Killam Quartet

Patrick Selvadurai and Rod Macdonald are the latest McGill scholars to win Canada’s most prestigious lifetime research award: the Canada Council for the Arts’ $100,000 Killam Prize.

Selvadurai is William Scott Professor and James McGill Professor in the Department of Civil Engineering and Applied Mechanics. He is internationally recognized for his work in theoretical, applied and computational mechanics. His work in geomechanics—applying engineering principles to soil and rock—has led to the creation of safer storage facilities for nuclear waste.

Macdonald, former Dean of Law and current F.R. Scott Professor of Constitutional and Public Law, is a public intellectual known for wide-ranging interests that include child abuse, small claims court and aboriginal justice.