Biography - Maher A. Nessim, Chief Engineer and C-FER Fellow

Maher Nessim, PhD, PEng, FCAE, is Chief Engineer and C-FER Fellow. His 30 year research and development career has been dedicated to the application of risk and reliability methods to a variety of engineering systems, including pipelines, offshore structures, ships, buildings, nuclear facilities and bridges. He has been the main developer and author of the pipeline Reliability Based Design and Assessment approach incorporated into the CSA Z662 Standard.

Dr. Nessim work has had a special focus on pipeline integrity problems over the past 20 years. He has authored and presented numerous technical papers and reports on various aspects of risk and reliability analysis and has lectured extensively on the topic.

He has been involved in a number of research projects funded by the Pipeline Materials Committee and the Onshore and Offshore Design Committee of PRCI, and he has been co manager of C FER’s multi year joint industry project on Risk based Optimization of Pipeline Integrity Maintenance Activities. Dr. Nessim was also the project manager and principal investigator of the PRCI sponsored natural gas pipeline reliability based design and assessment (RBDA) project.

Dr. Nessim has earned fellowship status with The Canadain Academy of Engineers in 2013, and with the National Science and Engineering Research Council of Canada. He has also earned awards including a 20-year service award from the Canadian Standards association in 2011, and a distinguished research award in 2009 from the Pipeline Research Council International, Inc.

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