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BCIT welcomes new welding technologies director

BCIT welcomes new welding technologies director
BCIT—Dr. Matthew Smith has been appointed as the director of the Centre for Welding Technologies and Metallurgy Research in the School of Construction and the Environment at BCIT.

BURNABY, B.C.—The British Columbia Institute of Technology (BCIT) has appointed Dr. Matthew Smith as the director of the Centre for Welding Technologies and Metallurgy Research in the School of Construction and the Environment (SOCE).

The SCOE, announced in November 2021 is a collaboration between BCIT and Seaspan Shipyards who have agreed to invest $1.65 million over five years to fund the new research director and the centre itself along with associated research equipment and materials. The investment is part of Seaspan’s value proposition commitment under the federal government’s National Shipbuilding Strategy.

“In his new appointment as director of the Centre for Welding Technologies and Metallurgy Research, Mathew aims to develop several educational programs to promote understanding of the science behind welding and metallurgy with a sharp focus on practical applications. His first objective is to develop new

programming which will provide students with the hands-on education needed to begin a career in welding quality control,” a BCIT release stated.

Smith has 15 years of experience in the fields of welding engineering, welding inspection and non-destructive testing. He is certified with the Canadian Welding Bureau. He has also implemented welding programs including the qualification of welders and welding procedures to Canadian, American and international standards.

Smith joins BCIT from a previous role at Applus Canada/SKC Engineering and holds a bachelor of science in physics from the University of York and both a master of science and a doctor of philosophy in experimental nuclear physics from the University of British Columbia.

“We are looking forward to working closely with Dr. Smith in his role as director of the Centre of Welding Technologies and Metallurgy Research. Funding this important research position is another demonstration of the tremendous partnership we have with BCIT — one that will focus on growing the expertise, capability, and skilled talent we will need well into the future,” Seaspan senior vice-president of operations Jim Favreau said.

“The Seaspan-funded research director in Welding Technology and Metallurgy at BCIT is a fabulous collaboration between industry and post-secondary that will advance the state of practice in welding technology for the broader good of the marine sector as well as help to develop a marine-centric highly skilled workforce,” BCIT School of Construction and the Environment dean Wayne Hand added.

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