University of British Columbia
Lorne Whitehead is a professor in the Department of Physics and Astronomy at the University of British Columbia, and he serves as the university’s Special Adviser on Entrepreneurship, Innovation and Research. Previously, Lorne has held a number of other administrative positions including Associate Dean, Dean pro tem, VP Academic & Provost and Leader of Education Innovation. In these roles he has often applied organizational innovation methods to the improvement of teaching and learning. Lorne received his PhD in applied physics from UBC. From 1983 to 1993 he was the CEO of TIR Systems, a university spin-off company that grew to about 200 employees before being purchased by Philips Corporation. Since joining the UBC faculty in 1994, his research has helped launch six new companies, and he has received more than 100 patents for innovations in building illumination and displays for computers, television and cinema.