2007 – 2008
Prof. Chandraban Sharma
Prof. Sharma obtained his BSc in Electrical Engineering with the Telecommunications option in 1979 from UWI. After graduation he joined the Trinidad and Tobago Oil Company, Pt. Fortin. He was then awarded a UWI Scholarship to read for a MSc in Power Systems.
In September 1986 he was recruited by UWI, Faculty of Engineering to fill a vacancy in the Department of Electrical Engineering UWI. It was whilst he was a full time member of staff in the Department, he read for his PhD in Electrical Engineering.
Prof. Sharma has served on several Boards of Directors in Trinidad including: ISCOTT, Powergen, and T&TEC. He was the Chairman of National Infrastructure Development Company Ltd (Nidco) which had the responsibility for the Rapid Rail, Water Taxis and the improvements on the National Highways. He also served as the Chairman of Doc’s Engineering Works Ltd.
He is currently a member of the Boards of Directors of Trinidad Concrete Products, Caribbean Hydro Source and Republic Bank. He was a Director of the Barbados National Bank’s (BNB) three subsidiaries viz: BNB Mortgage and Finance, BNB Finance and Trust, and BNB Funds.
Prof. Sharma has served in public Commissions of Enquiries in Trinidad and Jamaica. He was the developer and Convenor of the CXC/CAPE’s A’level subject “Electrical and Electronic Technology”. He was also a member of the Government task force on Education on the implementation of the Technical Vocational Education and Training (TVET) in schools. He served as the Power Sector Advisor to the Organization of Caribbean Utility Regulators (OOCUR).
Prof. Sharma has authored over ninety technical papers and reports. He is the Leader of the Energy Systems programme in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering UWI and the Chairman of the Academic and Technical Services Staff Committee as well as a Deputy Dean of the Faculty of Engineering, UWI. He is a reviewer for the IEEE (Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers) Transactions on Power Delivery.
Prof. Sharma was a member of the Advisory Council on Utilities and Maintenance of the University of Trinidad and Tobago (UTT) as well as an external curricula advisor. He was the Chairman of the Trinidad and Tobago Section of the IEEE. He is a member of the IEEE Global Committee on Accreditation Activities and the IEEE Accreditation Council. He is the founder and the first President of the Caribbean Accreditation Council for Engineering and Technology (CACET), the regional body recognized by Caricom for the Accreditation of Degree Programmes in Engineering and Technology.
Prof. Sharma is a past President of the West Indies Group University Teachers and a Past President and Fellow of Association Professional Engineers of Trinidad and Tobago.
Dr. Fernando Castellanos
Prof. Kit Fai Pun
Professor Kit Fai Pun was educated in Hong Kong and the United Kingdom. He graduated from the Hong Kong Polytechnic University in 1985 and holds four Master’s degrees. He earned two doctoral degrees, one in Management and another in Engineering Systems. Before joining The University of the West Indies, Professor Pun held several academic positions at City University of Hong Kong. Starting in 2001, he worked his way from Senior Lecturer to full Professor in the Faculty of Engineering. He obtained tenure in 2004, and is currently a Professor of Industrial Engineering (IE) and the Coordinator of the IE Group in the Department of Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering of the University. He was the Deputy Dean in Research and Postgraduate Student Affairs, 2006-2007. In 2006, Professor Pun was a recipient of the UWI Guardian Life Preimum Teaching Award. He has also received several honours for his endeavours in research and in recognition of achievements in scholarly publishing, the noteworthy ones being the Literati Club Awards for Excellence 2003, and the Emerald Literati Network 2006 Highly Commended Award. His biography has been selected for inclusion in The Marquis Who’s Who in the World and Who’s Who in Science and Engineering since 2005.
Since Professor Pun joined UWI in 2001, he has written and contributed to writing more than 200 journal articles, research and technical papers, reports and teaching aids in Industrial Engineering and related areas, such as Engineering Management, Quality Management, Performance Measurement, and Information Technology/Systems. At present, he has two research projects underway. One is a collaborative project with overseas researchers and the other a research project supported by UWI. The former project investigates the strategy formulation and performance measurement in manufacturing enterprises, whereas the latter looks into the commercialisation of acquired radical innovation in small and medium-sized enterprises in the Caribbean.
Professor Pun is the Campus Coordinator and Chair of Graduate Studies and Research at the UWI, St Augustine, and was a recipient of The Most Outstanding Researcher Award 2012 presented by the UWI and The National Gas Company of T&T Limited (October 2012).