The Rocha Medal
- 2004 – Giovanni Grasselli – Shear Strength of Rock Joints based on the Quantified Surface Description
- 2015 – Andrea Lisjak – Investigating the influence of mechanical anisotropy on the fracturing behaviour of brittle clay shales with application to deep geological repositories (Watch Video)
- 2017 – Bryan Tatone – Investigating the evolution of rock discontinuity asperity degradation and void space morphology under direct shear
Image from ISRM
John A. Franklin Award
Image from CGS
The honorary reward, named after the past International Society for Rock Mechanics (ISRM) President, John A. Franklin, for his exceptional contributions to the Canadian and international rock mechanics community, and to the Canadian Geotechnical Society (CGS), is presented every other year.
The award recognizes a Canadian and/or CGS member who has recently made an outstanding and published technical contribution in the fields of rock mechanics or rock engineering. In addition, the individual has provided outstanding service to the Canadian geotechnical community.
For past recipients of the award, please visit the CGS website.
Leopold Müller Award
Dr. N.G.W. Cook Ph.D. Dissertation Award
Dr. Qi Zhao, an alumni of Professor Grasselli’s research group, was one of the recipients of the 2020 Dr. N.G.W. Cook Ph.D. Dissertation Award for an outstanding doctoral dissertation in rock mechanics or rock engineering. His thesis under the co-supervision of Professor Grasselli and Professor Nicola Tisato titled “Investigating brittle rock failure and associated seismicity using laboratory experiments and numerical simulations” was recognized by the American Rock Mechanics Association (ARMA) and is one of the most prestigious awards in rock mechanics.