Meet Dr. Richard G. Zytner, Interim Dean

Richard G. Zytner

Message from the Dean

"Welcome to the College of Engineering and Physical Sciences (CEPS) at the University of Guelph!

We are renowned for exceptional, hands-on undergraduate and graduate programs that prepare students for dynamic career paths after graduation. During their time here, CEPS students are part of a community like no other, supported by award-winning faculty and helpful staff.

We inspire meaningful change in the world through critical applied and theoretical research. The pressing issues of our time – ethics in artificial intelligence, cyber security, human health and wellness, climate change, green energy, planetary understanding, and much more – require expertise and solutions being created by experts in our College.

I invite you to learn more about our community through our Research Highlights and Annual Reports.

On behalf of our College's 3,800+ students, 150 faculty, and 80 staff, welcome and thank you for visiting us virtually."

- Dr. Richard G. Zytner, Interim Dean, College of Engineering and Physical Sciences

About Richard

Dr. Richard G. Zytner (PhD, P.Eng., FEC, FCSCE) joined the School of Engineering at the University of Guelph as a faculty member in 1991 and became interim dean of CEPS in late 2021. He has held numerous leadership roles within CEPS during his time here, including interim dean previously in 2017.

In his research, Dr. Zytner seeks to reduce the impact of human practices on the planet, particularly with food, waste, and water. His focus includes soil remediation technology, landfill gas management and wastewater treatment in the fresh-cut fruit and vegetable sector, with practical applications for producers and processors. He is a member of Professional Engineers Ontario, Engineers Canada, the International Water Association, the Canadian Society for Civil Engineering, and the German Association for Water, Wastewater and Waste.

Dr. Zytner received his PhD from the University of Windsor and worked in the private sector as a project manager and engineering consultant prior to joining U of G.