University of the West Indies

The BSc in Electrical and Computer Engineering course at the University of the West Indies, St. Augustine, Trinidad is a British-style, three-year program designed primarily for students coming out of the Caribbean high school system. With a relatively short program length, students are exposed to an intense concentration of technology courses, unlike many North American colleges that blend the humanities in their engineering programs.

Dr. Brian Copeland is Professor and Dean of the Faculty of Engineering at the University of the West Indies. He describes himself as an active lobbyist for engineering education reform and motivator for change to a regional innovative culture. He has served as Dean of the Faculty of Engineering at UWI St. Augustine since 2007. Prior to this appointment he was Head of Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering – a position he held for ten years. He also interfaced with students as a Lecturer in Digital Electronics, Microprocessor Systems and Control Systems. Winner of a Trinidad and Tobago National Scholarship (Cambridge A’Level Mathematics), Brian Copeland gave early indications of his future achievements by graduating as the top student in the Faculty of Engineering, with First-Class Honours in Electrical Engineering. Funded by a UWI Scholarship, he went on to do an MSc in Electrical Engineering at University of Toronto and became a Fulbright PhD Scholar at the University of Southern California. The highlights of his distinguished professional career include being a joint recipient, along with the G-Pan team, of a Chaconia Medal Gold – one of Trinidad and Tobago’s highest national awards. He has also received the UWI Guardian Life Premium Teaching Award (November 2002) and the BP/AMOCO Fellowship Award for Senior Academic Staff at The UWI (January 2001). But this list of achievements would not be complete without mentioning Professor Copeland’s role as lead engineer for the construction of the Queen’s Park Oval’s full statistic electronic cricket display board in 1998.