Dean Named Resource Person of the Year

Dr. David Lynch, P.Eng . . . . forecasting a need for an expanded faculty.
An unprecedented expansion is positioning the University of Alberta among the top-capacity engineering faculties in North America – and has earned Dean David Lynch, P.Eng., the Alberta Chamber of Resources Resource Person of the Year. The prestigious award acknowledges Dr. Lynch’s contributions in building the capacity of technology, research, and human resources in Alberta.

More than 500 business leaders and guests attended the chamber’s recent annual banquet and award ceremony to congratulate Dr. Lynch.

Recognizing growing industry demand and enrolment potential, Dr. Lynch accurately forecasted the need to build capacity for engineering graduates and for research. He rose to that challenge through a series of bold initiatives, which have resulted in a major expansion of the department’s facilities. Commitments from industry and government, in fact, now approach $250 million. New construction includes:

• the Engineering Teaching and Learning Complex, completed in 2002
• the Electrical and Computer Engineering Research Facility, completed in 2001, and
• the Markin/CNRL Natural Resources Engineering Facility, to be completed in 2004.

This new, state-of-the-art learning and research space will provide additional capacity for 1,000 undergraduate and 550 graduate students. It will add over 100 research and teaching laboratories, and will permit a 40-per-cent increase in engineering programs.

This puts the University of Alberta Faculty of Engineering’s capacity within the top five per cent in North America. The faculty is already among North America’s leading engineering research and teaching centres, with 4,200 students, 30 research chairs, $50 million in annual research activity and over 120 new professors.

Dr. Lynch also played a key role in securing the right to locate the National Research Council National Institute for Nanotechnology in Alberta. Facilities for the new institute are scheduled for completion in 2005. Nanotechnology-related research will be pursued in such resource-based areas as oilsands processing, catalysis for petrochemical production, and advanced materials technology.

Brad Anderson, P.Geol., executive director of Alberta Chamber of Resources, said: “Dr. Lynch stands as a model for the resource sector in Alberta. His vision and leadership in the public sector are widely noted and supported among our members, who are among the most senior in the energy, resource and technology sector. David’s work is widely admired and it contributes directly to Alberta’s prosperity.”

The chamber represents 170 member corporations, covering the spectrum of Alberta resource development activity and the service and supply sector. It is widely recognized as a leading voice for the resource industries. The chamber provides leadership for the orderly and responsible development of Alberta’s natural resources.

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