Brian Frank

DuPont Canada Chair in Engineering Education
Professor, Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering


Dr. Brian Frank was the inaugural Associate Dean (Teaching and Learning) in Smith Engineering at Queen's from 2016 to 2021.

Dr. Frank received his B.Sc. (1997), MSc (1999) and PhD (2002) degrees in electrical and computer engineering from Queen’s University in Kingston.

Dr. Frank joined Queen’s in 2001 as a Teaching Fellow in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, progressing through the ranks to Full Professor in 2016. From 2004-2006, Dr. Frank was an Educational Development Faculty Associate in the Instructional Development Centre, now called the Centre for Teaching and Learning (CTL). In 2008, he was appointed Director (Program Development) in Smith Engineering at Queen's, overseeing curriculum development, assessment and outcomes-related accreditation processes, and education technology. Dr. Frank was awarded the endowed DuPont Canada Chair in Engineering Education Research and Development in 2010.

Dr. Frank is one of the co-founders of the Canadian Engineering Education Association and over the past five years has coordinated the Engineering Graduate Attribute Development (EGAD) Project, working with the National Council of Deans of Engineering and Applied Science and the Canadian Engineering Accreditation Board to develop national guidelines and resources for outcomes assessment in engineering education.

Dr. Frank has been recognized with several awards, including a nomination from Queen’s University for the 3M National Teaching Fellowship in 2016, the Chancellor A. Charles Baillie Teaching Award in 2011, and the 2010 Engineering Society’s Golden Pillar award.

If you have an interest in graduate studies in engineering education, contact Brian Frank.

David Strong


David Strong

A Queen's graduate in mechanical engineering, David has spent over two decades in industry as a design engineer and engineering manager. His experience in design and development spans three different areas: the primary aluminum industry, biomedical and biotechnology instrumentation, and high volume consumer products.

The Design Engineering Chair is central to the vision and anticipated evolution of design engineering at Queen's University; the belief in the need to educate all engineering students in the multidisciplinary nature of design, in parallel with the need to provide all engineering students with the skills required to become effective team members given the challenges of the shared workplace upon graduation. Smith Engineering has a long and rich history of excellence in engineering and research. In order to remain a forefront engineering school, Queen's in is the midst of a major curriculum reform, known as Integrated Learning.

The Design Chair plays a crucial role in the overall Integrated Learning Program, particularly in developing a core of design subjects available in all ten programs, and in strengthening the introductory courses in design taken by all students. A primary goal of the Chair is to administer a multidisciplinary design engineering stream open to students from all of the engineering disciplines. The multidisciplinary design stream, in conjunction with the Integrated Learning Centre, will generate innovative products and processes in response to needs identified by industrial partners. The Chair develops and strengthens industrial relationships, and partners with industry and business to provide meaningful and appropriate design and development projects involving teams of students from all years and all disciplines, engineers from industry, and faculty.

Combining NSERC's vision for innovative design engineers with the breadth of educational initiatives offered through Integrated Learning, Queen's engineering students have the opportunity to build real-world engineering experience while still in their undergraduate program.

If you have an interest in graduate studies in engineering education, contact David Strong.