Catherine Mulligan, a research chair in geoenvironmental sustainability at Montreal’s Concordia University, was recently named president of the Canadian Society for Civil Engineering (CSCE).

Mulligan is the founding director of the Concordia Institute for Water, Energy and Sustainable Systems (CIWESS) and a professor at the Gina Cody School of Engineering and Computer Science, working within the university’s department of building, civil and environmental engineering.

She is internationally recognized as an expert in water, soil and sediment decontamination and green remediation technologies. She was reportedly the first engineer to use biological surfactants to remove metal contaminants from soil.

Previously CSCE’s senior vice-president and president-elect, she is now leading the Montreal-based society as president for a one-year term, after which she will serve as past-president.

“It’s a four-year commitment, in total, that allows you to make an impact,” says Mulligan. “I’m delighted and honoured to represent Concordia at the national level.”

Mulligan also became a fellow of the Canadian Academy of Engineering this year.

The CSCE is a not-for-profit learned society created to develop and maintain high standards of civil engineering practice in Canada and to enhance the public image of the civil engineering profession.

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