THUNDER BAY – Lakehead University has announced the appointment of Dr. David Barnett as its new Dean, Faculty of Engineering. Dr. Barnett’s belief in providing engineering students the tools they need to reach their goals brought him from St. Louis, Missouri to Thunder Bay. His decision to cross the border was prompted by Lakehead University’s emphasis on collaborative, multidisciplinary learning.
“I am committed to the development of the next generation of engineers who require not only solid engineering skills but also an appreciation of the societal issues that impact future technological developments,” explains Dr. Barnett.
“His impressive combination of academic, research and industry experience is invaluable in positioning Lakehead as a top-ranked Canadian engineering program,” adds Lakehead’s Provost and Vice-President (Academic), Dr. Rod Hanley. “He understands the importance of adapting to the changing and complex demands of the engineering profession in our world.”
Dr. Barnnett comes to Lakehead, having recently been a Professor and Chair of the Biomedical Engineering department, with a secondary appointment in Electrical Engineering, at Saint Louis University in Missouri. Dr. Barnett is a well-established researcher in the areas of biosignal processing and electrophysiological studies and his work has been published in more than 18 peer-reviewed journals as well as numerous conference proceedings. Please see Dr. Barnett’s full biography for more information.
As Lakehead’s Dean of Engineering, Dr. Barnett will focus on promoting educational excellence through teaching, research, and scholarship and building partnerships with industry and government. Dr. Barnett steps into his new role, August 7, 2012.