Civil and Natural Resources Engineering News

Oliver Saunders

24 January 2022

Ollie Saunders has been awarded the Tonkin+Taylor Prize for Hydrology and Hydraulic Engineering and the ECAN award for top Natural Resources Engineering.

Waste Water Plant

24 January 2022

We are looking for a motivated candidate to conduct Master of Engineering research.

Pedro Lee

24 January 2022

Professor Pedro Lee has been ranked amongst the top 0.1% of engineer researchers in the world* by Elsevier, within the Environmental engineering category. He was the only person to be ranked from NZ in the top 2% worldwide.

Greg MacRae

17 January 2022

Professor MacRae has teaches and researches in the field of Structural and Earthquake Engineering with many of his projects directly influencing decisions regarding the design and construction of major buildings and bridges.

Professor Brendon Bradley

11 January 2022

A University of Canterbury Earthquake Engineering professor who is leading worldwide research into the effects of ground-shaking caused by earthquakes has gained almost $1 million from Marsden Fund Te Pūtea Rangahau a Marsden to accelerate his research.

Rajesh Dhakal

10 January 2022

Professor of Structural and Earthquake Engineering at UC Civil and Natural Resources Engineering, Rajesh Dhakal, has been ranked 1st amongst active Civil Engineering researchers in NZ, and amongst the top 0.6% of all Civil Engineering engineer researchers in the world* by Elsevier.

GPS Tracking

20 December 2021

Fire research uses GPS tracking data to analyse people’s movement behaviour patterns wildfire emergency evacuations. Daniel Nilsson is part of a team of international experts in this research project worth US$100,000 per year.

Lizzy North

14 December 2021

As desalination capacity increases worldwide it becomes increasingly important that we continue to have access to fresh water, while continuing to protect our fragile marine ecosystems”.

Nicholas Morris

13 December 2021

Congratulations to CNRE student Nicholas Morris for successfully gaining the UC Accelerator Scholarship. This scholarship will fund research work conducted on improving the robustness and efficiency of nonlinear dynamic analyses. Working alongside him are Dr Reagan Chandramohan, as the primary supervisor, and Dr Christopher McGann, as an assistant supervisor.

Sam Archie, Hopkins

10 December 2021

The Hopkins scholarship is set up in memory of Professor H J Hopkins who was Head of the Department of Civil Engineering of the University of Canterbury from 1951 to 1978. The aims of the scholarship are to: a) provide financial assistance for candidates undertaking full-time postgraduate study; and b) promote high-quality postgraduate research in Civil Engineering at the University of Canterbury; and c) recognise the contributions of Professor Harry Hopkins to the Dept of Civil Engineering.


10 December 2021

PhD Candidate Amandine Bosserelle has won TWO awards for public talks. Firstly, at the 'Resilience to Nature’s Challenges' Students Accelerating Resilience Research conference, she won Highly Commended – Storytelling, for her talk “Why are groundwater dynamics important for current and future urban resilience?”

ben moerman2

09 December 2021

UC PhD candidate works to develop base connections that will not only be extremely strong, but also be flexible in case of an earthquake.

Alessandro, Accelerated Award

06 December 2021

Most Influential International ABC Person of the Year Outside U.S.” in Academia Award 2021 Accelerated Bridge Construction Conference Award Committee have selected Alessandro Palermo as the recipient of the “Most Influential International ABC Person of the Year Outside U.S.” in Academia Award!

Long Service Award 2021

02 December 2021

The University of Canterbury has celebrated its 16 longest-serving staff members, awarded five teaching development scholarships for exciting new projects, recognised an impressive new health and safety initiative and honoured 12 newly appointed professors through the Hui Whakamānawa | Celebrating Excellence awards.

2021 Professorial appointments

02 December 2021

Promotion to the rank of Professor is a significant accomplishment, recognising academics who work at the forefront of their discipline with sustained excellence in teaching, research, and engagement with communities.

Kilan Kraus

02 December 2021

In recent years, there has been an astonishing increase in the popularity of mass timber buildings in the construction industry. Mass timber products such as laminated veneer lumber (LVL) and cross laminated timber (CLT) are not only able to comply with building standards, but also sustainable due to their ability so sequester carbon.

Dreams, fire

24 November 2021

UC research awarded MBIE Endeavour Research Project Grant to Andres Valencia and Daniel Nilsson with Scion

Siri Wang

15 November 2021

The project for on the simulation of water usage fingerprints signals in water supply networks has been awarded from the UC Accelerator Scholarship to final year undergraduate student Siri Wang and Dr Derek Li

Alessandro Palermo

15 November 2021

Alessandro, a Professor in the Department of Civil and Natural Resources Engineering, is the only UC Professor to be appointed as President to the Association since their name was changed to Concrete NZ.

Hossein, PhD

10 November 2021

Accounting for building torsional behaviour during strong earthquake shaking

Alyce Lysaght

09 November 2021

Alyce Lysaght a final year student minoring in Water and Environmental Engineering Systems has taken out the UCSA Blues Award - Waewae Kai Pakiaka: Outstanding contribution to the Māori Community.

D Nilsson

04 November 2021

The research of faster and safer Tsunami evacuation modelling has been awarded just under $1m from a MBIE Smart Ideas grant to the University of Canterbury Department of Civil and Natural Resources Engineering and GNS Science. Daniel Nilsson is a key researcher along with William Power from GNS Science.

Honor Columbus

04 November 2021

Congratulations to Honor Columbus for winning first place in the oral presentation category for her presentation titled, ‘A Water Wellbeing approach to assessing clean water technologies’.

Innovation jumpstart

03 November 2021

Seaweed-based plasterboard, an app to help young people navigate sex and relationships, and a system to make houses safer in an earthquake are some of the innovative University of Canterbury projects to win a funding boost this week.

Arts Centre

03 November 2021

The research to improve the modelling and understanding of earthquake-induced ground motions has been awarded just over $1.3m through the Royal Society of New Zealand’s Marsden Fast Start and Marsden Standard grants.

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