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Welcome to my personal research web page.  My name is Liam Butler and I am currently an Assistant Professor at the Lassonde School of Engineering (Civil Engineering) at York University.

My research interests are centered on the development, investigation and implementation of sustainable and intelligent structures and material sytems.

Experiential teaching (and learning) has always been a focal point in my academic career. Lecturing, supervising and mentoring undergraduate and graduate students has been a constant source of inspiration and motivation in my own work as a researcher and as an engineer.


Dr. Butler is an Assistant Professor of structural and materials engineering at York University in the Lassonde School of Engineering. His research expertise focuses on developing, investigating and implementing climate resilient and intelligent structures and material systems. He was awarded a Ph.D. from the University of Waterloo for his research work involving recycling of old concrete structures into new concrete which combined materials characterization, structural component testing and statistical analysis. Following his PhD, he worked as a structural engineer in Toronto at on the design of a wide variety of complex structures and consulted on several challenging concrete materials-related projects. He is an active member of the American Concrete Institute's Technical Committee 555 on Concrete with Recycled Materials and is a registered professional engineer (P.Eng.) in the Province of Ontario, Canada.​ Following his consulting work, Dr. Butler was a postdoctoral research associate at the University of Cambridge in the Centre for Smart Infrastructure and Construction (CSIC). As a researcher within the CSIC, he led research projects in the broad area of infrastructure sensing primarily related to bridges and prestressed concrete railway ties containing embedded fibre-optic sensor networks. Dr. Butler has been cross-appointed as a Group Leader at the Alan Turing Institute's program on Data-Centric Engineering. Dr. Butler's research team has recently established the Climate-Data-Driven Design (CD3) Facility for Built Infrastructure for studying the impact of our varying climate on engineered and natural materials and structures. His research involves numerous collaborations with industry and academic partners around the world including at the University of Cambridge, Imperial College London, the University of Pretoria, and Queen's University.

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