P.Engs honoured with awards across the nation

Milica Radisic, PhD, P.Eng., a professor in the University of Toronto’s department of chemical engineering and applied chemistry and associate chair and principal investigator, Laboratory for Functional Tissue Engineering, was named a YWCA Toronto Woman of Distinction, a prestigious honour that recognizes the outstanding achievements of those working to improve the lives of women and girls in their community. Radisic was honoured for advocating for gender equality in her field and for mentoring young women to pursue careers in science. Her strong voice for women has also brought changes to the gender podium at the Tissue Engineering and Regenerative Medicine Society. The YWCA Toronto Woman of Distinction award was presented by YWCA Toronto, Canada’s largest multi-service women’s organization working to break down barriers that prevent women and girls from achieving equality.

The ACEC Manitoba Awards of Excellence were recently celebrated in Winnipeg, Manitoba, where Doug Stewart, P.Eng., was honoured with the Lifetime Achievement Award. The top prize of the evening, the Keystone Award, went to KGS Group for the Peter Sutherland Sr. Generating Station project, a 28-megawatt hydroelectric facility in northeastern Ontario that is now producing clean, reliable, low-cost electricity. The following firms and projects were also recognized with awards: SMS Engineering, Richardson Centre Heating Plant, Award of Excellence, building engineering category; KGS Group, Great West Life Daycare, Award of Merit, building engineering category; Hatch, Keeyask Generating Station—Column Extender, Award of Excellence, energy resource development category; Stantec, City of Dryden, Design and Construction of Canada’s First LEED Silver Sewage Treatment Plant, Award of Excellence, environmental category; SNC Lavalin, Koch 101J Compressor Facility, Award of Excellence, industrial category; Wood, Dead Horse Creek, Award of Merit, infrastructure category; KGS Group, Cockburn Sewer Relief, Award of Excellence, municipal and water technology category; Tetra Tech, Pauingassi First Nations, Award of Excellence, municipal and water technology category; AECOM, Challenge to Inspect 362 Outfalls, Award of Merit, municipal and water technology category; Tetra Tech, Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo, Award of Merit, small projects category; AECOM, Dillon and KGS Group, PR 304 to Berens—All Season Road, Award of Excellence, transportation category; AECOM, Plessis Road Twinning and Grade Separation at CN Redditt, Award of Excellence, transportation category; Stantec, Rehabilitation Works to the Winnipeg River West Branch Bridge, Award of Merit, transportation category; and Dillon, Southwest Transitway’s Stadium Station at Investors Group Field, Award of Merit, transportation category.

PEO Councillor Marilyn Spink, P.Eng., was recently recognized as a Distinguished Lecturer by the Canadian Institute of Mining, Metallurgy and Petroleum at an awards gala in Vancouver. Spink was honoured for her dedication to advancing the value of responsible engineering and engineers in the mining industry and for being a voice for the underrepresented. Recipients of the Distinguished Lecturer award are selected based on their accomplishments in scientific, technical, management or educational activities related to the minerals industry.

The Engineers Canada Awards took place in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, in May. Presented by Engineers Canada, the national organization of Canada’s 12 provincial and territorial engineering regulators, the awards recognize the recipients’ excellence in engineering, their passion for the profession, outstanding contributions to their communities and to the safety and well-being of Canadians and people around the world. Among the 2018 recipients are Levente Diosady, PhD, P.Eng., an active researcher and professor emeritus in food engineering at the University of Toronto, who received the Gold Medal Award; Max Mantha, P.Eng., who received the Young Engineer Achievement Award; Hanan Anis, P.Eng., who left with the Medal for Distinction in Engineering Education; and Vanessa Raponi, a PEO student member who was honoured with the Gold Medal Student Award.

Ryerson University aerospace engineering PhD student Emily Gleeson was recently honoured with an Amelia Earhart Fellowship. The $10,000 fellowship, awarded annually by Zonta International, honours up to 30 women globally with a superior academic record for their doctoral work in aerospace science or aerospace engineering.

The 2018 Ontario Consulting Engineering Awards were recently announced. The awards recognize the knowledge, skills and expertise of consulting engineers in Ontario and highlight their contributions towards the economic, social and environmental well-being of Ontarians. The highest honour, the Willis Chipman Award, went to McIntosh Perry Consulting Engineers Ltd. for its work on the Industrial & Mine Area Clean-Up, Phase 3: Deloro Mine site. Awards of Excellence were awarded for the most outstanding project in each of four categories based on number of employees, as follows: Robinson Consultants Inc. for their County Road 1 and County Road 2 Roundabout; C. C. Tatham & Associates Ltd. for the Stormwater Management Project, City of Barrie; MTE Consultants Inc. for the Ottawa Street Double Roundabouts; and AECOM, for the McEwen School of Architecture at Laurentian University. Awards of Merit were presented to: WSP for the Global Centre for Pluralism, in the building engineering and science category; R.V. Anderson Associates Limited for the Zone 1 Interconnecting Watermain, in the environment category; Eramosa Engineering Inc. for London Health Science Centre: Energy Management, in the industry, energy and resources category; DST Consulting Engineers Inc. for Innovative Approach to Selective Deconstruction, 880 Bay Street, Toronto, in the project management cateogry; Hatch for Reducing Life Safety Risks in the Kashechewan First Nation Community, in the studies and research category; and HDR Inc. for their Reconfiguration of the Six Points Interchange, in the transportation category.

The Northwest Territories and Nunavut Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists recently named five individuals for a fellowship designation, including PEO members J. Paul Guy, P.Eng., FEC, Heather E. Hayne, P.Eng., FEC, and Sudhir K. Jha, P.Eng., FEC.

Several University of Windsor engineering students and alumni were honoured by Windsor’s Engineering Month Committee at an annual award luncheon to raise the profile of engineering and honour those contributing to the field. Priscilla Williams, EIT, a PhD candidate in the civil and environmental engineering department, Michael Cappucci, P.Eng., and Aaron Blata, P.Eng., were named the Top Three Under 30 for demonstrating exceptional leadership and work ethic. Wanda Juricic, P.Eng., received the Windsor-Essex County Engineer of the Year Award to recognize her as a role model and for her dedication to engineering.

The University of Toronto recently honoured its faculty and staff at the 11th annual Celebrating Engineering Excellence event. Among those recognized were Vaughn Betz, P.Eng., who received the Early Career Teaching Award; George Eleftheriades, LEL, who received the Safwat Zaky Research Leader Award; Manfredi Maggiore, LEL, who received the Faculty Teaching Award; Graeme Norval, P.Eng., who received the Sustained Excellence in Teaching Award; and Ding Yuan, EIT, who received the McCharles Prize for Early Career Research Distinction.

In March, Hydro One announced the recipients of its Women in Engineering Award. The award, established in 2014 to provide women with opportunities to develop careers in engineering and related fields, represents a financial award and a paid opportunity to work for Hydro One in a student placement. This year’s recipients are Carlee ArmstrongZoee FoxSydney Wilson and Ruhmaa Bhatti of Western University; Hailey Fielder and Toby Ma of the University of Ontario Institute of Technology; Jin Li of Queen’s University; Uranoos Wahidi of Ryerson University; and Monica Black and Hira Nadeem of McMaster University.

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