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UBC Geological Engineering Program “The Profs”. Presented by Isabelle Lévesque. Mary Lou Bevier (aka. MLB) Petrology, Mineralogy, & Field Geology. B.S. with Honors, Earth Science, 1975 (University of California, Santa Cruz) M.Sc., Geological Sciences, 1978 (UBC)

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UBC Geological Engineering Program “The Profs”

Presented by Isabelle Lévesque


Mary Lou Bevier (aka. MLB) Petrology, Mineralogy, & Field Geology

  • B.S. with Honors, Earth Science, 1975 (University of California, Santa Cruz)

  • M.Sc., Geological Sciences, 1978 (UBC)

  • Ph.D., Geological Sciences, 1982 (University of California, Santa Barbara)

  • Post-doctoral Fellow, Geological Survey of Canada, 1985-1987

  • New textbook “Introduction to Field Geology” published by McGraw-Hill.

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R.M. (Marc) BustinSedimentology, Organic Petrology

  • Ph.D. (UBC).

  • Research: Study of the sedimentology and diagenesis of organic matter in sediments with particular reference to petroleum source rocks, coal and formation of ore deposits.

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Kelly RussellVolcanology/Geochemistry

  • B.Sc. University of Manitoba 1976

  • M.Sc. University of Calgary 1980

  • Ph.D. University of Calgary 1984

  • Research: volcanology, geochemistry and igneous petrology as related to the formation, transport and eruption of magma.

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The Water Boys

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Roger BeckieGroundwater Hydrology, Geotechnical Engineering Director

  • B.A.Sc. (Waterloo)

  • M.Sc. & Ph.D. (Princeton).

  • Industry: Beckie Hydrogeologists

  • Research: We are investigating the scale at which a site should be characterized so that a specified engineering objective can be achieved in the most cost-effective fashion.

  • Research: Hydrology of waste-rock dumps in British Columbia.

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Ulrich MayerGroundwater Hydrology / Reactive Solute Transport

  • Dipl. Ing. (1993) Universität Stuttgart (Germany)

  • Ph.D. (1999) University of Waterloo.

  • Faculty Member at UBC since 2000

  • Research: Geochemical evolution of low-temperature groundwater systems with a focus on groundwater contamination and remediation.

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Leslie SmithGroundwater Hydrology

  • B.Sc U of A, in Geology

  • Ph. D. at UBC

  • Research: Mathematical modeling of fluid flow and solute transport in fractured geologic media, with applications to problems of groundwater contamination.

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L. A. (Lori) KennedyStructural Geology

  • B.Sc., Univ. New Brunswick;

  • Ph. D., Texas A&M;

  • Faculty Member, UBC (1996 -).

  • Research: mechanisms by which faults and shear zones develop and how they accommodate displacements (both in brittle and ductile regimes).

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Rimas PakalnisUnderground Rock Mechanics

  • B.A.Sc mining engineering, McGill University

  • M.Sc and Ph.D. at UBC.

  • Industry: consulting for six years as a professional engineer .

  • A note of interest is that he has set as an objective to audit and or conduct applied research at 10 mines each year. That means that in the 14 years that he has been teaching at UBC He has been to 140 mines, primarily in North America, but he also worked in Greece, South Africa, Hungary, and England.

1 tonne = 10 kN

0.01 MPa = 10 kN/m3

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Oldrich HungrSlope stability

  • UBC (1996) professor

  • Industry: engineering geologist for several years.

  • Developed Clara slope modeling program

  • Research: develop new techniques for slope stability analysis, modeling of landslide behavior.

  • New techniques of analysis must be developed and tested in the field in order to provide tools needed by the practitioners. The Geological Engineering Program at UBC plays an important role in this process.

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Michael ChurchQuaternary Geomorphology

  • Teaching at UBC for 36 years

  • Industry: Forestry and aquatic work in the BC: was a member of the Clayoquot Sound Scientific panel and reviewed various Forest Practice Codes

  • Recently participated in writing riparian management guidelines for forestry for the central and north coasts

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Michael BovisHillslope geomorphology

  • B.A. Honours, M. Phil., University College London

  • Ph.D. (1974), University of Colorado, Boulder

  • Dr. Bovis is currently Head of the Department of Geography.

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John A. HowieGeotechnical Engineering (Civil)

  • B.A.Sc. Civil Engineering (UBC), B.Sc. University Gasgow (1976)

  • M.Sc. Queen’s University, Kingston (1978)

  • Ph.D. UBC, 1991

  • Industry: worked as a Geotechnical Engineer in consulting practice from 1978 to 1997. He worked in Scotland, Alberta, Hong Kong, and British Columbia.

  • Research: in-situ testing for geotechnical and geo-environmental engineering design, ground improvement, the engineering properties of soils by laboratory testing, and foundation engineering.

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R. Jonathan FanninSoil Mechanics

2X: UBC Killam Prize for teaching excellence (1996; 2004).

