Dean of the Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science reappointed to new term
March 9, 2022
Kevin Deluzio, Dean of the Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science, has been reappointed for a five-year term, effective July 1, 2022.
Dr. Deluzio, recently named a 2022 Fellow of the Engineering Institute of Canada, has served as Dean of Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science (FEAS) since June 2017. Prior to his appointment as Dean, he served as head of the Department of Mechanical and Materials Engineering from 2014-2017, as well as head of the Human Mobility Research Laboratory at Queen’s.
Throughout his tenure as Dean, Dr. Deluzio has focused on advancing research excellence, expanding experiential learning, and enhancing diversity across the faculty. In the fall of 2020, Dean Deluzio initiated a consultation and strategic planning process to ensure Queen’s remains at the forefront of engineering research and education. The faculty’s new strategic plan, will guide Queen’s Engineering over the next five years as it implements a bold plan to increase research impact, ascend to the forefront of engineering education, and promote engineering for everyone as a platform for diversity and inclusion.
Since becoming Dean, Dr. Deluzio has worked to advance diversity and inclusion across the faculty. Building on Queen’s nationally-recognized Indigenous Futures in Engineering program (InEng; formerly known as Aboriginal Access to Engineering), Queen’s Engineering launched the new Black Youth in STEM program to encourage Black youth in the Kingston area to explore science, engineering, and math and pursue careers in engineering. Working closely with student leaders, Queen’s Engineering also established a local chapter of the National Society for Black Engineers. Queen's Engineering was a founding member of a national program to improve inclusion of Indigenous and Black students pursuing doctoral degrees in engineering, called Indigenous and Black Engineering and Technology (IBET) PhD Project. The faculty also became a signatory of the Engineers Canada 30 by 30 program, created to ensure at least 30 per cent of newly-licensed engineers are women by 2030.
Dean Deluzio has also worked to increase research intensity and advance engineering education. Under his leadership, the faculty launched the Mechatronics and Robotics program, the first new undergraduate engineering program at Queen’s since 2002. During his first term, total research funding has grown by 50 per cent and the number of research graduate students by 25 per cent. The Dean’s Research Fund was used as a means to support large-scale, transformative projects that positions Queen’s Engineering as an international leader in key research areas.