March 15, 2011




Experts available to discuss continuing aftermath of Japan earthquake


Hamilton, Ont. March 15, 2011McMaster University has several experts available to discuss the continuing crisis in Japan.


Dave Tucker, a senior health physicist, is an expert on the effects of radiation exposure, radiation safety and radiation safety measurements. He can be reached at

905-525-9140, ext. 24900 or


John Luxat, professor of engineering physics and NSERC Industrial Research Chair in Nuclear Safety Analysis is an expert in nuclear safety methodology and studies in nuclear safety thermalhydraulics. He can be reached at 905-525-9140, ext. 24670 or


Samir Chidiac, professor of civil engineering is an expert in structural materials, concrete repair technologies, behaviour and rehabilitation of stone masonry structures. He also co-wrote a paper on “Seismic guidelines for stone masonry components and structures”. He can be reached at 905-525-9140, ext. 26558 or


Wael El-Dakhakhni, an associate professor of civil engineering and Martini, Mascarin and George Chair in Masonry Design, has expertise in dynamic behaviour of masonry, concrete, steel and composite structures under seismic and blast loading. He can be reached at 905-525-9140, ext. 26109 or


Walter Craig, professor of mathematics and Canada Research Chair in Mathematical Analysis and its Applications, is an expert on wave modeling and wave phenomena, particularly tsunamis and rogue waves. He is a specialist in the analysis of nonlinear partial differential equations (PDEs), which are used to model the physical world around us. With an understanding of the solutions to PDEs, experts can provide insight into the behaviour of tsunamis. He can be reached at 905-525-9140, ext. 23422 or



For more information, please contact:

Michelle Donovan
Public Relations Manager, Broadcast Media
McMaster University
905-525-9140, ext. 22869