UNB research excellence

A strong foundation of research

The Off-site Construction Research Centre at UNB is being built on a strong foundation of research groups within the Department of Civil Engineering, including the:

  • Construction Engineering and Management Group: Drs. Lloyd Waugh and Jeff Rankin
  • Materials Group: Drs. Michael Thomas and Xiomara Sanchez
  • Structures Group: Drs. Alan Lloyd, Kaveh Arjomandi and Peter Bischoff
  • Transportation Group: Drs. Eric Hildebrand and Trevor Hanson

The department is home to the M. Patrick Gillin Chair in Construction Engineering and Management. As the first construction research chair in Canada, established at UNB in 1987, it has led the way in creating strong ties between researchers and the construction industry.

UNB research at a glance

  • 75 percent of publicly funded research in New Brunswick conducted at UNB
  • 20+ leading research institutes and centres
  • 25+ world class research chairs
  • $40M+ in external research funding annually
  • 406 PhD students in 2017-18
  • 134 postdoctoral fellows in 2017-18
  • 74 start-up companies created since 2013-14
  • 58 patents issued since 2012-13

A history of engineering excellence

Home of the first engineering program in Canada, UNB offered its first civil engineering course in 1854. Technological innovation and wealth creation are part of its DNA.

UNB civil engineers played a role in building this country — from the Canadian Pacific Railway and TCH to the hydropower development of its rivers. Today, they are leaders in national and international construction and engineering organizations.

UNB faculty and alumni helped to develop two of the most progressive and successful utilities in North America: NB Power and NBTel (now Bell Aliant). UNB graduates were instrumental in creating New Brunswick’s engineering consulting industry.

UNB researchers play key roles in developing other emerging industries, including biomedical occupational health and safety, as well as the recently launched research centres in smart grid technology and marine additive manufacturing. Each of these ventures represents a key research partnership with industry leaders.