Current graduate students

We're pleased to welcome you to the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering. On this page, we'd like to introduce you to some of our current students, one from each of our four unique research groups:

  1. Transportation: Hamed Shahrokhi Shahraki
  2. Geotechnical: Wei Zhang
  3. Structures, Construction, and Mechanics: Kevin Goorts
  4. Environmental and Water Resources: Logan Koeth

Hamed Shahrokhi Shahraki

hamed pictureHamed is a PhD candidate in the department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the University of Waterloo, working under the supervision of Dr. Chris Bachmann. Hamed holds a MASc degree from Concordia University, and a Bachelor's in Civil Engineering from the University of Tehran.

Throughout the course of his PhD, Hamed will be developing analytical models that feature innovation in joint transport-economic modeling. His research is expected to provide a powerful decision making tool to be used by engineers, governments, policy makers, and managers for conducting 'Smart Infrastructure Investment'.

It is exciting to be a part of Waterloo's Civil and Environmental Engineering Department where cutting edge research is being done. I am confident that working with highly experienced and knowledgeable professors in this research intensive environment, will help me fulfill my passion of becoming a university professor.

Wei Zhang

wei pictureWei Zhang is currently pursing a PhD degree in the department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, specializing in Geotechnical Engineering under the supervision of Dr. Leo Rothenberg. Before starting her PhD, Wei received her Master’s degree from the Chinese Academy of Science in 2012.

Wei’s research is a numerical study of the micromechanics of soil and its application to liquefaction.  She is currently working on a Discrete Element Method simulation of the deformation of undrained saturated sand, with the hope of understanding its liquefaction potential and ‘flow structure’ character.

My work at Waterloo has involved theoretical studies followed by practical applications. This combination has resulted in an efficient way of doing research, yielding innovative ideas and improving critical thinking skills, which ultimately has enhanced the enjoyment of my work. Research, which in the beginning was a confusing and unclear activity, has become an enjoyable experience.

Kevin Goorts

kevin picAfter completing his BASc at the University of Waterloo in Civil and Environmental Engineering, Kevin joined the Structural Dynamics, Identification, and Control Research Group led by Dr. Sriram Narasimhan.  Through his undergraduate co-op program, Kevin obtained a range of industry experiences yet still found himself most intrigued by the opportunities associated with open-ended research problems.  Shortly after starting his MASc program, his interests were confirmed and he transferred to a PhD program.  In addition to research, Kevin is passionate about teaching and discovering new ways to engage students.  A number of teaching assistantships and experiences as a course instructor have fulfilled this passion.

Above all else, the culture of the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering has shaped me as a researcher and enabled me to pursue my goals in a world-class research environment.

Kevin's research involves developing a deployable, autonomous vibration control system for lightweight structures.  There are many benefits associated with using lightweight materials including cost savings and ease of construction; however, due to the reduced weight, lightweight structures tend to experience excessive vibrations and often require auxiliary damping devices.  Existing damping devices have a number of limitations and must be designed specifically for each structure.  The goal of Kevin's research is to develop a robotic control device that overcomes these limitations and can be used on a range of structures.  After graduation, Kevin plans to pursue a career in academia to satisfy his passion for teaching and continued interest in research.

Logan Koeth

Logan pictureLogan's journey at the University of Waterloo started in 2007, as an undergraduate student in the Environmental Engineering program. Upon convocation in 2012, she worked for 3.5 years in the fast paced atmosphere of environmental consulting as an environmental scientist, but then  returned to Waterloo to pursue a MASc (Water) degree (a collaborative program between the department of Civil and Environmental Engineering and the Water Institute).

Under the advisory of Dr. William Annable, Logan examines groundwater emergence in creeks and rivers using electrical conductivity and temperature. Her research objective is to relate groundwater emergence in creeks and rivers to fish spawning locations, and the big picture goal is inform the inclusion of spawning habitat into river restoration.

Uncertain of my future plans, I am certain that the University of Waterloo and the department of Civil and Environmental Engineering will have prepared me for the professional obstacles that I will undoubtedly encounter.