Lisa White, PhD, PEng, FEC

Industrial Professor, School of Engineering Safety and Risk Management, Faculty of Engineering - Chemical and Materials Engineering Dept

Pronouns: She/Her


Industrial Professor, School of Engineering Safety and Risk Management, Faculty of Engineering - Chemical and Materials Engineering Dept
(780) 492-8614
13-240 Donadeo Innovation Centre For Engineering
9211-116 St
Edmonton AB
T6G 2H5


Area of Study / Keywords

School of Engineering Safety and Risk Management


Dr. Lisa White is currently a Professional Engineer and Industrial Professor within the School of Engineering Safety and Risk Management in the Faculty of Engineering at the University of Alberta. Lisa has delivered Leadership in Engineering Safety courses to over 1,100 engineering students a year at the senior undergraduate and graduate level for over six years. She also currently teaches international short courses in Engineering Risk Management for professionals, as well as undergraduate and graduate students. Her professional engineering specialties include Risk Management Planning, Strategic Environmental Assessment, Health and Safety Policy Development, and Incident Investigation (including Root Cause, What-If, and Causal Analysis). Dr. White holds a Ph.D. from the School of Environment and Sustainability at the University of Saskatchewan in the area of Strategic Environmental Assessment for Sustainable Resource Development and Planning and was recently awarded a Fellow of Engineers Canada designation.

Dr. White has over 20 years of engineering consulting experience related to policy development, environmental risk assessment, site assessment, impact assessment, and environmental regulatory compliance. Some highlights of Lisa's project experience includes: First Aid skill retention research for the Canadian Standards Association; Safety and Risk Management Policy Development for Women Building Futures; a Strategic Environmental Assessment for Parks Canada assessing the cumulative environmental impact of industrial development surrounding the Wood Buffalo National Park in Northern Alberta; an environmental risk assessment for Alberta Transportation for a school expansion project; and a pre-feasibility study for a new commuter bridge over the North Saskatchewan River; and an environmental impact assessment for a bioethanol plant in Saskatchewan.

Lisa is the Scientific Editor for the Environmental Management Journal (Springer) and a member of the External Relations Committee of WISEST (Women in Scholarship, Engineering, Science, and Technology). She is also a Technical Advisor for the Student Group Safety Committee and the Student Group Safety Leadership Team within the Faculty of Engineering at the University of Alberta.


ENGG 160 - Introduction to Engineering Design, Communication, and Profession

Fundamental design process and theory in a multidisciplinary context. Importance, in engineering design, of communications; team work; the engineering disciplines, career fields; professional responsibilities of the engineer including elements of ethics, equity, concepts of sustainable development and environmental stewardship, public and worker safety and health considerations including the context of the Alberta Occupational Health and Safety Act. Corequisite ENGL 199. This course is delivered in a blended format.

ENGG 404 - Engineering Safety and Risk Management-Leadership in Risk Management

Basic concepts of risk and consequences of loss incidents; risk management principles and practices; incident investigation, causation, root cause analysis; process safety management; the roles of government agencies, professional bodies and industry associations; workplace safety; risk-based decision-making processes; leadership and the human-factors side of risk management. The course focuses on the principles and practices of leadership towards the effective application and implementation of risk management in major organizations across all engineering disciplines. Industry virtual tours, case studies, seminars and team projects specific to the student's engineering program will be used to develop competencies and proficiencies in applying leadership and organizational effectiveness for successful risk management.

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