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Dr. William (Bill) Rosehart, P.Eng.


Dr. William (Bill) Rosehart, P.Eng., graduated with a Bachelor of Applied Science (Honours) in Electrical Engineering from the University of Waterloo in 1996. By 2001, he had received both his Master of Applied Science and PhD in Electrical Engineering from the same institution. He then began his career in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of Calgary and has already accomplished a great deal as both an educator and a researcher.

In the four years that he has been with the Schulich School of Engineering, Dr. Rosehart has had a great influence. His successes have led to his recent promotion from Assistant Professor to Associate Professor and to his appointments as the Director of the Electrical Engineering Undergraduate Program and as an Associate Chair for the NSERC Design Chair in Life Cycle Engineering.

As a professor, Dr. Rosehart excels in all three major components of the position: teaching, research and service. In the seven terms that he has been teaching at the University of Calgary, he has taught four undergraduate courses, seven graduate courses and seven project-related undergraduate courses. Dr. Rosehart's approach is successful, as evidenced by the many teaching awards he has received in his short career. 

In addition to teaching, Dr. Rosehart actively participates in power systems research, which is particularly relevant with the trend towards deregulating electricity markets throughout the world. His current research addresses the optimization of power systems, while minimizing power outages. His publication record is impressive: 15 peer-reviewed journal papers and 29 peer-reviewed conference papers.  Dr. Rosehart has presented papers at several prestigious national and international conferences and his expertise in the field was recognized with several media interviews about the massive August 2003 power outage that affected Eastern Canada and much of the Northeastern U.S.

Honours, Awards and Distinctions

  • Teaching Excellence Award, Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering,
    U of C (2005, 2004, 2002)

  • Professor of the Year, Engineering Students' Society, U of C (2005, 2004)

  • Teaching Excellence Award in Engineering, U of C Students’ Union (2004, 2003)

  • Outstanding Teaching in 2nd Year Engineering, Engineering Students' Society,
    U of C (2003)

  • Common Core Program Teaching Excellence Award, Schulich School of Engineering, U of C (2002)

  • Distinguished Teaching as a Registered Student Award, University of Waterloo (1999)

  • Teaching Assistant Excellence Award, Sanford Fleming Foundation (1997) 

Professional Affiliations and Activities

  • Member, APEGGA (2005-present)

  • Chair, local organizing committee for the 2006 International Federation of Automatic Control Symposium of Power Plants and Power Systems Control (2004-present)

  • Examiner, APEGGA Technical Examinations (2003-present)

  • Division Chief Judge in Engineering, Canada Wide Science Fair, Calgary (2003)

  • Judge, Calgary Regional Science Fair (2002-2004)

  • Member, Institute for Electrical and Computer Engineers (1994-present)