WATERLOO, ON, Oct. 8, 2013 /CNW/ - The University of Waterloo today
announced the appointment of retired Canadian astronaut, Chris
Hadfield, as a professor of aviation.
"We are delighted to welcome Chris Hadfield to the University of
Waterloo as a member of our faculty," said Feridun Hamdullahpur,
president and vice-chancellor of Waterloo. "This is a tremendous
opportunity for our students and researchers to work with, and learn
from, one of the greatest Canadians of recent times."
Professor Hadfield's first role on campus is to conclude his
participation in research on heart health in space with professor
Richard Hughson. Professor Hughson is looking into why some astronauts
are prone to fainting spells when they return to earth by predicting
how they recover from rapid changes in blood pressure.
The research, known as BP Reg, will not only help understand dizziness
in astronauts, but also have direct benefits everyday on Earth -
particularly for elderly people predisposed to falls and resulting
In addition to his involvement with heart health research, professor
Hadfield is expected assume some teaching and advising responsibilities
in aviation and related programs from Fall 2014. Waterloo's offers two
undergraduate degrees in aviation, a Bachelor of Science and a Bachelor
of Environmental Studies.
"As you would expect for a man who has just returned to Earth after five
months in space, Chris has a very busy schedule," said professor Ian
McKenzie, director of aviation at Waterloo. "We are excited that he is
willing to share his extensive career knowledge and experience in
aviation with our faculty and students when he is able."
Professor Hadfield's role at the university is not his first experience
He studied as an NSERC postgraduate in the Faculty of Engineering at the
University of Waterloo in 1982, looking at aircraft fuel pump design.
He was the keynote speaker for the official launch of the Waterloo
Aviation program in June 2007.
He conducted a downlink to the University of Waterloo from the
International Space Station during Expedition 34/35 in February 2013.
He and his wife, Helene, married in Waterloo in 1981 and their eldest
son was born in Kitchener in 1983.
Professor Hadfield will give a guest lecture at the University of
Waterloo on December 3, 2013. Details about the event will be released
closer to the time.
Professor Hadfield is cross-appointed to Waterloo's Faculties of
Science, Environment and Applied Health Sciences.
About the University of Waterloo
In just half a century, the University of Waterloo, located at the heart
of Canada's technology hub, has become one of Canada's leading
comprehensive universities with 35,000 full- and part-time students in
undergraduate and graduate programs. Waterloo, as home to the world's
largest post-secondary co-operative education program, embraces its
connections to the world and encourages enterprising partnerships in
learning, research and discovery. In the next decade, the university is
committed to building a better future for Canada and the world by
championing innovation and collaboration to create solutions relevant
to the needs of today and tomorrow. For more information about
Waterloo, please visit www.uwaterloo.ca.
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