Head of College technology group will transition this fall

Dr. Maike Luiken will focus full time on leadership at IEEE Canada

Dr. Maike Luiken is moving on from Lambton College’s Bluewater Technology Access Centre (BTAC) to focus on her volunteer leadership role in a world-wide association for technology professionals — the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE).

Dr. Maike Luiken
Dr. Maike Luiken

Her achievements in her 11 years at Lambton College, the last three as director of BTAC, include unprecedented levels of partnership amongst educational institutions, industry and government. Luiken’s six-year term as an officer of IEEE Canada (President-Elect 2016-2017, President 2018-2019, Past-President 2020-2021) will see her serving the organization’s members across these same three sectors, with a keen eye for opportunities for greater cooperation.

“Lambton College has become a leader in Applied Research and Maike has had a profound impact on that success. In just three years, our Bluewater Technology Access Centre has become one of the region’s key research initiatives providing industry and students with exciting project opportunities right here in Sarnia-Lambton,” said Judith Morris, President & CEO, Lambton College. “We will miss having Maike here at the College in a permanent capacity but are thrilled to see her pursuing exciting new opportunities and we know that she will bring success and innovation to her new role, much as she did here at Lambton College.”

Luiken has been a driving force at Lambton College, starting in 2005 as a Dean where she managed various portfolios over an eight year span including Technology, Applied Research, Sustainable Development, Business Development and Innovation. She is highly credited with leading the development of the Applied Research strategy and portfolio at Lambton College where she was instrumental to attracting more than $10 million in public funding for applied research projects at the College.

Under her guidance and expertise, Lambton College obtained funding to form BTAC in 2013 in collaboration with five community partners. The Centre strives to provide innovation support to regional companies and organizations, primarily in the manufacturing sector. Since launching BTAC, Dr. Luiken has worked with more than 60 industrial and business clients and organizations, providing services and working on applied research projects.

In 2014, Luiken established the Additive Manufacturing Laboratory under the BTAC umbrella, extending the Centre’s capabilities in the areas of rapid prototyping, 3D CAD modeling and design, functional production parts, jigs and fixtures, complex integrated parts, production of 3D models, custom manufacturing and design validation.

Last year, Dr. Luiken’s long list of accomplishments were honoured at Lambton College’s annual Distinguished Awards Gala where she was presented with the first ever Applied Research and Entrepreneurship Award.

“It has been a great privilege to work at Lambton College. I truly appreciate all the opportunities to build new initiatives – especially working with the tremendous support of the broader community,” says Luiken.

In order to focus on her new IEEE role, Dr. Luiken will be leaving her full-time position at BTAC.

Her new responsibilities within IEEE Canada will peak when she serves as president for the 2017-2018 term, leading an organization of more than 17,000 members. She will also serve as director on the board for all of IEEE, the world’s largest organization of its kind, with total membership exceeding 400,000.

“Greater engagement with industry is a goal across the entire organization, so are partnerships and collaboration between industry, academia and organizations and, equally important, student and community engagement,” says Luiken of her latest professional role.

IEEE Canada consists of numerous local organizations across Canada, 21 Sections, more than 150 Chapters, as well as over 50 student branches in universities and colleges.

The IEEE is the world’s largest technical professional organization dedicated to advancing technology for the benefit of humanity. It is the trusted “voice” for engineering, computing, and technology information around the globe with more than 420,000 members in over 160 countries. IEEE publishes a third of the world’s technical literature in electrical engineering, computer science, and electronics and is a leading developer of international standards, such as Ethernet standards, that underpin many of today’s telecommunications, information technology, and power-generation products and services.

Prior to joining Lambton College, Dr. Luiken was Vice-President Research Alliances for the National Capital Institute of Telecommunications in Ottawa.

She holds a Staatsexamen, Mathematics, Physics, from the Technical University, Braunschweig, Germany (1979) and a Ph.D., Physics, from the University of Waterloo (1982). She has over 30 years of professional experience in teaching and research, educational and research leadership, management, community and network building, with a strong focus on connecting industry, government agencies and researchers in advanced technology projects. Luiken has worked in both the public and private sectors in Canada, the USA and Germany.

She is or has been actively involved on the (advisory) boards of numerous organizations including Tech-Access Canada Advisory Board, Nano Ontario, IEEE Canada, IEEE Canadian Foundation, Sarnia-Lambton Workforce Development Board, Bluewater Sustainability Initiative, Rotary Club of Sarnia, Southwestern Ontario Bioproducts Innovation Network, Sarnia-Lambton Chamber of Commerce, Unmanned Systems Canada, OCE Advanced Manufacturing Sector Advisory Board, and RAIL Advocacy in Lambton.

Dr. Luiken is a Fellow of the Engineering Institute of Canada and a Senior Member, IEEEE.

While her last official day at Lambton College is anticipated to be October 31, 2016, Luiken will continue to work with the College in an adjunct or consulting capacity as her schedule permits.

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