Professor Emeritus in Chemical Engineering & Centre for Nuclear Energy Research
Encaenia Ceremony C: May 29, 2003
Over his distinguished career, Dr. Frank Steward has made outstanding contributions to the profession of engineering, in general, and to the University of New Brunswick, in particular.
Dr. Steward joined the department of chemical engineering in 1963. Over the next 32 years, he developed and taught 15 undergraduate and graduate courses, and supervised more than 40 master's students, 22 PhD students, and five post-doctoral fellows.
In addition to serving as department chair for three terms, he was co-director of the Fire Science Centre for a decade and director of the Energy Conversion Engineering Group from 1988 to 1995. He also served on the UNB Senate and on various university and professional committees.
Dr. Steward earned the university Merit Award in 1981 and 1989.
His negotiating skills helped to secure university research chairs in the areas of nuclear engineering, power plant engineering, and pulping technology. His own research concentrated on heat transfer, combustion, fire science and energy-related studies. Dr. Steward published widely, with approximately 70 refereed articles in journals and conference proceedings, and over 100 recorded at technical conferences.
In 1991 he was awarded the Jules Stachiewicz Medal by the Canadian Society of Chemical Engineers for outstanding work in heat transfer.
Dr. Steward was largely responsible for the establishment of the Centre for Nuclear Energy Research at UNB and was appointed its founding director in 1993. While he officially retired from the department of chemical engineering in 1995, Dr. Steward continued his work for another eight years as an Honorary Research Professor and director of the Centre for Nuclear Energy Research - a position he held until April 30 this year.