November 7, 2012
It is with the greatest of pleasure that I announce the appointment of Dr. Laeeque Daneshmend as the Deputy Provost, effective January 1, 2013. As the Deputy Provost, Dr. Daneshmend will work closely with the Provost in the areas of operational and budgetary responsibility that are central to the Provost’s role and to the support of academic priorities. Dr. Daneshmend will also assume a leadership role, on behalf of the Provost, in operationalizing those recommendations of the Principal’s Commission on Mental Health that align with the Provost’s portfolio.
Since joining Queen’s in 1995, Dr. Daneshmend has held the Noranda-Falconbridge Chair in Mine-Mechanical Engineering, in the Robert M. Buchan Department of Mining, and for the past five years he has served as Head of that department. Dr. Daneshmend has a long history of governance and administrative service both at Queen’s and externally, and is also cross-appointed to the Department of Mechanical and Materials Engineering, as well as being an affiliated faculty member of the cross–disciplinary Cultural Studies program at Queen’s.
Prior to his appointment at Queen's in 1995, Dr. Daneshmend was Associate Professor in the Department of Mining and Metallurgical Engineering, and also in the Department of Electrical Engineering, at McGill University. He was also a founding member of the McGill Centre for Intelligent Machines.
Dr. Daneshmend has over two decades of experience in the application of advanced technologies to the mining industry. His expertise, acquired through a combination of entrepreneurial endeavours, industrial consulting, and academic research activities, spans a broad range, including equipment maintenance and reliability engineering, equipment monitoring, mechanization and mechanical system design and redesign, embedded systems, and mining automation.
Building on his established track record in systems analysis and risk analysis, coupled with an abiding passion for social justice and geopolitics, Dr. Daneshmend has in recent years increasingly pursued more cross-disciplinary academic interests, leading to his affiliation with the Cultural Studies program at Queen's. His interests within Cultural Studies include interactions between First Nations, other stakeholders and the mining sector; cultural divides between engineering and the arts and sciences; technological risks, techno-optimism, risk perceptions and social responsibility (with a particular interest in the Bhopal disaster); as well as appropriate technology for social justice.
Dr. Daneshmend was born in Pakistan, and grew up in Libya, the Sudan, and England. He is fluent in spoken Urdu/Hindi, functional in spoken Punjabi, and proficient in written classical Arabic. He holds a BSc (Hons) in Electronic Engineering from the University of Southampton, and a PhD and DIC in Mechanical Engineering, with specialization in Robotics and Automation, from the Imperial College of Science and Technology.
Please join me in welcoming Dr. Daneshmend to his new position, and in thanking Dr. Susan Cole for her service to Queen’s as Deputy Provost for the past two-and-a-half years.
Provost and Vice-Principal (Academic)