Thursday, January 19, 2023 – The University of British Columbia (UBC) announces appointment of IC-IMPACTS’ CEO and Scientific Director, Professor Nemy Banthia, as one of three new University Killam Professors. This is the highest honour UBC can confer on a faculty member.

Prof. Banthia, has been recognized for his exceptional research and teaching, for being a true leader in his field, and for having received numerous international recognition for his achievements, including the Alumni UBC Global Citizenship Award.

His primary area of research is in Sustainable Concrete Infrastructure with emphasis on nano-modified fiber reinforced composites, ultra-high performance concrete materials, waste recycling, fracture analysis, earthquake strengthening and sensor based structural health monitoring. Prof. Banthia’s research has advanced our understanding of the performance of concrete structures and how these structures can be strengthened. His work integrates sensors into structures and uses data analytics to design cost-effective rehabilitation strategies.

“I am extremely honored and humbled to be conferred UBC’s highest academic honor, the University Killam Professorship,” said Dr. Banthia, “Winning this award would not have been possible without the inspiration and support I have received from my family, my colleagues and my many graduate students who dedicated their lives towards achieving a collective vision of excellence.”

Prof. Banthia is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada, the American Concrete Institute, Canadian Society for Civil Engineering, Indian Concrete Institute, Canadian Academy of Engineering (CAE), and Indian National Academy of Engineering (INAE). Dr. Banthia holds 9 patents, has published over 475 refereed papers and has edited 20 volumes.

Prof. Banthia serves on the Editorial Boards of nine international journals and is the Editor-in-Chief of the J. of Cement and Concrete Composites— a journal with a 2022 Impact Factor of 9.93. This is the Journal with the highest impact factor in the field.