Mass Timber Buildings

Scientific Committee Bio

Mass Timber Buildings


Dr. Ying Hei Chui

Dr. Ying Hei Chui

Professor, University of Alberta, Canada

Dr. Ying-Hei Chui is currently Professor and NSERC Industrial Research Chair in Engineered Wood and Building Systems in Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at University of Alberta. Prior to joining the University of Alberta, he was New Brunswick Innovation Research Chair in Advanced Wood Products and Director of the Wood Science and Technology Centre at the University of New Brunswick. Dr. Chui was Scientific Director of the highly successful NSERC Strategic Research Network, NEWBuildS. NEWBuildS consisted of 23 professors from 13 Canadian universities and operated between 2010 and 2015, and was widely considered to play a major role in supporting the use of engineered wood products in tall buildings.

Dr. Chui is a renowned researcher and one of Canada’s leading experts in the field of timber engineering, specializing in engineered wood products, dynamic behaviour of timber structures, non-destructive evaluation and timber connections. He has over 30 years of research experience and published over 220 articles in refereed journals and conference proceedings in these disciplines. Dr. Chui is actively engaged in building code and design standard development in North America and at the international level. He is currently member of a Standing Committee of the National Building Code of Canada, and a number of CSA technical committees on engineering design in wood and engineered wood products. He is also Vice-Chair of ASTM Technical Committee D.07 ‘Wood’, and Head of the Canadian delegation to the ISO TC 165 Technical Committee ‘Timber structures’.

Dr. Marjan Popovski

Dr. Marjan Popovski

Professor, University of British Columbia, Canada

Dr. Marjan Popovski is Principal Scientist and Quality Manager in the Building Systems Group at FPInnovations, the Canadian Forest Products Research Institute. He is also an Adjunct Professor at the Department of Wood Science, the University of British Columbia (UBC), and at the Centre for Integrated Wood Design at the University of Northern British Columbia. Marjan has obtained his Bachelor Degree in Structural Engineering from the University Ss. Cyril and Methodius, Republic of Macedonia, and his 3-year Master degree at the world-renown Institute for Earthquake Engineering and Engineering Seismology (IZIIS) in Skopje, Macedonia, before moving to Canada and completing his Ph.D. at the Department of Civil Engineering at UBC in 2000.

Marjan has 30-year research and technical experience in seismic performance of buildings, and he is one of the leading researchers in the area of seismic performance of wood structures. He was instrumental in bringing the Cross-Laminated Timber technology to Canada and the US. He is an author of over 180 scientific and technical publications, including textbooks chapters, the Canadian Technical Guide for the Design of Tall Wood Buildings, the Canadian and the US CLT Handbooks, and the Canadian Technical Guide for Mid-rise Wood Frame Construction. He is part of the research team that is working on developing the Seismic Response Coefficients for CLT Structures for implementation in ASCE-7 in the US, and is leading the work on developing the force modification factors for CLT construction in Canada. Marjan is also interested in resilient Mass-Timber (MT) structural systems and has helped the introduction of the post-tensioned ‘Pres-lam’ MT system to Canada and the US. He has been invited to give talks and lectures in his area of expertise, throughout Canada and the US, Europe, and New Zealand. Marjan is very active in the national and international codes and standards arena. He is a member of Technical Committee of the Canadian Standard for Engineering Design in Wood (CSAO86) and various Canadian, US and ISO Subcommittees and Task Groups. He has also served as a member of the National Building Code of Canada, Standing Committee on Earthquake Design (2009-2014).

Dr. Thomas Tannert

Dr. Thomas Tannert

Associate Professor, University of Northern BC, Canada

Dr. Thomas Tannert joined the University of Northern British Columbia, Canada in 2016 as BC Leadership Chair in Tall Wood Construction. Dr. Tannert received his PhD from the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, a Master’s degree in Wood Science and Technology from the University of Bio-Bio in Chile, and a Civil Engineering degree from the Bauhaus-University Weimar in Germany. Before coming to UNBC, he worked in multi-disciplinary teams in Germany, Chile, and Switzerland and was Associate Chair in Wood Building Design and Construction at UBC.

