Professor Michael P. Collins

Professor of Civil Engineering at the University of Toronto, Michael P. Collins is a world renowned structural engineer and award winning scholar, teacher and consultant alike. Educated at the University of Canterbury in New Zealand (BE, 1964) and the University of New South Wales in Australia (PhD, 1968), Professor Collins joined the faculty at U of T in 1969. He was appointed to the Bahen-Tanenbaum Chair in Civil Engineering in 1995 and in 1999 was named a University Professor. This is “the highest honour the University accords its faculty” and is reserved for “unusual scholarly achievement and pre-eminence in a particular field of knowledge.”

For the past 30 years Professor Collins has led a University of Toronto research program aimed at improving design procedures for reinforced and prestressed concrete structures.  The results of this work have influenced design provisions for buildings, bridges, nuclear containment structures and offshore concrete platforms at home and abroad.  As an active consulting engineer, Professor Collins has been involved in a number of failure investigations and in evaluating and strengthening concrete structures in distress. He also participates in formulating codes of practice for the design of buildings and other structures in Canada and the United States.

Among his many accolades, Professor Collins has been awarded numerous international prizes for his technical publications and for his contributions to the practice of structural engineering.  He has been elected Fellow of the Canadian Academy of Engineering, the Engineering Institute of Canada as well as the Royal Society of Canada on the basis of “exceptional contributions to Canadian intellectual life”. An excellent teacher and mentor, Professor Collins has supervised 90 graduate students and, in 2005, was selected as one of 10 provincial finalists in TVOntario’s inaugural Best Lecturer competition.