OUR RESEARCH TEAM

MARK KNIGHT, PhD, P.Eng.

Associate Professor, Director of Center for Advancement of Trenchless Technology (CATT)

Mark Knight is an Associate Professor in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, as well as the Executive Director for the Centre for Advancement of Trenchless Technologies at the University of Waterloo.

He specializes in buried pipeline soil structure interaction, buried municipal water and waste water pipeline condition assessment, repair, renovation and construction using trenchless technologies. Professor Knight is the developer of the System Dynamics Financially Sustainable Buried Infrastructure Asset Management tool, BoreAid, PPI- BoreAid, PPI-PACE and CIPP CALC.

Office: E2-2343A
Email: maknight@uwaterloo.ca
Phone: 519-888-4567 x36919

RIZWAN YOUNIS, PhD, P.Eng.

Technical Director

Dr. Younis is responsible for leading the research and education program at CATT. Additionally, he looks after the day-to-day operations of CATT. Dr. Younis specializes in buried infrastructure asset management and trenchless rehabilitation and replacement of underground pipelines. Prior to joining academia, Dr. Younis worked as design and construction engineer on large scale civil infrastructure projects in the roads and water resources management fields. During his tenure at CATT and University of Waterloo, Dr. Younis has developed collaborative research and education programs and partnerships nationally and globally with organizations such as Ontario Good Roads Association, Fleming College, Utility Engineering and Surveying Institute, and UNITRACC (Germany). Over the last five years, he has helped in organizing and delivering over 70 education and training courses and events attended by over 3500 industry professionals and students. He has developed and delivered training programs for organizations such as City of Toronto, City of Markham, MMM Group (now WSP) as well as Enbridge Gas Inc. Dr. Younis has helped with the the development and commercialization of pipeline rehabilitation technologies such as Tomahawk System and lead a number of pilot projects to bring new technologies to the marketplace. He was co-principal investigator on the USA Water Research Foundation sponsored project and co-authored the report on the development of world’s first drinking-water pipeline condition classification and rating system. Dr. Younis work on water and wastewater pipelines construction cost inflation and pipelines deterioration has been published in reputable peer reviewed journals. In 2018, he co-founded WaterIAM, an organization specializing in advanced decision analytics for water infrastructure asset management. Dr. Younis graduated with his PhD in Civil Engineering in 2010 and a BMath Honours in 2004, both from the University of Waterloo. 

Office: E2-3325
Email: ryounis@uwaterloo.ca 
Phone: 519-888-4567 x36189

ANELISA SCHMIDT , MASc, PMP. 

Project Manager

Anelisa‘s research is focused on how the transformative tools of asset management can change the water industry by creating a new mindset for decision-making. Her 8 years of experience as a project manger in water utilities were key to understand the asset management framework in Canada and worldwide. Core infrastructure such as water and wastewater systems provide essential services to communities. Nevertheless, municipalities sometimes struggle to make the necessary investments to keep physical assets in an adequate condition and operating efficiently. By collecting information on how municipalities in Ontario are assimilating and implementing asset management practices, the research goal is to provide direction and support to new policies and guidelines, while assessing the municipalities’ readiness related to these practices. This information is extremely valuable to further advance infrastructure asset management and to help closing the infrastructure gap on the water and wastewater sector.

Office: E2-3324
Email: asilvasc@uwaterloo.ca

AWE OLUKAYODE

PhD Candidate 

Kay is a PhD Candidate in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the University of Waterloo working under the supervision of Dr. Mark Knight.

He bagged a Master’s degree from the University of Waterloo in 2017, developed valuable skills while working on an effective QA/QC protocol for the novel made-in-Canada Tomahawk SystemTM. His PhD research thesis is focused on developing a new design method that can be used for pressure pipe liners. This work also aims to establish the long-term performance of current lining systems via appropriate testing and numerical modelling.

Kay’s special enthusiasm, in-depth theoretical and practical knowledge in pipe renovation systems drives his unique passion to add value to the trenchless technology industry. His long-term research goals are centered on validating the use of diverse cool technologies within civil engineering field to improve the structural conditions of subsurface utilities.

Office: E2-2352B
Email: femkay1@gmail.com

SEVDA PAYGANEH

PhD Candidate 

After completing her Master of Science from the Systems Design Engineering Department under the supervision of Professor Hipel, Sevda started her PhD program at the Civil and Environmental Engineering Department with Professors Knight and Haas in 2015.

Sevda’s area of expertise is analyzing, and proposing resolutions for, complex conflicts among multiple stakeholders using systems dynamic and game theory approaches. Her Master’s thesis focused on the Canadian energy sector’s conflicts. She developed a strategic decision-making platform for the industry’s main parties to sustainably resolve their disagreements through a win-win perspective.

As a PhD candidate, she is designing a systematic framework to model disputes among water management related parties such as municipalities, heavy water-consumers, NGOs and residential consumers. This not only leads to highly optimized asset management in the water resources management industry, but also increases heavy water consumers’ and residential customers’ satisfactions, lessens municipalities’ costs, and guarantees more engagement from the interested NGOs.

Office: E2-2352C
Email: spaygane@uwaterloo.ca