Vice-President, Research and Innovation

Dr. Andrew P. Dean

Andrew P. Dean, VP Research and InnovationWelcome to the site for Research and Innovation at Lakehead University. Here you will find extensive information about the Office of Research Services, Analytical Services, Technology Transfer, the Senate Research Committee, Research Ethics Board, etc. While Lakehead University is a relatively small university we are consistently one of the leaders in terms of research productivity and impact.

This year we were affirmed by Re$earch InfoSource as the Research University of the Year in Canada in the primarily undergraduate category. We were also ranked number one in the total amount of funding from non-profit partners. Maclean’s Magazine placed us first in total research dollars (primarily undergraduate category) and second in funding from Social Science and Humanities grants. These rankings speak very highly to the research intensity of the faculty but also highlight the quality of the research being produced. This year we will be appointing three new Canada Research Chairs and two Lakehead University-Thunder Bay Regional Research Institute Chairs. While all research is encouraged and supported, the university has defined certain strategic research priorities (see appendices of http://vpacademic.lakeheadu.ca/uploads/Academic%20Plan/Academic-Plan-2012-2017-Public.pdf).

These areas reflect our history, collaborations and areas where our research contributes to the economies of Northwestern Ontario and Simcoe County. But our research is also international and we continue to add partner institutions and funding agencies throughout the world. The University has 12 research centres and institutes. Each of the centres are established by the Senate and usually have significant community research outreach. Our research growth is directly tied to our increase in graduate training, especially at the doctoral level. This year and next we will be launching new Ph.D. programs in Electrical Engineering, Health Sciences and international joint doctoral degrees with institutes in Brazil and China. Innovation and economic development are key components of our office and our office of Economic Development and Innovation is there to assist the development of valued added research. 

A particular emphasis for our office this year will be development of more opportunities for research and innovation by undergraduate students. Each year we have a celebration of our research and innovation during the second week of March. If you are on campus during that time I personally invite you to come and attend some of the events and see first-hand why we are the leading research University of the Year in Canada!