Distinguished Researchers - 1993
|Ernie G. Walker
Professor of Archaeology
College of Arts and Science
Professor Walker, a native of Saskatoon, received his B.Ed., B.A., B.A. (Honors), and M.A. from the University of Saskatchewan, and Ph.D. from the University of Texas. Dr. Walker was tenured in the Department of Anthropology and Archaeology in 1984 and has moved up through the ranks to Department Head and Full Professor.
Dr. Walker is a model of how faculty members integrate research into every aspect of their academic lives. His archeological research led him to co-found Wanuskewin Heritage Park, an internationally known tourist site near Saskatoon that brings together First Nations people and non-Natives. He is routinely consulted by law enforcement agencies across the country for his expertise in using forensic science to identify human remains.
His book "The Gowen Site: Cultural Responses to Climatic Warming on the Northern Plains", articles on Wanuskewin, and his investigations of prehistoric burial sites published in refereed journals and collected essays have established his reputation as a pre-eminent scholar in northern Plains pre-history. Through his investigations, he has studied subsistence and settlement patterns of northern Plains people, shedding light on how human history has been affected by environmental change and providing new interpretations of prehistoric research. In addition, he has published extensively on health status and disease in the pre-historic American Southwest.
Dr. Walker, who has supervised 20 graduate students, excels in communicating his research to students and to the public. In excavations of archaeological sites at Wanuskewin's Opimihaw, he conveys to students enthusiasm for systematic sifting through artifacts. His integration of research, teaching and public education through Wanuskewin's displays and state-of-the-art archeological laboratories has brought archeological research to the general public.
Professor of Electrical Engineering
College of Engineering
Professor Billinton's career began as an apprentice and journeyman electrician prior to completing his B.Sc. at the University of Manitoba. He completed his M.Sc. while working at Manitoba Hydro and his Ph.D. while teaching at this University.
Professor Billinton's scholarship and leadership capabilities were recognized and he rose quickly to the rank of Full Professor. He was selected the C.J. Mackenzie professor in Engineering, Department Head, and Associate Dean (Graduate Studies, Research and Extension) in the College, the latter position he holds while teaching graduate and undergraduate classes.
The excellence of Dr. Billinton’s research in power system reliability and planning is recognized by students, peers at the University of Saskatchewan, and colleagues in public and private sector utility companies. His work on the appraisal of reliability cost and worth of electrical power systems is an important innovation that has significant impact on the planning and design of these systems and on our daily lives.
Dr. Billinton has supervised some 70 M.Sc. and Ph.D. students, many of whom have careers in academe and the utility industry. As Associate Dean, he encourages colleagues in their research and assists junior colleagues by example and sharing his expertise. He authored and co-authored seven books and 500 hundred published papers.
His teaching and research extends beyond Canada's borders through interactions on CIDA projects and as a lecturer and consultant to power authorities throughout the world. Dr. Billinton has served as a member of the Public Utilities Review Commission, the Electrical Energy Options Review Panel and other public commissions.
In recognition of his research expertise in electrical engineering and power systems, Dr. Billinton has been appointed a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada, the Electrical Institute of Canada, and the Safety and Reliability Society. He has chaired the power System Reliability Subsection of the Canadian Electrical Association, was selected the recipient of the CEA Distinguished Service Award. The University of Saskatchewan underscored his contribution to scholarship by awarding him an earned D.Sc. degree in 1975.