U of R's Dean of Engineering and Applied Science receives prestigious APEGS award

By Krista Baliko Posted: May 8, 2019 9:00 a.m.

Dr. Esam Hussein, Dean and Professor in the Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science, with his APEGS Outstanding Achievement Award
Dr. Esam Hussein, Dean and Professor in the Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science, with his APEGS Outstanding Achievement Award Photo: Advancement and Communications

Dr. Esam Hussein, Dean and Professor in the Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science, recently received the prestigious Outstanding Achievement Award from the Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of Saskatchewan (APEGS).

APEGS, a self-governing professional licensing body, sets high standards for admission into the profession and ensures that the province maintains high quality engineering and geoscience practice and education in the province.

The Outstanding Achievement Award was created in 1998 for APEGS members who show technical excellence and achievement in engineering and/or geoscience in Saskatchewan.

Hussein, who is a registered professional engineer in Saskatchewan, New Brunswick, and Ontario, says he has focused his research career on developing techniques for the detection of contraband materials and on other peaceful uses of nuclear technology. 

"For a member of the academy to be recognized by a professional association is a validation of the relevance of one's work. This is particularly significant coming from a profession with a duty to safeguard human life and welfare,” says Hussein. “It is a huge honour to be recognized by fellow professional engineers; I am grateful and humbled."

Currently, Hussein is leading a team of researchers from both the University of Regina and the University of Saskatchewan who are exploring the regulatory challenges of licensing small nuclear reactors in Saskatchewan. The project is being funded by the Sylvia Fedoruk Canadian Centre for Nuclear Innovation.

He also holds six patents for three new technologies, one of which resulted in the creation of a company by two of his graduate students. He has previously received two national awards, including the Canadian Nuclear Innovation Achievement Award in 2003 and the Sylvia Fedoruk Award in 1999.

Dr. Kathleen McNutt, Interim Vice-President (Research) at the University of Regina, says that Hussein is a high-calibre researcher who has had a big impact on the University and beyond.

“From undergraduate students to established researchers, Dr. Hussein has worked with and trained many highly-qualified personnel and leaders in his areas of specialization. We are fortunate as a province to have such a dedicated and innovative scholar with a proven record of excellence working at the University of Regina,” says McNutt.

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