Shoshanna Saxe

Background

Dr. Shoshanna Saxe is an Assistant Professor in the University of Toronto’s Department of Civil and Mineral Engineering. She investigates the relationship between the infrastructure we build and the society we create to identify opportunities – and pathways – to better align infrastructure provision with sustainability. Saxe is a former Action Canada fellow, sits on Waterfront Toronto’s Capital Peer Review Panel and the board of the International Society for Industrial Ecology. She has been recognized by Clean 50 as one of Canada’s emerging environmental leaders and was awarded a 2019 Engineering Medal – Young Engineer. Her research and commentary have been featured in media outlets such as The New York Times, The BBC, The Toronto Star, The Financial Post, and Wired, including “What We Really Need Are Good ‘Dumb’ Cities” (New York Times, July 2019).

Education and Designations

  • Bachelor of Engineering in Civil Engineering and Applied Mechanics from McGill (2007)
  • Master of Science in Civil and Environmental Engineering from MIT (2009)
  • PhD from the University of Cambridge in Engineering (2016) (Jesus College)
  • Post Doctoral Fellow, University of Toronto (2016)
  • PEng (Ontario)

Research Interests

Sustainable urban infrastructure

Mega infrastructure

Transit infrastructure

Urban material flows

Potential Students

Each year I admit MASc and PhD students for interdisciplinary research investigating civil infrastructure and sustainability. This research calls on methods from construction engineering, construction governance, structural engineering, geotechnics, transport engineering, industrial ecology, land use planning and data analysis. Interested candidates should email a CV, unofficial transcripts, and a brief research proposal (max 1 page). Candidates are strongly encouraged to google advice for effective proposal drafting. A strong introductory email is a great first step towards graduate school admission. Due to a high volume of emails, I only respond to emails that include the requested attachments. 

For 2020-2021 I am particularly recruiting candidates interested in urban built environment material flow analysis.

 

Selected Publications

See other publications on Google Scholar

 

  • Imani, A. F., Miller, E. J., & Saxe, S. (2019). Cycle Accessibility and Level of Traffic Stress: A Case Study of Toronto. Journal of Transport Geography, 80 (October). https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jtrangeo.2019.102496
  • Olugbenga, O. O., Kalyviotis, N., & Saxe, S. (2019). Embodied emissions in rail infrastructure: a critical literature review. Environmental Research Letters. https://doi.org/10.1088/1748-9326/ab442f
  • Widener, M. J., Saxe, S., Galloway, T. (2017). “The Relationship between Airport Infrastructure and Flight Arrivals in Remote Northern Canadian Communities”. Artic, Vol 70, No. 3. Pg 249-248, https://doi.org/10.14430/arctic4663 

Teaching

Course CodeTitle & DescriptionSessionDay(s)Start TimeEndSection
CEM1001H
Fall 2019Tuesday9:0012:000101
CIV100HFall 2019Scheduled by the Office of the Faculty Registrar.
CIV1399H
Fall 2019Friday9:0011:000101

News Mentions

A crosswalk in Santiago, Chile (photo Mauro Mora via Unsplash)

U of T’s School of Cities to take urban research and collaboration to new heights

University of Toronto researchers have started to look for ways to leverage the School of Cities to connect with colleagues across the university to approach urban issues from multiple angles. There are a number of School of Cities initiatives in the works that will help to make those connections, including the Urban Genome Project, which brings… Read more »

Green infrastructure: New tool to help construction industry reduce carbon footprint

A team of researchers from U of T Engineering is partnering with the construction industry to help reduce the carbon footprint of buildings, bridges, public transit and other major infrastructure projects. “What we’re building is a decision-support tool that can be used in the early stages of design and planning,” says Professor Heather MacLean (CivE), one of… Read more »

Professor Shoshanna Saxe (CivE) analyses the environmental and social impact of large public transit infrastructure projects, informing policymakers as they decide which investments to make. (Photo: Tyler Irving)

Infrastructure’s impact: How public transit investments affect our environment

  This story originally appeared at U of T Engineering News The benefits of building public transit include reducing greenhouse gas emissions, relieving traffic congestion and expanding a growing city. Yet each transit project is unique, and predicting its future effectiveness is difficult. Professor Shoshanna Saxe (CivE) crunches the numbers on existing infrastructure to provide… Read more »

Contact

Shoshanna Saxe
Department of Civil & Mineral Engineering
University of Toronto
35 St. George St.
Toronto, Ontario
Canada, M5S 1A4

 

Office: GB429

s.saxe@utoronto.ca