Peter Cribb

Department of Computer Science and Engineering
Office: CSE 2010
Email: peterc at(@)
Phone:  (416) 736-2100 ext. 70127
Fax:    (416) 736-5872


I regularly teach one or more of the following courses:
  • CSE 1020 3.0
  • CSE 1030 3.0
  • CSE 1520 3.0
  • CSE 1530 3.0

Administrative Responsibilities

A few highlights ...
  • 2009 - present: Associate Dean, Students, Faculty of Science and Engineering.
  • 2002 - 2006: Chair of the Department.
  • 2005 - 2007: Senate Review Committee on Tenure and Promotion
  • 1986-2000: Undergraduate Program Director
  • 1999-2001: Senate Committee on Curriculum and Academic Standards
    (Chair 2000-01)

Educational Background

I obtained a BSc. (Hons I) degree from the University of Sydney, Australia with a major in theoretical chemistry, and then a PhD also from the University of Sydney in the field of chemical physics.

My thesis concerned the effects of quantum mechanical tunnelling on chemical reactions involving the transfer of hydrogen atoms. The computational techniques included large matrix diagonalisation in which all eigenvalues and eigenvectors were required. At the time available computing power restricted the size to systems of about 100 to 120.

Following the PhD I took a post-doctoral position in chemical physics at the Department of Chemistry, University of Toronto where I worked on simulations of combustion processes and simulation of chemical reactions in interstellar gases.

After U. of T. I accepted a Von Humboldt award to spend a year in Germany at the Technische Hochschule Darmstadt where I studied the theory of two photon effects on chemical reactions.


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Research Interests

Apart from on going interests in numerical methods and scientific simulations I am also actively involved in developing multimedia course materials and, more importantly, evaluating their pedagogical effectiveness.