Vacant - Liaison for the City of Edmonton
Simon Thomas, P.Eng. - Director
Simon has been with EPCOR Water since 1997. He spent 3 years in the research group, 5 years supporting external growth and Edmonton based projects, followed by six years of increasing responsibility at the Rossdale and E.L. Smith Water Treatment Plants. In 2012 he moved over to the Gold Bar WWTP. At Gold Bar, Simon is responsible for a diverse group of 130 staff who operate, maintain and build one of the largest and most advanced wastewater treatment plants in Canada. His goal is to continually improve the safety, environmental and financial performance of the plants he is managing, by placing high value on organizational communication and efficient work processes.
J.J. Roger Cheng, Ph.D., P.Eng. - Director
Dr. Cheng joined the University of Alberta in 1984 with a Ph.D. degree from the University of Texas. He has been the Department Chair since 2002. His research interests and expertise are in steel and cold-formed steel structures, energy pipelines, rehabilitation of structures, and structural health monitoring. He has held the CW Carry Chair in Steel Structures since 1997. He was also a Theme Director of Intelligent Sensing for Innovative Structures of Canada, a research Network of Centres of Excellence of Canada (1995–2009). He is an active member of Canadian Standard Association (CSA) Technical Committees, S136 – Design of Cold-formed Steel Members and S806 – Design and Construction of Building Components with Fibre Reinforced Polymers. He was the recipient of Killam Professorship in 2001 and McCalla Professorship in 1997. He received several Undergraduate Teaching Awards from Faculty of Engineering at the University of Alberta. Dr. Cheng has published over 110 refereed Journal papers and supervised 46 PhD students and 65 master students to completion.