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Eldon Gunn Memorial Scholarship


The Eldon Gunn Memorial Scholarship is to be awarded to students who have completed the first year of engineering at any Canadian university, and who have demonstrated the potential to become outstanding industrial engineers.  The scholarship is tenable at Dalhousie University in years three, four and five of the Industrial Engineering program.  The scholarship has a total value of $5000, payable in $1000 installments for each of the five academic terms in Industrial Engineering.  For information on the Industrial Engineering program, please see the web site at www.ie.dal.ca.  The scholarship will be primarily awarded based on outstanding academic performance.

Background on Dr. Eldon Gunn, P.Eng.

Eldon Gunn received a BSc(Hon) in Mathematics from Mount Allison University in 1971, a MSc in Mathematics from Dalhousie University in 1975 and a PhD in Industrial Engineering from the University of Toronto in 1981.  He began his career as a researcher at the Nova Scotia Research Foundation in 1971, and then started his teaching career at the University of Toronto in 1978, before joining the Technical University of Nova Scotia (TUNS) as an Assistant Professor of Industrial Engineering in 1980. 

Eldon was instrumental in building and developing Industrial Engineering in Atlantic Canada.  He transformed the Industrial Engineering department by establishing a strong research program, and revitalized the graduate studies programs, establishing the Master of Applied Science and PhD in Industrial Engineering. He was the Head of the Industrial Engineering Department at Dalhousie University in 1996-2004 and 2007-2010, and is primarily responsible for the growth and success of the TUNS/Dalhousie program.

Eldon was a major contributor to Operational Research (OR) in Canada starting in the 1970's.  From his early start working for the Nova Scotia Research Foundation to his recent work with the VCO Network, Eldon was on the forefront of OR in this country, particularly in solving problems in the natural resources area. He had a long, distinguished, and accomplished record of research in both the theory and practice of OR.  He published several journal papers, conference papers, book chapters and other materials in OR, focusing on manufacturing control, forestry management optimization, mine operations, fisheries operations, tidal power and optimization techniques. He was the founding Chair of Nova Forest Alliance, Nova Scotia’s Model Forest and served as Chair of the NS Department of Natural Resources Minister’s Technical Advisory Committee on Sustainable Forest Management. 

Eldon was a past president of the Canadian Operational Research Society (1991), receiving many awards from the society culminating in his receipt of their highest award, the Award of Merit, in 2011. He served on several committees of NSERC, and chaired the NSERC Grant Selection Committee for Industrial Engineering.  He was a member of the Engineers Nova Scotia, INFORMS, the Mathematical Programming Society and was a senior member and Fellow of the Institute of Industrial and Systems Engineers.

Throughout his career, Eldon mentored many graduate and undergraduate students.  He believed that the best way to build an excellent program was to recruit excellent students, and to challenge them.  He was notorious for not settling for “good enough” when he knew a student was capable of more, and he wasn’t hesitant to push a student to realize his/her full potential.  Several graduates have returned to the Department over the years to thank him for inspiring them to just that.  He will be remembered for his insistence on “doing the right thing”, his meticulous attention to detail in his teaching, research and graduate supervision, and his dedication to the Industrial Engineering Department at Dalhousie.

When Eldon died in 2016, his first graduate student, by then a very successful entrepreneur, offered a major donation to the university in Eldon’s memory.  He said he owed Eldon a great deal, and he wanted us to use the funds to do whatever we thought Eldon would have wanted.  Therefore, we have established the The Eldon A. Gunn Memorial Scholarship Fund to recognize an aspiring Industrial Engineer who has demonstrated academic excellence and the potential to be a great contributor to the profession. 


How to Apply

Complete the application form available here:

Eldon Gunn Scholarship Application  -PDF

Please send your completed application to arrive on or before the deadline date of

February 28, 2018. 

Eldon Gunn Scholarship Committee
c/o Department of Industrial Engineering
Dalhousie University
PO Box 15000
Halifax, Nova Scotia B3H 4R2

You can also submit your application by e-mail (with the subject line: Eldon Gunn Scholarship Application) to ieng@dal.ca