Department of Bioresource Engineering
Macdonald Campus, McGill University
Ste-Anne-de-Bellevue, Québec H9X 3V9
After gaining experience on farms in Ontario, Robert Broughton studied and obtained the BSA in Agricultural Engineering from the Ontario Agricultural College in 1956, the BASc in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Toronto in 1957, the SM in Water Resources from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1959, and the PhD in Soil Science and Drainage Engineering from McGill University in 1972. In 1989 he received the LLD (Honoris Causa) from Dalhousie University.
In 1961 he joined our department and rose through the ranks to become a full professor. From 1965 to 1971 he served as Department Chair and worked to establish the professional Bachelor's degree program, the MSc, and PhD programs.
Over the span of his career, Profesor Broughton has taught 27 subjects and earned a reputation as a dedicated teacher. Amongst students he is well known for organizing excellent field trips and for balancing the practical with the theoretical in his courses. He has helped many students to get started in international development work, and, whenever possible he has taken his graduate students with him to work on projects in Trinidad, Haiti, Pakistan, Egypt, and India.
Dr Broughton has gained notable distinction for work he has done in each area of his career. Beyond these accolades, he has authored (or co-authored) 120 refereed papers, 60 engineering project reports, and has supervised the research of 75 postgraduate students.
Please take note
Dr Broughton, as an Emeritus professor, is not taking on graduate students at this time. Therefore he should not be contacted as a potential research supervisor.
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