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Wai Yeung Yan, PhD, Civil Engineering

Former Ryerson University president Sheldon Levy, Civil Engineering PhD Wai Yeung Yan, and former Ryerson chancellor G. Raymond Chang

Research interests:

Yan’s doctoral research is bringing increased precision and accuracy to a remote sensing laser technology that scans large topographic areas and has wide-ranging impact on a number of industries from forestry assessment and 3D-city modelling to topographic mapping and disaster management. During his doctoral course work, Yan’s outstanding record of scholarship and research garnered him the prestigious Governor General of Canada’s Gold Medal.

“I chose Ryerson because of its highly regarded geomatics engineering graduate program."

Why Ryerson?

“I chose Ryerson because of its highly regarded geomatics engineering graduate program. I wanted to work with and learn from Professor Ahmed Shaker, who is recognized internationally for his satellite sensor modelling and remote sensing applications.”

Advice for incoming graduate students?

“My advice is simple: arrive to your lab or office on time and put in a full day’s work. Sometimes the solitary nature of research may make you feel isolated but be patient and treasure every opportunity to participate in competitions, give presentations and network with colleagues and other researchers.”


Where Ryerson lead him next:

A post-doctoral fellowship at Ryerson University’s Department of Civil Engineering.

In 2016, Yan was awarded the prestigious Otto von Gruber Award by the International Society for Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing. He is the first Canadian scientist to receive the award since its inception in 1964.