Michael C. Ircha
Professor Emeritus in Civil Engineering and Associate Vice-President Dean Emeritus
Encaenia Ceremony C, May 20, 2010
Michael Ircha had a significant impact on every aspect of university life during his 28-year career at UNB. He distinguished himself as a scholar, teacher, administrator, adviser, mentor and author.
As an educator in the department of civil engineering, he took a personal interest in the professional development of his students, challenging them to think for themselves and mentoring them to find their passion and purpose.
He was an integral part of UNB’s Transportation Group and earned an international reputation in the area of ports and shipping. A prolific author, he was also in great demand as a speaker and resident expert, delivering more than 80 presentations worldwide.
Dr. Ircha’s administrative roles included associate and acting dean of engineering, assistant and acting vice-president (academic), associate vice-president (academic and students), and acting associate vice-president (capital planning and property development), just to name a few.
His contributions to UNB were honoured in 2007 with a President’s Medal. He was named an Honorary Research Professor the same year.
His outstanding work as a civil engineer and his service to the profession have earned him fellowship in the Canadian Society for Civil Engineering and in the Engineering Institute of Canada. Dr. Ircha has also received numerous awards, including a New Brunswick Merit Award for Community Leadership and a Lieutenant Governor’s Award for Excellence in Public Administration.