Class Notes: Al was interviewed by eVeritas when he was Dean of Engineering at RMC in 2009 - https://www.tdv79ers.ca/photos-rmc/interviews/12342-al-stewart - the biography below is intended to be complementary to that interview
Dr. Al Stewart is a Professor Emeritus and former Vice Principal Academic at the Royal Military College of Canada. Dr. Stewart joined the Canadian Armed Forces in 1975 and started his undergraduate studies at Royal Roads Military College in Victoria, B.C. After two years he transferred to the Royal Military College in Kingston, Ontario, where he completed his studies for a Bachelor of Engineering in Civil Engineering. After graduation Dr. Stewart underwent pilot training at CFB Moose Jaw Saskatchewan and received his wings in the summer of 1980. He then completed the basic fighter pilot course in 1981 at CFB Cold Lake Alberta, flying the CF-5. After a summer of flying the T-33 at CFB North Bay Ontario he was posted to CFB Bagotville Quebec to the CF-101 Voodoo Operational Training Unit. After completing his operational training on the Voodoo he spent the next four years in CFB Chatham New Brunswick flying the CF-101 with 416 All Weather Fighter Squadron. In 1985 he was accepted into a sponsored PG program and moved to the University of Waterloo were he completed a MASC in Transportation Engineering. He was then posted to RMC in 1987 to teach in the Department of Civil Engineering. Over the next five years he completed a PhD part time. Dr. Stewart was then hired as a civilian professor in 1992 and has been at RMC ever since. In 1998 he was appointed Head of the Department of Civil Engineering and in 2002 was appointed Dean of the Faculty of Engineering. In 2008 he was appointed VP Academic while still retaining his Dean of Engineering portfolio. In 2010 he relinquished his position as Dean to fulfill the VP Academic duties full time. He retired from the public service in 2013 and was awarded an Honorary Doctor of Engineering from RMC in 2018.
Since starting his academic career, Dr. Stewart has conducted research in a number of areas including dynamic traffic signal control, and capacity of merge-diverge-weaving sections on freeways, freeway incident detection, airport pavement management, pavement management, asphalt surface treatments, and rural crash mitigation. He taught undergraduate and graduate courses in Transportation Planning, Traffic Engineering, and Highway Design.
Dr. Stewart is a Past Chair of the Transportation Planning and Research Standing Committee and past member of the Urban Transportation Council of the Transportation Association of Canada. He is a Past Chair of the National Council of Deans of Engineering and Applied Science. Dr. Stewart is a Fellow in the Institute of Transportation Engineers, a member of ASCE and TAC. He was member of the Canadian Engineering Leadership Forum, a member of the steering committee for the National Engineering Summit, 2009, and a member of the Steering Committee for the Engineering Labour Market Study. Dr. Stewart is a registered professional engineer in the province of Ontario and holds a Certificate of Authorization.