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UNB's Dr. Kenneth (Ken) Kent is driving digital progress in New Brunswick

Dr. Kenneth (Ken) Kent, the Barrett Chair in Entrepreneurship for Digital Transformation, is leading the entrepreneurship evolution at the University of New Brunswick (UNB).

Since 2022, Kent has held various positions within the faculty of computer science, including professor, director of the Information Technology Centre and assistant dean of research and outreach. He is also the director of the IBM Centre for Advanced Studies – Atlantic (CAS-A).

Partnerships that drive success

The McKenna Institute, along with UNB’s faculty of computer science, made this position possible through a generous $2.5-million commitment from New Brunswick business leaders and entrepreneurs, Edward (Ed) and William (Bill) Barrett.

By fueling economic growth and social progress, the McKenna Institute advances the use of digital technologies in New Brunswick. The Institute collaborates to accelerate the province’s talent pipeline and nurture ideas to enable New Brunswick communities to thrive in a digital world.

Experiential education provides the tools students need to succeed

Increasingly, businesses and industries seek students with more real-life work and direct-business experience. Through experiential education, exceptional research and collaborative industry projects, UNB is advancing computer science knowledge and educating the next generation of information technology leaders with a strong computer science foundation.

Through his work as chair, Kent is creating an environment and programming that fosters the business and entrepreneurial spirit in UNB’s computer science students.