Michael Collins, C.M.

University Professor Emeritus


Research Interests



Collins, MP 2016
University Professor Emeritus Michael Patrick (MP) Collins.


University Professor Michael Collins is a world- renowned expert in research involving reinforced concrete. He addresses the problem of how engineers can use new approaches in design to better assess and repair structures before catastrophe strikes.

Hypotheses on the mechanisms of building collapse are validated using the U of T-designed Shell Element Tester located in the Civil & Mineral Engineering Structural Testing Facility. This is the only facility of its kind in Canada capable of testing full-scale shell elements subjected to all eight possible force components. Combined with the U of T-designed structural analysis software, “Response”, these researchers can predict the behaviour of structures in extreme circumstances. The “Response” software has helped revolutionize building codes across Canada, the United States and Europe. The advances in testing scope and precision that these collaborators have made will help to make building assessment and maintenance faster and more efficient, enabling engineers to more accurately predict which structures are safe following seismic events, thereby saving lives and reducing costs.

Education and Designations

B.E. (Canterbury)
Ph.D. (New South Wales)

Research Interests

Reinforced and prestressed concrete structures

Behaviour of reinforced concrete shell elements

Numerical techniques for predicting structural response

Punching shear in slabs

Design of offshore structures

Seismic design

Evaluation of structures in distress


Course CodeTitle & DescriptionSessionDay(s)Start TimeEndSection
Summer 2020 (Cancelled due to COVID-19 - Updated March 30, 2020)0101


Michael P. Collins, C.M.
Department of Civil & Mineral Engineering
University of Toronto
35 St. George St.
Toronto, Ontario
Canada, M5S 1A4

Tel: 416-978-5906
Fax: 416-978-2077


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