Prof. Sidney Mindess has been appointed associate vice-president, Academic, for
a four-year term starting July 1. He replaces Dr. William Webber who has served
in the position since 1990.
“Prof. Mindess’ broad knowledge of the university, its policies and practices
together with his experience in academic research and administration make him
an ideal choice for the job,” said President David Strangway. “Dr. Webber’s
commitment to the university during his tenure was unwavering as were his
efforts to foster a sense of collegiality on campus. He set the standard.”
Mindess, a professor in UBC’s Dept. of Civil Engineering, has served the
university in numerous administrative posts since joining the faculty in
He was president of the Faculty Association in 1985-86 and served two terms on
the Board of Governors from 1987-93 as one of two faculty representatives.
Since 1988, his administrative duties in the Faculty of Applied Science have
included director of the Engineering Core Program and associate dean. Among his
accomplishments are the development of annual seminars for science teachers and
women secondary students who are considering careers in engineering. He also
developed an access program for First Nations students interested in
engineering, forestry or agricultural sciences.
Prof. Mindess’ research interests include the chemistry of cement, concrete
technology, materials testing and the fracture mechanics of concrete and wood.
For the past six years he has been a principal investigator in the Network of
Centres of Excellence – Concrete Canada.