The Canadian Society for Civil Engineering (CSCE) awards the 2022 Albert E. Berry Medal to Civil Engineering Professor Rehan Sadiq
A world-leading researcher, Dr. Sadiq, investigates the areas of asset management of water supply systems, environmental risk analysis and lifecycle assessment of built environment. He is an author of more than 600 peer-reviewed journal and conference articles, book chapters and technical reports. With nearly 17-thousand citations, he is among the top 100 most cited civil engineering researchers globally.
Dr. Sadiq is a professor of Civil Engineering and Distinguished University Scholar, and currently serves as the Provost and VP Academic pro tem at the University of British Columbia’s Okanagan campus. He is also a co-lead of Life Cycle Management Laboratory.
Dr. Sadiq’s research is focused on one of the most pressing issues of our time, the safety of drinking water and urban water systems. With innovative and influential research in the development of tools that enable the proactive maintenance, rehabilitation and replacement of water utilities, Dr. Sadiq is transforming the way small to medium-sized communities are managing their water supplies. He was a pioneer in the development of soft computing and artificial intelligence methods to model water quality in distribution networks and environmental decision-making.
By using his soft computing and artificial intelligence-based models, municipalities are reducing costs and more importantly protecting against catastrophic events that could result from poorly maintained infrastructure. His research is used internationally to safeguard and sustain water supplies and distribution, and as a basis for policy making in asset management in Canada, the United Kingdom, France and Saudi Arabia.
The Albert E. Berry Medal is the pre-eminent award of the Environmental Engineering Division of CSCE. It is presented annually to a CSCE member who has, in the opinion of the Selection Committee, made an outstanding contribution to the field of environmental engineering in Canada.