Dr. Rupinder Brar
Senior Lecturer, Physics And Astronomy
University Of Ontario Institute Of Technology
Toronto native Dr. Rupinder Brar is a Senior Lecturer of Physics and Astronomy at the University of Ontario Institute of Technology (UOIT) in Oshawa, Ontario. He earned his Honours BSc from the University of Toronto, his MSc from the University of Waterloo, and his PhD from Queen’s University in Extra‐Galactic Astrophysics.
After graduation, Dr. Brar was hired by the University of Massachusetts to transform and teach their freshman Physics courses. In 2008, he returned to Canada to take a position as a Lecturer at UOIT. At UOIT, Dr. Brar teaches hugely popular introductory courses in Physics and Astronomy for both science and engineering students and students in the humanities and social sciences. He has a reputation for effectively communicating complex topics in physics and astronomy to undergraduate students of varying backgrounds. His lecturing style has been described as engaging, entertaining, and interactive.
In 2010, Dr. Brar won the title of Ontario’s Best Lecturer in TVO’s Big Ideas Best Lecturer Competition. During the course of the competition, 692 professors from 37 post‐secondary schools were nominated. Ten short‐listed candidates gave a lecture that was filmed and broadcast on TVO, and the television audience voted for their favourite. Since winning this prestigious competition, Dr. Brar has been in‐demand; he has given numerous public lectures through scientific institutions like the Ontario Science Centre and the David Dunlap Observatory, and often appears on television as an astronomy educator and expert.