Omar Swei

Omar Swei

Assistant Professor

Department of Civil Engineering

What is your educational and professional background?

I completed my undergraduate studies at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. I subsequently pursued my graduate studies at MIT, where I completed an MS in engineering systems as well as an MS and PhD in civil engineering. Prior to joining the faculty at UBC, I was a recipient of a US Fulbright grant, allowing me to spend an academic year conducting research in Amman, Jordan.

Why UBC? 

Upon visiting the UBC campus last year, I was impressed with (a) the available resources to pursue innovative research, (b) the talented and diverse student body, and (c) the overall livability of the city of Vancouver. My wife and I are extremely fortunate to be able to call Vancouver our new home!

What are your research/teaching interests and current projects? 

I am interested in the application of operations research methods to improve the maintenance of infrastructure systems. In particular, I focus on the development of optimal infrastructure management policies under uncertainty. I have worked with multiple planning agencies in the United States to leverage these methods to improve their decision-making processes. I am excited to introduce a new course offering this year, CIVL 598E: Risk and Decision Analysis for Infrastructure Management, which will survey the relevant methods and approaches to manage complex engineering systems subject to uncertainty.

How do you hope your work will impact society/students?   

My hope is that our research program at UBC will improve the cost-effectiveness and environmental sustainability of our infrastructure systems. Furthermore, I am incredibly excited to work closely with UBC students to train the next generation of engineers who will direct the future of our infrastructure assets.

What is your favourite book/movie/album/food/sport/leisure activity?

I am an avid backgammon player. I also enjoy most athletic activities, and I can typically be found on the weekend completing some home improvement project.

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