Ron Britton (1995)

brittonAffiliation at the time of the award: University of Manitoba, Biosystems Engineering.

Citation: Ron Britton is an exemplary faculty member, highly respected by his colleagues and recognized as a model teacher. He has received numerous honors and awards for teaching, outreach & professional service. Ron has served on numerous curriculum committees over the past 30 years and made significant contributions to the development of several new programs.

Not only is Ron Britton a superb teacher in his own right, but he is also dedicated to helping others improve their teaching. He provides support to colleagues through the University of Manitoba Peer Consultation Service, presentations at workshops, and by representing the University of Manitoba at international conferences. He is actively involved in developing new teaching techniques and materials for use in undergraduate courses and presents and publishes the results of this scholarship at educational conferences. He has been a mentor to several young faculty members in his department and is a strong advocate of mentoring programs for new faculty. He is open to new ideas and ways of teaching, and has been one of the leaders in computer-assisted instruction at the University of Manitoba. In summary, Ron Britton is a gifted teacher and a tireless leader devoted to improving the quality of teaching and learning in his department, faculty, and the university at large. Administration and Professional Activities

During the 1999/2000 academic year, Ron served as Acting Head for the Department of Biosystems Engineering. In the summer of 2000 he was appointed as Associate Dean (Design Education) with responsibilities relating to the development of new courses that enhance student understanding of the engineering design process. In January 2001 he was named to a Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council Chair in Design Engineering.Ron served for four years on the Executive Committee of the Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of the Province of Manitoba, and as President during 1998/1999. In 2003 he was appointed to the Board of the Canadian Council of Professional Engineers representing the Manitoba Association. In addition, he has served as President of the Canadian Society of Agricultural Engineering and Chair of the North Midwest Section of the American Society for Engineering Education.

Teaching Awards

Ron has been recognized with a number of teaching awards including the Certificate of Teaching Excellence sponsored by the University of Manitoba University Teaching Service and University of Manitoba Students’ Union; the Innovative Excellence in Teaching, Learning and Technology Award at the Eighth National Conference on College Teaching Learning and Technology in Jacksonville, Florida; The Dr. & Mrs. H.H. Saunderson Award for Excellence in Teaching at the University of Manitoba and the Western Electric Fund Award for Excellence in Instruction of Engineering Students (North Midwest Section, American Society for Engineering Education). As well, in 1995 he received both his 3M Teaching Fellowship and the Canadian Council of Professional Engineers Medal for Distinction in Engineering Education.

Other Awards

The Canadian Society of Agricultural Engineering has honoured Ron with the Canadian Society of Agricultural Engineering – Canadian Sheet Steel Building Institute Award, the Maple Leaf Award, and naming him a Fellow of CSAE. He holds two Superior ASAE Paper Awards as well as having being named the Agricultural Engineer of the Year for the North Central Region of ASAE. At the University of Manitoba he has received the Dr. & Mrs. D.R. Campbell Outreach Award. He is also the recipient of the APEGM Outstanding Service Award in 2001 and the APEGM Merit Award on 2002, both from the Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of Manitoba.