Mary Wells is Dean of Engineering at the University of Waterloo (July 1, 2020 - ), the ninth dean since the faculty was founded in 1957. She was previously Dean of the College of Engineering and Physical Sciences at the University of Guelph since 2017.

Mary WellsPrior to her time in Guelph, Wells was a professor of mechanical and mechatronics engineering at Waterloo for 10 years. She received awards for graduate supervision from both the Faculty and the University in 2017.

An accomplished materials engineer, Wells also served as the Associate Dean of Outreach for Waterloo Engineering between 2008 and 2017, and chaired its Women in Engineering committee for many years. She chaired the Ontario Network of Women in Engineering from 2013 to 2018.

Wells began her academic career as a professor in materials engineering at the University of British Columbia from 1996 to 2007, and has worked in the steel industry in Canada and internationally.

The co-author of two books including one on Canadian women innovators and the second on Canadian women in materials, her research focuses on the relationship between processing, structure and properties for advanced metallic alloys used in the transportation sector.

Engineering Deans

  • Doug Wright 1958 - 1959 (acting), 1959-1966
  • Archie Sherbourne 1966-1974
  • Wally McLaughlin 1974-1982
  • Bill Lennox 1982-1990
  • David Burns 1990-1998
  • Sujeet Chaudhuri 1998-2003
  • Adel Sedra 2003-June 2012
  • Leo Rothenburg (acting) July 2008-June 2009
  • Pearl Sullivan July 2012-December 2019
  • Richard Culham (acting) January 2020-June 2020
  • Mary Wells July 2020-Present