Thomas Brzustowski

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Thomas Anthony Brzustowski
Born (1937-04-04) April 4, 1937 (age 82)
Alma materUniversity of Toronto
Princeton University
AwardsOrder of Canada

Thomas Anthony Brzustowski, OC FRSC (Polish: Tomasz Antoni Brzustowski; born April 4, 1937) is a Canadian engineer, academic, and civil servant.

Born in Warsaw, he came to Canada with his family when he was 11. He received a B.A.Sc. degree in engineering physics from the University of Toronto in 1958. He received an M.A. degree from Princeton University in 1960 and a Ph.D. degree in aeronautical engineering in 1963.

He then joined the University of Waterloo teaching in the department of mechanical engineering. From 1967 to 1970 he was the chairman of the department and from 1975 to 1987 he was Vice-President, Academic. From 1987 to 1991 he was the Ontario deputy minister of Colleges and Universities. He was president of the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council from 1995 to 2005.[1] He was a member of the board of the Institute for Quantum Computing.[2] From 2010 to 2014, he was Chair of the Scientific Advisory Committee (SAC) for the Council of Canadian Academies.[3]


Brzustowski has received honorary degrees from the University of Guelph (1994), Ryerson Polytechnic University (1996), University of Waterloo (1997), McMaster University (2000), University of Alberta (2000), University of Ottawa (2000), École Polytechnique de Montréal (2001), Concordia University (2003), Royal Military College of Canada (2003), Brock University (2005), the University of Victoria (2005), York University (2005), University of Northern British Columbia (2006), Carleton University (2007), and Lakehead University (2011).[4]

In 1997 Brzustowski was elected to Fellow of the Canadian Academy of Engineering.[5][6] In 2001, he was made a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada. In 2002, he was made an Officer of the Order of Canada.[7] He is an honorary member of the Royal Military College of Canada, student # S143.


  1. ^ "Past Presidents". Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada.
  2. ^ "IQC welcomes new directors and a new chair to Advisory Board". Institute for Quantum Computing.
  3. ^ "Susan A. McDaniel to serve as Chair of the Scientific Advisory Committee; the Council bids a fond farewell to Tom Brzustowski". Council of Canadian Academies.
  4. ^ Canadian Who's Who. Grey House Publishing Canada.
  5. ^ "Member List". Canadian Academy of Engineering. Archived from the original on July 6, 2011. Retrieved April 17, 2011. Cite uses deprecated parameter |deadurl= (help)
  6. ^ "Alumni Accomplishments - The Canadian Academy of Engineering - 1997 CAE Fellows". University of Waterloo. Retrieved April 17, 2011.
  7. ^ Order of Canada citation