Over the next few months, we will feature profiles of our distinguished Chancellor’s Professors. We begin with those that have recently retired.
Hundreds of outstanding professors grace the halls of Carleton University. An impressive number go more than the extra mile in their teaching and research accomplishments, and as such are recognized with the title of Chancellor’s Professor. This designation was created in 2001 and is awarded by the President to recognize the excellence of individual professors and raise awareness of their work, both within and outside the University.
Nominees must have at least 10 years of service as a full professor and their work must be of outstanding merit. Candidates are nominated by the Chairs and Deans of their respective faculty. Referrals from outside the University are not considered. All successful candidates retain their title until retirement.
Kind’s accomplishments are impressive. He was Chair of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering program at Carleton for six years and had been teaching as a full professor from 1980 until his retirement. He was a consultant to the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration for three years and was President of the Canadian Aeronautics and Space Institute (CASI). Kind also held membership in key reputable engineering societies such as the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics.
Kind retired in July 2004 and says he stays active with sports to “keep out of mischief.” He still teaches part time at Carleton in the school year.
Kind’s fondest accomplishment is his role in creating the Aerospace Engineering program at Carleton, which he describes as “very successful.”
“I’ve enjoyed my research here. But it’s watching the young people grow and mature at school that I liked best.”
Humar’s successes are numerous within the engineering world. He wrote one of the most demanded texts in the profession, Dynamics of Structures, and participated in the design of the Toronto Skydome. He’s won over 16 research and teaching awards, including the prestigious A.B. Sanderson Award from the Canadian Society for Civil Engineering, and served as Chair of Carleton’s Department for Civil and Environmental Engineering for 10 years.
Despite his impressive resumé, Humar’s personality is even moreso, says Halim.
“He’s well known to his close friends as a great human being with very strong ethics and high moral standards,” he says. “He’s a great leader, and with his determination, wisdom, and vision he was able to build one of the best civil and environmental engineering departments in the country.”
He was the recipient of $220,000 in grants from the National Science and Engineering Research Council (NSERC) while at Carleton 1967 and was Associate Dean of Engineering for three years before acting as Faculty Dean for eight years. He became a Chancellor’s Professor in July 2004.
As Dean, Bibby described himself as an “academic salesman,” promoting Carleton’s expertise and resources to companies and other institutions to increase the University’s profile in the world of engineering. He helped boost the profile of Carleton’s high tech programs during the boom of the late 90s, introducing new courses and fostering partnerships with local companies.
However, Bibby doesn’t take all of the credit and owes his success to the help of his students.
“I’m proud to say all this work was done with the help of undergrads,” he explains. “They accomplished so much with their enthusiasm and inventiveness.”
He still has fond memories of his students and their accomplishments. “I saw the Carleton team compete in the Concrete Toboggan race and the students still remember me,” he laughs.
When Bibby returned in 2001 after two years of leave, he set to work again on restructuring the Introductory Mechanical Design course to incorporate more sophisticated software programs. Together, Bibby and Professor John Hayes helped change the direction of several key courses and co-wrote a book in support of the new first-year material.
Now retired and living in Calgary, Bibby is interested in writing his “recollections” on the evolution of Carleton’s engineering program, beginning with the appointment of the University’s first director, Air Vice Marshall Steadman in 1945.
“Somebody someday will write the whole story,” he says. “But my recollections may be of value when it comes for someone else to write the history.”
Carnegie has 450 publications to his credit. He brought $15.6 million in research funding to Carleton over 30 years. On the home front, Carnegie has been an important member of Carleton’s Physics Department, a valuable mentor for his peers. Most recently, he acted as the Department’s Associate Chair for Undergraduate Studies, a task he approached just as he did his research, with attention to detail and a great sense of responsibility.