Winegard Visiting Lectureship

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U of T Winegard Visiting Lecturers (left) Professor Gregory B. Olson (2015) and (right) Professor Michael F. Ashby, Cambridge University (2013)


The Winegard Visiting Lectureship in New Materials Engineering, made possible through the support of the Honourable Dr. William C. Winegard (MMS 4T9, MASc 5T0, PhD 5T2), is an annual event that brings a world-renowned academic or industry professional to give a two-to-three day seminar series in the Department of Materials Science & Engineering at the University of Toronto.

The purpose of this event is to encourage interaction and foster professional relationships between students (undergraduate and graduate), professors, researchers, alumni, and industry associates of the Department with a recognized leader in the field of materials science and engineering.


2015–2016 Gregory B. Olson
Walter P. Murphy Professor
Department of Materials Science & Engineering
Northwestern University
2013–2014 Michael F. Ashby
Royal Society Research Professor
Department of Engineering, Cambridge University
2011–2012 Sir Colin J. Humphreys
Professor & Director, Research
Department of Materials Science & Metallurgy
Cambridge University
2010–2011 Donald R. Sadoway
John F. Elliot Professor of Materials Chemistry
Department of Materials Science & Engineering
Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)

About the Honourable Dr. William C. Winegard, PC, OC, PhD, FGU, FASM

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Dr. William C. Winegard (MMS 4T9, MASc 5T0, PhD 5T2) is a well-known name in Canadian history as an educator, engineer, scientist, and former Member of Parliament. Receiving his PhD from the Department of Metallurgy & Materials Science here at U of T in 1952, he became a faculty member of the Department until 1967. He then moved on to become the President and Vice-Chancellor of the University of Guelph from 1967 to 1975. In 1980, he was appointed as Fellow of the American Society for Metals (FASM).

From 1984 to 1993, Dr. Winegard served in the political arena, most notably as Minister of State (Science and Technology), and Minister for Science. In 1998, he was made an Officer of the Order of Canada.