Dr. R. (Sesh) Seshadri
By Susen Johnson
It wasnt always this way. Once upon a time, engineering educators designed their curriculum around the basics motors, mechanisms, bridges, and the like, and assumed their students then had what they needed to make a contribution to society and succeed in the workplace.
times they are a-changing.
The purpose of the Advisory Council is really a window to the outside world, because we need to engage in constructive alliances with others, Dean Rangaswamy Seshadri explained. Their views are important for us in the sense that they reflect what our graduates are going to do, and they come in contact with lots of people so its important for us to link with their circles.
With technological devices and ethical themes rapidly transforming the field of engineering education, it makes sense that the faculty would access the incredible resource of those who have succeeded as engineers, educators, and icons of industry.
With representatives from the oil patch, power, pulp and paper, mining, petrochemical, aerospace, and auto industries, the Advisory Council is well-designed.
Our stakeholders are basically people in the private sector who are adding value or creating wealth in a technological sense, Dr. Seshadri said, yet with a full understanding of the political and social implications of their activities.
An example of this can be seen in the councils Subcommittee on Offshore Petroleum Engineering. The dean explained, Oil and gas is not just a matter of consulting on curriculum, its a question of research and development, of how we at Memorial can add value to the local and national enterprise.
the oil and gas industry is all done and gone, wed like
to have a legacy here that will be such that our people will
be able to participate in opportunities elsewhere, on an advisory
basis. So well still have the opportunities and jobs here,
because the infrastructure will be here.
Its an iterative process, Dr. Seshadri elaborated. We also diffuse technology to them. We have strong accreditation here with all our programs, and through that process we found that were doing a lot of things right here.
The Advisory Councils reach extends to all facets of the operation, including considerations of faculty development. To this end, the board has created a Subcommittee on Faculty Development, a tool of the department used to expand the academic professional culture of the unit by exposing faculty to a broader world view. Its an idea that began in Germany, where many engineering professors are connected to both a university and an industrial complex.
believes this outreach initiative will be beneficial to the university,
the faculty members, and especially the students.
Engineering and Applied Science Advisory Council members are:
Chair: Hal Stanley (Chair and CEO, Canada-Newfoundland Offshore Petroleum Board)
Vice-Chair: Albert Peach (President, Agra-Monenco)
Chair of Subcommittee on Engineering Education and the Future Engineer: Frank Davis (Vice-PresidentTechnology and Service, Newtel Communications Inc.)
Chair of Subcommittee on Faculty Development: Earl Ludlow (Vice-President Operations, Newfoundland Power)
Chair of Subcommittee on Offshore Petroleum Engineering: Andrew Adams (Vice-President, Newfoundland Exploration & Production, Mobil Oil Canada Properties)
Greg Baiden (Manager, Mines Research, Inco LimitedOntario Division)
Anthony Binotto (Mill Manager, Irving Paper)
Gary Bruce (Vice-President, Offshore Development & Operations, Petro-Canada)
Dr. Angus Bruneau (Chair, Fortis Inc.)
Larry Chanasyk (Chief Engineer, Navistar International Corp. Canada)
Bruce Hollett (Deputy Minister, Department of Industry, Trade, and Technology)
Dave King (President and CEO, Seabright Corporation Limited)
Dennis Klein (Manager of Development, Syncrude Canada Ltd. )
Tom LeFeuvre (Director General, National Research CouncilInstitute for Marine Dynamics)
Wallace Read (President, Remas Inc.)
Jim Rogers (Senior Vice-President, PAPRICAN)
Maxwell Ruelokke (General Manager, AGRABrown and Root)
Lee Shinkle (Executive Vice-President, AMI Offshore Inc.)
Murray Thomas (Regional Manager, ABB Automation)
William Wells (President and CEO, Newfoundland and Labrador Hydro)
Judith Whittick (President and CEO, Centre for Cold Ocean Resources Engineering [C-CORE])
Dr. Rangaswamy Seshadri (Dean, Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science)
Dr. Evan Simpson (Vice-President Academic, Memorial University)
Dr. Mahmoud R. Haddara (Associate Dean, Graduate Studies and Research, Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science)
Dr. Gary Sabin (Associate Dean, Undergraduate, Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science)
Neil Bose (Chair, Ocean and Naval Architectural Engineering)
Dr. Leonard Lye (Chair, Civil Engineering)
Dr. Michael Hinchey (Chair, Mechanical Engineering)
Dr. R. Venkatesan (Chair, Electrical and Computer Engineering)
Paul Batstone (Program Manager, Engineering Co-operative Education)