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Dr. Khaled Sennah,  Chair of Department of Civil Engineering

Welcome to the Department of Civil Engineering at Ryerson University and the road to excellence! Our vision is to become one of the best civil engineering programs in Canada and we are making steady progress toward the realization of this goal! Ryerson University is well known for its applied education and the Department of Civil Engineering exemplifies this quality. We proudly provide state-of-the-art undergraduate and graduate studies civil engineering education and research in the dynamic field of civil engineering. When you study Civil Engineering in our Department, you learn many new exciting and challenging engineering concepts and theories in our classrooms and labs.

The Department of Civil Engineering at Ryerson University provides students with many excellent learning experiences leading to successful careers and engaged students who enable change. The Department through the sustained work of faculty members and staff is continuing on a transformative path to meet the changing needs of students and helping to shape Canada’s future generation of change makers and advocacy leaders, innovators and entrepreneurs. Civil Engineering students, graduates, faculty members and staff will contribute significantly to Ontario’s and Canada’s social, cultural and economic well-being.

Students who commenced the program on or after Fall 2014, and after completing two years in the Civil Engineering program, may continue in the regular Civil Engineering program with courses in the environmental, geomatics, transportation and structural/materials areas or apply to enrol in a two year specialized Structural Engineering option. There is a sixty percent enrolment cap in either the Civil Engineering program or the Structural Engineering option. Enrolment in the Civil Engineering program or the Structural Engineering option after the second year is made on a competitive basis and is subject to program capacity. (Please visit for more details.) In addition, students continuing in the Civil Engineering program will have the option of pursuing either the Environmental or Transportation Engineering Streams in the fourth year of the program. An enrolment cap for the Environmental or Transportation Streams will be similar to that mentioned above. Students who commenced the program prior to Fall 2014, should refer to the Program Overview as published in the 2013-2014 Ryerson University Undergraduate Calendar

Our undergraduate and graduate students excel in many peer competitions at international, national and regional levels and we are very proud of their many great successes and awards! In the late Fall 2015 semester, two fourth-year civil engineering students won First Place in the American Concrete Institute (ACI) Pervious Concrete Competition again, among forty-eight other teams from around the world. Our university has received the highest number of ACI Competition awards and track records of sustained excellence in other ACI competitions as well, including the Concrete Construction Competition. At the Annual Canadian Society for Civil Engineering Troitsky Bridge Building Competition, our teams finished Tenth among thirty-nine teams who participated from ten major Canadian universities. Other great achievements this past year include Best Poster Award by one of our PhD students at the Central Canadian Symposium on Water Quality Research hosted at Ryerson in February 2016. Other great and notable awards also won by our graduate students this past year are Best Student Paper Award in Structural Health Monitoring; First Place in the Thirty-Seventh Canadian Remote Sensing Symposium Best Poster Competition and Second Place in the Student Paper Competition at the Canadian Association of Road Safety Professionals Conference. In May 2016, one of our Ph.D. and a fourth year undergraduate student both received Certificates of Appreciation from the Sustainable and Innovative Bridge Engineering Research Center at College of Civil Engineering at Fuzhou University in China. This was in recognition of their engagement with Fuzhou University graduate students in a Student Experience Seminar and from presenting technical papers at the First International Symposium on Joint less and Sustainable Bridges. There are many other great achievements and awards accomplished by our students at both undergraduate and graduate levels.

In the Department of Civil Engineering you will be taught by dedicated faculty members who are engaged in many exciting engineering research and development projects, many in collaboration with industry who bring this expertise to the classroom and labs. Your faculty members have won many national, provincial and university awards for their teaching and research and have also collectively published over 300 peer-reviewed journal papers and won over 30 national and international awards. Leaders from industry and government in our Advisory Council also help keep our curriculum more relevant.

I hope that you will find the information in this Student Handbook useful. Please visit our website at If you have any further inquiries, please contact our Department at


Best Regards,
Dr. Khaled Sennah, P.Eng.