Professor Fam is the Donald and Sarah Munro Chair in Engineering and Applied Science and the Associate Dean of Research and Graduate Studies in the Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science.  He holds a B.Sc. in Civil Engineering from Alexandria University and a M.Sc. and Ph.D. in Civil Engineering from the University of Manitoba. From 2000 to 2002, he was a Post-doctoral Fellow and Instructor at North Carolina State University.  Dr. Fam joined the Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science in the Department of Civil Engineering at Queen`s University in 2002.  He held the position of a Tier II Canada Research Chair in Innovative and Retrofitted Structures from 2003 to 2013. Dr. Fam has served as the Chair of Undergraduate Studies in the Department of Civil Engineering and currently serves as a Queen’s Senator. In 2009, he was a Visiting Professor at Monash University, Australia and from 2014 to present he holds the Jinshan Visiting Scholar position at Fujian Agriculture and Forestry University, in China.

An active researcher in the areas of structural engineering using fiber reinforced polymer and bio-based composites in new, and retrofitted aging constructions, Dr. Fam has over 130 refereed journal papers, 115 refereed conference papers, 5 books and book-chapters, and 40 technical reports. In 2015, he led the project to develop and build the first Moving Load Simulator for bridges in Canada. He also chaired the Academic Progress Committee of an NSERC-CREATE network on Structural Engineering in Remote Regions (SERA) at Queen’s. 

Dr. Fam is the Co-Editor-in-Chief of the Canadian Journal of Civil Engineering (CJCE) and an Associate Editor/Member of Editorial Board of several journals. He received multiple awards including:

  • The Ontario Early Researcher Award, 
  • Queen’s Chancellor’s Research Award,
  • The T. Y. Lin best paper award of Structural Engineering,
  • NSERC Discovery Accelerator Supplement (DAS) and Civil Engineering Teaching Award.