Maike Luiken is the founding director of the Bluewater Technology Access Centre (BTAC) (2013) following eight years as Dean at Lambton College, first as Dean, School of Technology, Applied Sciences and Apprenticeship, Fire School, Applied Research (2005), then as Dean of Applied Research and Innovation, Business Development and Sustainable Development (2007). Maike provided strategic leadership to the development of the applied research capacity and portfolio at Lambton College and led research funding proposals attracting more than 10 million CAD in public research envelope funding to the college.
Prior to her engagement at Lambton College, she was Vice-President Research Alliances at the National Capital Institute of Telecommunications (NCIT) in Ottawa. NCIT was a 5 year initiative to enhance collaborative research in telecommunications spanning industry, academia and government laboratories with the goal to grow the telecommunications industry.
Maike has more than 30 years of professional experience in teaching, research and educational administration, leadership and community building; especially in linking industry partners, government agencies and researchers in advanced technology initiatives. She has working experience in the public and private sectors in Canada, USA and Germany.
Her areas of interest and expertise span diverse technical areas from energy and water to advanced manufacturing and nanotechnologies with particular interest in how progress in one area, for example in the Information and Communications Technologies (ICT) sector, enables advances in other disciplines.
Maike obtained her Staatsexamen in Mathematics and Physics from the Technical University Carolo-Wilhelmina in Braunschweig, Germany (1979) and her Ph.D. in Physics from the University of Waterloo (1982). She spent a year at the University of Manitoba studying for a Master’s in Electrical Engineering.
Maike is currently serving/has been serving on numerous Boards of Directors and Committees, including Nano Ontario, Canadian Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Association (CHFCA), IEEE Canada, IEEE Canadian Foundation, Sarnia/Lambton Workforce Development Board; Bluewater Sustainability Initiative, Rotary Club of Sarnia; Southwestern Ontario Bio-Products Innovation Network (SOBIN), Sarnia/Lambton Chamber of Commerce, Unmanned Systems Canada, Ontario Centres of Excellence (OCE) Advanced Manufacturing Sector Advisory Board.
She contributes frequently to the IEEE Canadian Review as Associate Editor and Editorial Focus Advisor, Technology.
In addition to her academic career and volunteer activities Maike owns a technology consulting practice and has been engaged in the private sector for 15 years.
Maike is a Fellow of the Engineering Institute of Canada and a Senior Member of IEEE.