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University of Ottawa:
Brian Thompson, Faculty of Engineering

Wednesday, July 28, 2004


Brian Thompson
From The Globe and Mail

The University of Ottawa is pleased to announce the appointments of the following new deans:

Located in the heart of Canada's capital, offering a broad range of outstanding research and teaching programs to 30,000 students in both of our country's official languages, thriving on its growing diversity and its national outlook, the University of Ottawa is Canada's university.

George Lang, Faculty of Arts

The new dean of the Faculty of Arts is George Lang, an expert in modern languages and cultural studies and professor of French language, literature and culture at the University of Alberta since 1990. He was also the associate dean of Alberta's arts faculty for two years. Dr. Lang spent several years in Montréal and contributed for 20 years to the Université de Sherbrooke publication Ellipse and is a member of France's Centre de recherches Espaces/Écritures. At the helm of the University of Ottawa's largest and most diverse faculty, George Lang will contribute his professional and academic experience to advancing key teaching and research initiatives at Canada's university.

Brian Thompson, Faculty of Engineering

Brian Thompson is the new dean of the Faculty of Engineering. Before joining the University of Ottawa, he was a professor in the Faculty of Engineering at the University of Western Ontario and held the NSERC-GM of Canada Chair in Engineering Design and Innovation. Brian Thompson has worked as an engineer in both Canada and the United States with companies such as Bell-Northern, Gas Dynamics and Boeing. He is a graduate of the Imperial College of Science and Technology and has been a professor at Waterloo University and the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. The Faculty of Engineering will benefit greatly from Mr. Thompson's unique background in research, teaching and innovation.

Nathalie Des Rosiers, Faculty of Law, Civil Law Section

The current president of the Law Commission of Canada, Nathalie Des Rosiers, is the new dean of the Civil Law Section of the Faculty of Law. She was Law Clerk to Justice Julien Chouinard at the Supreme Court of Canada from 1982 to 1983 and in private practice until 1987. From 1987 to 2000, Ms. Des Rosiers taught law at the University of Western Ontario. She was awarded the Law Society of Upper Canada Medal in 1999 and earlier this year received the Partnership Award from the Association of Professional Executives of the Public Service (APEX). The University of Ottawa is delighted that Ms. Des Rosiers has committed her leadership skills to the Civil Law Section of the Faculty of Law.

Gary Slater, Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies

Gary Slater is the new dean of the University of Ottawa's Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies following service as vice-dean for the past two years. He became a full professor at the University of Ottawa in 1996 before being named vice-dean of research for the Faculty of Science in 1997. He received the University's Researcher of the Year Award in 2001 for his work on polymers and DNA. An exceptional popular science writer, Professor Slater wrote a weekly science column for many years for La Tribune de Sherbrooke and for Toronto's L'Express. Gary Slater is extremely well qualified to lead this important University of Ottawa Faculty in the years ahead.


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