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Michelle Nokken, PhD

Professor, Building, Civil, and Environmental Engineering

Michelle Nokken, PhD
Office: S-EV 6411  
Engineering, Computer Science and Visual Arts Integrated Complex,
1515 St. Catherine W.
Phone: (514) 848-2424 ext. 7806
Website(s): Google Scholar Profile

Dr. Michelle Nokken is a Professor in the Department of Building, Civil & Environmental Engineering. She obtained BASc and PhD degrees from the University of Toronto in 1999 and 2004, respectively.

Her research is focused on the concrete performance and durability of concrete materials subjected to a number of deterioration mechanisms as well as non-destructive testing for quality control. She joined the faculty of Concordia in September 2004.

Dr. Nokken is a Fellow of the American Concrete Institute. She is active in several committees at ACI, ASTM and CSA.

Prior to attending the University of Toronto for her BASc and PhD degrees, Dr. Nokken worked in industry for several years. She was involved in projects such as: research concerning sustainable development projects; energy analysis of single and multi-family residential housing; design of passive solar, straw bale and log homes.

Membership in external organizations

  • American Concrete Institute - Faculty Network, Committees 201, 236.
  • ASTM - Committees C1 and C9.
  • CSA - A23.1 and A23.2.
  • Professional Engineers of Ontario.


  • Development of on-site techniques to assess adequate curing and durability of concrete
  • Optimization of supplementary materials for sustainability and durability
  • Permeability and Pore Structure Development

Teaching activities


  • BLDG 462/BLDG 6621 Modern Building Materials (Fall 2005, Fall 2007, Winter 2012)
  • BLDG 6931 Infrastructure Rehabilitation (Fall 2006, Fall 2009, Fall 2011)
  • CIVI 321 Engineering Materials (Winter terms 2005 to 2015)
  • CIVI 6021 Durability of Concrete Materials (Fall 2008, Fall 2010, Fall 2014, Fall 2017, Winter 2020, Fall 2021)
  • ENGR 242 Statics (Fall 2005 and Fall 2006)
  • ENGR 244 Mechanics of Materials (Winter terms 2004 to 2016, Winter 2020, Winter 2021, Summer 2021)

Research Area, Current and Past Graduate Students

Current Graduate Students

Mr. Mohammed Aldabibi, PhD (with Dr. H. Ge)
Mr. Tao Fan, MASc
Mr. Olusola Olajide, PhD

Past Graduate Students

Theses available at:

  • Dr. Seyed Javad Mirvalad, PhD 2021, Durability Properties of Limestone Cement Containing Calcium Carbonate Nanoparticles.
  • Dr. Dulani Kodippili, PhD 2020, Sol-gel derived nano-silica suspensions for inclusion in cement paste (with Dr. R. Drew)
  • Dr. Sameh Hassan, PhD 2019, New Approaches for Evaluation and Controlling Alkali-Silica Reaction Damage in Deteriorated Concrete (with Dr. A. Soliman)
  • Mr. Adeyemi Adesina, MASc 2017, Influence of Moisture on Alkali Silica Reaction

  • Mr. Pengfei Zhao, MASc 2016, Digital Image Correlation to Evaluate Plastic Shrinkage Cracking in Cement-Based Materials (with Dr. A. M. Zsaki), 
  • Mr. Sabbir Hassan, MASc 2015, Abrasion on Concrete Surfaces of Hydraulic Structures by Water-borne Sands
  • Mr. Jose Sanchez Marquez, MASc 2015, Influence of Saturation and Geometry on Surface Electrical Resistivity Measurements
  • Ms. Shahrzad Eghtesadi, MASc 2014, The influence of defects in concrete (cracking and segregation) on water absorption and electrical conductivity 
  • Dr. Sajjad Mirvalad, PhD 2014,  Improving Performance of Portland-limestone Cements in Sulphate Exposures using Supplementary Materials 
  • Mr. Babak Mohammadi, MASc 2013, Development of Concrete Water Absorption Testing for Quality Control
  • Dr. Arash Rahmatian, PhD 2013, Performance of an Innovative Sensing System for Structural Health Monitoring of FRP-Reinforced Concrete Structures (with Dr. A. Bagchi)
  • Mr. Sohrab Zamani, MASc 2010, Effect of Curing Temperature on Hydraulic Backfill Performance with Consideration of a New Type of Binder (with Dr. Hassani at McGill)
  • Mr. Pejman Neloovaght Motlagh, MASc 2009, An Investigation on the Influence of Microwave Energy on Basic Mechanical Properties of Hard Rocks (co-supervised with Dr. F. Hassani, McGill)
  • Mr. Farzaan Abbasy, MASc 2009, Thermal Conductivity of Backfill (with Dr. F. Hassani, McGill)
  • Mr. Reza Mohammadi Ahani, MASc 2009, Salt scaling resistance – the effect of curing and presaturation
  • Mr. Allen Idle, MASc 2009, Chloride Resistance of High Volume Fly Ash Concretes
  • Mr. Pouria Payrow, MASc 2008, Effect of Fiber Surface Treatment on the Post-Crack Strength and Toughness of Synthetic Fiber Reinforced Concrete(co-supervisor Dr. Feldman)
  • Mr. Tarek Salloum, MASc 2007, Effect of Fly Ash Replacement on Alkali and Sulphate Resistance of Mortars
  • Ms. Xiaorong Wu, MASc 2006, Effects of Chemical Admixtures on Concrete Conductivity


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