I have been in Edmonton since 1996. Last year I was on sabbatical, conducting research in Halifax, Ottawa, and Beersheba Israel.  I enjoy the outdoors, hiking, cycling, camping, and canoeing, mostly in the Calgary area. I ride a bike to work but I take a bus when it’s below -15.  I also dabble with watercolour paints and read fiction when I can find the time.

Here is a list of some non-technical books that I have enjoyed (alphabetically by author):

·         Austen, Jane. “Emma”

·         Bradbury, Ray. “The Martian Chronicles” and “Fahrenheit 451”

·         Card, Orson Scott. “Ender’s Game”

·         Clarke, Arthur C. “Childhood’s End” and “2001: A Space Odyssey”

·         Curtis, Charles, and Greenslet, Ferris. “The Practical Cogitator”

·         Dick, Philip K. “Ubik” and “Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?”

·         Golding, William “Lord of the Flies”

·         Heinlein, Robert. “Stranger in a Strange Land”

·         Helprin, Mark. “Winter’s Tale”

·         Hemingway, Ernest “For Whom The Bell Tolls” and “The Complete Short Stories”

·         Huxley, Aldous. “Brave New World”

·         Lem, Stanislaw. “The Cyberiad”

·         Melville, Herman. “Moby Dick”

·         Miller, Walter M. (Jr) “A Canticle for Leibowitz”

·         O’Brian, Patrick “Master and Commander” (all twenty books in the series – really)

·         Orwell, George. “Animal Farm”

·         Pirsig, Robert. “Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance”

·         Thoreau, Henry David. “Walden”

·         Tolstoy, Leo. “War and Peace”

·         Weir, Andy. “The Martian”

What I’m reading right now: “Ulysses” (one painful chapter at a time. Joyce once said it took him nine years to write it, so it should take nine years to read it. I am on track). I am also reading “Canoe Country” by Roy MacGregor, which includes a chapter on one of my favourite high school teachers!

If you watch Netflix, there is currently an awesome documentary on the design and engineering of the Ford Mustang called “A Faster Horse”

Professor, Mechanical Engineering