Do you have an Engineering Safety and Risk Management project, which would benefit from short or long term access to grad students.  Our students have training in process safety and risk management principles and, in many cases, related industry experience.  To add further value, we encourage students to acquire additional work experience during the course of their studies.

Please contact Dr. Lefsrud to discuss your internship project.

Nicholas Bak, E.I.T. graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Materials Engineering from the University of Alberta in 2016. He completed an undergraduate research program studying the various methods of pipeline failures under the supervision of Dr. Hogan. This exposure to research prompted him to seek opportunities to further his education and complete a Master’s degree. Fall 2016 he joined Drs Wolodko and Lefsrud on a large interdisciplinary team studying Microbiologically Influenced Corrosion (MIC). His research interests include more traditional engineering topics like corrosion and asset integrity but also more social aspects of science like the mapping of scientific fields and the definition and quantification of interdisciplinarity.

Nicholas’s current research project hopes to understand the complex political, social and economic factors that influence companies when making decisions regarding emerging or competing technologies. Additionally, using MIC as his test case he’s looking to understand how different scientific fields can come together to create new more niche research areas.

In his spare time, Nicholas enjoys sports and researching the history of hockey.

Download CV


Dr. Lianne Lefsrud, Ph.D, P.Eng.

Engineering Safety and Risk Management, Faculty of Engineering
12-287 Donadeo Innovation Centre for Engineering 9211 116 Street, Edmonton, T6G 1H9

Phone: 780.492.8351 (office) | 780.951.3455 (mobile)  |  LinkedIn |  Twitter


How do some concepts become 'public ideas'. This paper by @TimHallett1 & co examines how and why the ideas like 'bowling alone', 'the creative class' and 'the bell curve' became so widespread. It just won the @ASAnews prestigious Clifford Geertz award

Evidence immune practice: Police response to protestors in US goes against 50 years of research which has found when police respond by escalating force — wearing riot gear from the start, or using tear gas on protesters — it makes matters worse