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Alan Steele

Associate Professor

Phone:613-520-2600 x 1551
Office:4144 Mackenzie Building
Website:Visit Professor Steele's Website

Research Interests

Engineering education.
Learning spaces.
Nonlinear optical fibre; optical switching; optical bistability and instabilities; fibre gratings; mode-locking of fibre lasers; simulation of photonic systems.
Microcontroller systems for biomedical and unmanned airborne systems.


Engineering education: Development of undergraduate courses, including curriculum, delivery and assessment. Especially with design or project courses.
Learning spaces: Design and development of informal learning spaces including virtual learning spaces.
Nonlinear optical fibre: Optical pulse generation and shaping. Optical switching, bistability and instability or chaos.
Microcontroller systems: Application in gait analysis.


•    Director for the Discovery Centre for Undergraduate Research and Engagement, Carleton University, 2013 – 2019.
•    Interim Associate Vice-President (Teaching and Learning), Carleton University, 2012.
•    Special Assistant to the Provost, Student Academic Enrichment, Carleton University, 2011 – 2013.
•    Associate Dean Student Affairs, Faculty of Engineering and Design, Carleton University,2008-2010.
•    First Year Officer in Engineering, Faculty of Engineering and Design, Carleton University, 2007 – 2008.