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Dr. Sri Krishnan, P.Eng.

Dr. Sri Krishnan

It is an exciting time for research and graduate education in the Faculty of Engineering and Architectural Science. In the last decade or so, we have gained tremendous momentum in all aspects of research, and particularly in developing new and exciting graduate programs, building new research partnerships, and sustaining core research activities. Quality of our research and impact are evidenced by the latest US News & World Report Ranking (which ranks 1000 universities globally). It found that Ryerson Engineering research citation impact ranked 4th overall in Canada and 115th internationally. The formation of the Faculty of Science in 2012 brought a number of structural changes to FEAS, and we look forward to ongoing collaborations between our two faculties.

I invite you to read our latest annual report, Synergy 2014. We are proud of all of our student and faculty researchers and recognize their commitment to technical innovation – innovation that serves societal needs both here in Canada and around the world. Our research indicators (refereed publications, graduate student enrollment, and external funding) all remain strong and reflect the external recognition of the excellence of our Faculty.

Part of the drive behind our innovation is our strategic investment in research clusters. Recent years have seen the success of two such clusters: the Digital Media Zone (DMZ), and the Centre for Urban Energy (CUE). These centres bring together industry and academic researchers and foster productive collaborations. We have also just established new clusters in the biomedical and infrastructure fields – the Institute for Biomedical Engineering and Science Technology (iBEST), which is part of a new, 20-year partnership with St. Michael's Hospital; and the Ryerson Institute for Infrastructure Innovation (RIII). We're also in the process of establishing a new cluster in aerospace. The coming years should see the emergence of these and other opportunities.

The Office of the Dean remains committed to enhancing the productivity of our researchers through the support of the Research and Innovation Office (RiO). Our mandate is: to develop and deliver scholarly, research and creative (SRC) strategies that increase the research intensity and impact of FEAS; and to provide valuable contribution and support in SRC administration that is held in high-regard by researchers.

Together with the Office of the Vice-President, Research and Innovation and the Office of Research Services, RiO ensures that SRC administrative needs are efficiently met and strongly governed for the benefit of our researchers, the Faculty and the university. We provide a range of pre- and post-grant services, develop SRC strategies, facilitate knowledge mobilization, and drive innovation. We are committed to continuing our existing services and constantly looking for ways to help our innovators perform at their best.

To realize our vision and build on these values, RiO has identified thrust areas for research and research training for each of our six departments. For details, please refer to Striving for Excellence, the 2015-2020 Faculty Strategic Plan. To learn further about RiO's recent pre-grant services in each of these research thrust areas, you are invited to read Building Research Partnerships: A Report on RiO Initiatives.

About Dr. Krishnan

Dr. Sri Krishnan is a dedicated academic leader, an accomplished researcher and an experienced administrator. He joined Ryerson in 1999 as an assistant professor in Electrical and Computer Engineering, and has held the positions of assistant chair, graduate program director and chair. He was appointed associate dean (research, development and graduate programs) in 2011, and took on the role of interim dean in 2013-2014. Dr. Krishnan was instrumental in founding Ryerson’s undergraduate degree program in biomedical engineering, the first of its kind in Canada. He oversaw the launch of several new program options in electrical engineering, and fostered numerous international collaborations and industry partnerships. Under his direction, the PhD program in electrical and computer engineering was launched, and he played a pivotal role in establishing the faculty’s Research and Innovation Office (RiO).

Dr. Krishnan is one of Canada’s leaders in biomedical research, with expertise in biomedical signal processing. He holds one US patent and has published nearly 260 papers in refereed journals and conferences. An active collaborator with clinicians, industries and researchers, Dr. Krishnan has attracted significant research funding from many of Canada’s most prominent agencies, and holds a prestigious Canada Research Chair in Biomedical Signal Analysis. In addition, he is actively engaged in graduate student training and supervision. He holds a BEng in Electronics and Communication Engineering from Anna University in Chennai, India, and an MSc and PhD in Electrical and Computer Engineering from the University of Calgary.

Dr. Krishnan is a registered Professional Engineer in Ontario, and a senior member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE). Dr. Krishnan has been the recipient of several prestigious awards including the Ryerson-Sarwan Sahota Distinguished Scholar Award in 2011, the Ontario Research Innovation Award from Biodiscovery Toronto in 2008, and the Canadian Engineers' Young Engineer Achievement Award from Engineers’ Canada in 2007.