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: Stephen Phillips
  4. Environmental and Water Resources: Logan Koeth

Hamed Shahrokhi Shahraki

hamed-shahrokhi-shahraki Hamed 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 toprovide 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-zhang Wei 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.

Stephen Phillips

stephen-phillips After completing his undergraduate degree at the University of Waterloo in Civil and Environmental Engineering, Stephen joined the structures, construction, and mechanics research group under the supervision of Dr. Sriram Narasimhan. Stephen was originally admitted to the MASc program after completing his bachelor’s degree, but due to the scope of his research and his academic excellence he transferred to the PhD program in 2017.

Stephen’s research focuses on mobile robots equipped with sensors such as LiDAR & cameras that can be used for quantitatively inspecting civil engineering related infrastructure. In the lab, he is working to build these robots, both ground vehicles and surface vehicles, as well as the underlying software that supports them. He is currently using his ground robots for inspecting bridges, nuclear facilities, and other infrastructures such as parking garages.

I started working in the SDIC lab as a URA when I was still an undergrad, which was great exposure and a good learning experience, and really cemented my interest in pursuing graduate studies at Waterloo. I think our lab is unique in our ability to apply state-of-the-art technology from different domains (e.g., robotics, artificial intelligence) for solving civil engineering problems.

Logan Koeth

logan-koeth Logan'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.