James Venart

Professor Emeritus in Mechanical Engineering

Encaenia Ceremony C: May 18, 2000

James Venart played a key role in placing the department of mechanical engineering on the university's research map.

He is regarded by his colleagues as one of the top researchers at the University of New Brunswick and inspired them and his students to follow his superb example. Dr. Venart came to UNB as a professor and department chair, a position he held for eight years.

An internationally recognized scholar, he is an authority on catastrophic explosions of pressurized tanks, on the accurate measurement of thermal properties and on industrial heat exchange. Dr. Venart served as director of the Fire Science Centre at UNB from 1987 to 2000.

His findings have been published in respected journals and he has often been asked to speak at international conferences. Dr. Venart has received several research grants and has twice been awarded a UNB Merit Award.