New Chair for the Fedoruk Centre at USask

New Chair for the Fedoruk Centre at USask
New Chair for the Fedoruk Centre at USask

Dr. Esam Hussein is a former dean of engineering at the University of California.

SASKATOON — Dr. Esam Hussein (PhD), professor of nuclear engineering in Saskatchewan, is the new chair of the board of directors of the Sylvia Fedoruk Canadian Centre for Nuclear Innovation (Fedoruk Centre) at the University of Saskatchewan (USask).

“The University of Saskatchewan strives to be the university the world needs, leading research that will contribute to a cleaner energy future around the world,” said USask President Peter Stoicheff. “Dr. Hussein’s extensive leadership experience aligns well with the Fedoruk Centre’s purpose, helping to position Saskatchewan as a global leader in nuclear research, development and training with applications in energy, health, materials and society.”

Based at USask, the Fedoruk Centre invests in cutting-edge research programs and projects, partners with academia and industry to advance research and development, and operates the Saskatchewan Cyclotron Facility as a resource for innovators in nuclear imaging and therapy for humans, animals and plants. Since 2019, the Facility has also produced nuclear imaging resources that have enabled more than 14,000 PET-CT scans of cancer patients at the Royal University Hospital.

Hussein is a professional engineer, a fellow of the Canadian Society of Senior Engineers, a professor emeritus of engineering and applied science, and an adjunct professor of physics at the University of Regina. He is also a professor emeritus of mechanical engineering at the University of New Brunswick (UNB).

After completing his bachelor’s degree and a master’s degree in nuclear engineering from Alexandria University in Egypt, he also earned a PhD in nuclear engineering from McMaster University. He worked as a nuclear design engineer at Ontario Hydro (now Ontario Power Generation) before joining UNB, where he taught chemical engineering and then mechanical engineering, and served as department chair and associate dean.

Hussein led a research program focused on the industrial and medical applications of nuclear and atomic radiation for nondestructive testing and imaging to detect threatening materials. His current research focus is on small modular reactors.

He has mentored many graduate students, published numerous scientific papers and industry reports, holds six patents and is the author of three books on radiation science and applications. His research has led to the formation of a start-up company, Inversa Systems Ltd.

Hussein received the Outstanding Achievement Award from the Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of Saskatchewan in 2019, the Canadian Nuclear Innovation Achievement Award in June 2003, and the Sylvia Fedoruk Prize in 2000.

“Dr. Hussein’s prior experience in the nuclear industry and training young nuclear engineers aligns beautifully with the Fedoruk Centre’s intent to increase its focus on attracting new academic leaders to build Saskatchewan’s workforce for innovation and safe, reliable operation of nuclear technologies for decades to come,” said John Root, Executive Director of the Fedoruk Centre.

The Fedoruk Centre is a non-profit organisation with USask as its sole member and an independent board of directors appointed by the USask Board of Governors. The Fedoruk Centre Board of Directors is responsible for providing strategic direction and high-level oversight of the Fedoruk Centre’s activities.

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— Submitted by USask Media Relations