Dr. R. Kerry Rowe

Biography: Dr. Kerry Rowe is Vice-Principal (Research) at Queen’s University. In leading the promotion and development of research programmes at Queen’s University, Dr. Rowe interacts with researchers on campus, government, the granting councils, research foundations and other universities and industry on research issues and projects and is responsible for about $200 million per year in research ranging for the humanities to health sciences. He is the Chair of the Board of PARTEQ Innovations Inc., which has been highly successful in the commercialization of research conducted at Queen’s University.

Author of more than 500 publications, including more than 220 refereed journal papers and three books, he has extensive research and consulting experience in the geotechnical and geoenvironmental engineering field. His expertise spans several areas, from hydrogeology through soil reinforcement, geosynthetics, and waste management and containment. He has extensive consulting experience including the design and/or peer review of hydrogeology and/or design for more than 50 landfills in Canada , US and other countries . He was a key consultant associated with the development of the 1998 Design Standards for Ontario Landfills for Ontario Ministry of the Environment and Canada ‘s National Hazardous Waste Landfill Guidelines and was the only US member of the U.S. National Academies Committee appointed to assess the performance of engineered Waste containment Barriers.

Dr. Rowe’s research has been recognized with a number of awards including the being selected to present the 23 rd Manuel Rocha Lecture (2006) and 45 th Rankine Lecture (2005), Killam Prize in Engineering (2004), International Geosynthetics Society Gold Medal (1996 and 2004), Legget medal (2003), Lo Medal (2003), Giroud Lecture (2002), Keefer Medal (2001), Ontario Ministry of the Environment Award of Excellence for Research and Development (1999), Professional Engineers Ontario Engineering Medal – Research and Development (1997), the Shamsher Prakash Research Award (1992), the North American Geosynthetics Society Grand Award of Excellence (1991), and many best paper awards. In 1989 he received a prestigious Steacie Fellowship from the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council. Rowe is past-president of the Canadian Geotechnical Society, a past president of the International Geosynthetics Society, past-president of the Engineering Institute of Canada, editor of the journal Geotextiles and Geomembranes and member of the editorial board of 13 other Journals.

He has also been twice honoured for outstanding teaching, receiving the Ontario Confederation of University Faculty Associations’ Excellence in Teaching Award in 1997 as well as the University of Western Ontario ‘s Edward G. Pleva Award for Excellence in Teaching in 1996.

He has been elected a Fellow of both the Royal Society of Canada and the Canadian Academy of Engineering as well as professional societies in Canada , USA and Australia .