Administration

2013-2016  Dean, College of Engineering, University of Saskatchewan, Saskatoon,
                  S.K., Canada

                  As Dean, College of Engineering at the University of Saskatchewan,
                  worked diligently and 
strategically to further the interests of the College of
                  Engineering and the University (see extended CV)  

                          

Major Accomplishments:

 

·             Raised funds and filled 8 faculty positions, 5 of them endowed research
      chairs in 18 months, and working to fill 6 additional positions.

·              In 2014, introduced, with the support and sponsorship of industry and
      APEGS, the first 
ever, College of Engineering annual Safety Training
      Program for undergraduate and graduate students to instill in them the
      culture of safety. Also introduced safety training and monitoring for
      every laboratory in which students participate.

·         Established a Hard Hat Ceremony for students as an induction into their
     various engineering disciplines and as a way to reinforce the high
     priority placed on safety as well as to remind students of their
     responsibilities as trained professionals to protect employees and
     society.

·         Led the College to achieve a full, six year unconditional and maximum
     accreditation term from the Canadian Engineering Accreditation Board
     (CEAB) for seven undergraduate engineering programs under the CEAB
     new outcome-based method of accreditation.  A major factor was closing
     the loop of necessary information, which was achieved by the
     involvement of alumni, internship employers, and permanent employers,
     in assessing the outcome attributes of the University of Saskatchewan
     Engineering graduates.

·            Inaugurated the Ron and Jane Graham School of Professional
     Development with two options - Professional Communication Option
     (PCO) and Engineering Entrepreneurship Option (EEO).

·           Created and filled the Endowed Jerry G. Huff Chair in Innovative
     Teaching
in the Ron and Jane Graham School of Professional
      Development.

·             Created the Endowed George La Borde Chair in Engineering
      Entrepreneurship in the Ron and Jane Graham School of Professional
      Development. The Chair is now advertised.

·             Initiated the development of a M. Eng. degree in Project Management
      (Technical) in the professional school.

·              Raised the funds, created and filled the SaskPower Endowed Chair.

·             Developed the NSERC/SaskPower IRC Chair in Smart Grid Technology in
      Electrical Engineering.

·              Established an Endowed SISCO Chair in Mining Solutions, currently
      advertised.

·              Provided leadership in hiring professors and creating three Mining
      Engineering options in the Departments of Chemical Engineering,
      Mechanical Engineering and Geological Engineering.

·             Created the Indigenous Peoples Initiatives Office in the College of
      Engineering and hired its first coordinator.

·               Worked with industry to create secured student internship employment
      for indigenous students. 

·              Hired the first aboriginal professor in the College of Engineering,
      University of Saskatchewan.

·              Raised over 2.7 million dollars in scholarship funds from contributions of
      various donors.

·               Introduced Donor and Student Scholarship Night for the College of
      Engineering where students meet with the donors as a way to thank
      donors and foster further opportunities for students and the College.

·                 Increased student enrolment and doubled the number of students
       participating in internships.

·                 Facilitated and implemented international exchange agreements with a
       number of international Universities globally.

·                 Facilitated and signed transfer agreements with a number of Colleges
       and Universities in Saskatchewan and Alberta and established satellite
       engineering campuses in Saskatchewan in order to further increase
       enrollment for the College.

·                In 2014, inaugurated an annual month long program of visits, (now in
       its third year)  by students  from  Pandit Deendayal  Petroleum 
       University (PDPU) of  India  in  order  to showcase our facilities and
       recruit graduate students from India.

·                Established new means of communicating directly with undergraduate
       and graduate students by instituting town hall meetings held during
       each academic term.

·                Revitalized and staffed the Saskatchewan Centre of Excellence in
       Transportation and Infrastructure (SCETI) which is the main funding
       agency for innovative research regarding transportation and road
       infrastructure. It is located in the College of Engineering and its Director
       report to the Dean 
who is the chair of the Advisory Council of SCETI.

·                Created the University’s first “Search for Experts” public searchable
       database engine, available for the College of Engineering.

·                Started the process of engineering building renewal and expansion
       planning by selecting a team of architectural firms to draft the master
       plan that will allow the reconfiguration and expansion of the 100 year
       old building in a way to accommodate the student number expansion
       that started during my tenure in the position. In the first stage about 70%
       of the books in Engineering library were securely placed in another library
       (available upon request) and that created space for student groups to study. 

 2000-2005         Assistant Dean, Faculty of Engineering, Dalhousie University,
                          
Halifax, N.S.

             

Major Accomplishments:


·        Coordinated and prepared the succesful application to the Canadian
     Engineering
Accreditation Board (CEAB) for all undergraduate
     engineering programs. The 
application resulted in achieving
     unconditionally the maximum accreditation term (6 
years).

