Pearl Sullivan was appointed the Dean of Engineering at the University of Waterloo in 2012, after serving as Chair of the Department of Mechanical and Mechatronics Engineering from 2006 to 2011. She was recognized with the University’s Outstanding Performance Award in 2009. As Dean of Canada’s largest engineering school, Dr. Sullivan believes that education can develop exceptional tech talent and future leaders by enabling students to experience early, innovate early and incubate their ideas early – right from the first day of school.
She received her BEng with distinction and MASc degrees in metallurgical engineering from the Technical University of Nova Scotia. After earning her PhD degree in materials engineering from the University of British Columbia, she started her academic career at Nanyang Technological University, Singapore, in 1991. She returned to Canada in 1994 to join the Department of Mechanical Engineering at the University of New Brunswick, where she was twice honoured with the UNB Faculty Merit Award for Excellence.
Dr. Sullivan currently serves on the Ontario Research Fund Advisory Board. She is a Professional Engineer, a Chartered Engineer and a Fellow of the Institute of Materials (U.K.).