Professor Heather MacLean is Acting Chair for the University of Toronto’s Department of Civil & Mineral Engineering. She joined the Faculty in 2000, was promoted to Associate Professor in 2006 and to full professor in 2011. Prior to stepping into the role of Acting Chair, Professor MacLean was the Associate Chair – Research for the Department of Civil & Mineral Engineering.
Professor MacLean is a Fellow of the Canadian Academy of Engineering and Engineering Institute of Canada (EIC). Most recently, she was awarded the EIC’s Julian C. Smith Medal for contributions to the development of Canada. In 2017, she received the prestigious Dr. Albert E. Berry Medal from the Canadian Society for Civil Engineering, which is awarded in recognition of making an outstanding contribution to the field of environmental engineering in Canada.
Professor MacLean’s research seeks to advance scientific and engineering knowledge in the developing field of systems analysis for sustainable engineering. Her research develops and applies life cycle assessment methods to inform the more sustainable design of products, processes and projects. The research is interdisciplinary, incorporating civil, environmental, chemical and mechanical engineering, economics and public policy components to name a few.