Professor Emerita in Geodesy and Geomatics Engineering
185th Encaenia: May 29, 2014
As an expert in land administration, gender rights and access to land, aboriginal and first nations’ ownership rights, maritime policy and marine boundary delimitation, and land registry reform, Susan Nichols’ contributions to UNB’s Center for Property Studies have been invaluable.
Throughout her long career at UNB, Dr. Nichols’ drive, intelligence, passion and commitment to the university has earned her a number of awards and promotions.
A UNB alumna, Dr. Nichols began teaching at UNB in 1980 and has held several administrative positions in the Faculty of Engineering, including director of graduate studies in geodesy and geomatics engineering.
During her career at UNB, Dr. Nichols received over 50 research grants, contracts and awards. She has been invited to speak at conferences on five continents, and has authored or co-authored more than 100 publications. She developed and taught undergraduate and postgraduate courses in land administration and cartography, and has supervised five PhD students, 21 master’s students, and more than 75 senior undergraduate reports and theses.
She chaired the Engineering Faculty Graduate Committee for close to 10 years, and served on other UNB and professional committees. Her expertise in land administration systems and user requirements was recognized and sought by the United Nations, the World Bank, and other international development organizations, and she brought several important international training programs in land administration to UNB.
Dr. Nichols was the first female president of the Canadian Institute of Geomatics and is the past-chair of the Canadian National Committee for the International Federation of Surveyors.