Viqar Husain- 2017 University Research Scholar

Dr. Husain joined UNB (Fredericton) in 1999 as an Associate Professor in the Department of Mathematics and Statistics. He has an undergraduate degree in computer science and physics from the University of Manchester, and holds a PhD in theoretical physics from Yale University. He was promoted to Professor in 2003 and was awarded UNB's Merit Award in the same year. Dr. Husain is the author of nearly 100 research papers and is regularly invited to speak at international conferences.  His work is in the frontier area that aims to bring about a unification of Einstein's theory of gravity with quantum theory. His research has been continuously funded by NSERC Discovery Grants.

Dr. Husain is internationally recognized for several contributions to his field, including a solvable model for quantum gravity now known as the Husain-Kuchar model, new solutions of Einstein's field equations for gravity, and a reformulation of a special form of these equations known as self-dual gravity. He received the First Award of the Gravity Research Foundation in 1999, and was awarded the designation of Outstanding Referee by the American Physical Society in 2008.  He regularly serves as a referee for several research grant agencies, including NSERC and the NSF, and a number of established international journals.

During his time at UNB Dr. Husain has supervised 9 Honours theses and undergraduate research projects, 3 MSc and 6 PhD students, and 9 post-doctoral fellows. All his graduated PhD students and post-docs have gone on to research positions in academia and industry. Dr. Husain has taught a broad range of courses at UNB, from first-year undergraduate to graduate level. He designed a new course on the mathematics of financial derivatives.

In addition to his dedication to research and teaching, Dr. Husain has been active in outreach and promotion of science, including visits to schools in the Fredericton area and presentations to students in the Shad Valley program at UNB.

Dr. Husain served as Chair of the Department of Mathematics and Statistics at UNBF from 2007 to 2013. He was Scientific Director of the Atlantic Association for Research in the Mathematical Sciences (2008-2011) and was a member of its Board of Directors from 2012 to 2016. He is currently on the Scientific Advisory Board of the Banff International Research Station for Mathematical Innovation and Discovery. He has served on the Fredericton Senate since 2015 and was recently elected as a faculty member of UNB's Board of Governors.