Douglas Tomlinson, PhD, PEng

Associate Professor, Faculty of Engineering - Civil and Environmental Engineering Dept

Pronouns: he/him


Associate Professor, Faculty of Engineering - Civil and Environmental Engineering Dept
(780) 492-6696
6-255 Donadeo Innovation Centre For Engineering
9211 116 St
Edmonton AB
T6G 2H5


Area of Study / Keywords

Structural Engineering Reinforced Concrete


I am an assistant professor of structural engineering at the University of Alberta. My research passions are reinforced concrete, composites for construction, and connections between materials. I am a member of both the Steel Centre ( and Masonry Centre ( at the University of Alberta.

During my PhD at Queen's University I studied partially composite precast concrete insulated wall panels loaded under flexural and axial loads. I tested panels constructed using both steel and Fibre Reinforced Polymer (FRP) reinforcement, developed techniques to evaluate the centroid of partially composite sections, successfully used Digital Image Correlation to evaluate slip between concrete layers, and investigated the validity of Basalt FRP in reinforced concrete structures.

Currently, I serve on American Concrete Institute (ACI) committees that focus on the use of advanced composite materials in structural engineering and am an associate editor of the Canadian Journal of Civil Engineering (CJCE).

During my undergrad, I was active on the Queen's concrete canoe and toboggan teams. I then served as an advisor for the concrete canoe team while doing my PhD. To date, I have taught undergraduate courses on engineering mechanics, structural analysis, reinforced concrete, prestressed concrete, and professional skills.

Please visit my personal website for more information about current and prospective research students, work experience, publications, and current research projects.


2015 - PhD (Civil Engineering), Queen's University, Kingston, ON. Thesis Title: Behaviour of Partially Composite Precast Concrete Sandwich Panels subject to Flexural and Axial Loads.

2009 - BSc (Civil Engineering – Infrastructure Option), Queen's University, Kingston, ON


Research Interests:

  • Precast and prestressed concrete structures
  • Structural deterioration and rehabilitation
  • Fibre Reinforced Polymer reinforced concrete structures
  • Partially composite structural behaviour 
  • Slender walls
  • Steel-concrete connections


  • EngG 130 - Engineering mechanics (statics)
  • CivE 240 – Technical communications
  • CivE 372 – Structural Analysis
  • CivE 474 – Structural Design II
  • CivE 672 – Behaviour and Design of Concrete Members


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  • News and events
  • Publication list
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