Dr. John Quaicoe is a professor emeritus

Oct 23rd, 2020

By Jackey Locke

Dr. John Quaicoe
Dr. John Quaicoe is a professor emeritus

Dr. John Quaicoe has been accorded the status of professor emeritus, an honour reserved for highly distinguished faculty members.

A professor of electrical and computer engineering at Memorial from 1982 until his retirement in 2018, Dr. Quaicoe earned the respect of colleagues, alumni and students.

Dr. Quaicoe is honoured to be recognized for something he loved to do throughout his career.

“I am honoured and humbled to receive this distinction, and I am pleased to be recognized for what I have loved doing throughout my professional career of teaching, research, student mentoring, and service,” he said.

“This distinction will allow me to continue my research collaboration and student mentoring. The recognition is a reminder to me of the grace of God and the support of family, colleagues, staff, and students throughout my academic career, for which I am truly grateful.”

During his 36-year career at Memorial, Dr. Quaicoe earned a reputation as an outstanding teacher, scholar and academic administrator.

His academic service in the faculty included chair of the electrical engineering discipline; interim associate dean, graduate studies and research; associate dean, undergraduate studies; and dean, pro tempore.

Dr. Quaicoe has made outstanding research contributions in the field of power electronics and power systems, including more than 100 publications in journals and conferences.

Dr. Quaicoe prepared his students for success. He developed strategies and innovative approaches to teaching. He developed course materials to enhance student learning and made significant contributions to strengthen the co-operative electrical engineering program through curriculum changes.

His tremendous impact on student success at Memorial earned him the President’s Award for Distinguished Teaching and the IEEE Canada Outstanding Educator Medal. In addition, he received numerous awards and recognitions, including the Dean’s Award for Outstanding Academic Service and Fellow of Engineers Canada.

Dr. Quaicoe received a B.Eng. in electrical engineering from the University of Science and Technology, Kumasi, Ghana, and M.Sc. and PhD degrees in power electronics from the University of Toronto.

A professor emeritus or emerita is a retired member of the faculty who has served at least 10 years as a regular full-time faculty member and held the rank of professor upon retirement. The prime criterion for nomination is a sustained and superlative record as a scholar, as a teacher or as an academic administrator or any combination of these.  

Candidates for the rank of professor emeritus/emerita are nominated by their academic units and, as with candidates for honorary degrees, the nominations are then reviewed by the Senate’s Committee on Honorary Degrees and Ceremonial. The candidates must then be approved by the university’s Senate and Board of Regents.

Dr. Greg Naterer was pleased to learn that Dr. Quaicoe had received the honour.

“Congratulations to Dr. Quaicoe on this well-deserved honour,” he said. “He is a highly distinguished retired faculty member whose contributions to Memorial University have been exceptional. In addition, he has a superlative record as a teacher, scholar and academic administrator, and is highly respected among colleagues, alumni and students.”

Dr. Quaicoe received his award during an in-absentia convocation ceremony held on Oct. 23.



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