Meet one of UWaterloo's most influential graduates [Link to CBC new article]

Welcome to Dr. Tighe's homepage. Below is a short biography about Dr. Susan Tighe

Susan Tighe, PhD, PEng, FCAE received her BASc (1993) in Chemical Engineering from Queen’s University, her MASc Civil Engineering (1997) and PhD (2000) in Civil Engineering from the University of Waterloo. She has been a Professional Engineer in the Province of Ontario since 1995 and has been a Professor in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering since 2000. She holds the Norman W. McLeod Endowed Chair in Sustainable Pavement Engineering and is Past President of the Canadian Society for Civil Engineering.  She was appointed Deputy Provost and Associate Vice President Integrated Planning and Budgeting in July 2017.

Upon graduation from her BASc, she worked for the Ministry of Transportation of Ontario in various roles including: construction site engineer, geotechnical materials engineer and materials engineer writing standards and specifications. She also spent a sabbatical working in the private sector for a leading civil engineering construction company in Australia. Susan currently holds an Endowed Chair in Sustainable Pavement Engineering, is a founding member of the Centre for Pavement and Transportation Technology (CPATT) at the University of Waterloo. Prior to assuming the Director role which she held from 2010 - 2017, she served as the CPATT Associate Director of Research and Technology from 2005 to 2010. She is a past Canada Research Chair in Pavement and Infrastructure Management. She has successfully completed over 50 graduate students since starting at the University of Waterloo in 2000, many of whom are now in academic, public and private sector leadership positions and received the 2017 University of Waterloo Graduate Supervision Award.

Susan has gained national and international recognition for her outstanding contributions to the development, design, and management of sustainable concrete and asphalt transportation infrastructure. She has been involved with projects in Africa, India, Chile, China, Australia, New Zealand and throughout North America and is an author of over 400 technical publications in pavements and infrastructure, including being the principal investigator on the 2013 Transportation Association of Canada Pavement Asset Design and Management Guide and is involved in a number of national and international research projects. Her reputation as a scholar, educator, and professional engineer is well illustrated by the breadth of her honours and awards including Canada’s Top 40 Under 40, New College of Scholars Royal Society of Canada, Fellow Canadian Academy of Engineering and the Ontario Society of Professional Engineers Medal for Research and Development. She has also received academic Fellowships including the Erskine Fellowship at the University of Canterbury in New Zealand, the U.K. Royal Academy of Engineering University of Nottingham in England and the Queensland Pavement Center located at University of the Sunshine Coast Australia.

Link to Deputy Provost website

Link to CPATT Website