·           Coordinated and prepared the self study for the Dalhousie University
      Senate review of the Faculty of Engineering.  The resulting Senate
      Review Report was very favourable to the achievements and the stability
      of the Faculty of  Engineering.

·             Prepared for the approval of the Faculty Council the “Handbook of the
      Rules and Procedures” which establishes the governance policy of the
      Faculty of Engineering.  Continued to update, amend and improve the
      Handbook.

·          Developed with the help of the Director, Facilities Management, the first
      ever space study of the Faculty of Engineering which resulted in a plan
      for space development. Presently, the designed building is being
      implemented to the Innovation and Design in Engineering and
      Architecture (IDEA) building  

·               Directed, as Chair of the Space Committee, the successful construction
      of the Biological Engineering “N” Building and continued the efforts to
      complete the internal structure of the building.

·       Developed with the help of the Director, Facilities Management, the
      options for Engineering campus redevelopment to create the space for
      the future needs of the Faculty of Engineering. These options were to be
      used for fundraising on the occasion of the 100th Anniversary of the
      Engineering education in Nova Scotia.

·       Organized and Chaired the meetings for the reorganization of the
      Departments structure of the Faculty of Engineering


1997-2000 Vice-Chair, Dalhousie University Senate, Dalhousie
                 University, Halifax, N.S.

The Dalhousie University Senate is the governing academic body
of the 
university.  It is comprised of 73 ex-officio and elected 
members from the   Faculties of the university. 
The three officers of the
Senate are the Chair, Vice-Chair and the Secretary.  The Senate, 
as the
elected governing body of the university, approves new programs, oversees
the 
review of existing programs and ensures that comprehensive budget
policies are followed.

 

Major Accomplishments:

 

·              My tenure in the Dalhousie University Senate (1997-2000) provided me
      with the opportunity to obtain a strong understanding of how the
      university works and to exercise fairness, equity and openness.   I have
      also developed a better understanding and appreciation of the position
      of Faculties other than Engineering, within the university community.

·          As Vice-Chair of the Senate of Dalhousie University, in addition to other
      duties, I was in charge of organizing and carrying, through the Senate
      Academic Priorities and Budget Committee (SAPBC), the reviews of the
      Faculties of the university and other affiliated universities.

·    During my tenure, I oversaw the reviews of the Faculties of Medicine,
      Science, Arts and Social Sciences, Graduate Studies, and I initiated the
      review of the Faculties of Architecture and Engineering. These reviews
      involved Faculty self studies, submissions and interviews to review
      committees, visits, by invitation, of external referees who advised the
      Senate on the status of the specific Faculty in Canadian and
      International Academia.  The Senate reviews the final report and its
      recommendations are implemented within 18 months.

·     I was also responsible for overseeing the reviews of the Institutions
      affiliated with Dalhousie that offer Dalhousie degrees.  During my term
      as Vice-Chair, we conducted the review of the Nova Scotia Agricultural
      College and King’s College. I also had an opportunity to participate as a
      committee member in the review of the Department of Chemistry.

·     My participation in, and occasional chairing of the Senate and the Senate
      Academic Priorities and Budget Committee (SAPBC), has resulted in
      enhancing my knowledge on 
the academic and budgetary approval of
      academic programs as well as the management of multi-faculty and  
      multidisciplinary programs, which, I feel, will become very important in
      the future.


1994-2000    Professor and Head, Department of Mining and Metallurgical Engineering, TUNS (DalTech), Halifax, N.S.

Duties involved providing leadership in fiscal (annual budget of $1,200,000) and administrative matters for a two-program Department (10 faculty members, approximately 120 students), including undergraduate and graduate recruitment. The two programs of the Department are the only accredited such discipline programs in Atlantic Canada.

 

Major Accomplishments:

 

·           Established an Industry Advisory Committee to create an
         environment attracting industrial support for the Department.

·           Expanded the co-op program and combined it with internship to
         create 1
6 and 20 month work term periods.

·           Expanded the B. Eng co-op program and combined it with the
         graduate degrees of M.Eng. and M.A. Sc.   This combined
         B.Eng./M.A.Sc. degree is  now used as a model by the Associate Dean
         of Graduate Studies and Research  to extend the co-op program to all
         engineering disciplines.

 

 

1990-1994          Chair, Metallurgical Engineering Program, TUNS, Halifax, N.S

                          

Major Accomplishments:

 

·             Established an Industry Advisory Committee to create an environment
      attracting industrial support for the program.

·             Introduced innovative industrial design courses which include
      entrepreneurship, industry 
collaboration in the delivery of the course
      and a corporate “Board” 
approach in evaluating the final design as part
      of the undergraduate 
curriculum.

·              Expanded the co-op program and combined it with internship to create
      16 and 20 month work term periods.

·              Worked with the students to form the first in North America combined
       CIM/TMS Student Chapter.

 

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