Dr. Mohamed Lachemi is president and vice-chancellor of Ryerson University, appointed by the Board of Governors effective April 4, 2016. An internationally recognized researcher and accomplished academic administrator, he has been a key contributor to the growth and development of Ryerson over a transformational time in the university’s history.
Dr. Lachemi joined Ryerson as a professor of civil engineering in 1998 and has served the university in progressively senior roles, including dean of the faculty of engineering and architectural science, and provost and vice-president academic.
Working with academic leaders, he has promoted the outstanding success of innovation clusters such as the Centre for Urban Energy and Ryerson’s innovation zones, widely recognized as a learning model for the 21st century. He has fostered and developed transformational partnerships including the Institute for Biomedical Engineering and Science Technology (iBest) with St. Michael’s Hospital.
An award-winning teacher and mentor, he has acted as supervisor, co-supervisor, or advisor for over 60 Masters and PhD students, post-doctoral fellows and research associates. Publishing in English and French, Dr. Lachemi has more than 200 peer-reviewed technical publications, book chapters and conference proceedings, and extensive contributions as an editor and technical reviewer. He has delivered more than 50 keynote addresses and invited presentations around the world.
A graduate of l’Université des Sciences et de la Technologie d’Oran in Algeria (civil engineering, with distinction) and L'Université de Sherbrooke (MASc and PhD, Structural Engineering), Dr. Lachemi worked with Concrete Canada as a postdoctoral fellow and research associate, followed by a visiting professorship in Applied Science at Artois University in France. He is a Fellow of the Canadian Society for Civil Engineering, a Fellow of the Canadian Academy of Engineering, and a Board member of OneEleven and Trillium Health Partners.
Dr. Lachemi was appointed to the NRC Council in June 2018.