Engineering professor recognized for his exceptional leadership
Dr. Dennis Peters’ exceptional service and leadership as head of the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering has earned him international recognition.
Dr. Peters is a recipient of the 2019 Electrical and Computer Engineering Department Heads’ (ECEDHA’s) Canadian Outstanding Leadership Award for his sustained record of leadership and service to ECEDHA and to the field of electrical and computer engineering.
The ECEDHA is comprised of heads or chairs of departments in the United States and Canada offering accredited programs in electrical and/or computer engineering.
Dr. Peters was head of electrical and computer engineering from 2016-2019, interim head from 2014-2016 and discipline chair prior to the Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science adopting a departmentalized structure, from 2008-2014.
During his leadership of electrical and computer engineering, Dr. Peters led a number of successful initiatives, such as program accreditation; space-planning in the new Core Science Facility; and a new biomedical stream in partnership with the Faculty of Medicine.
“ECEDHA provides great leadership to electrical and computer engineering educators throughout North America and I have found my involvement with them to be very rewarding, both personally and professionally,” said Dr. Peters. “I am honoured that they have recognized my contributions.”
In 2019, Dr. Peters was appointed the faculty’s associate dean, undergraduate studies. He is also an associate professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering where he has been a faculty member since 1998. His research interests involve techniques for design and verification of software and computer systems, with a particular focus on high-performance computing, real-time applications and parallel or distributed processing.
He is an active volunteer in the professional engineering community in Canada, and past chair of the board of directors of the Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of Newfoundland and Labrador (PEGNL), the Canadian Engineering Qualifications Board (CEQB) and the IEEE Newfoundland and Labrador Section.
Dr. Greg Naterer, dean, Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science, was pleased to learn the news.
“Congratulations to Dr. Peters on receiving this award from the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department Heads Association (ECEDHA),” said Dr. Greg Naterer, dean, Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science. “It's a well-deserved award that recognizes his strong leadership and service contributions to the international association, as well as more broadly to the disciplines of electrical and computer engineering.”