U of R professor receives honorary degree at McMaster in Hamilton

By Dale Johnson Posted: June 30, 2016 6:00 a.m.

The U of R’s Gordon Huang (right) receives an honorary Doctor of Science at McMaster University.
The U of R’s Gordon Huang (right) receives an honorary Doctor of Science at McMaster University. Photo courtesy of Chunling Ke

Part of the tradition of convocation is awarding honorary degrees.

At convocation earlier this month, the University of Regina bestowed honorary degrees on three people – Chief Tammy Cook-Searson, Gavin Semple and Jack Semple.

Also this month, a University of Regina professor received an honorary degree from McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario.

Dr. Gordon Huang, a professor in the Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science, was awarded an honorary Doctor of Science degree at a ceremony in Hamilton. Huang studied at McMaster from 1991 to 1994, where he earned his PhD.

“I am very grateful and excited to receive this honorary degree from my alma mater. It is a great honor for me,” says Huang.

“A degree from McMaster signifies many years of hard work and discipline,” he adds. “Through the education at McMaster, I became ready to assume new responsibilities and challenges.”

In his address, Huang recalled the beautiful campus, the long hours he spent at the Thode Library of Science and Engineering, and his struggles for completing difficult assignments for the course in Biological Wastewater Treatment. He also remembered “the great academic environment for knowledge learning and research innovation.” He also praised McMaster for its “its rich heritage of academic excellence and the pursuit of truth.”

Huang was one of several people to receive honorary degrees from McMaster this spring, which bestowed its first honorary degree in 1892.

Among those also being honoured this year were Richard (Hayadaha) W. Hill, Sr., a leading community-based knowledge keeper and researcher at Six Nations of the Grand River, who has contributed immensely to the resurgence of Indigenous knowledge as a cultural historian, teaching elder, researcher and speaker; and Maria Klaw, president of California’s Harvey Mudd College, previously dean of engineering at Princeton University and a board member at Microsoft.

As well as being a professor in the faculty of Engineering and Applied Science, Huang is a Canada Research Chair; a Fellow of the Canadian Academy of Engineering; and executive director of the Institute for Energy, Environment and Sustainable Communities.

Huang is also president of the International Society for Environmental Information Sciences, editor-in-chief for two international journals, and has produced over 800 peer-refereed international journal papers with over 10,000 SCI Citations and an SCI-based H-index of 50. More than 20 of his PhD graduates have been appointed as university faculty members around the world.

“This is indeed an honour to University of Regina as well, since most of my research achievements were accomplished at Regina. I appreciate the strong acadamic atmosphere and solid research environment at U of R,” says Huang.

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