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Ralph Carl George Haas, P.Eng., Ph.D. 1968

Dr. Ralph Haas is the Norman W. McLeod Engineering Professor and Distinguished Professor Emeritus in the Department of Civil Engineering at the University of Waterloo.

Ralph C. G. Haas has lectured and consulted worldwide, maintaining a prolific output of research spanning four decades. He has pioneered the application of systems concepts and developed innovative technologies for managing networks of paved roads. Many important contributions were made to pavement engineering and infrastructure management. As a result, Haas has acheived national and international recognition for his work which is used by municipal, provincial, state, and federal government transportation agencies. He has published over 400 papers and authored 12 books used widely in the field.

Outstanding Honours and Awards


Haas has acheived many outstanding honours and awards for his contributions, including the country's highest civilian honour, the Order of Canada; the highest academic honour, Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada; and the highest engineering honour, Fellow of the Canadian Academy of Engineering. He has also been elected a Fellow of the Engineering Institute of Canada and a Fellow of the Canadian Society for Civil Engineering.

He was the first recipient of the Canadian Society for Civil Engineering's Sandford Fleming Award for "outstanding contributions to research and education in the field of transportation engineering". As well, he has been elected an honorary life member of the Transportation Association of Canada, the International Society for Asphalt Pavements, the Canadian Technical Asphalt Association, and the Association of Asphalt Paving Technologists.