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November 27, 2003


New engineering dean on the job

Dr. Ray Gosine
Dr. Ray Gosine

By Michelle Osmond
The primary responsibility of the dean of engineering is to provide the leadership, management, encouragement, support and rewards necessary for the faculty to reach its full potential in serving the needs of society through its teaching, research and outreach activities.” That said, Dr. Ray Gosine adds he’s looking forward to the challenges (and opportunities) of his new position. He has a strong personal commitment to the Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science and to Newfoundland. Following his undergraduate degree in electrical engineering at Memorial University in 1986, he attended Cambridge University in England where he completed a PhD in robotics.

Dr. Gosine returned to Canada in July 1991, after being appointed assistant professor of mechanical engineering and NSERC J. Chair of Industrial Automation at the University of British Columbia. At UBC he was primarily involved in applied research into automation techniques that would improve the efficiency of the fish processing industry. He was also involved in research toward improved methods of motion planning for robot path. “The position at UBC was a great combination of the flexibility of academia and the excitement and pace of industry problems.”

Discouraged with rocketing Vancouver housing prices, in 1994 he welcomed an opportunity to come home to a position at Memorial University. Like the position at UBC, his current position involves a balance of academic and industry-oriented research and development. He believes we can learn from industry. “Research in engineering should address the longer-term needs of industry. Interaction with industry is helping us determine research priorities and new opportunities.”

Dr. Gosine says the next five to 10 years will bring considerable change to the faculty and the province.

“The resource industries are particularly important to Newfoundland and Labrador and there is an opportunity for the Faculty of Engineering to undertake significant research and development that will lead to innovative technologies and services required for these industries to remain competitive,” he said. “As the only Faculty of Engineering in Newfoundland and Labrador, it’s very important that we remain cognizant of its obligations to help both Memorial, and the province, achieve their greatest potential.”

Most of Dr. Gosine’s research is in the areas of telerobotics, machine vision and pattern recognition. He is the winner of the President's Award for Outstanding Research (1997/98) and a Petro-Canada Young Innovator (1998). In addition to his responsibilities as dean, Dr. Gosine is a professor of electrical and computer engineering, and J.I. Clark Chair of Intelligent Systems for Operations in Harsh Environments.


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