  • Michael Lipsett
    Mechanical Engineering
    Ernest and Gertrude Poole Chair in Management for Engineers
  • Qi Liu
    Chemical and Materials Engineering
    Glencore Chair in Mining and Mineral Process Engineering
  • Robert Driver
    Civil and Environmental Engineering
    Supreme Steel Professorship in Structural Engineering
  • Robert Burrell
    Biomedical Engineering
    Jim Sorensen Chair in Biomedical Engineering

Foundation-Supported Chairs

  • João Soares
    Chemical and  Materials Engineering
    Campus Alberta Innovates Program Chair in Interfacial Polymer Engineering for Oilsands Processing
  • Yaman Boluk
    Civil and Environmental Engineering
    Nanofibre Chair in Forest Products