A trailblazer in heat transfer education, Professor Emeritus and McMaster University Master of Mechanical Engineering alumnus (’63), Ross Judd, was honoured at a campus ceremony on October 12.
The ceremony included Judd visiting the sugar maple tree planted outside of the John Hodgins Engineering building as a symbol of the enduring impact of his more than 55 years of teaching.
Judd’s tenure in McMaster Engineering included fundamental investigation in nucleate boiling heat transfer research and other effects of heat generation.
I’m sure you’re all aware of the adage, ‘if you do what you love, you’ll never work a day in your life.’ That’s how I feel. I love teaching heat transfer. A tree planted with my name on it is such an honour.
Dean Heather Sheardown spoke about Judd’s indelible contributions to the Fireball Family, noting, “I know lots of chemical engineering students like me who wished they got Doctor Judd for heat transfer class.”
Professor of Mechanical Engineering and thermal energy conservation and management expert, Jim Cotton, who was privileged to take Judd’s heat transfer course, credits it for setting up his whole career. He said: “Ross taught design-based learning, which is unique and challenging, but it inspired my trajectory. I try to emulate his teaching.”
Marilyn Lightstone, Professor of Mechanical Engineering, called Judd “legendary” amongst students for his dedication and longevity. Mechanical Engineering Department Chair, Greg Wohl, shared admiration for Judd’s lasting presence in the Faculty and setting students up for success through his foundational course.
In addition to teaching excellence, Judd is closely involved in the Professional Engineers of Ontario (PEO). He has served on the Academic Requirements Committee since 1984 including time as Charman from 2000 to 2004. Judd was inducted as a Member in 2002 and an Officer in 2014 to PEO’s Order of Honour.