J. Richard Culham is Interim Dean of Engineering at the University of Waterloo (January 1, 2020 - July 1, 2020), and the ninth dean since the faculty was founded in 1957. Prior to assuming this role, he was a Professor in the Department of Mechanical and Mechatronics Engineering at the University of Waterloo.

Richard Culham portraitHe is a founding member of the Microelectronics Heat Transfer Laboratory (MHTL), a Fellow of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME), a member of the American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE) and a member of the Professional Engineers of Ontario (PEO).

As Director of the MHTL, Dean Culham’s research interests involve the modelling and characterization of contacting interfaces and thermal interface materials. His group specializes in the development of analytical and empirical models at the micro- and nano-scales for natural and forced convection cooling, optimization of electronics systems using entropy generation minimization and the characterization of thermophysical properties in electronic and opto-electronic materials.

Dean Culham has many years of experience in modelling and the development of thermoelectric devices. His expertise is related to the thermal management of integrated nano-devices and thermal/electric energy conversion, as well as the modelling and characterization of nano-fluids for heat transport in micro-scale heat exchangers.

Dean Culham has more than 150 publications in refereed journals and conferences in addition to numerous technical reports related to microelectronics cooling.

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