University Service

  • Founding Director, Centre for Project Management Excellence (From May 2011) and Director, Project Management (July 2005 to April 2011) and Acting Director (Jan-Jul 2005). 
    • Designed and implemented a new two-tier Project Management Certification (PMC) from 2007 
    • Won the “Distinguished Contribution of an Organization” Award presented by the Project Management Institute – Southern Alberta Chapter, June 2007.
    • Negotiated a contract with Sharif University of Technology and National Iranian Oil Company to offer University of Calgary’s M.Eng. degree in Project Management and inaugurated the program in Nov. 2005 and completed in May 2007.

Dr. Ruwanpura speaks at the Convocation Recognition Ceremony held in Tehran, Iran to 
graduate 63 M.Eng. students (Nov. 2007)
    • Negotiated a contract with Sharif University of Technology and National Iranian Oil Company to offer University of Calgary’s M.Eng. degree in Project Management inaugurated the program in Sept. 2009 and completed in Nov. 2012. 
    • Negotiated a contract to offer an advanced diploma program in Project Management and M.Eng. in Project Management in Mumbai, India in collaboration with the Ministry of Trade and Higher Education, Government of Maharashtra, India.
    • Secured a dedicated office space for “Project Management Specialization” and renovated the space in 2009.
    • Re-established the Project Management Advisory Council in 2007
    • Organized the highly successful and well attended "Project Management Research Exposition" in November 2005. 
    • Published a "book of abstracts" of Project Management papers in Nov. 2005
    • Worked with Schulich School of Engineering and Institute for Sustainable Energy, Environment and Economy (ISEEE) and provided input to add Project Management to the access expansion, which was a success as Project Management, was given significant funding for expansion in April 2006.

Dr. Ruwanpura speaks in Mumbai, India, at the announcement of the 
Advanced Diploma in Project Management program

  • Associate Chair of Design Engineering, 2004-7
    • Developed a Novel Design Module and Competition for third year Civil Engineering, University of Calgary and successfully implemented using real projects in 2004/05 (New Alberta Children’s’ Hospital) and 2005/06, 2006/07 (Peter Loughead Expansion), and 2007/08 (Truck Stop).
  • Member of the University of Calgary's Internationalization Task force (2012)
  • Representative on behalf of the office of Vice-President (Research) for “Engaging India: Connecting Academy and the Industry” conference organized by Shastri Institute, June 2012.
  • Representative on behalf of the office of Vice-President (Research) for Alberta delegation to Mumbai, India for Signing of Memorandum of Understanding between Whistling Woods International and the University of Calgary and Southern Alberta Institute of Technology (SAIT), Sept. 2012

Signing of the MOU between University of Calgary and Whistling Woods International in Mumbai (Sept. 2012)
L-R: Stan Torrie and Barry Tonge (Alberta Government), Umesh Gupta, Ravi Gupta, Meghna Ghai-Puri, Nitin Puri (WWI)

  • Representative of the University of Calgary International for Alberta-Maharashtra Roundtable, Nov. 2011
  • Facilitator for “Eyes High” workshops for the Department of Civil Engineering and the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering (2012)
  • An elected Member of the Dean Search Committee for Schulich School of Engineering (2010-11)
  • An elected Member of Academic Appointment (and tenure) Review Committee (AARC) (2012)
  • Member of the Killam Selection Committee, University of Calgary (2012)
  • Member of the Prizes and Awards Nomination Committee, Schulich School of Engineering (2012)
  • Member of the Student Recruitment Committee, Schulich School of Engineering (2012)
  • Senator of the University of Calgary representing the Schulich School of Engineering (2009-11)
  • Assisted the Head of Civil Engineering as a member of the Heads Advisory Council in Civil Engineering to develop better plans and execute plans for the department. (2008-2009).
  • Member of the Faculty Promotions Committee (2009)
  • Member of the Post-Award Research (PAR) Committee (2010)
  • Member of the Scholarship Committee, Faculty of Graduate Studies, 2007-10
  • Member of the Academic Selection Committee for various departments. (2001-2012).
  • Executive Member of the Urban Alliance, An Alliance between City of Calgary and the University of Calgary, 2008
  • Facilitator, Internationalization Plan for Schulich School of Engineering, 2006: facilitated a workshop and developed a plan of action and a report for 5 years.
  • Organized the Department of Civil Engineering Retreat to develop a 5 year plan, March 2006.
  • Member of the Promotions and Marketing Committee, Department of Civil Engineering, 2006.
  • Chair for Department of Civil Engineering’s Advisory Committee – 2004-05.
  • Faculty Advisor, University of Calgary CSCE Student Chapter, 2003-04.
  • Faculty Advisor, University of Calgary AACE Student Chapter, 2010-12.
  • Member and Chair of the Graduate Competition, CDEN Conference Committee, 2004-05.
  • Member, Academic Appeals Committee, 2004-06.
  • Member, Paul F. Gans Scholarship Committee, 2004.
  • Member of the Sustainable Community Project, Department of Civil Engineering, 2003.
  • Member of the final year design project courses, Schulich School of Engineering – from 2003.
  • Member of the Engineering Design committee headed by Dr. P. Gu from 2003.
  • Faculty representative of the Department of Civil Engineering for Canadian Society for Civil Engineering Calgary Section – 2001-04.
  • Member/ Presenter of the Faculty of Engineering’s High School Liaison Committee, University of Calgary, 2002-04.
  • Member of the Conjoint Faculties Research Ethics Board, Faculties of Engineering and Environmental Design, of the University of Calgary, 2002-05.