Darren Lawless, Dean of Applied Research & Innovation. Photo by Michelle Bozzetto.
The 2015-16 academic year was a year of transition for Applied Research & Innovation. Late in the year, I was honored to assume the role of Dean and was immediately struck by the excellence, quality, and breadth of applied research. I can hardly curtail my excitement at the prospect of helping Humber assume its logical place as a leader in a polytechnic applied research.
People often ask why I am so passionate about applied research. It’s simple: applied research gives students the opportunity to practice the skills they’re learning in real world conditions. Engaging in applied research offers meaningful benefits for students as they acquire the confidence to launch careers and quickly make impacts in their industries and communities. At the same time, the work done by students can have significant positive impacts for the partners involved in the projects, and the faculty involved stay current with trends in their fields—overall, winning conditions for all involved.
Going forward, 2016-17 promises to be exciting. We plan to draft and launch Humber’s first ever strategic applied research plan. As part of that plan, three centres of innovation, Humber’s attempt to give meaning to interdisciplinary work with our partners, will be launched. We will begin planning and developing the Centre for Technology and Innovation (CTI), a project supported by $15.6 million dollars of federal research innovation funding, and will continue to support the integration of applied research into the new Centre for Entrepreneurship—a Humber flagship program supported by the newly renovated G building at the Lakeshore campus. We will continue to support applied research in all Humber schools via internal funding and will aggressively seek external funding to support innovation. Finally, this fall we will move to a new home closer to the Centre of Teaching & Learning, where we expect to generate significant synergies that will benefit the Humber community. Exciting times indeed!
Darren Lawless, PhD
Dean, Applied Research & Innovation
Applied Research & Innovation team members (from left to right): Duarte Ribeiro, Bram Cherun, Craig Banerd, Candice Watson, Amanda Brown, Magdalena Goledzinowska, Marisa Tomassi, Matias Golob, Laura Keating, Laurie Cooper, Darren Lawless. Photo by Michelle Bozzetto.
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