Ronald W. Thring

Ronald W. Thring, P.Eng, FEC

Ron Thring was awarded degrees from the University of Botswana & Swaziland and the University of Bradford prior to obtaining a M.Sc. in Chemical Engineering from the University of Saskatchewan, then a PhD in Chemical Engineering in 1990 from the University of Sherbrook. He initially worked as a Research Engineer for Paprican (now FP Innovations) in Prince George before joining the Department of Chemical Engineering at UNB in 1991. At UNB he became the department’s Director of Graduate Studies and 1 of 3 founding faculty members of the Limerick Pulp& Paper Research & Education Centre.

In 2001, Ron joined the University of Northern British Columbia as the Chair of Chemistry and later as the inaugural Chair and Professor of Environmental Engineering, Environmental Science & Chemistry. In 2006, be became the university’s inaugural V-P Research & Graduate Programs. Throughout this time, he demonstrated great leadership and tremendously contributed at the university, engineering community and society-at-large. His leadership and drive were key in the promotion and subsequent creation of environmental and most recently civil engineering programs, culminating in the establishment of the new School of Engineering in the Fall of 2020. Ron has authored many papers as well as supervising many graduate students.

Ron has served his profession extensively, including Executive Member of the Central Interior branch of APEGBC, member of accreditation teams for Engineers Canada and Associate Editor for the Canadian Journal of Chemical Engineering. He is an active volunteer in his community, including as a judge for over 15 years for the local K’4-12 Science & Engineering competition. Ron is a Fellow of Engineers Canada.

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