Civil prof recognized as one of Canada’s top innovators

Wednesday, November 8, 2023

Waterloo Engineering professor Dr. Solomon Tesfamariam has been named to a list of leading innovators by a national anti-racism organization.

The 2023 edition of Canada’s Aspiring Innovators of the Year, released by the Coalition of Innovation Leaders Against Racism (CILAR), recognizes Black, Indigenous and People of Colour winners who positively impact their communities, the world and future generations through the innovation ecosystem.

Tesfamariam is a world leader in the pedagogy and research on sustainable design of tall-timber building and decision-making tools for infrastructure (asset) management. Currently a professor and University Research Chair in civil and environmental engineering at the University of Waterloo, he has pushed the boundaries for tall timber (hybrid) building under multi-hazard design considerations for over 20 years.

His countless contributions to the civil engineering innovation ecosystem can be attributed to his ability to build relationships and collaborate with major players who utilize his research to facilitate change – including industry partners, government organizations, municipalities and insurance companies. Tesfamariam’s research has directly resulted in the expansion of tall timber (hybrid) structure guidelines, and he is among the top 2% of cited civil engineering scientists worldwide based on a recent Stanford University study.

Tesfamariam will be celebrated in person at the 2nd annual Power of One, Power of Us conference and reception, hosted in Toronto on November 17, 2023.

Dr. Solomon Tesfamariam

Dr. Solomon Tesfamariam is one of CILAR's Aspiring Innovators of the Year.