Dr. Faye Hicks

Faye Hicks


Civil and Environmental Engineering

Faye Hicks is a Professor in the Water Resources Engineering group of the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering.  Since joining the University of Alberta in 1989, she has focused on experimental, numerical and field research investigating rivers and river ice, with a primary focus on flood forecasting.   

Faye has conducted innovative lab and field studies investigating the dynamic aspects of river ice jam formation and release and, with her students, has pioneered the applications of soft computing and radar remote sensing for river ice jam flood forecasting.  She is also the co-creator of the public domain River1D hydraulics and ice process model.  Her recent field research sites have included the Athabasca River at Fort McMurray and the Hay River, NWT for which she and her students have developed ice jam flood forecasting models.  She has also conducted river ice studies in the Mackenzie Delta and is currently working with her grad students to develop a hydrodynamic model of the delta.

In 2009, Faye was the Hynes Lecturer at the Canadian Rivers Institute and a University of Alberta Killam Professor.  In 2008 she was awarded the Camille A. Dagenais Award, the Canadian Society for Civil Engineering’s highest award in hydrotechnical engineering, and a Premier’s Silver Award of Excellence from the Province of Alberta for her contributions to the modernization of their river ice monitoring program. She has twice won a Faculty of Engineering Undergraduate Teaching Award (1993 and 2009) and had been awarded the Canadian Geophysical Union-Hydrology Section’s Gerard Medal three times (1999, 2005 and 2011). 

Faye recently authored an invited paper for the Journal of Cold Regions Science and Technology (55:175-185) entitled: “An Overview of River Ice Problems" which provides an introduction to interesting river ice processes. This paper, and her other publications, can be accessed online at this link.