Bob Lemieux named next Dean of Science

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Bob LemieuxThe Faculty of Science is pleased to announce the appointment of Dr. Bob Lemieux as the ninth Dean of Science at the University of Waterloo. His five-year term will begin on July 1, 2015.

Lemieux joins Waterloo from Queen’s University, where he is a professor in the Department of Chemistry and served as Associate Dean (Research) in the Faculty of Arts and Science.

I am thrilled to have the opportunity to lead one of Canada’s premier faculties of science," said Bob LemieuxI look forward to joining the Waterloo community and working with our students, faculty, staff, alumni and friends to grow Science’s reputation of excellence, entrepreneurship and innovation.”

Bob Lemieux comes with proven experience as an administrator, researcher, mentor and teacher. His passion for teamwork and collaboration has helped him create a culture of synergistic partnerships across academic units and faculties.

Lemieux has been a faculty member of Department of Chemistry at Queen’s University since 1992. His multi-disciplinary research into designing advanced liquid crystal materials found in high-performance microdisplays has earned him several international recognitions, including the 2012 Samsung Mid-Career Award and the Ontario Premier’s Research Excellence Award. He is co-investigator on a CREATE grant and his lab is well funded by CFI and NSERC. He has supervised more than 30 graduate students and post-doctoral fellows, 7 of whom have become university faculty members.

He has taught organic and materials chemistry at the undergraduate and graduate levels. Lemieux received the Chemistry departmental teaching award twice as well as the W.J. Barnes Teaching Excellence Award from the Queen’s Arts and Science Undergraduate Society.

As Head of the Chemistry Department for five years and Associate Dean (Research) in the Faculty of Arts and Science, Lemieux has been active in securing major gifts for academic chairs and financial support for undergraduate programs. He has also been involved in the recruitment of a Canada Excellence Research Chair. His experience with the activity-based budget model at the faculty level will be instrumental for Science.

Bob Lemieux is an experienced administrator and respected scholar,” said Ian Orchard, Vice-President Academic and Provost. He will strategically direct the Faculty of Science, and his input as a member of our senior administrative team will be highly valued as we continue on our mission to be recognized as one of the world’s top innovation universities.”

We would like to thank the Dean of Science Nominating Committee for their time, contribution and service.

Congratulations Bob and welcome to the Waterloo community.