Ian Smith   2004 University Research Scholar

Dr. Ian Smith has published over 200 technical articles on topics related to timber engineering, and is widely considered to be one of the leading experts in this discipline in the world. Ian has received $2.57 million in research funding since joining UNB in 1986, $1.07 million of which is in current grants (up to 2007). This does not include industrially-oriented contracts led on behalf of the UNB Wood Science and Technology Center since 1988, estimated at an additional $3.5 million.

Dr. Smith's book Fracture and Fatigue in Wood was published by John Wiley and Sons in 2003. He has also published nine refereed journal papers since 2002.

The originality and quality of his research distinguishes Ian from other timber engineering researchers. Recognized as the leading expert worldwide on timber connections, his research results have been included in timber design codes in Canada, U.S., Europe, and the U.K.

In 2003, Ian was awarded the American Society of Civil Engineers' J.J.R. Croes Gold Medal. This is amongst the world's most prestigious honors bestowed on civil engineers, and is given in recognition of an outstanding paper published in any of the society's 30 journals. The winning paper, Load and Resistance, Factor Design of Timber joints: International Practice and Future Direction, by Ian and Greg Foliente (Team Leader and Principal Research Scientist at CSIRO, Melbourne, Australia) was published in the Journal of Structural Engineering. The paper looks at the scope of the work required to elevate the load and resistance factor design (LRFD) of joints to a comparative level to the LRFD of timber members. The American Society of Civil Engineers is a professional organization representing more than 130,000 civil engineers around the world. It celebrated its 150th anniversary in 2002. The Croes Medal, established in 1912, is one of three gold medals that can be awarded annually in recognition of excellence in engineering science and exemplifies Ian's international reputation.

Presented by David MacLean
Dean of Forestry and Environmental Management
June 23, 2004