International Geosynthetics Society Award for contributions of research to engineering practice (1996)

CGS Quigley Award for the best paper in the Can. Geotech. J. (1996)

Visiting Senior Scientist Award from the French Government (2003)

United Nations Award for Academic Exchange (2001)

Karl Terzaghi Fellowship from the Norwegian Geotechnical Institute (2004).

  • B.Sc. (Civil Engineering) from the Queen's University of Belfast

  • graduate studies at the Soil Mechanics Research Group of the University of Oxford.

  • Norwegian Geotechnical Institute, Foundation Engineering Section.

  • Joined UBC in 1989, and became Full Professor in 2001.

  • He is the recipient of many awards

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Dawn A. ShuttleSoil Mechanics

  • Ph. D. at University of Manchester in numerical modeling of localization in soils

  • Over 10 years in industry working on numerical modeling applied to problems in the fields of geotechnical engineering and hydrogeology.

  • Industry experience: UK, Germany, Holland, Puerto Rico, Sweden, and BC.

  • UBC Associate Professor since October 2002

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Dharma Wijewickreme(aka. Wiji)Soil Mechanics

  • UBC Associate Professor (2001).

  • Industry: Geotechnical Engineer in consulting practice in BC, for 11-years in the topical fields of seismic design, ground improvement, soil-structure interaction analyses, and pipeline geotechnical engineering.

  • Research: development of laboratory research work in the areas of fundamental property characterization as well as application-oriented physical modeling.

Can Everyone be Quiet Now?

Can Everyone be Quiet Now?

Silence Please!!!

Silence Please!!!

Silence Please!!!

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Ward WilsonMining and the Environment; Control and Mitigation of Acid Rock Drainage

  • Industry: over 20 years of industrial experience in geoenvironmental and geotechnical engineering. He has extensive work experience as a consulting engineer.

  • Developed SoilCover modeling program

  • Research: waste rock behavior as well as Co-Mixing of tailings and waste rock to produce new high strength sealing materials for the control and prevention of oxidation, acid rock drainage and metal leaching in mine waste management systems.

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Francis H.M. JonesApplied Geophysics Lecturer

  • Background in applied geophys, P..Eng., oil, engineering, electrical eng. Geotechnical, exploration

  • Goal: Enhancing effectiveness of earth science education, particularly development of educational material for teaching applied geophysics to end-users, undergraduates, professionals needing to upgrade, and the general public.

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Erik EberhardtRock Mechanics, Geological Engineering

  • B.Eng. - Univ. of Saskatchewan - Geological Engineering (1992)

  • M.Sc. - Univ. of Saskatchewan - Geotechnical Engineering/Rock Mechanics (1995)

  • Ph.D. - Univ. of Saskatchewan / Univ. of Manitoba - Geotechnical Engineering/Rock Mechanics (1998)

  • Senior Research Associate and Lecturer, ETH Zurich (1998-2003)

  • UBC faculty (2004-present)

  • Research: primary objective being the advancement and integration of state-of-the-art numerical modeling techniques with innovative geotechnical field measurements.

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Recommended Awards for students in Geological Engineering


Scott Ellis – Winkler, Muir

Robin Bruce – Westmin

Matt King – Economic Geology

Greg Wenger – Winkler

Megan Atkinson – Winkler

Adam Wallace – Riley

Dustin McLachlan – Piteau

Rory Doyle – Lorntzsen

David Moore – Lorntzsen

Roderick Tollenaar – Coveney

Isabelle Lévesque – Lorntzsen

Cecil J. Coveney Memorial Scholarship

Christopher Riley Memorial Scholarshi

J Fred Muir Memorial Scholarship in Engineering

Economic Geology Memorial Scholarship

Egil H. Lorntzsen Scholarship

George E. Winkler Memorial Scholarship

Piteau Associates Dennis C. Martin Memorial Scholarship

Westmin Resources Limited-Dr. G.M. Furnival Scholarship

Awards (4th years recommend)

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Paul Evans – Lorntzsen

Chris Wattam – Lorntzsen

Brent McAfee – Lorntzsen

Justin Burden – Lorntzsen

Kathryn Black – Lorntzsen

Trevor Bruce – Lorntzsen

Marcia Wilson – Cominco

Catherine Paul – Muir

Lindsey Lotz – Lorntzsen

Rosie Cobbett – Lorntzsen

Morgan Lederhouse – Lorntzsen

Rahul Sharma – Lorntzsen

Vafa Rombough – Winkler

Hayley Robertson – Lorntzsen

Jarym Kowalchuk – Lorntzsen

Justin Bieber - Lorntzsen

Awards (3rd years recommend)

  • J Fred Muir Memorial Scholarship in Engineering

  • Egil H. Lorntzsen Scholarship

  • George E. Winkler Memorial Scholarship

  • Teck Cominco Scholarship

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Heather Stewart – Riley

Stephen Mak – Lorntzsen

Benjamin Mak – Lorntzsen

Shiraz Iqbal – Lorntzsen

Christina Rurak – Lorntzsen

Shuai Wang – Lorntzsen

Christopher Riley Memorial Scholarshi

Egil H. Lorntzsen Scholarship

Awards (2nd years recommend)

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Thank you for your attention!


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