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Dr. Susan L. Tighe's Homepage

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Susan L. Tighe, PhD, PEng.                                                                 Professor and Norman W. McLeod Professor in Sustainable Pavement Engineering, Director of CPATT

Welcome to Dr. Tighe's homepage. Below is a short biography about Dr. Susan Tighe.

Professor Susan Tighe is a Founding Principal and Director of the Centre for Pavement and Transportation Technology (CPATT), a Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering and the Norman W. McLeod Professor in Sustainable Pavement Engineering at the University of Waterloo. Professor Tighe is a past Canada Research Chair in Pavement and Infrastructure Management. She has been a registered professional engineer since 1995 in the Province of Ontario. She holds a BASc in Chemical Engineering from Queen's University, and MASc and PhD degrees in Civil Engineering from the University of Waterloo. Upon graduation from her BASc, she worked four years for the Ministry of Transportation of Ontario in various roles including two years as a construction site engineer, one year as a design engineer and one year writing standards and specifications. She then completed her MASc and PhD degrees. Professor Tighe has also spent six months in Australia working for a contractor as a senior technical advisor in 2005/2006 during an academic sabbatical, was an Erskine Fellow at the University of Canterbury in Christchurch, New Zealand, and held a United Kingdom Royal Academy of Engineering Fellowship at the University of Nottingham in Nottingham, England. Professor Tighe also led the development of the new 2013 Pavement Asset Design and Management Guide for the Transportation Association of Canada which is the principal pavement design document in Canada.

Professor Tighe is an author of over 400 technical publications in pavements and infrastructure and is involved in a number of research projects both nationally and internationally. She is a member of the New College of Scholars of the Royal Society of Canada. She was named one of Canada's Top 40 Under 40 for her leadership and vision with respect to the Canadian Transportation Community in 2006 and was a 2009 recipient of the inaugural 40 Under 40 in the Region of Waterloo. Additional honours include the 2013 Inaugural Bleeds Black Award from the Ontario Hot Mix Producers Association for her commitment to industry, the En-hui Yang Research Innovative Award in 2010, and the Young Engineer Medal from the Professional Engineers of Ontario in 2004. She is a member of the Transportation Association of Canada Chief Engineers Council and the Past Chair of the Transportation Association of Canada Soils and Materials Standing Committee and Transportation Foundation Scholarship Committee. She participates on various Transportation Research Board committees and expert task groups, and served as Chair of the International Steering committee for the 7th and 8th International Conference on Managing Pavement Assets. She is a past member of the Natural Science and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) Civil, Industrial and Systems Engineering Evaluation Committee and a past member of the Interdisciplinary Adjudication Committee of the Canada Research Chairs Secretariat. She has been involved with projects throughout Africa, India, Chile, China, Australia, New Zealand and North America.