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New VP research for U of T


Toronto, ON – The University of Toronto has appointed Professor R Paul Young as vice-president, research. Professor Young will begin his term on November 1.

He is currently chair of the department of civil engineering and holds the Keck Chair of Seismology and Rock Mechanics. He was elected a fellow of the Royal Society of Canada earlier this year in recognition of his scholarly accomplishments.

Professor Young was recruited to the university in 2002 as the founding director of the Lassonde Institute, an international centre of excellence that draws on expertise across multiple disciplines. As chair of the department of civil engineering, he led the development of the department’s new framework for urban engineering. He was previously chair of earth sciences at the University of Liverpool and head of earth sciences at Keele University. He also established the geomechanics and rock physics laboratory at Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario.