University of Alberta Names Mechanical/Metallurgical Engineer as New President
:: The University of Alberta has named a mechanical/metallurgical engineer as its new president for a five year term, beginning in June 2005. Dr. Indira Samarasekera is VP Research at the University of British Columbia, where she is the former Director, The Centre for Metallurgical Process Engineering, Professor, Department of Metals and Materials Engineering, Ph.D., P.Eng., F.C.A.E., F.R.S.C., and Dofasco Chair in Advanced Steel Processing:
Dr. Indira Samarasekera, Director and Professor in the Centre, specializes in the analysis of metals/materials processes in which the thermal and mechanical state of the material during processing profoundly influences the product. Her expertise in heat transfer and stress analysis has led to research of a number of processes with a major emphasis on the continuous casting and hot rolling of steel, and the growth of single crystals for electronic devices much of it done in close collaboration with Canadian companies.As an inventor, she has created mathematical models which can predict the mechanical properties of hot rolled steel. Dr Samarasekera will be the 12th president of the University of Alberta, and the first woman to hold the post.