Distinguished Service, Professors and Teaching Award Recipients: Fall 2016

Distinguished Service | GSA Teaching Award



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Shawn Clark, B.Sc.(C.E), Ph.D.(Manitoba), P.Eng.

Dr. Shawn Clark brings water resources engineering to life for his students, whether in the classroom teaching fluid mechanics, hydraulics and river ice engineering with creativity, or in the field exploring the mysteries of riverbank erosion and ice formation processes.

His students describe him as a standout professor and an even better person, given his authentic commitment to their success.

As an associate professor in the department of civil engineering, Dr. Clark guides his students to find direction and scope in their research, while empowering them to take the lead in their studies.

Dr. Clark is the Manitoba Hydro Industrial Research Chair in River Ice Engineering, with the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada. He monitors Manitoba’s rivers and, through testing and numerical modelling, helps to predict and protect the province’s waterways.

In 2014, Dr. Clark was recognized with the Rh Award for Outstanding Contributions to Scholarship and Research in the Applied Sciences. This University of Manitoba alumnus continuously shares and grows his expertise as a member of the Manitoba Board of Directors of the Canadian Water Resources Association, as well as the Canadian Society of Civil Engineering.
Students praise his ability to teach complex theories in ways that resonate. Dr. Clark grounds these theories with their real-world applications—and limitations. As a result, his students are better prepared for life beyond university and embark on their careers with greater industrial knowledge.

Since joining the University of Manitoba in 2006, Dr. Clark has been recognized with several teaching excellence awards, including the Students’ Teacher Recognition Award, twice.

He creates meaningful opportunities for his students to expand their post-secondary experience through summer research positions, conference participation and fieldwork assignments. Regardless of where an individual might be on their journey, Dr. Clark inspires them to carve their own path.

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Updated October 3, 2017