Dennis has been an instructor at NIC since 2000 when he joined as a part-time instructor. He became a full-time instructor in 2010.
He loves helping his students use math and physics to come up with creative and ingenious ways to solve real-world problems – an approach he has taken throughout his own career.
Dennis earned his bachelor of science and master’s degree, both in agricultural engineering, in 1990 and 1992, respectively. He later earned his Professional Engineer (P.Eng.) designation in 1997, after spending five years working in the agricultural irrigation industry in BC. He was also a founding partner in a consulting firm, From the Ground Up Consulting, from 1997 until 2005.
“My favourite part about teaching is seeing the growth of young people in the year or two that they spend at NIC,” he said. “I always enjoy seeing the ‘Aha!’ moment on students’ faces when they get something that they have been struggling with.”
In his spare time, Dennis enjoys running a small farm. He also designed and built an electric vehicle conversion of a 1948 farm tractor.