2016-2017 Scholarship Competition Award Winners

CTRF wishes to thank the sponsors for the current scholarship program, namely Canadian Pacific Railway, CN, Transport Canada and many other individuals.

Mahmudur Rahman Fatmi – Dalhousie University
Salman Kimiagari – Université Laval – Unable to Accept
Julien Leclerc – Université Laval
Brendan McPhee – University of New Brunswick
Faizul Mohee – University of Waterloo
Auja Ominski – University of Manitoba
Derek Wilson – University of Oxford

Canadian Pacific Railway Scholarship $5,000

Derek Wilson – Oxford University

Derek is a postgraduate in the MSc Sustainable Urban Development programme at the University of Oxford, where he studies as a Kellogg College Scholar. He is also the current Research Chair of the Cascadia Green Building Council and the founding editor of a forthcoming journal on sustainable urbanism, which will be regularly published by the MSc programme beginning with the 2016-2017 academic year.

Prior to studies at Oxford, Derek completed his B.Comm. in urban land economics at the University of British Columbia, and has since conducted a number of empirical studies investigating the linkages between transport planning and land use. More recently, Derek authored an article entitled “Innovations in Urban Transportation: A Regime-Based Approach to Strategic Niche Management” (2016), in which he examined the role of endogenous regime change in enabling sustainable transitions for urban transportation systems. He has also recently critiqued the use of cost-benefit analysis in the context of transportation investment decisions, arguing that CBA should acknowledge and make explicit its subjective qualities.

Derek’s research continues to explore this latter line of inquiry, and seeks to develop a new form of CBA that improves transparency by directly and openly accounting for political priorities, a task which will likely be completed as part of a future PhD programme. Following graduation from the MSc, Derek intends to resume his professional work on transit-oriented development strategies, alongside his ongoing academic projects.

CN Scholarship $6,000

Auja Ominski – University of Manitoba

Auja Ominski is a M.Sc. student working in the University of Manitoba Transport Information Group (UMTIG). Her research focuses on the fuel efficiency of bus transit in terms of passenger ridership, with the goal of determining recommendations to improve transit efficiency. Auja is also an active member of the University of Manitoba ITE Student Chapter, where in the past year she acted as treasurer and was involved in numerous activities, including an adopt-a-highway cleanup, the annual Christmas Cheer Board pancake breakfast sale, and educating middle school students about engineering, bike safety, and public transit. Upon graduation, Auja’s goal is to gain employment where she is able to contribute to sustainable transportation research and practice.


Transport Canada Scholarship in Safety and Security $6,000

Brendan McPhee – University of New Brunswick

Brendan is currently enrolled in a Master of Science in Civil Engineering with the University of New Brunswick’s Transportation Group. The focus of his graduate thesis is investigating the potential for enhanced monitoring of the transport of dangerous goods by rail. The goal of this research is to support emergency organizations with their planning techniques by providing them with an additional dataset detailing the movement of cargo through their community. Following the completion of his Master’s degree next spring, Brendan hopes to obtain employment with a transportation engineering firm to further his knowledge in the field of transportation planning and design.

 Transport Canada Scholarship in Economics, Efficiency and Competitiveness in Transportation $6,000

Mahmudur Rahman Fatmi – Dalhousie University

Mahmudur Rahman Fatmi is a PhD student in the Department of Civil and Resource Engineering at Dalhousie University, Canada. He completed his B.Sc. in Civil Engineering from Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology (BUET). Mahmudur started his Masters at Dalhousie University in Fall 2012, and transferred directly to PhD in Winter 2014.

Mahmudur’s research interest involves a wide array of transportation and urban planning phenomenon such as, travel behaviour analysis, econometric modelling, transportation and land-use interaction, microsimulation of urban system, and transportation data collection and survey methods, among others. His PhD research focuses on the development of a microsimulation-based integrated transport and land use modelling system for Halifax, Canada. Particularly, he is involved in developing state-of-art econometric models to investigate residential location transition, vehicle ownership transition, and mode transition decisions. His research also includes generation of synthetic population and simulation of the residential location and vehicle ownership transition decisions within the integrated urban modelling framework. He is continuously contributing to the transportation literature by publishing journal articles and presenting his research at international conferences. In addition, Mahmudur is extremely active in the transportation research and professional community, as he is a member of multiple transportation associations, and a reviewer of prestigious international journals and peer-reviewed conference proceedings. Mahmudur envisions being in the academia or consultancy, and contribute in advancing travel behaviour analysis, econometric modelling, and integrated transport and land use modelling.

Transport Canada Scholarship in Sustainable Transportation $6,000

Faizul Mohee – University of Waterloo

Faizul M. Mohee is a PhD candidate in Civil and Environmental Engineering at University of Waterloo in his fourth year of PhD studies. Faizul is a licensed P.Eng. in Ontario, a certified Project Manager (PMP) and an accredited LEED Green Associate. Earlier, he finished his Masters in Civil Engineering at University of Toronto.

After finishing his Masters and before starting his PhD, Faizul worked for several years as a Civil Engineer in different consulting engineering companies in Canada in different Bridge, Transportation, Mining, Nuclear and Power Transmission Line projects in North America.

In 2012, He won the prestigious NSERC PGS-D3 scholarship and decided to go back to school to pursue his PhD studies. For his PhD research, he already has developed an innovative system for road and bridge repair, rehabilitation and retrofitting. Faizul’s career objectives are to become a Professor in Civil Engineering in a reputed University in Canada and also to establish his own engineering consulting company in Canada; and thus to push the frontier of science and engineering

 Transport Canada Scholarship in Safety and Security $6,000

Julien Leclerc – Université Laval

Extruded multi-cellular aluminum decks are a potential solution for replacement of concrete decks in aging or new steel girder bridges because aluminum will often be cheaper than steel or concrete when life-cycle costs are calculated. In order to attain comparable deck stiffness, and similar overall flexural resistance as a concrete deck, full composite action between the aluminum deck and the steel girders is required. To achieve full composite action, slip-critical bolted connections between the aluminum deck and the steel beams have been envisioned since it restrains any differential movement of the connected parts. However, since coefficient of thermal expansion of aluminum is twice that of steel (24 x 10-6 mm/mm/°C against 11,6 x 106 mm/mm/°C), excessive secondary stresses can result from temperature variations. A finite element model is developed to examine the effects of thermal loading on the bolted connections between aluminum deck and steel girders. This project is limited on single span bridges having short to medium lengths.

According to the FE model, the combination of thermal loads, live loads and dead loads does not cause the failure of the aluminum/steel girders at the ultimate state. However, excessive deflections and slip of the bolted connections are induced by the combination of thermal and live loads.