|Prof of Water Resources and Environmental
Sch of Engineering, Univ of Guelph, Ontario, Canada.
U of Natal, S. Africa
|Canadian Society of Civil Engineers|
|Dip. Hyd. Eng.
Delft Tech U, Holland
|American Society of Civil engineers|
Aberdeen U, Scotland
U of Natal, S. Africa
William James was born in Johannesburg in 19371. He received the B.S. degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Natal (Durban) in 1958, the postgraduate Diploma of Hydraulic Engineering from the Delft Technological University, Holland in 1962, the Ph.D. degree from Aberdeen University, Scotland in 1965, and the D.Sc. degree from the University of Natal in 1986. He started his professional career as a Provincial Water Engineer, in Natal in 19582. With time out for graduate studies, he has worked as a Provincial Water Engineer in Natal, a consulting engineer3 in Durban and Cape Town, city engineer on hydrologic and water distribution projects, and professor. From 1965 to 1970 he was lecturer and senior lecturer in charge of Hydraulics in the Civil Engineering Department at the University of Natal in Durban. In 1971 he joined the Civil Engineering Department at McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada where he was Professor of Civil Engineering until 1986. He was then appointed Cudworth Professor of Computational Hydrology in the Civil Engineering Department at the University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa, Alabama; Chair of Civil Engineering at Wayne State University; and, from 1988 to 1993, Director of the School of Engineering at Guelph. At these Universities he has advised over 50 graduate students.
He has been visiting Professor at the Universities of Lund and Lulea in Sweden, Queen's in Canada, the University of Witwatersrand in South Africa, and visiting scholar at University of Michigan in Ann Arbor. He has presented more than 50 professional seminars in Canada, the U.S., and overseas in Australia, Europe and South Africa.
Dr. James presently heads an Urban Water Systems research group that includes doctoral and masters level graduate students, and part-time undergraduate student assistants. Most of the work relates to computational hydrology and hydraulics, involving implementation, adaptation, and improvement of large computer packages, dealing with urban hydraulics and hydrology, pipe networks, thunderstorm dynamics, water quality modelling, flood plain hydrology, and receiving waters and lakes. He has published 200 scientific papers and over 200 technical reports and books, and publishes a quarterly newsletter. Associated with this work, Dr. James is organizer of a series of annual international conferences in Toronto, and is active on research committees of the American Society of Civil Engineering and of the Canadian Society of Civil Engineering. He has extensive consulting experience through Computational Hydraulics International, in Guelph, Ontario (CHI).
With his wife, Bill James has also dabbled in Industrial Archeology, leading to creation of the Hamilton Pumphouse Museum, and in pedagogy, particularly the use of computer assisted instruction.
Sailing (mainly long distance off-shore cruising, out of Georgian Bay), tennis, mountaineering (to be truthful, when younger - several first ascents, in Baffin Island etc.), canoeing (best in NWT and Yukon) and now in my dotage, a class-1 rugby referee.
All of the above thanks to a remarkable wife (Lyn) and two sons Rob and Iain.
|1. Exactly 880 years after the son of King Duncan slew Macbeth, King of Scotland, 317 years after the Mayflower set sail from Southampton, 168 years after Napoleon Bonaparte, and 166 after Sir Walter Scott (these dates are probably irrelevant).|
|2. Designing and constructing a 240 ft prestressed concrete road bridge, and supervising a reclamation project at the St Lucia game reserve in Zululand.|
|3. Designing and supervising construction of 250 ft span prestressed railway bridge, a high-rise apartment building, a large underwater concrete seal in a major sewage pump station, excavation rig for a stormsewer trunk line, the ocean terminal in Durban, and a paper mill with 55 shell roofs.|