Dr. Emily Moore has been named the next director of the Troost Institute for Leadership Education in Engineering (Troost ILead), effective October 1st, 2018.

Moore was also appointed to a five-year term as an associate professor in the Institute for Studies in Transdisciplinary Engineering Education and Practice (ISTEP). Moore has served as a member of the Troost ILead board of advisors since 2014.

“I’ve been involved with university partnerships for many years now in industry, and I’ve truly loved every interaction I’ve had with Troost ILead, from giving guest lectures and advising on curriculum, to participating in its growing Community of Practice,” said Moore.

Emily Moore
Dr. Emily Moore, incoming Troost ILead. Image Credit: U of T

As part of ISTEP, Moore will teach and conduct research on effective leadership. “The research side is a fascinating challenge,” she said. “I am excited to bring my recent industry perspective to the team, and to combine my technical background with the social science methodologies being employed by Troost ILead.”

Moore has a clear goal for her term as director: “I would like to see leadership education become part of the experience of every student who graduates from U of T Engineering,” she said. “Troost ILead has done tremendous work in creating new opportunities for students to engage with their own leadership potential, and I look forward to expanding on that. I also hope to further strengthen our relationships with industry, where our students will bring the tools we teach them here into the workplace and grow further as leaders.”

Professor Doug Reeve (ChemE), the founding director, will step down but will continue to be involved as a senior advisor to Troost ILead. Reeve will continue teaching and leading research on engineering leadership.

“Emily is a perfect person for this job: professional engineer, Rhodes Scholar, PhD, and a wonderful person,” said Reeve. “She has had a distinguished career in engineering in innovation and consulting, has been a bridge between industry and the academy at a local and national level, and has an impressive record of leadership.”

Moore earned a bachelor’s degree in engineering chemistry from Queen’s University and is a licensed professional engineer. She was named a Rhodes Scholar and completed her doctorate in physical chemistry at Oxford University.

She launched her career at Xerox Research Center of Canada (XRCC), where in addition to leadership roles in research and management, she served as chair of the University Partnerships Committee. At XRCC Moore was a co-inventor of 21 patents and was awarded the Joseph C. Wilson Award, the highest recognition given by the global Xerox Innovation Group.

In 2008, Moore joined Hatch Limited as director of technology development, later serving as global managing director for water and, most recently, for innovation. She was also appointed chair of the Hatch Global Diversity Steering Committee. In 2011, Moore was elected president of the Canadian Society for Chemical Engineering, and has served on numerous committees of the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council. Moore’s leadership in an engineering context has been recognized by the Society for Chemical Industry Canada, and by Women in Mining, which named her one of 100 Global Inspirational Women in Mining.

Established in 2010, Troost ILead inspires engineering students to discover their intrinsic motivations and develop a foundation of self-awareness. Troost ILead is housed within the Institute for Studies in Transdisciplinary Engineering Education and Practice (ISTEP), a new institute created under the leadership of Dean Cristina Amon that aims to help reshape the way engineers are educated.


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