Dr. Ying Hei Chui, esteemed researcher in timber engineering and engineered wood products, has been awarded the prestigious 2023 CSA Award of Merit. With a career spanning over three decades, Dr. Chui has emerged as one of Canada’s leading researchers in timber engineering and engineered wood products. Between 2017 and 2023, he was NSERC Industrial Research Chair in Engineered Wood and Building Systems at the University of Alberta. Prior to joining the University of Alberta, he held the esteemed New Brunswick Innovation Research Chair in Advanced Wood Products and served as the Director of the Wood Science and Technology Centre at the University of New Brunswick.
A recent milestone in Dr. Chui’s career has been his lead role in establishing the Canadian Wood Construction Research Network (CWCRN). This collaborative network brought together 31 university professors, 20 partner scientists/engineers, and numerous students and industry partners. The CWCRN, supported by a $6.25 million NSERC Alliance Grant, focused on advancing timber engineering and promoting sustainable construction practices through its five-year program, Next-Generation Wood Construction.
Dr. Chui’s leadership has been instrumental in driving innovation, fostering excellence, and promoting the use of timber in construction. His expertise and dedication have contributed to the development of voluntary standards that enhance safety and sustainability in the industry.