Hoult earns FEAS Excellence in Research Award

Posted on January 19, 2018

Dr Neil Hoult, an Associate Professor in the Department of Civil Engineering, is this year’s recipient of the Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science (FEAS) Excellence in Research Award.

The prize recognizes outstanding contributions by faculty members to the research environment in the FEAS at Queen’s. Winners of the award will receive a grant of $10,000 to be used to support their research. The award is intended to reward faculty for their research leadership and for fostering collaborative growth at the graduate level within the faculty. Only assistant and associate professors are eligible and are to be nominated by heads of departments or by other faculty members.

Hoult says the money will enable him to send more of his graduate students to conferences and perhaps to buy some additional lab equipment.

“It feels excellent to receive this honour,” says Hoult. “Obviously the faculty has a number of bright, young researchers and to be singled out among them feels tremendous. I feel lucky because of the great quality of researchers who have already won this award. All the applications were very strong, so I’m happy to have been selected.”

Hoult’s research interests include testing and monitoring of reinforced concrete, deteriorated infrastructure performance, buried infrastructure, and other structures. It’s work that can help make the infrastructure we all depend on in our daily lives cost less, last longer, and be more environmentally sustainable.

“Sometimes people think of structural engineering as a solved problem,” says Hoult. “In fact, not only are there are a number of challenges that still need to be addressed in light of our existing, deteriorating, infrastructure, but there is a real need for new, more environmentally friendly and novel solutions to structural engineering problems. The use of sensor technologies can help address both of these challenges