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Ian Mcnab

Faculty of Applied Science and Engineering welcomes new Dean

February 25, 2014

Sheridan welcomed Iain McNab B.Sc., D.Phil, MInstP, CPhys, MCIC, as the Dean of the Faculty of Applied Science and Engineering in November 2013. Iain came to Sheridan from Seneca College of Applied Arts and Technology, where he was the Chair, School of Biological Sciences and Applied Chemistry.

Originally from England, Iain holds a B. Sc in Chemical Physics from the University of Sussex, and a D.Phil (in Chemical Physics) from Oxford University. He has taught courses in Chemistry, Physics and Mathematics at the Universities of Oxford, Southampton, Newcastle-upon-Tyne and Toronto, and at Seneca College. He has published over 50 scientific papers in international journals and is on the editorial boards of two international journals.

In 2003, Iain accepted a Visiting Professorship at the University of Toronto to work with Professor John C. Polanyi (Nobel laureate) in nanoscience and surface chemistry; he subsequently emigrated to Canada to join Polanyi’s research group permanently.

Since coming to Sheridan, Iain has been impressed with the well-equipped technical facilities in the mechanical engineering and chemical engineering programs, as well as those at the Skills Training Centre. “Our students are training on industry-standard equipment, an advantage that will open doors for them after graduation,” says Iain, who is also keen to be part of Sheridan’s transitioning to a university. “An institution that will offer the benefits of a university degree and the flexibility of the college system to meet the demands of today’s workplace is an exciting development.”