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Rashid Bashir

Associate Professor, Graduate Program Director, P.Eng


Civil Engineering


Dr. Rashid Bashir is an Associate Professor of geotechnical/geoenvironmental engineering in Lassonde School of Engineering at York University in Toronto. He earned his PhD in Civil Engineering from McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario, with specialization in contaminant hydrogeology and computational mechanics. Dr. Bashir has more than 14 years of experience in areas of Geotechnical and Geoenvironmental Engineering, Mine and Contaminant Hydrogeology and Computational Mechanics.

Before joining York University, Dr. Bashir worked as a senior geotechnical engineer with Golder Associates in their Saskatoon office. He was a member of Golder's Unsaturated Soils Group. Dr. Bashir was mostly involved in numerical aspects of unsaturated flow and transport. He designed a number of soil covers around the world for tailings management facilities and landfills. He was also involved in performance evaluation of soil covers and has designed a number of soil cover test plots for performance monitoring. He has also served as an external reviewer for the shaft pilot holes studies in Northern Saskatchewan. Dr. Bashir was also the task leader and one of the lead authors for the initial screening reports for two sites in Northern Saskatchewan, as part of site selection for Canada’s Deep Geological Repository for Used Nuclear Fuel.

Before joining Golder, Dr. Bashir worked as Corporate Mine Hydrogeologist for Cameco Corporation in Saskatoon, SK. Apart from providing hydrogeology support to operations in Northern Saskatchewan, he was also engaged in dewatering of Cameco's flooded Cigar Lake Mine. He implemented depressurization at two of Cameco's operating mines in northern Saskatchewan. Dr. Bashir provided hydrogeology support to Cameco's corporate development group for potential acquisitions around the globe. He has also testified in front of the Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission as a subject matter expert. Dr. Bashir has considerable project management experience and has managed large and complex mining projects. He is also a qualified Safety, Health, Environment and Quality auditor and a TapRooT® investigator.

Research Interests

  • Unsaturated flow and transport
  • Unsaturated soil mechanics
  • Effect of Climate Change on Geotechnical Design
  • Mine Waste Management & Soil Cover Design
  • Contaminant Hydrogeology
  • Mining Hydrogeology
  • Soil structure interaction