Barry Bisson

Professor Emeritus in Civil Engineering

Encaenia Ceremony D, May 30, 2013

Prof. Bisson was a valued member of the UNB family for more than 20 years.

He joined UNB in 1983 as a professor of civil engineering and coordinator of UNB’s Transportation Group, one of the faculty’s leading research groups.  He served in this role until 1994, when he was appointed chair of the Dr. J. Herbert Smith Centre for Technology Management and Entrepreneurship in the faculty of engineering.

Prof. Bisson is an innovative thinker. Both in his role as educator and as chair, he worked tirelessly to advance the way engineering was taught. He was instrumental in overhauling the TME program, through the introduction of new programs and moving much of the program online.

Prof. Bisson was held in very high regard by his students and his colleagues.  In recognition of his teaching excellence and his service to UNB, Prof. Bisson received both UNB’s Dr. Alan P. Stuart Memorial Award for Excellence in Teaching and the Distinguished Service Award.

Prof. Bisson’s service to the university also included representing faculty members on UNB’s Board of Governors and serving on the board of INCUTECH and Enterprise UNB.

Prof. Bisson is a strong believer in providing youth with opportunities to enrich their lives and in giving them the tools they need to succeed. While at UNB, he was actively involved in bringing the Shad Valley Program to the university and became its first director in 1985.

In 2005, Prof. Bisson took an early retirement from UNB to take on the role of president of Shad Valley International. While at Shad Valley he also taught for a few years at the Conrad Business, Entrepreneurship and Technology Centre at the University of Waterloo.

Prof. Bisson’s record of accomplishment exemplifies the qualities of excellence and exceptional merit that are important criteria for the achievement of professor emeritus status.