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Dr. M. Jamal Deen - Navigating Academia - Experiences and Refelctions

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Imagine if you could have your dream job! How would you feel? Not many of us are lucky enough to have such a life experience. Join Dr. M. Jamal Deen, Distinguished University Professor and Director of the Micro- and Nano-Systems Laboratory as he shares his experience as professor, and his principal duty - being the best educator possible.

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Imagine if you could have your dream job! How would you feel? Not many of us are lucky enough to have such a life experience. In my case, I consider myself extremely lucky to get my dream job, the only job I ever wanted – being a university professor. However, the idealistic life of a professor that I envisioned as a young teenager is not what I experienced in reality. But in looking back, my life as an academic has turned out to be more fulfilling and rewarding than I imagined, largely due to what I believe has been my great luck. In this talk, I will outline my experiences in being a simple, humble and kind professor, and what I see as my principal duty – that of being the best educator possible and having the remarkable opportunity to coach and educate the next generation of talents for the betterment of our global society. I will outline my approach to research and service, highlighting what I believe are some key ingredients for success.  I will discuss some of the challenges and pitfalls in being an academic and some practical solutions. Finally, as an academic, one of my goals is to tailor some of my efforts to contribute to UN Sustainable Development Goal #4 “Ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all” and the US National Academy of Engineering Grand Challenge “Advance personalized learning”.

Dr. M. Jamal Deen is Distinguished University Professor and Director of the Micro- and Nano-Systems Laboratory at McMaster University. His current research interests are nanoelectronics, optoelectronics, nanotechnology, data analytics and their emerging applications to health and environmental sciences. As an educator, he won the Ham Education Medal from IEEE Canada, the McMaster University President’s Award for Excellence in Graduate Supervision, and MSU Macademics’ Lifetime Achievement Award for his exceptional dedication to teaching and significant contribution to student life, the community at large, and academia.

As an undergraduate student at the University of Guyana, Dr. Deen was the top ranked mathematics and physics student and the second ranked student at the university, winning the Chancellor’s gold medal and the Irving Adler prize. As a graduate student, he was a Fulbright-Laspau Scholar and an American Vacuum Society Scholar. His awards and honors include the Callinan Award as well as the Electronics and Photonics Award from the Electrochemical Society; a Humboldt Research Award from the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation; the Eadie Medal from the Royal Society of Canada; and the McNaughton Gold Medal IEEE Canada. In addition, he was awarded the four honorary doctorate degrees in recognition of his exceptional research and scholarly accomplishments, exemplary professionalism and valued services. Dr. Deen has been elected by his peers as Fellow/Academician of twelve national academies and professional societies including The World Academy of Sciences, The Royal Society of Canada, The Chinese Academy of Sciences, the National Academy of Sciences India, IEEE and APS. He served as the elected President of the Academy of Science, The Royal Society of Canada in 2015-2017. Most recently (Nov 2022), he was elected the inaugural Vice President (North) of The World Academy of Sciences, representing the developed countries.

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