Lightning strikes twice

CivMin graduate students (L to R) Pengfei Zhao, Lih Wei Yeow, Alaa Itani, Lauren Twible, Zoe Hoskin and Mohamed Sayed hold up their participation certificates at the conclusion of their presentations. (Photo by Phill Snel, CivMin)

The second iteration of the CivMin Grad Lightning Series was held Thursday, February 23 with six presenters. The format, conceived by Prof. Marianne Hatzopoulou, saw rapid presentations of research to date by six senior CivMin graduate students near the completion of their research.The five to seven-minute overview provided by each candidate was followed by an audience Q&A, often revealing even more interesting details of the research and challenges involved. The timing of the event allowed visiting applicants for graduate studies with CivMin to attend during Graduate Research Days (GRD) to hear a sampling of current research.The roster of presenters included:

  • Zoe Hoskin, an MASc candidate co-supervised by Prof. Jeffrey Siegel and Prof. Sarah Haines
  • Alaa Itani, a PhD candidate and a graduate researcher at the Transit Analytics Lab under the supervision of Prof. Amer Shalaby
  • Mohamed Sayed, a PhD candidate under the supervision of Prof. Oh-Sung Kwon
  • Lauren Twible, a PhD candidate under the Supervision of Prof. Lesley Warren
  • Lih Wei Yeow, a PhD candidate under the supervision of Prof. Heather MacLean and Prof. Daniel Posen
  • Pengfei Zhao, a PhD candidate under the supervision of Prof. Karl Peterson

The inaugural presentation, with five presenters, was held November 30, 2022. The Department intends to hold a Grad Lightning Series each semester during the academic year.

By Phill Snel