Director – SIMTReC / Emeritus Professor – University of Manitoba

Dr. Aftab A. Mufti is an Emeritus Professor of Civil Engineering at the University of Manitoba, Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada. He is also the former Scientific Director and President of the Innovative Structures with Intelligent Sensing Canada Research Network, a Network of Centres of Excellence. His research interests include FRPs, FOSs, FEM, bridge engineering, Structural Health Monitoring (SHM). At the University of Manitoba he introduced new research area of Civionics Engineering to monitor deteriorating infrastructure. He has authored or co-authored 5 books, plus provided chapters for 2 others, edited 9 books, and written more than 350 technical publications. Dr. Mufti is the recipient of 24 awards. He is the holder of several patents on the steel-free bridge deck concept, of which he is the principal developer. He has been involved in the writing of bridge design codes since 1992, and was the Chair of the Technical Sub-Committee on the Fibre Reinforced Structures of the Canadian Highway Bridge Design Code, published in 2006. He is a fellow of 9 societies. On November 2013 he was elected as a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada (FRSC) and on July 1, 2010 he was appointed as a Member of the Order of Canada, highest civilian honour bestowed on Canadian citizens, for his contribution to and leadership in the field of civil engineering, notably for researching the use of advanced composite materials and fibre optic sensors in the construction and monitoring of bridges and other infrastructures.

Douglas Thomson, Ph.D., P.Eng.
Associate Director – SIMTReC / Professor – University of Manitoba

Dr. Douglas Thomson is a Professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of Manitoba. He received his Ph.D. from Stanford University (1986). He has held positions as Chief Technology officer (97-2000, MFI Technologies), Assoc. Dean (99-2004), Professor and Director of the ISIS Canada support centre. He has over 100 Refereed Journal Articles over 150 Conference Papers/Presentations, 7 patents. He has been 2006-2010 ISHMII council (Council overseeing ISHMII, which is the only international society devoted to the structural health monitoring of civil infrastructure) 2003-2009 Member of the ISIS Canada (NCE) Research Management Committee – ISIS Canada is a research network dedicated to finding solutions to Canada’s civil infrastructure problems, Director 2003-2004 for the Composite Innovation Center (Non Profit Corp. set up to assist local industry with composite material related research). His work was the basis for a new product, introduced by SUSS Microtech (Munich), for use in testing next-generation microelectronic devices (IBM, AMD) with nominal 65nm features (Test and Measurement World 2005). Served as the Chief Technology Officer and member of the board of directors for a Silicon Valley startup (MFI Technology). Recently developed wireless sensor technology, two patents on this technology have been granted and a license has been granted to a Canadian company, which has manufactured over 4000 of these sensors for use the rail industry.

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Office Manager

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Strategic Consultant

Basheer Al-Gohi, Ph.D., P.Eng.
Research Associate

Dr. Basheer Algohi received his Ph.D. degree in Civil Engineering from King Fahad University of Petroleum and Minerals (KFUPM) in Saudi Arabia in 2013 specializing in masonry construction and design, constitutive modeling and numerical simulation.  At KFUPM he participated in teaching several courses during his Ph.D. study.  Dr. Algohi joined the faculty of engineering at the University of Business and Technology (UBT) in Saudi Arabia where he spent six months in assistant professor position.  Dr. Algohi joined SIMTReC at the University of Manitoba in 2014.

Dr. Algohi research and experience centers around the resilience of structures which include design, analysis, evaluation, and monitoring of structures. For such interests, Dr. Algohi used several types of tools for which lead to the most efficient outcomes. Some of these tools include solid mechanics, computational mechanics namely, finite element method, boundary element method, meshfree method, and signal processing and analysis. These tools are used mainly for numerical investigation, evaluation, and analysis of the behavior of structures. Recently, Dr. Algohi is being involved in developed AI applications for evaluating conditions of structures based on inputs from several sensors.

Dr. Algohi worked on more than 30 bridges in North America. Dr. Algohi is familiar with the National Building Code of Canada, CHBDC, AASHTO, FHWA regulation, ACI, and MI design regulation.  Dr. Algohi wrote more than 35 journal papers, conference papers, and technical reports. Dr. Algohi reviewed several technical papers from JCSHM, CJCE, AJSE, MDPI-Sensors, and other journals.

Dr. Algohi delivered several seminars and presentations, attended several conferences, and conducted several meetings with engineers from the industry and bridge owners (DOTs).

Dr. Algohi has a good connection with the industry. Dr. Algohi worked very closely with Manitoba Infrastructure, City of Winnipeg, WSP, Vector Construction, Capitol Steel, Stantec, DillonNRC, and others on a variety of projects.

Farnaz Raeisi, Ph.D., P.Eng.
Post-Doctoral Fellow

Dr. Farnaz Raeisi received her Ph.D. in civil engineering from the University of Manitoba in 2019 specializing in the performance monitoring of bridges. She has developed an innovative distributed sensor to detect cracks on the steel girder of bridges. She has been the lead researcher on the development of the sensor and has taken this work from initial idea to a field demonstration and full-scale installation on two medium span bridges. She received a four-year competitive NSERC fellowship; SERA (Sustainable Engineering in Remote Areas) in 2014. She is also the recipient of the JMBT-Vector Scholarship (for research in Civionic engineering- combined civil engineering and electrical engineering- and for research in the structural health monitoring of intelligent civil structures) twice in 2014 and 2015.

Dr.Raeisi joined SIMTReC as a Post-Doctoral fellow in 2019 and is currently working on the instrumented-based bridge evaluation. She has worked closely with Dr. Mufti and Dr. Bakht to propose a higher level of inspection related to instrumentation to section 14 of the Canadian Highway Bridge Design Code. Dr. Raeisi is a board member of the international committee on the “Data Enhanced Infrastructure Engineering”.

JunHui Zhao, Ph.D.
Research Associate

Baidar Bakht, C.M, D.Sc., P.Eng.

Baidar Bakht retired from the Ontario Ministry of Transportation (MTO), Canada, in 1997 as its Principal Research Engineer. He has been involved in the writing of bridge design codes since 1976, and was the chair of the Technical Committee of the first edition of Canadian Highway Bridge Design Code, published in 2000.

With a D.Sc. from London University, Baidar Bakht has written and edited several books on various aspects of bridge engineering, including ‘Bridges: analysis, design, structural health monitoring’ (Springer International Publishing, Switzerland). His many publications in bridge engineering include those dealing with bridge analysis, structural health monitoring, soil-steel bridges, timber bridges and the use of fibre reinforced concrete in bridges.  During his tenure with MTO and later, he has monitored the performance of least two hundred well-instrumented highway bridges. In 2014, he was appointed as a member of the Order of Canada.