Director status: Non-Independent
Chairman of the Board since: 1986
While undertaking his PhD research into the effects of heavy loads on pavement structures, Dr. Bergan came to realize that there was a need for much better information on the vehicles using our transportation networks. In 1980 Dr. Bergan founded IRD (International Road Dynamics) as the vehicle to further the development of the weigh in motion technology to improve information for highway management. Today Dr. Bergan continues as Chairman of the Board and technical adviser and mentor for IRD.
Dr. Bergan began his Engineering career with the Saskatchewan Department of Highways in 1951 and subsequently attending the College of Engineering at the University of Saskatchewan, receiving his Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering in 1961 and Master of Science in Civil Engineering in 1964. Dr. Bergan was then hired by the Department of Civil Engineering at the University of Saskatchewan, and completed his PhD in Civil Engineering at the University of California, Berkeley, in 1972.
After completing his PhD, Dr. Bergan established graduate programs in road materials and traffic safety at the University of Saskatchewan. In 1971 the University of Saskatchewan Transportation Research Center was established under Dr. Bergan’s direction. After retiring from faculty in 1995, Dr. Bergan continued as Director of the Transportation Center until 2005. The Center attracted over $5,000,000 in research funding.
During Dr. Bergan’s 32 years as a faculty member at the University of Saskatchewan he supervised 46 graduate students. Dr. Bergan authored or co-authored over 100 refereed journal papers and conference proceedings, sat on 18 committees in various capacities, and served as the College’s Assistant Dean of Research and Extension from 1978 to 1983. Dr. Bergan was also a mentor to many students and faculty colleagues.
As part of his duties within the University environment, Dr. Bergan served two terms on the Civil Engineering grant selection committee of the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council, including one year as committee chair, and he served on the Canadian Engineering Accreditation Board visitation teams to the University of British Columbia in 1987 and to the University of Calgary in 1992. He was also appointed to the Board of Examiners of the University of Nairobi in Kenya for all students registered in the MSc and PhD programs in transportation engineering.
Throughout his career, Dr. Bergan has been involved with many professional organizations both nationally and internationally within the transportation industry. In the early 1990’s, Dr. Bergan was honoured with the Saskatoon Engineering Society’s Engineer of the Year award. In 1996 Dr. Bergan was recognized for his Innovative contribution to the Canadian Transport Industry and in 1999 the Outstanding Technical Contribution to the Canadian Transport Industry. In 2001 Dr. Bergan was elected to the Saskatchewan Transportation Hall of Fame and in 2007 Dr. Bergan was inducted to the University of Saskatchewan’s College of Engineering’s Alumni Wall of Distinction. In 2012 Dr. Bergan was presented with the APEGS Outstanding Achievement Award (Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of Saskatchewan).