Mel Hosain (1994)

hosainAffiliation at the time of the award: University of Saskatchewan, Civil and Geological Engineering.

Citation: Mel Hosain is a professor of civil engineering at the University of Saskatchewan. He received his M.Sc. in 1963 from the University of Manitoba, Winnipeg, Canada and his Ph.D. in 1969 from the Dalhousie University, Halifax, Canada, both in Structural Engineering.

Specializing in steel and steel-concrete composite structures, he has so far supervised 27 graduate students (1 co-supervised) and authored or co- authored over 160 research papers.

Research Committees

  • Member, Canadian Standard Association S16.1-Technical Committee on Steel Structures and Chair of its Subcommittee on Composite Construction.
  • Member of the American Society of Civil Engineers Committee on Composite Construction.
  • Professional Member of the American Institute of Steel Construction

Mel enjoys research but his first obligation has always been towards his students. His contributions as an educator have not gone unnoticed:

  • At the Fall convocation in 1988, he was awarded the University of Saskatchewan’s Master Teacher Award.
  • University of Saskatchewan Student’s Union (USSU)Teaching Excellence Award in 1993 (Inaugural year).
  • In 1994, he was selected by the Society for Teaching and Learning in Higher Education as one of the 1994 3M Teaching Fellows.
  • CCPE Medal for Distinction in Engineering Education.
  • In 1995 (Inaugural year).[CCPE-Canadian Council of Professional Engineers]
  • In 1997, he received the USSU Teaching Excellence Award for the second time.
  • In 1999, he received the College of Engineering Teaching Excellence Award.
  • In April, 2000, he received the USSU Teaching Excellence Award for the third time.
  • In May, 2001, he received the Engineer of the Year Award from the Saskatoon Engineering Society.
  • In May, 2003, Mel received the prestigious “Outstanding Achievement Award” from the Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of Saskatchewan.
  • He served as the National President of the Canadian Society for Civil Engineering (CSCE) in 1997-98 and is a fellow of CSCE and the Engineering Institute of Canada.

Mel has served as the Chair of the Saskatoon Branch of Save the Children-Canada for four years. He is also an active volunteer for the Innovators in Teaching Program – showing slides on Buildings and Bridges to grade 7 and 8 students all over the province. He is currently serving as the Faculty Advisor for the University of Saskatchewan Chapter of the Golden Key International Honour Society.