In recognition of our outstanding faculty: A feature on our Chancellor’s Professors

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.

  • Professor Richard KindProfessor Richard Kind didn’t even know he was nominated for the Chancellor designation until he received the President’s letter in the mail.“It was out of the blue,” says Kind, who became a Chancellor’s Professor in July 2003. “But it was a pleasant surprise.”

    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.”

  • Professor Jag HumarThough Professor Jag Humar has been retired for almost two years, he still dedicates his time to the students within the Civil and Environmental Engineering Department.“We are very fortunate to have him in the department as a distinguished research professor where he still teaches and supervises graduate students,” says current Departmental Chair, A. O. Abd El Halim.

    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.”

  • Professor Malcom BibbyMalcolm Bibby’s hard work and effort has helped make some revolutionary changes to Carleton’s Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering.This is no surprise when considering his track record.

    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.”

  • Professor Robert CarnegieRecently retired Chancellor’s Professor of Physics, Robert Carnegie was the driving force behind the experimental High Energy Physics (HEP) program at Carleton. He built one of the premiere HEP groups in Canada, recognized nationally and internationally for its excellence.Spearheading the Canadian contingent for the OPAL project at the international laboratory CERN, near Geneva, Carnegie took on a leadership role for Carleton and Canada. HEP experiments are huge endeavours that take over a decade to plan and build, with the collaboration of institutions from around the world. Since 1982, Carnegie has been the Canadian spokesperson for OPAL, co-ordinating the work of researchers from the universities of Montréal, McGill, Alberta, Victoria, British Columbia, and the TRIUMF laboratory. For over two decades he kept the confidence of this large group and remained the lead physicist for the project.

    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.

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