The CANCOM 2022 banquet will take place on the evening of July 13, 2022. This event will be marked by a tribute to the life and contribution of late Prof. Pearl Sullivan, who was an advocate for Composite Materials research in Canada and worldwide.
Pearl Sullivan was born in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. In 1985, she graduated with a master’s degree in Metallurgical Engineering from Dalhousie University (Halifax, NS). She then followed her heart to Vancouver, BC where she completed her PhD in Composite Materials under the supervision of Prof. Anoush Poursartip at the University of British Columbia in 1990. Soon after, Professor Sullivan accepted a research position at the Nanyang Technological University in Singapore. In 1994, her love of Canada found her a position of Assistant Professor at the University of New Brunswick (Fredericton, NB), where she continued her research on reinforced plastics. Professor Sullivan moved to the University of Waterloo in 2004 and rose through the ranks of Chair of the Department of Mechanical and Mechatronics Engineering, and Dean of Engineering until December 2019.
Professor Sullivan’s leadership inspired a new generation of engineering students. Pearl was the first female Dean in University of Waterloo’s history and only the fourth female Canadian dean of engineering. She prided herself in being a strong voice for women and in ensuring full diversity and inclusion in the discipline. She was known for her hardworking and enthusiastic approach to taking on every potential opportunity that could serve students, faculties, or Canada. Professor Sullivan is irreplaceable, and the memory of her personal strength will always be a beacon of courage for us all.