Dr. Daman Panesar is a Professor of Civil Engineering at the University of Toronto. She is one of the inaugural recipients of the Erwin Edward Hart Professorship in Civil Engineering, accorded in recognition of high-level research excellence and exemplary graduate student mentorship. A broad objective of Professor Panesar’s research is to advance concrete technologies by investigating new types of concrete to reduce environmental impact, improve economic feasibility, achieve desired plastic and mechanical properties, and improve long-term durability performance. Examples of examinations undertaken to date include the study of low carbon footprint materials, nano-cellulose fibers, industrial by-products, supplementary cementing material, and fillers on the durability performance of concrete resulting from coupled degradation mechanisms.