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Dr. Pat Heffernan CD, Ph.D., P.Eng

Vice-Principal, Research and Dean of Graduate Studies at the Royal Military College of Canada

Dr. Heffernan is the Vice-Principal, Research and Dean of Graduate Studies at the Royal Military College of Canada where he remains affiliated and an active researcher with the Civil Engineering Department.  Dr. Heffernan has had a varied career as an engineer and manager both in and out of uniform.

Dr. Heffernan attended the Royal Military College of Canada where he received a Bachelor Degree in Civil Engineering in 1986.  After several years of experience as an engineer with the Canadian Forces he returned to university where he completed his Master’s Degree in Civil Engineering (Structures) in 1994 and, in 1997, obtained his PhD in Civil Engineering (Structures) studying the fatigue behaviour of reinforced concrete beams strengthened using CFRP sheets.

Dr. Heffernan served 23 years as a military engineer with the Canadian Forces in a variety of command, staff and technical positions.  During his service he completed several operational tours including: Bosnia/Croatia, the Kosovo air campaign, East Timor and Eritrea. 

In 2014, Dr. Heffernan assumed the duties as Vice-Principal, Research and Dean of Graduate Studies at the Royal Military College of Canada after completing four years as the Head of the Civil Engineering Department.  His research interests are focussed on the strengthening and repair of damaged structures as well as blast / structures interactions for the purpose of protective design.  Dr. Heffernan works as an active consultant on vulnerability assessments for both government and commercial critical infrastructure.  He is an adjunct at Queen’s University and a member of the University of Toronto’s Centre for Resilience of Critical Infrastructure.

Dr. Heffernan is a graduate of the Canadian Land Forces Command and Staff College, an active member in many professional organisations and a licensed engineer with the Professional Engineers of Ontario.  Dr. Heffernan lives in Kingston with his wife Laurie and their two children Siobhan and Keegan.