Dr. Tannert is an expert in the development of design methods for timber joints and structures and the assessment and monitoring of timber structures. He is actively involved in fostering collaboration among timber design experts in industry and academia, and is a member on multiple international committees as well as the Canadian Standard Association technical committee CSA-O86 “Engineering design in wood”.

Dr. A. Salenikovich

Dr. A. Salenikovich

Professor, Université Laval, Quebec, Canada

Dr. Alexander Salenikovich is the Professor of Timber Engineering at the Université Laval, Quebec, Canada and member of the Renewable Materials Research Center at the Department of Wood and Forest Sciences. He teaches design of timber structures, mechanical properties of wood, and test methods. His research interests are focused on timber connections, prefabricated structures, high-wind and seismic design, and testing procedures, particularly, performance of connections with bolts, structural screws, glued-in rods, timber-concrete composite structures, and multi-storey light-frame and mass-timber structures.

Professor Salenikovich was appointed at the Université Laval in 2003 after obtaining PhD in Forest Products at Virginia Tech and post-doctoral training at the Mississippi State University. Previously, he graduated with the Civil Engineering degree from Vyatka State University in Russia and worked as research engineer at the Center for Research, Engineering and Manufacture of Building Structures in Kirov, Russia. Together with his students and collaborators he authored over 110 journal articles, conference papers, book chapters, and edited the Proceedings of the World Conference on Timber Engineering 2014. Professor Salenikovich is the Chairman of the ASTM International committee D7 on Wood Construction and member of ASTM E6 on Performance of Buildings, Chair of the Canadian Mirror Committee of ISO/TC 218 on Timber and member of the CMC/ISO/TC 165 on Timber Structures, Chair of the Subcommittee on Connections and executive member of CSA O86 TC on Engineering Design in Wood and member of CSA A370 TC on Solid and Engineered Wood Products, executive member of ANSI/APA PRG 320 standard committee on CLT and registered member of the Ordre des ingénieurs du Québec.

Dr. Lina Zhou

Dr. Lina Zhou

Assistant Professor, University of Victoria, BC, Canada

Dr. Lina Zhou is an Assistant Professor in Civil Engineering at the University of Victoria, British Columbia, Canada. Dr. Zhou received her B.S. and M.S. degrees in Civil Engineering from Tongji University, China in 2005 and 2008, respectively, and Ph.D. in Forestry and Environmental Management at the University of New Brunswick in May 2015. After that, she worked as a post-doctoral fellow at the Wood Science and Technology Centre at UNB until the end of 2016. Dr. Zhou joined the University of Victoria in January 2017.

Dr. Zhou’s research focuses on development of fundamental knowledge on performance of innovative wood products and systems, and wood-based hybrid buildings. Her areas of strong expertise are related to investigation of seismic behavior of timber structures and hybrid building systems via both laboratory testing and numerical modelling analysis. Over the past decade, Dr. Zhou has developed considerable technical experience in the testing and modeling of timber joints, wood shear walls and wood-based hybrid building systems. Her research has been published in high reputation journals and conferences.

Dr. Jianhui Zhou

Dr. Jianhui Zhou

Assistant Professor, University of Northern BC, Canada

Dr. Jianhui Zhou is an Assistant Professor in Integrated Wood Engineering and teaches in the Master of Engineering in Integrated Wood Design program at the University of Northern British Columbia, Canada since July 1, 2018. Before joining UNBC, he worked as a Research Assistant in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the University of Alberta (2017-2018). He was a Vanier Scholar (2015-2018) and obtained his PhD degree in Wood Engineering from the University of New Brunswick (2018). He received his BSc and MSc degrees in Wood Science and Engineering Technology from South China Agricultural University in China.

He has participated in various projects in the field of wood engineering and published extensively in peer-reviewed journals and conferences. His research interests are focused on sound and vibration in wood buildings, engineered wood products, wood mechanics, multi physics in wood engineering. His current research focuses the sound insulation performance in mass timber buildings as well to understand the interaction between serviceability, structural, acoustics and fire performance of timber concrete composite floors for optimal design.