Prospective Students


I am looking for an MASc student to investigate microscale characterization of building and property features for assessing flood risk in co-supervision with Chul Min Yeum (  Funding applications are being prepared to turn this into a 4-5 year project with watershed authorities, municipal governments, and federal partners.  Ideally we would find someone to start in the fall, which is short term, but may still be possible if the student is a Canadian citizen or permanent resident. The student would be co-supervised in Civil and Environmental Engineering by B MacVicar and CM Yeum with some guidance from Derek Robinson in Geography.  The project would be to analyse digital elevation models and images to extract features such as stormwater depression storage and building features by using computer vision technology.  Interest in programming is a must for this one.  The successful candidate will get to play with some advanced data acquisition tools (drones, lidar) and learn spatial analysis and machine learning techniques.

We strive to provide a supportive training environment with a wide range of collaboration and internship opportunities. Many of my current and past students have had successful internships with watershed conservation authorities, municipal governments, private consulting firms as part of their research. The job market for students from the group is very strong, and almost all students remain in the field whether it be in the private sector, government organizations, or academia. For this position, students who aspire to a position in academia are preferred, but the student will have a range of mentorship opportunities.  The student will be based in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering (, one of the largest and well-respected such departments in Canada and one with a research focus on sustainable cities and communities.  The selected student will also be expected to complete two graduate courses in the Collaborative Water Program as part of the Water Institute at the University of Waterloo (  This institute is a key part of the strategic emphasis on water research at UW, with over 150 faculty members and 300+ graduate students.  The CWP graduate courses offer a novel learning opportunity to approach water issues from a transdisciplinary perspective with other professors and students at the university.

We recognize that systemic barriers that have led to the underrepresentation of certain groups in fluvial hydraulics and structural engineering.  Individuals from underrepresented groups including persons with disabilities, racialized minorities, individuals from LGBTQ2+, and women will therefore be given every consideration to encourage their participation in this interesting research field.  Due to funding constraints this position is targeted for Canadian citizens or permanent residents.

Please contact Bruce MacVicar ( if you are interested in this position.