Brian M. Frank Ph.D, P.Eng

Professor; DuPont Canada Chair in Engineering Education Research and Development

Faculty, Electrical and Computer Engineering
Phone: 613-533-6000 ext. 75426
Walter Light Hall, Room: 701

Expertise: Education and Assessment, Integrated Circuits and Electronics, Antennas
Brian Frank
Biography Research Teaching Publications Awards & Grants

Dr. Brian Frank (M'2002) received the BASc, MASc and PhD degrees in electrical engineering from Queen's University in Kingston, Ontario, Canada in 1997, 1999 and 2002 respectively. He is the DuPont Canada Chair in Engineering Education Research and Development  in the Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science, and Professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering.

From 2004-2006 he was an Educational Development Faculty Associate in the Instructional Development Centre, now the Centre for Teaching and Learning (CTL). From 2008 to 2016 he served as the Director of Program Development in the Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science, and as Associate Dean (Teaching and Learning) from 2016 to 2021. He is one of the founders and a past president of the Canadian Engineering Education Association.

Dr. Frank has worked on the design of microwave circuits in CMOS, including traveling wave amplifiers (TWAs), low noise amplifiers (LNAs), voltage controlled oscillators (VCOs), and high frequency on-chip phase-locked loops (PLLs), and electronics for passive optical networks (PONs). 

His current research interests are in engineering education and assessment. He was the co-principal investigator of the Queen’s Learning Outcomes Assessment Consortium project, a longitudinal study assessing transferable cognitive skills including critical thinking and communication and university lead for a multi-institutional study on the impact of using embedded expertise for STEM program improvement. He is also looking at using learning outcomes to support transfer between engineering and technology programs. 

More information about his engineering education and assessment activities is described on the DuPont Chair Page. 

Dr. Frank has taught courses ranging from introductory engineering design in APSC 100/101, to mechatronics, engineering communications, ECE capstone, microwave circuit design, silicon integrated circuit design, and teaching and learning in engineering. His current reaching roles include APSC 101 and ELEC 252.

For a full list of Dr. Frank’s publications, please visit his research page.

He has received the Queen's Engineering Society's Golden Pillar award, given "to faculty [or] staff members who have made an outstanding contribution to the quality of students' education." In 2011 he received the Chancellor A. Charles Baillie Teaching Award. In 2021 he was named a Fellow of the Canadian Engineering Education Association.

Dr. Frank's work has been supported by NSERC, CFI, HEQCO, and ONCAT.

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