Lakehead University renews the Dean of Engineering

August 8, 2017 – Thunder Bay, ON

Lakehead’s Provost & Vice-President (Academic) Dr. Moira McPherson is pleased to announce the renewal of Dr. David Barnett as Dean of the University’s Faculty of Engineering.

“Dr. Barnett has been extremely dedicated to Lakehead University and to the Faculty of Engineering,” said Dr. McPherson. “I look forward to continuing to work with him to achieve goals set out by the Faculty and the University.”

Under Dr. Barnett, Lakehead’s Faculty of Engineering has continued to grow and develop.

Recognized for its unique pathway for college engineering technologists to complete an engineering degree through the transfer program, the Faculty of Engineering has also expanded direct entry and international enrollments, developed new graduate programs, and expanded its research profile.

Dr. Barnett said he was grateful for the strong and continued support of the faculty, staff, and students that he has had the pleasure to work with during his service as Dean.

“I’m honoured to continue leading the Faculty of Engineering as we build on our many successes and continue to strive for excellence in engineering education and research,” he said.

In addition to ensuring the quality and success of the programs in Thunder Bay, Dr. Barnett will have a new focus as Lakehead builds its partnership with Georgian College, including the delivery of engineering programs in Barrie.

Dr. David W. Barnett

Dr. Barnett joined Lakehead University as Dean of the Faculty of Engineering in July 2012. Prior to joining Lakehead, he spent several years in the aerospace industry working primarily on electromagnetic signature analysis.

After completing his doctoral studies, he joined the Electrical Engineering Department at Saint Louis University. Dr. Barnett later became Chair of the young Biomedical Engineering Department where he focused on program development and his research in biomedical signal processing and electrophysiology.

In his 10 years as Chair, he guided the development of a highly successful program recognized for the quality and success of graduates.

In addition to his DSc degree at Washington University in St. Louis, Dr. Barnett earned an MSc degree at the University of Washington and a BSc degree from Bradley University, all in electrical engineering.

He is a member of Eta Kappa Nu, Tau Beta Pi, BMES and a senior member of IEEE.





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