The G.J. Jackson Fellowship is awarded annually in memory of the late Geoffrey Jackson. Mr. Jackson was for many years a leader in the Canadian structural steel fabrication industry and was a founding member of the Steel Structures Education Foundation (SSEF) now oversees by CISC Education & Research Council. This prestigious award is currently valued at $25,000 over a one-year period and is presented annually to an engineering student who, in the following academic year, will be registered in the first to fourth year of full-time graduate studies in structural engineering, with major emphasis on the study of steel structures. The award, presented at the CISC Annual Steel Conference, is commemorated with the G.J. Jackson Memorial Certificate.
2020-2021 G. J. Jackson Fellowship
Michelle’s research focuses on assessing brittle fracture risk in Canadian steel bridges. Currently Canada’s brittle fracture provisions are highly simplified compared to the corresponding European design provisions. For her thesis project, Michelle is assessing the reliability level associated with the Canadian CSA S6 brittle fracture design provisions using a probabilistic fracture mechanics framework, to identify areas of possible refinement. This work aims to improve the Canadian provisions from a safety and economic perspective, and to propose new provisions for situations not currently addressed, such as pedestrian bridges, structures made from very thick plate, and cold worked or impact-damaged structures.