Dr. B. Frank (M'2002) received the B.Sc., M.Sc. and Ph.D. degrees in electrical engineering from Queen's University in Kingston, Ontario, Canada in 1997, 1999 and 2002 respectively. He is the Director of Program Development and the DuPont Canada Chair in Engineering Education Research and Development in the Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science, and an associate professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering. From 2004-2006 he was an Educational Development Faculty Associate in the Instructional Development Centre, now the Centre for Teaching and Learning (CTL).
Dr. Frank coordinates APSC-100, Engineering Practice, the first of the four year sequence of Engineering Design and Practice courses. APSC-100 is a full year required course that develops complex problem solving, critical thinking, design, and investigation skills. This course includes client-based team design projects in partnership with local community groups. He received the Queen's Engineering Society's Golden Pillar award, given "to faculty [or] staff members who have made an outstanding contribution to the quality of students' education." In 2011 he received the Chancellor A. Charles Baillie Teaching Award. Most of the projects are service learning projects developed in collaboration with local community groups used as the primary vehicle for problem solving and professional skill development.
Dr. Frank has also taught ELEC-483, Microwave and RF Circuits and Systems, ELEC-252, Electronics I, and ELEC-853, Silicon RF and Microwave Integrated Circuits.
Dr. Frank has worked on the design of microwave circuits in CMOS, including traveling wave amplifiers (TWAs), low noise amplifiers (LNAs), voltage controlled oscillators (VCOs), and high frequency on-chip phase-locked loops (PLLs), and electronics for passive optical networks (PONs). His current research interests are in engineering education and assessment. He is the co-principal investigator of the Queen’s Learning Outcomes Assessment Consortium project, a longitudinal study assessing transferable cognitive skills including critical thinking and communication. He is also looking at using learning outcomes to support transfer between engineering and technology programs, and at a framework for visualizing learning outcomes data.
More information about his engineering education and assessment activities are described on the DuPont Chair page.
Telephone: (613) 533-6000 x75426
E-mail: brian.frank [at] queensu.ca