Dineen Memorial Lecture Series

Faculty of Engineering, University of New Brunswick, Fredericton
New Brunswick, Canada

James O. Dineen, former UNB president and engineering professor.

The Dineen Memorial Lectures began in 1980 and honour former engineering professor and UNB president James O. Dineen. The lectures, which focus on technology and its impact on society, are sponsored by the University of New Brunswick, the Faculty of Engineering in Fredericton, the Department of Engineering in Saint John, and the Associated Alumni of both campuses.

JAMES OWEN DINEEN (1920-1975) was born in Hampton, New Brunswick. He earned his Bachelor and Master of Science degrees in Electrical Engineering at UNB. His academic awards included a Beaverbrook and a Rhodes Scholarship, as well as the Leonard Scholarship from the University of Toronto. He began teaching at UNB in 1942 and moved through the ranks in the Electrical Engineering Department to become Dean of Engineering.

After six months as Acting President, he was named President of UNB in January 1970, a post he held until his resignation on June 30, 1972 due to ill health. His contributions in the field of educational and professional activities were recognized by honorary degrees from McMaster and Saint Thomas Universities, Université de Moncton, Nova Scotia Technical College, and UNB, and the granting to him in 1974 of the Julian Smith medal by the Engineering Institute of Canada for achievement in the development of Canada.

An extract from a tribute to him by the Council of the UNB Faculty of Engineering expresses the impact he had on his colleagues. "Jim Dineen was gifted with intellectual capacity, physical stamina, and ability to accomplish, that might have caused him to treat much of mankind with condescension, but not a trace of this negative characteristic existed in his makeup. In all his dealings with others, he showed kindness, good humor, firmness, and deep understanding that distinguished him as a practitioner of love for his fellow man in its most all-embracing and unselfish form."

  • 2015/16 - Levi Hargrove, Director of the Neural Engineering for Prosthetic and Orthotics Laboratory at the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago
  • 2014/15 - Jeffrey Duda, Research Ecologist, US Geological Survey - Western Fisheries Research Center
  • 2013/14 - Dr. Yvan Bedard, Professeur titulaire, Universite Laval
  • 2012/13 - Dr. Richard J. Marceau, President of the Canadian Academy of Engineering and Provost of the University of Ontario Institute of Technology.  This is in partnership Andrews Initiative.
  • 2011/12 - Dr. David G. Ullman, President, Robust Decisions, Inc.
  • 2010/11 - Professor Scott Fogler, University of Michigan
  • 2009/10 - Dr. Suhas V. Patankar, President, Innovative Research, Inc.
  • 2008/09 - Mr. William O. (Bill) Kennedy, Principal, b7kennedy & Associates Inc., Calgary
  • 2007/08 - Mr. Michael S. Whitford, Co-founder and Executive Vice-President of Quality, Risk, and Safety, Jacques Whitford
  • 2006/07 - L. Col. Pierre Bilodeau, Commanding Officer, Mapping and Charting Establishment, Canada
  • 2005/06 - Dr. Caroline Baillie, Dupont Canada Chair of Engineering Education Research and Development, Queen's University
  • 2004/05 - Mr. Darcy Spady, Vice-President, Canadian Operations for Columbia Natural Resources
  • 2003/04 - Mr. John L. Mann, Director of Engineering and Regulatory Affairs, Daimler Chrysler Canada Inc.
  • 2002/03 - Dr. Peter G. Jollymore, Vice President, Planning and Marketing (retired), NBTel
  • 2001/02 - Dr. Kerry Rowe, Vice Principal (Research), Queen's University
  • 2000/01 - Dr. Philip Mattos, Chief Engineer, GPS and Navigation STMicroelectronics
  • 1999/00 - Dr. David Sanborn Scott, Founding Director, Institute for Integrated Energy Systems, University of Victoria
  • 1998/99 - Dr. James C. Otis, Research Director, Hospital of Special Surgery, Motion Analysis Laboratory
  • 1997/98 - Dr. Karl Åström, Professor of Automatic Control, Lund Institute of Technology, Lund Sweden
  • 1996/97 - Dr. Bruce Hutchinson, Professor of Civil Engineering, University of Waterloo, Waterloo
  • 1995/96 - Col. James K. Simpson, Director of Geomatics, National Defence Headquarters, Ottawa
  • 1994/95 - Dr. Terrance E. Rummery, Science Advisor, Atomic Energy Canada Ltd.
  • 1993/94 - Dr. G. J. Olling, Executive, CAE/CAD/CAM Research and Development, Chrysler Corporation
  • 1992/93 - Dr. D. Michael Caughey, Director of Consortia Development, Ottawa Carleton Research Institute
  • 1991/92 - Dr. John A. Cherry, Professor of Earth Science, University of Waterloo
  • 1990/91 - Dr. Peter Cashin, Assistant Vice-President, Computing Research, Bell Northern Research, Ottawa
  • 1989/90 - Dr. John S. MacDonald, Chairman of the Board, MacDonald Dettwiler and Associates Ltd., Vancouver
  • 1988/89 - Mr. George S. Petty, Chairman and CEO, Repap Enterprises Corp. Inc., Montreal
  • 1987/88 - Dr. Karl H. Doetsch, Director of Space Projects, NRC, Ottawa
  • 1986/87 - Dr. Martin Levine, Director, Research Centre for Intelligent Machines, McGill University, Montreal
  • 1985/86 - Dr. Carl S. Ledbetter, Manager, Scientific Engineering Product Strategy and Planning in the Data Systems Division, IBM, Kingston, NY
  • 1984/85 - Dr. Alan G. Davenport, Director (and Founder), The Boundary Layer Wind Tunnel, University of Western Ontario, London
  • 1983/84 - Dr. George G. Garland, Professor, University of Toronto
  • 1982/83 - Dr. A. J. Moradian, Senior Vice-President, Atomic Energy of Canada Ltd., Ottawa
  • 1981/82 - Dr. G. M. Lindberg, Canadarm Project Manager, NRC, Ottawa
  • 1980/81 - Dr. John M. Bumsted, Professor of History, University of Manitoba