Hesham Elmasry, MSc

Grad Research Asst Fellowship, Faculty of Engineering - Civil and Environmental Engineering Dept

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Grad Research Asst Fellowship, Faculty of Engineering - Civil and Environmental Engineering Dept


Area of Study / Keywords

Transportation Engineering


Hesham is a Ph.D. student at the University of Alberta, admitted in January 2023 as a full-time student at the department of Civil and Environmental Engineering. He currently holds the position of Research Assistant, assuming a leadership role within the research group. In this capacity, he offers vital support to his supervisor, Dr. Karim El-Basyouny, and fellow students, actively engaging in various transportation engineering research initiatives.

His research endeavors concentrate on the development of models and methodologies aimed at enhancing the safety of both human-operated vehicles and autonomous vehicles. Central to his work is the formulation of a framework that integrates advanced sensor technologies with sophisticated data-processing tools, facilitating the automatic detection and extraction of road and roadside features. Additionally, Hesham employs machine learning techniques to achieve semantic segmentation of 3D point cloud data. His investigations in this realm explore the safety and mobility advantages associated with the digitization of roadway infrastructure.

Furthermore, Hesham serves as a Teaching Assistant for the Transportation Engineering course (CIV315) within the Civil Engineering Program. In this role, he formulates comprehensive lesson plans and supplementary materials, crafts assignments, offers academic guidance to students, and evaluates examinations.

Through his undergraduate studies, he studied the principles of transportation and highway engineering in addition to other courses in civil engineering. He graduated with excellent grades and was the first in his class. Throughout his master's studies, he was introduced to a wide range of subjects in transportation engineering in addition to fundamental statistical courses related to transportation applications. Throughout his thesis, he published two papers covering the items of his research. The first paper was presented at the 100th annual meeting of the Transportation Research Board (TRB) conference (the top-ranked international conference in Transportation Engineering) while his second paper was published in the Transportation Research Record (TRR) journal.

Regarding his research and academic experience, he worked as a Research and Teaching Assistant at the Faculty of Engineering, Ain Shams University in Cairo, for the period from 2018 to 2022. As a Research Assistant and a Research Project Manager at the Center of Mobility Research (CMOR), he contributed to research projects related to traffic safety. Moreover, he had a role to coordinate meetings and organize tasks among the research group members. He participated in two research papers that were published in two prominent conferences: TRB and RSS. As a Teaching Assistant, he tutored undergraduate courses in transportation planning and fundamentals of traffic engineering. In addition, he gave support to graduation project students on how to use some specific software programs such as VISUM, VISSIM, and Sidra in accomplishing their project tasks. Furthermore, he had the chance to give support and tutor in one of the post-graduate courses for international students (IUSD).

Regarding his professional experience, he worked as a Highway Design Engineer for Khatib and Alami Corporation (K&A) in a part-time job for the period from 2018 to 2021. He contributed to designing various urban road networks and highways in several countries using Civil 3D software and 3D modeling using InfraWorks software. In 2021, he moved to a new part-time job as a Design Review Engineer at the General Authority for Roads and Bridges (GARB) in Cairo, where he reviewed and provided consultancy for various highway projects and traffic studies in Egypt.


For a list of publications, please visit Hesham’s Google Scholar