Associate Vice-President's Bio
Dugan O'Neil was born in Miramichi, New Brunswick, obtained a BSc. at the University of New Brunswick, an MSc. at the University of Alberta and PhD in physics at the University of Victoria. As a professor of physics at Simon Fraser University, his research has focused on the search for new particles and interactions at high energy particle colliders at Fermilab and CERN. From single top quarks to Higgs bosons, his contributions have tended to focus on the "big data" problem of extraction of small signals from large backgrounds.
In addition to his work as a particle physicist, O'Neil has played a leadership role in building Canada's Digital Research Infrastructure, through work with WestGrid and Compute Canada. This includes spending three years (2014-2017) as Compute Canada's Chief Science Officer. At SFU, he has served as principal investigator of the institution's advanced research computing efforts since 2010. SFU has recently built supercomputer Cedar, one of Canada's most powerful academic supercomputers.
As SFU's Associate Vice-President, Research O'Neil works closely with the Vice-President, Research and International (VPRI) to advance the university's research mission. Responsibilities include research operations, strategic initiatives (e.g., Big Data), Animal Care Services, Research Intelligence and leading/overseeing the Core Facilities Program model at SFU.
Together with the VPRI, they work to raise SFU’s research profile to an internationally competitive level.
News Articles: Dugan O'Neil, SFU's Associate Vice-President, Research
Women of Influence: How a physics professor is helping to get more women's voices into Canadian media (May 5, 2019)
Compute Canada: Compute Canada and SFU celebrate the launch of the most powerful academic supercomputer in Canada (April 21, 2017)
SFU News: Photos: SFU launches Canada's most powerful academic supercomputer, Cedar (April 21, 2017)
SFU News: SFU physicist Dugan O'Neil named Compute Canada Trailblazer (June 30, 2016)
Compute Canada: 2016 Award Winners (June 30, 2016)