Bellow, Donald Grant

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Bellow, Donald Grant

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        Donald Grant Bellow was born in Winnipeg, Manitoba. In 1956, he earned a BASc in mechanical engineering from the University of British Columbia. Bellow was the first graduate student in the University of Alberta’s Department of Mechanical Engineering, earning MSc (1960) and PhD (1963) degrees there.

        Bellow became a member of the Faculty of Engineering at the UofA in 1963, serving as the Chair of the Department of Mechanical Engineering in 1975-1984. His research focused on cold-climate engineering. In 1981, Bellow helped set up the first mechanical engineering co-op program in Western Canada, along with Peter Adams, Dean of Engineering. Bellow also helped design the Mechanical Engineering Building at the U of A.

        Bellow later moved into administration at the university and was appointed Associate Vice-President, Facilities in 1989. In 1994, he became the Special Assistant to the Vice-President, Finance and Administration. In 1996, Bellow retired from the U of A and became a president emeritus. He continued to be involved with the university and was elected to the University Senate in 1998. He also served as the President of the Association of Professors Emeriti.

        Bellow was involved with the Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of Alberta (APEGA), serving as its president in 1985. He was awarded the L.C. Charlesworth Professional Service Award (1982) and an Honorary Life Membership (1986) from APEGA. Bellow was also named a fellow of the Canadian Society for Mechanical Engineering (1986), the Canadian Academy of Engineering (1992), and Engineers Canada (2009), and an honorary fellow of Geoscientists Canada (2013). Bellow helped start the Edmonton chapter of the Canadian Society for Mechanical Engineering and the first Albertan student section of the American Society for Mechanical Engineering.


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