Ross has taught and coordinated technology programs for over 20 years. Prior to coming to Georgian in 2008, he worked as an IT manager, Director of Online Learning and Chief Information Officer (CIO) for an online University. During that time, he also helped write National Technology Benchmarks for IT program accreditation.
Ross now coordinates the Computer Programming programs at Georgian and has helped develop five new full-time programs at the college. He founded the Georgian College Makers Club and established the Innovation Showcase (now RISE), providing students and staff a forum to publicly display and exchange ideas, and help establish connections with community partners.
Ross has always loved technology and learning. He holds three diplomas in Engineering Technology, a Bachelor of Technology and a Master of Science. As a faculty lead researcher, Ross explores ways to build smarter, more connected products and services. From smart sensors and embedded control systems to enterprise Artificial Intelligence (AI) cloud systems, Ross helps companies lead the way with Industry 4.0 solutions. Some recent projects include a smart wearable device for families impacted by Autism Spectrum Disorder, an educational device that makes it easier to learn how to code in an fun and kinaesthetic way and an AI-controlled agriculture and lighting system designed to promote maximum crop yield in the most energy-efficient and repeatable way.
When he’s not teaching, boating or spending time with his four kids, Ross works as a mentor with the Henry Bernick Entrepreneurship Center (HBEC), helping a number of different startups on a wide range of “smart” technology projects.