Academic Family Tree
A list of my academic family members and our academic family tree in a graphical format.
Brian and Dr. Phil Byer
My academic training at the University of Toronto was shaped significantly by my BASc thesis and MASc thesis supervisor Professor Phil Byer, shown in the above photo, and by Professor Barry Adams. My academic training at Duke was very positively influenced by my PhD supervisor Dr. Eric Pas, by then-Department Chair Dr. Aarne Vesilind, and by Dr. Alan Neebe of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Dr. Gordon Huang and Brian
I had the very great pleasure and honour of supervising Guo He (Gordon) Huang’s PhD work while I was just starting out at McMaster. Dr. Huang has gone on to forge an amazing career as a highly prolific Tier 1 Canada Research Chair at the University of Regina (in the above photo, he is being inducted as a Fellow in the Canadian Academy of Engineering), and we have developed an ongoing collaboration for the training and mentorship of many young professors emanating from his research group. My PhD students who have gone on to take up academic appointments, and their downstream PhD students taking up academic appointments across the globe, make up an academic “family tree” which is continuously growing and making a very positive impact on our global environment.
Academic Career Summary
A list of awards, courses taught, recent publications.
President Peter George and Brian
The above photo captures the conferral of the President’s Teaching Award for Excellence in Instruction from Dr. Peter George, President and Vice-Chancellor of McMaster, at the 2008 Spring Engineering Convocation.
Cam and Anna with Brian
One of my greatest pleasures was teaching within the Engineering and Society program while at McMaster. This initiative was the brainchild of Professor Bob Hudspith, and I had the great privilege of being Director of the program from 2003-2013. In the above photo, I am bracketed by two Society stalwarts, Professor Cam Churchill who took over from me as Program Director, and Anna Sciascetti, Program Administrator and a great friend.
I’m always happiest when I am in the classroom with students, and feel that this is the ideal environment to motivate and inspire young people to be their best. Here, I am with a small but wonderful group of graduate students from McMaster’s Booth School of Engineering Practice and Technology.