Sixteen years beyond 9/11: André Gagné on stopping the violence by understanding extremist motives
André Gagné, associate professor of theological studies in the Faculty of Arts and Science, marks the sixteenth anniversary of the 9/11 attacks on the United States with a think piece in The Conversation, where he considers how our view of Islamist terrorists and the face of terrorism itself have changed since that day in September, 2001. Gagné challenges us to think about the grievances that propel Islamist extremists and to consider that understanding their perspective may help us counter their ideologies.
PhD candidate Thikra Dawood, in collaboration with professor Tarek Zayed and assistant professor Zhenhua Zhu, has developed an integrated model for the detection and quantification of spalling, a significant surface defect in concrete infrastructure. Left untreated, it can compromise integrity and lead to collapse. Their new research was featured in an article recently published in Automation in Construction.