Professor and Civil Engineering Department Head Ian Moore joins six Queen’s researchers elected this year to the Royal Society of Canada, recognized for their outstanding research and scholarly contributions.

Moore uses a combination of numerical and physical modelling to advance fundamental understandings of strength and other performance limits of the buried pipes used for municipal water supply, sewers, and highway construction. His research is transforming soil-pipe interaction theory and practice, and is used in many North American and international design codes and guidelines.

The Royal Society of Canada (RSC) each year awards field-leading Canadian researchers across the arts and humanities, social sciences, and sciences with one of the most prestigious academic honours in the country: the RSC fellowship. Seven Queen’s researchers have been elected fellows of the RSC’s distinguished 2022 cohort. Their research spans multiple disciplines, from political philosophy and computer-assisted medicine to the influence of policy making on social inequalities.

As Canada’s national academy, the role of the RSC is to promote research and learning, recognize academic and artistic excellence, and to advise government and non-governmental organizations (NGOs) on matters of importance to Canadians. Fellows are selected through a rigorous application and peer-review evaluation process. The honour recognizes the impact and influence of the recipients’ research on their fields and on global citizens.

“To have seven RSC fellows inducted in one year is an exceptional achievement for Queen’s and its research community,” says Nancy Ross, Vice-Principal (Research). “It’s also impressive to see the range of fields and cross-disciplinary research represented in our new fellows, who are well-deserving of this prestigious honour.”

Along with Ian Moore, newly elected RSC Fellows from Queen’s in 2022 include: Virginia Walker (Biology and School of Environmental Studies), Gabor Fichtinger (Computing), Guojun Liu (Chemistry), Susanne Soederberg (Global Development Studies), Christine Sypnowich (Philosophy), and Stephen Scott (Biomedical and Molecular Sciences).


Ian Moore


This article appeared in its original form in the Queen’s Gazette.