MAKING IT HAPPEN BY BRINGING ACADEMIA AND INDUSTRY TOGETHER
Dr. Pascal Haegeli
SFU's School of Resource and Environmental Management
In the fall of 2015, I joined SFU’s School for Resource and Environmental Management as the new University Research Chair in Avalanche Risk Management. After being an avalanche safety consultant for ten years, I managed to finally come back to academia to do the research I have always been passionate about. However, the pathway for getting here was unconventional and required a coordinated effort from me, SFU and the Canadian avalanche industry.
In this presentation, I will elaborate on my path focusing on the lessons I have learned about relationship building and working with industry to develop a innovative new research program during a time when university hiring budgets are increasingly tight.