Professor Emeritus in Civil Engineering and Dean Emeritus
Convocation: Oct. 21, 2004
John Christian is an internationally recognized expert in construction engineering.
He came to the University of New Brunswick in 1987 to take up an appointment as the first holder of the M. Patrick Gillin Chair in Construction Engineering and Management. Among his accomplishments as chair holder were the development and delivery of industry seminars on project engineering, and the establishment of the diploma in construction engineering program for industry personnel.
A prolific author, Dr. Christian is widely recognized for his contributions to construction research. He is a Fellow of the Canadian Society of Civil Engineers and of the Institute of Civil Engineers. He also serves as an external examiner for the University of West Indies.
In addition to teaching undergraduate, graduate, diploma and continuing education courses, Dr. Christian has supervised 66 graduate students in civil engineering.
He is known in the faculty of engineering for the leadership he provided as associate dean, acting dean and, finally, as dean of engineering from 1999 to 2003. Throughout his tenure, no matter what the issue, he remained composed, and, without fail, found fair and equitable solutions to the challenges facing the faculty. The word 'gentleman' aptly describes his demeanor and character as dean.
Following his official retirement in 2003, Dr. Christian was appointed an honorary research professor. He holds an NSERC Discovery Grant and continues to be an asset to the department of civil engineering.