Provost and Vice-President (Academic)

Steven Dew, PhD, PEng. | Provost and Vice-President (Academic)

Following an international search, the University of Alberta Board of Governors, with unanimous support from the advisory committee, approved the appointment of Dr. Steven Dew to the position of provost and vice-president (academic), effective July 1, 2015.

Steve was associate dean (research and planning) in the Faculty of Engineering since 1999, and a professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering since completing his PhD in electrical engineering at the U of A in 1992. During that time, he helped stimulate and manage the Faculty of Engineering's growth and development. His leadership was pivotal in terms of Engineering's advancement and progress and his impact was felt far beyond that faculty.

Steve brings to the provost role a focus on excellence, and an outstanding track record of fostering collaboration and building consensus across the institution and beyond, while successfully leading large multi-stakeholder initiatives. He has played a critical role in numerous university-wide committees related to research and scholarship, graduate studies, international engagement, curricula, academic leadership and information technology.

With research expertise in the areas of nanofabrication, Steve has published more than 175 papers including being co-editor of the book, Nanofabrication Techniques and Principles (2011). He is a recipient of the Killam Annual Professorship, the McCalla Professorship and the Douglas R. Colton Medal for Research Excellence, as well as being a three-time recipient of the Faculty of Engineering Teaching Award.

Steve describes the U of A as an exceptional institution with an incredibly bright future, and a vital role in the success of this province and the nation.